About Private Capital

Delivering Growth Through Private Equity Investing

Every day, across a range of business sectors and in locations around the world, Ontario Teachers', home to one of the world's largest, most sophisticated pools of private capital, actively seeks opportunities for partnership and to invest in companies that are looking to grow.

From our offices in Toronto, London, Singapore and Hong Kong, Ontario Teachers' experienced investment professionals work to source and execute major transactions and manage large-scale investments.

Since launching Private Capital in 1991, Ontario Teachers' has invested in more than 500 companies and funds, and developed expertise in specific industry sectors including:

  • Diversified Industrials & Business Services — targets investments in industrial and business services companies with strong end-market fundamentals, ideally with both organic and acquisition growth opportunities. Diversified Industrials has a particular focus on packaging, capital goods, automation, and building products. Business Services has a focus on route based and geographically concentrated services benefitting from scale and density, test and inspection services, BPO, facilities management and environmental services.
  • Energy — energy investing focused on sustainability and facilitating the transition to a low-carbon economy. Core focus areas include sustainable fuels, waste-to-value and the circular economy, commercial and industrial decarbonization, electrification and related enabling services & equipment. We use capital to develop and grow energy assets and platforms organically and through M&A.
  • Financial Services — property and casualty insurance, asset and wealth management, consumer finance, commercial finance, financial technology and services businesses.
  • Consumer — with a thematic orientation investing behind persistent and impactful consumer trends, active sub sectors include food and beverage, enthusiast brands and consumer services.
  • Healthcare — specialty pharmaceutical, outsourced pharmaceutical and hospital services, physician practice management and Healthcare Information Technology.
  • Technology, Media, & Telecommunications — enterprise software, technology enabled services and communications infrastructure services.
  • Portfolio Management — works collaboratively with management teams and deal teams on value creation planning, value lever acceleration and talent management across the direct investment portfolio. The team also leads portfolio monitoring and sharing of best practices and networks across Private Capital.
  • Global Funds — pursuing partnerships and co-investments with top-tier fund managers globally with differentiated sourcing and value creation strategies

How We Invest

Most of our private capital investments are made in two ways:

Direct and co-investor: Ontario Teachers' is a direct equity investor primarily in private companies. We are continually looking for attractive opportunities to partner with like-minded management teams and to work with them on driving value, for investee companies and our plan, during our investment period. Along with financial support, we provide advice and guidance to help grow the businesses we invest in. We look for well-managed companies with high-potential brands and compelling growth prospects. We also consider Long-Term Equities investments that deliver a stream of income and growth relative to inflation, with a hold period of at least ten years. Our approach is flexible – we can act as a lead equity investor, partner with compatible co-investors or even supply financing for the entire capital structure. Our goals are clear: we take a disciplined approach to value creation and we help good companies become great.

Funds: Ontario Teachers' has strategic investments with many of the world's leading private equity and venture capital firms, We value the opportunities to co-invest and work in other ways with our fund partners, including the pursuit of opportunities in markets we can't easily access directly. We are members of the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA), and endorse the ILPA Private Equity Principles which we believe form the basis of an effective private equity partnership: Alignment of Interest, Governance and Transparency.

Karen Frank
  • Senior Managing Director, Equities
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