OMERS Private Equity appoints new London MD

OMERS Private Equity has appointed Jonathan Mussellwhite as a managing director in its London office. Previously, he was one of the founding partners of Cognetas, a pan-European mid-market private equity firm, where he co-led the London office from 2009.

PRESS RELEASE

OMERS Private Equity (“OPE”), the private equity arm of OMERS, one of Canada’s largest pension funds, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Mussellwhite as a Managing Director in its London office.

Jonathan brings over 18 years of private equity experience, investing across the UK and Continental Europe. Previously, Jonathan was one of the Founding Partners of Cognetas LLP, a pan-European mid-market private equity firm, where he co-led the London office from 2009. Prior to Cognetas, Jonathan was a Director at Electra Fleming, where he was involved in a wide range of buyout transactions. He began his career at Arthur Andersen in London, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Jonathan also brings with him a wealth of experience as a company director, having served on a variety of portfolio company boards.

OPE continues to build its presence in Europe and has successfully completed five transactions since establishing the London office in 2009, investing $1.3bn so far. In 2013, OPE acquired Vue Entertainment in equal partnership with Alberta Investment Management Corporation, for £935m and led the acquisition of specialist software, cloud-based IT services and technical outsourcing provider Civica for £390m. In 2012, OPE acquired supported living provider Lifeways in a £207m transaction and in 2011, led the $520m buyout of global shipping services provider V.Group. OPE also supported the $700m start-up of Hayfin Capital Management, a leading independent specialist provider of credit financing to mid-market European businesses, in 2009.

Mark Redman, Senior Managing Director & Head of Europe, OPE commented:
“I am delighted to welcome Jonathan Mussellwhite to the OPE team. Jonathan has an outstanding track record of achievement, with proven experience in leading successful transactions and adds further senior capacity to OPE in Europe, increasing the team to 13, including 10 investment professionals. Jonathan is a great fit with our team both in terms of experience and culture, and will help us further develop our granular and grounded investment approach.”

Jonathan Mussellwhite, Managing Director, OPE said:
“I’m delighted to be joining OPE in London. Their strong investment platform, together with a great culture of long-term value creation and management partnership, represents an exciting opportunity. I’m very much looking forward to working with Mark Redman and the wider OPE team to help continue their track record of growth and success throughout Europe.”

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About OPE
Operating under the OMERS Worldwide brand, OMERS Private Equity today manages the private equity activities of OMERS and has over $6.5 billion of investments under management. The group’s investment strategy includes the active ownership of businesses in North America and Europe. OMERS Private Equity is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices in London and New York.

About OMERS
OMERS is one of Canada’s largest pension funds with over $65 billion in net assets. It provides first-class pension administration and innovative products and services to 440,000 members. Approximately one in every 20 employees working in the province of Ontario is an OMERS member. Through the OMERS Worldwide brand, our team of investment professionals uses a direct drive, active management investment strategy to invest in public and private market assets, including publicly-traded equities, fixed-income, infrastructure, private equity and real estate.

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