Ontario Teachers' opening of the London office in 2007, its first outside Canada, demonstrated the plan's global outlook and commitment to being a diversified international investor.

Our central location provides a base for accessing opportunities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, where Ontario Teachers' had investments totaling about $22 billion at the end of 2014. The Teachers' Private Capital team in London has a particular interest in the U.K., Benelux and Nordic Europe.

We are always ready to discuss opportunities with growing companies and investment funds. As a direct investor, we offer flexible, long-term capital and more.

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London Team

Jo Taylor

Jo Taylor

  • Regional Managing Director, Europe, Middle East, Africa, (London)

Jo Taylor is the Regional Managing Director of Ontario Teachers' London office, and has the oversight and responsibility for managing the full cycle of origination, analysis, execution, value creation and eventual realization of investments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  He also leads the stewardship of key relationships and strategic development within this region for the Plan.

Jo has over 30 years investment experience including more than 20 years with 3i Group plc, an international private equity and infrastructure investor. There he was the Head of Venture, Member of Group Management and Investment Committees, and CEO of US Investment Subsidiaries.  At Ontario Teachers' he is a member of the Investment Committee, the investment committees for the Infrastructure, Private Capital and Relationship Investing teams as well as working closely with all the investment teams operating in the region.  Jo is currently Chairman of Helly Hansen and a non-executive director at ISS, Premier Lotteries and Burton's Biscuits.

Jo holds an MBA from Manchester Business School and a BA (Honours) from London University.

Jean-Charles Douin

Jean-Charles Douin

  • Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa (London)

Jean-Charles Douin joined the London office for Private Capital in 2008. He has been involved in the buyouts of Acorn Care & Education, Busy Bees, Burton's Biscuits and Helly Hansen and the investments in ISS and OGF. Jean-Charles serves on the boards of Burton's Biscuits, Busy Bees, Helly Hansen and OGF and looks after the consumer & retail as well as healthcare sectors for Europe.

Previously, Jean-Charles worked at CapVest, a pan-European mid-cap private equity fund active in the food, consumer goods and healthcare sectors, and UBS Investment Bank, where he focused on M&A deals in the consumer and retail sectors.

Jean-Charles earned a master's degree and diploma from Ecoles des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), in Paris; followed by the MBA program from University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver.

Maggie Fanari

Maggie Fanari

  • Director, Relationship Investing (London)

Maggie Fanari has been with Teachers' since 2006 and was based in Toronto until May 2015. She is now based in London and heads the Relationship Investing team's direct equities investments for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. She has structured and executed on large-scale, partnership-driven minority investments in both public and private companies in multiple sectors globally. Maggie started her career as an auditor at KPMG and has previously worked in equity research in Scotia Capital.

Maggie is a Chartered Accountant and a CFA charterholder. She also holds a BBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University.

Iain Kennedy

Iain Kennedy

  • Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa (London)

Iain joined Ontario Teachers' in 2014 and is responsible for making direct equity investments for Private Capital in London.

Iain has been a private equity investor for over 20 years. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', he spent 16 years at Duke Street, a U.K. and French mid-market private equity fund. He was a partner at the fund for 11 years and also a member of its Investment Committee. While at Duke Street, Iain focused primarily on the U.K. business and financial services sectors. Prior to Duke Street, he worked for Price Waterhouse and Gresham Private Equity.

Iain holds an MA from Oxford University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Jamie Adam

Jamie Adam

  • Senior Principal (London)

Jamie Adam joined Ontario Teachers' in 2006 and is a member of the Europe, Middle East and Africa Infrastructure team. He was involved in numerous transactions including the acquisitions of Essbio, Brussels Airport, Copenhagen Airports and Sydney Desalination Plant. Jamie currently sits on the board of Bristol Airport. Before joining Ontario Teachers' he worked in private equity in Toronto.

Jamie earned a BA (Honours) in Political Science from Western University and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. He is a CFA Charterholder and a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Neil Fleming

Neil Fleming

  • Senior Principal (London)

Neil Fleming is a member of the Europe, Middle East and Africa Infrastructure team and has been with Ontario Teachers' since 2005.He was involved in the acquisitions of Sydney Desalination Plant, High Speed 1, Saesa, Esval SA, and GCT Global Container Terminals. Neil serves on the board of SGN. Prior to joining the Infrastructure team at Ontario Teachers', Neil worked in investment banking at Scotiabank and equity trading at Ontario Teachers'.

Neil earned a BMath (Honours) from the University of Waterloo and a BBA (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a CFA Charterholder and completed the OTPP Private Investments Board of Directors Program at the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.

Eric Hargrave

Eric Hargrave

  • Senior Principal (London)

Eric Hargrave joined Ontario Teachers' in 2009 and is a member of the Europe, Middle East and Africa Infrastructure team.  He currently sits on the boards of InterGen and High Speed 1. Previously, Eric worked in investment banking at RBC Capital Markets and assurance at Ernst & Young and BDO Dunwoody.

Eric earned a B.Comm (Honours) from Laurentian University. He is a Chartered Accountant, a CFA Charterholder, and a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Stefano Santarelli

Stefano Santarelli

  • Senior Principal (London)

Stefano Santarelli joined the Portfolio Management team in 2015. He focuses on developing value creation plans, supporting acceleration programs and implementing best practices across Private Capital's European portfolio.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Stefano worked for 10 years at Bain & Company where he was a leader in the New York Private Equity practice leading due diligence engagements and developed strategic and performance improvement programs for several large corporations. Prior to that, Stefano worked at Procter & Gamble and Telecom Italia in their marketing department.

Stefano earned a Bachelor of Economics with honors at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome.

Marvin Teubner

Marvin Teubner

  • Senior Principal (London)

Marvin Teubner joined the London office of Private Capital in 2011 and has over 10 years of private equity experience. He has worked on a number of transactions and was recently involved in the buyouts of Bridon and Burton's Biscuits, and the investment in Lowell. Marvin serves on the boards of Burton's Biscuits, Lowell and Gruppo Coin.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Marvin worked at Rhone Capital, a mid-market private equity fund, and Warburg Pincus, where he focused on the business service industry. Previously, he held positions at Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank, where he covered the financial institutions sector.

Marvin holds a BA in Economics and Operations Research from Columbia University and was named one of the 40 under 40 Rising Stars of Private Equity in EMEA in 2013 by Financial News.

Jake Nowack

Jake Nowack

  • Principal (London)

Jake Nowack joined Ontario Teachers' in 2013 and has been working in the London office supporting the organization's Europe, Middle East and Africa Infrastructure Group since 2014.  Jake, brings five years of private equity and investment banking experience to his role. Since joining the organization, he has been involved in a number of direct investments, including the acquisition of stakes in Koole Terminals and Bristol Airport. Jake was also involved in the refinancing of Bristol Airport and Copenhagen Airports holding companies. 

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Jake worked in the Energy Investment Banking groups of Citigroup and TD Securities. He holds an Honours in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.

Cleo Cheung

Cleo Cheung

  • Senior Investment Associate (London)

Cleo Cheung joined Private Capital in 2011. She has been involved in a number of transactions, including: the acquisition of Burton's Biscuits, Flexera Software, Blue Coat Systems, Canbriam Energy, Hawkwood Energy , and the sale of Sonicwall to Dell, Inc. Previously, she worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at CIBC World Markets.

Cleo earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen's University.

Abhijeet Gupta

Abhijeet Gupta

  • Senior Investment Associate (London)

Abhijeet Gupta joined Private Capital in 2011. He previously worked in the consumer investment banking group at Citigroup (London) and the M&A group at BMO Capital Markets (Toronto).

Abhijeet holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (with distinction) from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Ching Chang

Ching Chang

  • Investment Associate (London)

Ching Chang joined Ontario Teachers' in Toronto in 2014. He previously worked in investment banking in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets. Ching relocated to London in May 2015.

Ching holds a B. Comm from the University of Toronto and is a CFA charterholder.

John Wolfenden

John Wolfenden

  • Investment Associate (London)

John Wolfenden joined the Private Capital Group at Ontario Teachers' in 2015. He brings five years of experience to the role, having worked in both the private equity and investment banking industries. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', he worked in the Consumer team with Apax Partners, based in London, and in the Industrials and Energy team at Credit Suisse.

John holds an MA in Financial Management from Durham Business School and a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Durham.

Swee Hong Yap

Swee Hong Yap

  • Investment Associate (London)

Swee Hong joined Private Capital in 2014. He previously worked in the private equity funds and co-investments team at Allstate Investments. Prior to that, Swee Hong worked at Credit Suisse and Dresdner Kleinwort.

Swee Hong holds a BSc in Actuarial Science from the London School of Economics and is a CFA charterholder.

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