How can an investor get private equity-like returns if they’re not part of a big asset management firm with billions at its fingertips? You go small.

That’s what Horst Hueniken did when he started his own firm after more than 30 years with the likes of Dundee Corp, Burns Fry, TD Securities and Stifel Nicolaus.

Heuniken only invests in micro-to-small capitalization companies, owns very few positions, and plans to hold for at last three years.

He tells his clients to expect annual compounded returns of 20 per cent plus. And, aside from a small fee, he doesn’t get paid unless he achieves those numbers.

Hueniken has a very strict list of attributes a company must posses before he commits money. Here are his six keys to investing.

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