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CalPERS and OMERS crush it on direct investments

Direct investments by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and OMERS Private Equity have generated strong returns, suggesting that a recent Harvard Business School paper showing that directs do no better than fund investments won’t end debate on the question.

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Read all about the latest midweek private equity news including the ex 3i Asia head’s latest project, Castlelake III’s final close, OMERS’ and CalPERS’ strong direct performance and why the term life sciences needs to take a back seat.

Derek Smyth Jumps to OMERS Ventures

OMERS Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of Canada’s OMERS pension plan, announced Monday that it has hired Derek Smyth as a managing director. Smyth worked previously as a partner at Edgestone Capital Partners, and also worked with Bridgescale Partners. The addition of Smyth is the second such announcement this month for OMERS Ventures. The firm recently added former PeopleSoft executive Howard Gwin as a managing director.

OMERS Ventures Adds Howard Gwin

OMERS Ventures, the investment arm of the OMERS pension plan, has added Howard Gwin as a managing director. Previously, Gwin has worked as president of Solect Technology Group and as EVP of Worldwide Operations at Peoplesoft Inc.

OMERS Seals Financing for V.Group

Canadian pension fund Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System has sealed additional financing for its acquisition of Scotland-based shipping services company V.Group, Reuters reported Friday. HSBC and Citi joined the Royal Bank of Canada in underwriting a $260 million loan for the acquisition. OMERS acquired V.Group in July from private equity firm Exponent for $520 million backed by leveraged loans solely underwritten at the time by RBC, Reuters wrote.

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OMERS Opens NYC Office

OMERS, one of Canada’s largest pension funds, has opened an office in New York City. The fund, with $53 billion in net assets, will have a 30-person team working in New York, specializing in real estate, infrastructure, private equity and capital markets.

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