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Making lemonade in the squeezed fund of funds market

The fund of funds market has been under pressure in recent years, so differentiation is the key.

Pantheon hires ex-fighter pilot amid raft of promotions

The global investment firm made 32 promotions globally including a Hong Kong-based client relationships professional to partner.

From the archive: Ardian on how it won the $2.5bn Mubadala deal

We sat down with the secondaries giant’s Vincent Gombault in May to discuss its record deal with the Gulf sovereign wealth fund.

Ardian launches fourth Asian FoF – exclusive

Ardian Capital Asia IV had attracted $66.4m-worth of commitments as of 10 May, according to documents seen by PEI.

Looking back: Top people moves of 2017

There were a few surprises this year, mostly driven by large alternative asset managers such as KKR announcing their succession plans.

HarbourVest sharpens UK focus amid uncertainty

HVPE, the investment firm's listed vehicle, is focusing on niche managers with specific skills, according to managing director Peter Wilson.

Are secondaries too good to be true?

Cyril Demaria, head of private markets at Wellershoff & Partners, argues secondaries provide a false sense of security to investors and that the benefits of mitigating the J-curve may have been oversold to LPs.

Why the fund of funds model is still relevant

A revamped internal structure, new business lines and a focus on separate accounts have helped the firm thrive in a tough market for funds of funds, says head of secondaries Wouter Moerel.

Quilvest: ‘hard decisions’ needed to stay in mid-market

The fund of funds has chosen to support funds that have 'stayed in their sweet spot rather than those jumping in tremendously in fund size', according to partner Maninder Saluja.

Noah Holdings co-CIO Wang leaves firm

Piau Voon Wang, co-CIO at Noah Holdings, is leaving the firm this month and plans to explore opportunities focused on greater China.