PSP Investments launches European office in London

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By Ted Liu

The Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers, has launched its European hub. This new London based office will solidify PSP Investments as a truly global pension investment manager, uniquely positioned to seize new investment opportunities.

The European hub currently has a team of 28 professionals. It is located in a PSP Investments’ majority owned, newly constructed building located in Victoria at 10 Bressenden Place.

The European team will be led by four managing directors and will focus on high-quality, long-term investments predominantly in the Private Equity, Private Debt, Infrastructure and Real Estate asset classes.

Simon Marc, Managing Director of Private Equity, has over 20 years of sector experience having previously worked for top-tier private equity firms in both Paris and London before joining PSP Investments in 2015.

Oliver Duff, Managing Director of Principal Debt and Credit Investments, has over 20 years of experience in leverage finance, with a strong track record of building relationships with syndicate desks, private equity firms and credit funds in European markets.

Patrick Charbonneau, Managing Director of Infrastructure Investments, has over 15 years of experience in the infrastructure sector. Prior to joining PSP Investments in 2006, he worked in infrastructure advisory services for a global accounting firm.

Stéphane Jalbert, Managing Director of Real Estate Investments, is responsible for real estate investment activities in the UK and Europe. Having joined PSP Investments in 2009, he has over 20 years of global real estate investment management experience.

“PSP Investments’ vision is to be a leading global institutional investor that delivers on its risk-return objective by driving a total fund perspective,” said André Bourbonnais, President and CEO of PSP Investments. Establishing a European hub is a strategic milestone for us and demonstrates our confidence and commitment to the region.”

PSP Investments’ has seen numerous successful investments in Europe. These include: Cerba HealthCare, a leading European operator of clinical pathology laboratories (Private Equity); a joint venture with Aviva that includes 12 office buildings in Central London (Real Estate); and AviAlliance, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PSP Investments and one of the world’s leading private industrial airport platforms (Infrastructure).

In line with its investment strategy, PSP Investments has partnered with numerous top-tier organizations in the region, such as Partners Group, SEGRO European Logistics Partnership, BC Partners, Permira and CVC Capital Partners. The European hub will further enable PSP Investments to capitalize on opportunities while further developing strategic partnerships locally.