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Canadian PE’s father-and-son team: Rod and Derek Senft

Travel almost anywhere in North American PE circles and you’ll encounter people who know and speak highly of Rod Senft, founder and managing director of Tricor Pacific Capital. Now his son Derek is making a name for himself at Pender West Capital.

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Super angel Boris Wertz’s seed fund makes quick ascent to North America’s top 10

Boris Wertz launched Version One Ventures with the aspiration of making it “one of the top 10 seed funds in North America.” Less than a year later, he appears to have realized that ambition. U.S. data platform Mattermark last month ranked Vancouver-based Version One as No. 8 on a list of 115 leading VC investors. PeHUB Canada Editor Kirk Falconer sat down with Wertz to find out his secret to success.

Canadian Investment Company Chief to Retire

Doug Pearce, CEO and CIO of British Columbia Investment Management Corp. (BCIMC), has decided to retire in 2014, following 25 years with the Victoria-based public pension fund manager. Pearce will continue to lead BCIMC until the board of directors names a successor, which is expected to happen by March 31, 2014. During Pearce’s tenure, assets managed by BCIMC grew from $15.9 billion in 1988 to more than $100 billion in 2013.

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Smart Apparel Startup OMsignal Gets $1M in Seed Funding

Montréal-based OMsignal Inc., a startup company which develops bio-sensing clothing that connects with mobile devices, has obtained a $1 million seed-stage round of financing. The deal involved Canadian venture capital firms Real Ventures and Golden Venture Partners, as well as TechStars CEO David Cohen. OMsignal said it would open its apparel platform to external parties this summer.

First Close of Espresso Fund III Attracts $35M

Vancouver’s Espresso Capital, which provides venture debt financing to technology companies, announced the first close of its Espresso Fund III at C$35 million. The fund, which is focused on tax credit financing, is expected to be capitalized at over C$150 million. Since 2009, Espresso has deployed over C$40 million in loans to over 130 clients in Canada. Companies recently backed by Espresso include CollabwareMConcierge and Nakina Systems and Skyreader Media.

McIntyre Partners Backs Montana Exploration

Calgary-based Montana Exploration Corp., a junior oil and gas company, has closed a previously-announced strategic financing with an affiliate of McIntryre Partners totaling C$3.5 million. Proceeds of the investment will be used to drill wells targeting oil production and conduct seismic and other oilfield operations. McIntyre is a British private investment firm focused on natural resources and infrastructure sectors.

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Enghouse Systems Acquires PE-Backed Locus AS

Enghouse Systems Ltd., a publicly-traded Canadian software and services company, has agreed to acquire Locus AS, a Norwegian developer and provider of integration software and systems of efficient management of fleets of vehicles/mobile users. The transaction, which is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2013, is priced at approximately C$14 million. Locus is a portfolio company of European private equity firm CapMan Group. CapMan has held a majority interest in the company since 2004.

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Kohlberg Completes Secondary Sale of Bauer Shares

US private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. has completed its previously-announced secondary sale of shares in Bauer Performance Sports Ltd., a Canadian manufacturer of hockey and lacrosse equipment and apparel. Gross proceeds from the sale totaled C$40 million, leaving Kohlberg with the equivalent of 31% of the company’s issued and outstanding common shares. Kohlberg and Roustan Capital acquired Bauer in a corporate carve-out deal in 2008.  In 2011, Bauer raised C$75 million in an initial public offering.

Canadians

Outlook for Canadian PE in 2013 “Positive” – Report

Canada is making a name for itself in private equity. With a stable economy facilitating steady deal-making in the home market and Canadian funds increasingly active abroad, the prognosis for 2013 is a positive one. That’s one of the findings of a new report, The Canadian Private Equity Market: 2012 in Review by law firm Torys LLP.

DRI Capital Completes C$600M in Deals in 2012

DRI Capital, a Canadian private equity firm specializing in monetizing royalties it purchases from pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and others, completed over C$600 million in deals in 2012. Among the firm’s disclosed transactions was the September 2012 acquisition of BENLYSTA royalty rights from Weston, Mass.-based Biogen Idec Ltd. DRI Capital, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2013, raised its last partnership, Drug Royalty Fund II, totaling C$700 million, in 2010.

PE-Backed Match Marketing Closes Fifth Acquisition

Match Marketing Group, a Toronto-based company which provides integrated shopping marketing solutions, bought Marketing Drive LLC, a shopper marketing agency in Norwalk, Connecticut, and its digital subsidiary Weld Media, from River North Group. The acquisition is Match Marketing’s fifth in the last twelve months. Match Marketing is a portfolio company of  Beringer Capital, a Canadian private equity firm focused on the marketing services and specialty media industry.

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