Searchlight Capital Partners has named Andrew Claerhout as a partner. Previously, he worked at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan where he was most recently head of infrastructure and natural resources. Searchlight has offices in New York, London and Toronto.
New York – Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P. (“Searchlight” or “the Firm”), a leading global private investment firm, announced today the appointment of Andrew Claerhout as a Partner. Andrew Claerhout, together with existing Searchlight Partner Darren Glatt, will be leading infrastructure investments for the Firm.
Mr. Claerhout brings over two decades of experience to his new role and joins the firm having spent nearly 13 years at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, most recently as Head of Infrastructure and Natural Resources. In this role Mr. Claerhout was responsible for acquisitions and managing over US$18 billion of investments around the world in the transport & logistics, energy & power, water & waste and social infrastructure sectors. Mr. Claerhout was also responsible for establishing and leading the London Office of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and developing Private Capital’s strategy in EMEA.
Mr. Glatt has been at Searchlight for seven years and has deep expertise in a variety of sectors, including communications and digital infrastructure, which Searchlight believes is an attractive area for investments. Mr. Glatt will continue to be involved in the Firm’s private equity investments in media and other sectors.
Mr. Claerhout said: “I am excited to be joining the Searchlight team. I have long been impressed by both the investment philosophy and the culture of the Firm. I am looking forward to working with the Searchlight team to identify attractive investments in the infrastructure space across North America and Europe.”
Mr. Glatt added: “Searchlight has deep expertise in communications and digital infrastructure and has been a prolific investor in those sectors. We will now have the mandate to increase the breadth of opportunity in those same sectors, and we look forward to extending our strong track record of investing with owners and management teams to enhance value.”
Erol Uzumeri, a Founding Partner of Searchlight, added: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew to the firm and are confident that his skill set and expertise across a broad range of infrastructure sectors, combined with Darren’s deep knowledge of the communications and digital infrastructure space, will be an excellent complement to one another. Andrew’s considerable experience and successful track record investing in infrastructure across geographies make him a valuable addition to our team. We believe the increased infrastructure capabilities will further enhance our existing investment activities.”
About Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P.
Searchlight is a global private investment firm with over $7 billion in assets under management and offices in New York, London and Toronto. Searchlight seeks to invest in businesses where its long-term capital and strategic support accelerate value creation for all stakeholders. For more information, please visit www.searchlightcap.com.