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Davos Open Forum 2008 - Private Equity and Hedge Funds

http://www.weforum.org/openforum/ 24.01.2008Open Forum - Private Equity and Hedge Funds - Friend or Foe?Private equity funds and hedge funds allow pension funds, foundations and wealthy individuals to invest in alternatives to shares and bonds. These investments are important for economic growth and have enabled the creation of many start-ups. Nonetheless, critics argue that private equity funds and hedge funds put short-term returns before the sustained development of companies. 1) Which funds are buying major companies?2) What does private equity achieve in a company -- strengthening and supporting long-term development or dismantling in view of quick profit?3) Are regulations needed to protect the economy from the influence of private equity funds or hedge funds? Does their negative image make them more of a risk for our system?Paul Fletcher, Senior Partner, Actis, United KingdomChristian Levrat, National Councillor of SwitzerlandHans Ruh, President, BlueValue, SwitzerlandPhilip Yea, Chief Executive, 3i Group, United KingdomModeratorDirk Sch?tz, Editor-in-Chief, Bilanz, Switzerland
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