Private-markets investor Northleaf Capital Partners has opened a new office in Montréal. It also hired Kathleen Ffrench, who assumes the role of vice-president, sales, operating from the new location. Ffrench will help Northleaf grow its relationships with institutional investors, family offices and advisors in Eastern Ontario, Québec and Atlantic Canada. She previously served at Sun Life Institutional Investments, where she headed Eastern Canada institutional sales. Toronto-based Northleaf manages more than US$9 billion in private equity, infrastructure and private credit commitments.
Northleaf Capital Partners grows its team with the addition of Kathleen Ffrench as Vice President, Sales, and opens Montreal office
TORONTO (August 3, 2017) – Northleaf Capital Partners (Northleaf) is pleased to announce that
Kathleen Ffrench has joined the firm as Vice President, Sales, based in Northleaf’s newly-established Montreal office. Building on Northleaf’s strong base of existing investors, Kathleen will contribute to growing and advancing Northleaf’s relationships with leading institutional investors, family offices and advisors in Eastern Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
“We are delighted to welcome Kathleen to the Northleaf team. She will play a key role in the continued growth of our global private markets investment programs,” said Stephen Foote, Global Head of Sales at Northleaf. “Kathleen’s experience is highly complementary to that of the current team and will enhance our ability to serve investors and their advisors in Quebec and Eastern Canada.”
Kathleen joins Northleaf from Sun Life Institutional Investments, where she was Head of Institutional Sales for Eastern Canada, responsible for developing and managing relationships with institutional investors and consultants. Previously, she worked at Standard Life Investments in sales and consultant relations roles. Kathleen began her career at Mercer, working in the firm’s investment consulting practice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Economics) with distinction from Concordia University.
Northleaf welcomes Kathleen to the team at an exciting time for the firm, following the successful establishment of Northleaf’s global private credit program in 2016, the closing of its second OECDfocused infrastructure fund at its hard cap of $950 million earlier this year, and the recent launch of the next generation of its global private equity funds, Northleaf Private Equity VII (NPE VII) and Northleaf Secondary Partners II (NSP II). NPE VII, the seventh fund in Northleaf’s longstanding global private equity investment program, will invest in attractive niche segments to build a diversified global portfolio of mid-market buyout and growth-oriented fund investments, opportunistic secondary investments and direct co-investments. NSP II pursues a differentiated investment strategy that takes advantage of current market dynamics and deal flow to provide accelerated exposure to private company investments through participation in private equity secondary transactions globally. Northleaf’s team now numbers more than 90 professionals, and the addition of the Montreal presence complements Northleaf’s existing offices in Toronto, London, Chicago and Menlo Park.
“A Montreal office extends Northleaf’s global office network, allowing us to expand our capabilities to provide our investors in Quebec and Eastern Canada with access to highly differentiated investment strategies across private equity, infrastructure and private credit globally,” said Jeff Pentland, Managing Director of Northleaf. “The formal establishment of our Montreal office also reflects our ongoing commitment to and confidence in the private markets opportunities in the region and provides a local base from which to continue our longstanding and successful investment activities there.”
About Northleaf Capital Partners
Northleaf Capital Partners is an independent global private markets fund manager with more than US$9 billion in private equity, infrastructure and private credit commitments under management on behalf of public, corporate and multi-employer pension plans, endowments, foundations, financial institutions and family offices.
Northleaf’s team, located in Toronto, Montreal, London, Chicago and Menlo Park, is focused exclusively on sourcing, evaluating and managing private markets investments globally. Northleaf’s global portfolio includes more than 250 active investments in 14 countries. Northleaf currently manages seven global private equity funds, two specialist global private equity secondary funds, two direct OECD-focused infrastructure funds, a global private credit fund and a series of customized investment mandates tailored to meet the specific needs of institutional investors and family offices. For more information on Northleaf, please visit www.northleafcapital.com.
Jeff Pentland Managing Director t: 416.477.6165
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