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ATP to cut venture capital, shut New York office in strategy shift

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first_imgATP Private Equity Partners (ATP PEP), the private equity unit of Denmark’s giant statutory pension fund ATP, is to close its New York office and stop investing in venture capital as part of an investment strategy overhaul.The shift is mainly a result of the DKK767bn (€103bn) pension fund’s changing priorities under chief executive Christian Hyldahl, who took the helm a year ago.Hyldahl has increased ATP’s focus on transparency, with responsible ownership and tax issues being brought to the fore in the last few months.In a press release announcing the final close of its ATP PEP VI fund at €800m, the private equity unit said: “In conjunction with the closing of fund VI, an adjustment of the investment strategy, the investment process as well as the organisation has taken place.  “The changes are a reflection of a desire to reduce complexity and costs as well as working closer with our selected general partners to ensure that ESG and tax matters are in compliance with ATP’s policies.”With this sixth private equity fund, ATP has changed the types of investments to be included, as well as the geographical focus and ticket size of the individual investments.Whereas previous funds have invested in venture capital, buyout and distressed funds, portfolios will in future only target buyout and distressed funds.Geographically, portfolios have in the past included investments in Europe, North America and “rest of world”, but the sixth fund will in vest in just Europe and North America.“As a consequence of changes to the investment mandate and focus for ATP PEP VI, it has been decided to unite all resources in one office in Copenhagen going forward,” ATP PEP announced.Torben Vangstrup, managing partner at ATP PEP, told IPE that this meant the firm’s New York office – opened in 2007 – would be wound down over the next six months with the five Danish team members being offered the opportunity to relocate to the firm’s office in Gothersgade, central Copenhagen.“With the strategy change, it is less obvious why we should have an office there,” he said. “It is less complicated just having a single office, and having the team in one place also makes sense from a cost point of view.”The strategy move was primarily about reducing complexity, he explained. However, Vangstrup also said that, from a risk-return perspective, the venture capital allocations had not lived up to what was expected.“Venture capital has given positive returns, but buyout and distressed have produced higher returns – however the overall average annual net returns since 2002 still stands at 12.5%,” he said. “Finally, we have not been able to find enough interesting venture fund investment opportunities.” Source: ATPATP’s office in Hillerød, Denmarklast_img read more

DDA and DFC team up on early preparations for Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival 16!

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first_img Sharing is caring! 71 Views   no discussions Discover Dominica Authority and Dominica Festivals Committee under the guidance of DFC Chairman and DDA CEO Mr. Colin Piper and DFC Events Director Natalie Clarke-Meade commence early preparations towards the 16th edition of Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival 2012. “It is always good when a project’s logistics can be managed early. WCMF 15th edition’s success was because of pushing early and people definitely saw and felt the difference. Through these tough economic times, the Government of Dominica continues to support cultural assets of Dominica in funding the staging of this event for the 16th edition. DFC along with support of organizing sponsor DDA and Headline sponsor DIGICEL and many key partners will endeavor to create yet another success in 2012.” Looking towards an early launch date, the general public helped to choose this year’s tagline through voting on WCMF website. ‘Homage to Jeff Jo’ our fallen Cadence-Lypso Creole Ambassador who passed away shortly after giving a stellar performance at his favorite festival 2011 and ‘Sweeter at Sixteen’ head up the popular vote. DFC thanks you our loyal public for choosing with your heart. The October 26-28, 2012 event plans to draw large crowds on all three nights of what is seen in the region as a mélange of Creole genres music festival from the French West Indies, St. Lucia, St. Martin, Antigua and Dominicans returning from the various Diasporas in the region, UK and the USA. DFC events coordinator, Mrs. Natalie Clarke-Meade says, “I look forward once again to partnering and receiving the high level of support from DFC’s many important stakeholders and corporate sponsors as I was privileged to work with in 2011. To this end DFC has already received confirmation of DIGICEL…the bigger…better network’s headline sponsorship and willingness to partner closely on many aspects of production this year.” DFC also seeks to engage other local companies big and small in making commitment in cash and in-kind to sustain the staging of this exciting 16th edition. DFC Chairman Colin Piper says, “This is the time for all companies to carve their niche in the WCMF. You are encouraged to pick the areas you feel will return the most value for money and discuss with us. We certainly are open to the ideas that you are willing to support in cash or kind that will make the festival more convenient and comfortable for the patrons; and continue to allow the festival to be more attractive for visiting patrons.”“This will be a fantastic continuation from last years,” the DFC Event Directors says. “Sponsors an partners all played a part in ensuring that patrons were more comfortable; they provided support in branding the food court with tents and other paraphernalia and worked closely with the DFC to ensure that the actual event was better executed. The media was also key and very instrumental in getting the word out to the many patrons who turned out on all three nights. They also worked closely with us on the nights of the festival, conducting their business in a very orderly and organized fashion, as they collected information to prepare their stories and for content which is key in an international event of this kind”, Mrs Clarke-Meade explained.The 16th annual Dominica World Creole Music Festival is owned and presented by the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica through the Ministry of Tourism. It is produced and managed through Discover Dominica Authority and the Dominica Festival Committee Secretariat. Headline sponsor 2012 is telecommunications company DIGICEL… the bigger, better network. Press Release Share Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews DDA and DFC team up on early preparations for Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival 16! by: – July 3, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Stop appointing Foy, urges Mourinho

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first_img Fabian Delph struck Aston Villa’s only goal eight minutes from time to put a big dent in Chelsea’s title hopes. The deft flick from the impressive midfielder was soon forgotten, however, as Mourinho took centre stage in injury time moments after Foy had dismissed Ramires for a sliding tackle on Karim El Ahmadi. Press Association Mourinho revealed the fact that Foy was to officiate the game had been regularly discussed at Cobham ever since the officials were announced. “The players were speaking about it during the week,” Mourinho added. “They have a reason. “I never care who the ref is. I don’t want to know. But during the week the players were speaking about the situation and I think from now on the next time we have Mr Foy I have to work my people in a different way.” Mourinho did not want to say whether he thought the decision to send off Ramires or Willian was correct in case he was charged by the Football Association (FA). The FA could take a dim view of Mourinho’s claim that “problems” regularly occur when Foy officiates Chelsea games though. The Chelsea manager is also facing an FA charge for entering the field of play. Rule E3 states managers must not leave their technical area as Mourinho did during the match. Although in fairness to Mourinho, he was not the only one who did so. Paul Lambert entered the pitch, as did a number of coaches, and Agbonlahor, who had been substituted. If the FA decides Mourinho or anyone else who entered the pitch has broken the law, it can fine him between £8,000 and £12,000. If anyone involved is found to have used abusive or insulting language he can be hit with a two-match touchline ban. Jose Mourinho has called on the Premier League to stop sending Chris Foy to Chelsea games after the referee dismissed two more Blues players – and their manager – in an ill-tempered clash at Villa Park on Saturday. The Chelsea manager came on to the pitch as a melee ensued involving players from both teams. The Portuguese claimed he was only attempting to cool tempers, and to ask Foy why he had not sent off Gabriel Agbonlahor for accosting Ramires, but the referee was not interested and he dismissed the Chelsea manager. Mourinho then asked to speak to Foy in the referee’s room, but he did not want to speak to the Chelsea boss. Mourinho, clearly annoyed at Foy for dismissing Ramires, and Willian for two bookings earlier in the match, tried his best to bite his lip in his post-match press conference, but he eventually relented in another media briefing minutes later. “Maybe it’s helpful that the (Premier League referees’) committee doesn’t send him (Foy) to our matches,” the Chelsea manager said. “I don’t have the right to request (that). It’s just I think they have to analyse the situation and see if every time he has Chelsea – or not every time – but many times he has Chelsea and problems are there, I think maybe it would be a good decision.” Although he was not manager then, Mourinho recalled Chelsea’s defeat to QPR in 2011 when Foy dismissed Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba. “The last time I remember something similar was in a match at QPR’s stadium,” Mourinho said. When informed that it was Foy who took charge of that match, Mourinho said: “I didn’t know (that). It’s a coincidence.” last_img read more