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Private Equity Funds

With a diverse and well-established portfolio of private equity managers, the PE Funds team uses a three-pronged investment approach:

  • Making multi-year commitments to established large- and middle-market buyout and growth equity funds in North America and Europe. The team targets fund size in excess of C$1 billion in developed markets, with a minimum commitment size of C$100 million;
  • Selectively backing first- or second-time funds with limited realized track records or institutional history (emerging managers), with a minimum fund size of C$500 million; and
  • Making minority direct investments, up to C$100M, alongside our private equity fund partners.

Our Team

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The Funds team is comprised of more than 20 investment professionals in Toronto, London and San Francisco.

The PE Funds team is comprised of experienced professionals with offices in Toronto and London. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

The PE Funds team is comprised of experienced professionals with offices in Toronto and London. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

Sonal Doshi

Senior Principal, Private Equity Funds

Sonal is responsible for leading and managing private equity fund investments and co-investments in North American and Europe.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2016, Sonal was a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets in investment banking, focused on Financial Sponsors. During her 13 years there, she advised private equity and infrastructure clients on M&A, IPO and leveraged finance transactions. She started her career as a civil engineer, spending six years on global infrastructure projects.

Sonal holds a BSc in Civil Engineering (Hons) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University. She is a designated Professional Engineer.

Sonal is on the boards of the Institutional Limited Partners Association, as a member of the governance committee, and the Association for Corporate Growth Toronto. She also serves on the executive committee of Canadian Women in Private Equity.

Caitlin Gubbels

Senior Principal, Private Equity Funds

Caitlin is responsible for executing and managing private equity fund investments in North America and Europe.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2010, Caitlin worked at CIBC World Markets in Investment Banking, focused primarily on executing M&A transactions and public market offerings for clients in the Diversified Industries group.

Caitlin holds a BComm from Dalhousie University.

Afsaneh Lebel

Senior Principal, Private Equity Funds

Afsaneh is responsible for executing and managing private equity fund investments in North America and Europe.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2009, Afsaneh was an investment banker at UBS Securities Canada, where she worked on a variety of M&A and restructuring mandates across different sectors in the U.S. and Canada.

Afsaneh holds a BComm from McGill University. She is a CFA charterholder.

Delaney Brown

Managing Director, Head of Private Equity Funds

Delaney leads the team responsible for pursuing investments in the Americas and Europe that are expected to outperform public benchmarks.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2013, he spent eight years at Hermes GPE LLP (formerly Hermes Private Equity) as Head of the Americas, focused on both private equity fund investment and co-investment. Before that, he was an Associate Director with Almeida Capital in London and a Research Scientist for GlaxoSmithKline in the U.K.

Delaney holds a BSc (First Class Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Leeds.

Dushy Sivanithy

Senior Principal, Private Equity Funds

Prior to joining CPP Investments, Dushy was Head of Origination and Due Diligence for Rede Partners. Before that, he spent 15 years as an LP, primarily with Pantheon, where he sat on their investment committees for Europe and Emerging Markets. He began his career at Morgan Stanley in Investment Banking.

He holds a BSc in Biochemistry from Kings College, London.

Our Private Equity Investments

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

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