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DPE considers the full spectrum of ownership structures – from passive, minority positions up to 100% control. We invest in all sectors, excluding real assets, with a focus on sizeable investments alongside aligned partners, including funds, families, like-minded investors, corporations, entrepreneurs and management teams. The minimum investment size is C$100 million, with no predetermined maximum.

Our Team

The DPE team is comprised of over 60 experienced professionals with offices in Toronto, London, San Francisco and New York. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.
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The DPE team is comprised of over 60 experienced professionals with offices in Toronto, London, San Francisco and New York. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

The DPE team is comprised of over 60 experienced professionals with offices in Toronto, London, San Francisco and New York. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

The DPE team is comprised of over 60 experienced professionals with offices in Toronto, London, San Francisco and New York. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

The DPE team is comprised of over 60 experienced professionals with offices in Toronto, London, San Francisco and New York. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

Geoff McKay

Managing Director, Head of North America, Direct Private Equity

Geoff focuses on making direct, long-term investments in private companies across North America.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2014, Geoff was Managing Director and Head of Private Equity at Vulcan Capital in Seattle. He was previously Partner at Forstmann Little & Co. in New York and worked in M&A for Goldman Sachs in New York and London.

Geoff holds a BA in Economics from the University of Victoria and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

He is on the boards of Asurion and Informatica.

Sam Blaichman

Managing Director, Direct Private Equity

Sam is responsible for our direct private equity efforts across a number of sectors and serves as a member of the Active Equities Investment Committee.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2007, Sam worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company, an investment banker at CIBC World Markets and in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Corporate Finance and Assurance groups.

Sam holds a BComm From McGill University and an MBA from the Ivey Business School. He is a CFA Charterholder and a Chartered Professional Accountant.

He is on the board of Ascot Group, Berlin Packaging and Wilton Re and previously served on the boards of The Gates Corporation and Air Distribution Technologies.

Lori Hall-Kimm

Managing Director, Direct Private Equity

Lori leads the team responsible for coverage of the Consumer/Retail sector. She previously led our co-investments business across North America and Europe within the Secondaries & Co-investments team.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2016, Lori spent almost 11 years in the Private Capital team at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, helping establish their London office and leading European fund and co-investments. Prior to OTPP, Lori worked in the Consumer-Retail Investment Banking team at Goldman Sachs and previously held positions with TD Securities and OMERS. She previously held board appointments with 99Cents Only Stores, Gruppo Coin and OVS SpA and Alexander Forbes Pty.

Lori holds a BBA (Hons) from the Schulich School of Business at York University and an MBA from the Columbia Business School.

She is on the boards of Merlin Entertainments and Nord Anglia Education.

Salman Hasnain

Managing Director, Direct Private Equity

Salman is responsible for originating and managing direct private equity investments with a focus on financial services.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2018, Salman was a Director at Lone Star Funds / Hudson Americas where he focused on private equity opportunities, structured credit investments, and served on the board of Caliber Home Loans. Before that, Salman spent three years at Equifin Capital Partners, a financial services focused private equity fund. He started his career at JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley.

Salman holds a BA in Computer Science and Economics from Cornell University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Salman is a board observer at Mechanics Bank.

Thomas Kalvik

Managing Director, Direct Private Equity

Tom is responsible for direct private equity investments with a focus on financial services. He was previously a member of the firm’s credit group.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2010, Tom worked at Goldman Sachs in New York in their Merchant Banking Division. Before that, he worked in Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division, where he was a part of the Financial Institutions Group.

Tom holds a BA in Economics and Architecture from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

He is on the board of Ascot Group and was previously a board observer of Antares Capital and Ports America.

Sunny Lee

Managing Director, Direct Private Equity

Sunny works on direct private equity transactions and leads coverage of the media and telecom vertical in North America. During his time here, he has worked on many investments including Refinitiv, Endeavor, Alibaba and Ziply Fiber.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2008, he worked at CIBC World Markets in the Mergers & Acquisitions group. Before that, he worked at TD Securities.

Sunny holds a BComm from the University of British Columbia. He is a CFA charterholder.

Michael Douglas

Managing Director, Direct Private Equity

Michael is responsible for sourcing, executing and overseeing private equity investments in North America.

He joined CPP Investments in 2007 and previously worked at Ernst & Young Orenda Corporate Finance.

Michael holds a BComm from Queen’s University and is a CFA Charterholder.

He currently serves on the boards of Ascend Learning, Waystar and Wilton Re; and was previously a director at Acelity, and LHP Hospital Group, and a board observer at Antares.

David Lubek

Managing Director, Direct Private Equity

David focuses on direct private equity transactions and leads the business services vertical in North America.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2008, David worked at CIBC World Markets in the Mergers & Acquisitions investment banking group.

David holds a BBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Jennifer Pereira

Managing Director, Direct Private Equity

Jennifer works on direct private equity transactions and helps lead coverage of the Consumer sector. Jennifer also co-chairs the firm wide Consumer Virtual Team.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2011, Jennifer worked as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group where she advised a broad range of clients with a focus on financial institutions and consumer companies.

Jennifer holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a B.A.Sc (Engineering from the University of Toronto).

She currently serves as a director on the board of Petco Health and Wellness and the board of Ultimate Kronos Group and is an observer on the board of Merlin Entertainments.

Nick Senst

Managing Director, Direct Private Equity

Nick is responsible for sourcing, executing and overseeing private equity investments in North America. He focuses primarily on the health care sector. 

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2010, Nick worked at RBC Capital Markets where he spent the majority of his time in the Leveraged Finance team. 

Nick holds an HBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University. 

He currently serves on the board of Ascend Learning. 

Michael Zelenczuk

Managing Director, Direct Private Equity

Michael is responsible for sourcing, executing and managing direct private equity investments in North America. He is primarily focused on the Industrials sector.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2013, Michael worked in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs.

Michael holds a BComm from Queens University and is a CFA Charterholder.

He currently serves on the board of Berlin Packaging.

Maximilian Biagosch

Managing Director, Head of Direct Private Equity

Maximilian is Head of Direct Private Equity at CPP Investments. Previously, Maximilian was Managing Director, Head of Portfolio Value Creation, where he led the Portfolio Valuation Creation group, supporting management teams of individual investments to achieve full value potential.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2015, Maximilian spent more than seven years at Permira Advisers LLP, focusing on private equity transactions, and was most recently responsible for the firm’s global capital markets activities. Prior to that, he was an investment banker for Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas in London.

Maximilian holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.

He currently serves on the boards of Petco and BAI Communications.

Hafiz Lalani

Managing Director, Head of Europe, Direct Private Equity

Hafiz focuses on making direct, long-term investments in private companies and leads our European Direct Private Equity business. During his tenure, he has worked on multiple private investments including AgCoA, Asurion, AWAS, Dorna, GlobalLogic, Hotelbeds, Sportradar, ista and Visma.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2006, Hafiz worked in the Technology, Media & Telecom investment banking group at CIBC World Markets. Before that, he worked for Millennium Research Group, a boutique research and consulting firm focused on the medical device industry. He previously served on the boards of AWAS, GlobalLogic, Hotelbeds, and Livingston International, while currently serving on the boards of Sportradar and Visma.

Hafiz holds a BComm from Queen’s University. He is a CFA charterholder.

Andrej Babache

Managing Director, Direct Private Equity

Andrej focuses on making direct, long-term investments in private companies across industrial businesses as well as across DACH and the Nordics.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2020, he was a Partner at Mid Europa Partners, and prior to that an investment banker with Citigroup.

Andrej holds an MA in Economics and Business from the University of Edinburgh.

Ricardo Caupers

Managing Director, Direct Private Equity

Ricardo is responsible for private equity investments in business services companies in Europe. He also has geographic coverage responsibility for Southern Europe.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2020, Ricardo was a Partner at Palamon Capital Partners, where he spent more than ten years focusing on control investments in fast-growing European companies. Previously, he worked for The Boston Consulting Group in New York and London.

Ricardo holds a BA in Business Administration from Universidade Católica Portuguesa and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Katherine Chung

Managing Director, Direct Private Equity

Katherine is responsible for leading Financial Services direct private equity investments in Europe.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2017, she was a Principal at Crestview Partners, leading and managing investments in insurance, specialty finance and business services. Previously, Katherine was a Principal at Blackstone in the Private Equity group, based in both New York and London. She’s also held positions at Capital Z Partners and Morgan Stanley. Katherine served on several boards in her previous roles.

Katherine holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University (Hons) and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Katherine is on the boards of Ascot Group and BGL.

Jonah Enbar

Managing Director, Direct Private Equity

Jonah is responsible for leading private equity investments in the Technology, Media & Telecom sector in Europe.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2013, Jonah worked at Frontenac Company, where he focused on middle-market buyouts across North America, and in the M&A group of UBS Investment Bank.

Jonah holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Jonah is on the boards of Sportradar, Hotelbeds and BGL (prior).

Pascal Keutgens

Managing Director, Direct Private Equity

Pascal focuses on the healthcare and consumer sectors. He is also responsible for investments in Germany, France and the Benelux.

Prior to joining CPP Investments, Pascal was a Partner at Bregal Freshstream, where he was responsible for their Private Equity activities in France and the Benelux. Previously Pascal was a Partner at Doughty Hanson, where he spent 13 years focusing on mid-market buyouts across Europe. Pascal trained as an accountant at PwC.

He holds a BA in Finance from HEC Business School in Liège, Belgium, and a MA in International Business from the University of Leicester (UK).

Richa Sirohi

Managing Director, Direct Private Equity

Richa Sirohi is responsible for leading private equity investments in the Technology sector in Europe.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2019, Richa was an Investment Director in the Direct Private Equity team at CDC Group, where she spent more than five years leading on growth equity and significant minority investments in growth markets with a particular focus on technology, consumer, and healthcare sectors. Previously, Richa worked at Standard Chartered Bank across Private Equity and Investment Banking divisions in Asia and UK respectively.

Richa holds a BA with Honours from Delhi University and an MBA from London Business School.

Austin Locke

Managing Director, Direct Private Equity

Austin focuses on private equity transactions in the Technology sector.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2014, Austin worked at Miller Buckfire in New York, where he specialized in restructurings and distressed transactions. He previously served as an investment professional at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, where he analyzed and executed private equity investments across several industries. Prior to that he worked in mergers & acquisitions.

Austin has a BS from Wake Forest University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

He serves on the board of Informatica.

Our Private Equity Investments

We are invested globally in funds, secondaries and directly in private equity.
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