Industry funds to PE managers: ‘just talk to us’

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The best-performing asset class for the $35 billion Hostplus industry fund last year was private equity, Peter Collins, a trustee director, told a delighted audience of, mainly, private equity managers at the newly named Australian Investment Council dinner in Sydney last week.

There was a record attendance of nearly 500 at the dinner, held in conjunction with the annual AVCJ conference for private equity (PE) and venture capital managers and clients. But Collins was probably the only big super fund representative there. And there-in lies the rub.

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