Private Equity Investors In Search of Growth (Privcap)

How LPs are defining and seeking growth in a changed world. With Peter von Lehe, Managing Director, Neuberger Berman; Hussein Khalifa, Partner, MVision; Michael Elio, Managing Director, LP Capital Advisors
March 12, 2012 - PRLog -- As ever, investors in the private equity asset class want growth – but in today’s vastly changed global market, where is growth and how can LPs access it?

In part three of this fascinating conversation about “Changing LP Appetites,” three veterans of the fundraising market discuss the LP hunt for growth and what it means for geographic focus, due diligence and manager skills. “In Search of Growth” features Peter von Lehe, managing director with Neuberger Berman, Hussein Khalifa, a partner with MVision, and Michael Elio, a Managing Director with LP Capital Advisors. The first segment in this series is called “Realities of a Mature Market.” The second segment in this series is called "Culling the GPs."

Topics discussed include the limits of macroeconomic growth in driving returns, the need for managers to create alpha, the possibility of returns in a zero-growth environment, enjoying emerging markets growth via developed-markets private equity, the importance of due diligence and reference calls, and due diligence of emerging markets GPs.

This series is sponsored by MVision.

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Peter von Lehe
Managing Director
Neuberger Berman

Peter J. Von Lehe is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman and a member of the Investment Committee. Previously, Von Lehe was a Managing Director and Deputy Head of the Private Equity Fund of Funds unit of Swiss Reinsurance Company. At Swiss Re, Von Lehe was responsible for investment analysis and product structuring and worked in both New York and Zurich. Before that, he was an attorney with the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York focusing on corporate finance and private equity transactions. He began his career as a financial analyst for a utility company, where he was responsible for econometric modeling. Von Lehe has served on the advisory committees of a number of private equity funds in the United States and Europe.  Von Lehe received a B.S. with Honors in Economics from the University of Iowa and a J.D. with High Distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law. He is a member of the New York Bar.

Hussein Khalifa

Hussein Khalifa joined MVision in 2001 at its foundation. He is a seasoned private equity investor and an accomplished investment advisor with extensive transactional experience. At MVision, Hussein manages varied global client mandates and provides valuable expertise to investors throughout the investment process given his background. He has deep relationships in the US investor community among public pension plans and endowments, and also maintains a wide network of key relationships with sovereign wealth funds throughout the Middle East and Far East, as well as numerous institutional investors and family offices in Europe. Previously Hussein was a founding director and chief executive of Archstone Capital, a UK corporate finance advisory boutique, supervising a private equity portfolio encompassing over 40 General Partners and a number of direct investments, and advising clients ranging from ultra high net worth families to high growth and start up technology companies in the US, Europe, Far East and Middle East. Hussein worked with multi-nationals and regional companies developing strategic plans and alliances in the pharmaceutical transportation, automotive, media, and construction industries, and earlier was involved in the agro-industrial roll-up at the Fountainhead Group in Geneva in the late 80s.
Hussein has a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in International Economics & Politics from Middlebury College, Vermont. He has completed studies at the London Business School and Peking University in Beijing China and is an alumnus of the Georgetown Leadership Seminar. Hussein is proficient in French, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin) and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Italian and Malay.
Hussein is a member of the board of directors of the Arab Bankers Association of North America, and currently chairs ABANA’s strategy committee.

Michael Elio
Managing Director
LP Capital Advisors

Michael Elio is a Managing Director based in Boston, Massachusetts. Elio serves as the lead consultant for  several clients and manages the operations of the Firm’s Boston office. Prior to joining LP Capital Advisors in 2006, Elio spent three years at State Street Corporation providing investment consulting services to institutional investors in private equity. Prior to joining State Street, Elio spent two years at Credit Suisse First Boston Private Equity managing the investor relations team. Earlier in his career, Elio spent seven years at The Trafalgar Group and four years at Faneuil Hall Securities, where he served in a variety of corporate finance, financial and operational roles. Elio received a B.A. in Economics from Fairfield University.

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