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SL Capital Partners with Oxford PE Institute

SL Capital Partners LLP, one of Europe’s most active private equity fund of fund managers has announced a partnership with the Oxford University Private Equity Institute at Saïd Business School, creating an additional research position at the Institute: the SL Capital Partners Research Fellow.


SL Capital Partners LLP, (“SL Capital”), one of Europe’s largest and most active private equity fund of fund managers, today announced its partnership with the Oxford University Private Equity Institute at Saïd Business School, creating an additional research position at the Institute: the SL Capital Partners Research Fellow.

SL Capital is contributing funds to the Institute over an initial three year period to support the Fellowship. SL Capital will also take a seat on the Institute’s Advisory Board and will provide data, guidance and input to the ongoing research agenda. In addition, the firm will build on its existing relationship with the Institute, supporting its programme of teaching, executive courses and conferences with the overall aim of increasing the awareness and understanding of private equity amongst key investor audiences.

David Currie, CEO of SL Capital Partners, commented: “We are keen to support the important work of the Institute and to share our industry knowledge and expertise with its researchers and students. The private equity industry needs more rigorous analysis and research to convince investors of the merit of the asset class as a way to enhance performance and the quality of their portfolio’s. We believe this is a mutually beneficial association which will strengthen the work of both organisations.”

The Oxford Private Equity Institute was established in 2009 and has since become the leading centre of research for the industry in Europe. At a time when private equity has come under intense scrutiny as a result of ongoing global economic turmoil, the Institute’s research aims to evaluate the risks, returns and characteristics of the asset class and its role in the post-financial global economy.

Professor Tim Jenkinson, Director of the Private Equity Institute said: “It is essential to the industry that there is independent, informed and unbiased research which can inform the work of practitioners, policy makers and others with an interest in private equity. The work of the Institute is hugely valuable in this regard.”

The creation of the post-doctoral research position will enable the Institute to advance its private equity agenda looking specifically at issues such as performance, both on an absolute basis and relative to other asset classes. Whilst already heavily involved in this area, the provision of an additional research position will enable it to strengthen and expand this coverage.

Professor Tim Jenkinson added: “Beyond our research, the wide range of courses and networking opportunities we offer make a significant contribution to the understanding of the private equity community internationally. Our association with SL Capital Partners is an example of the way in which the industry can support such activities and make a valuable contribution to our collective understanding.”

Notes to Editors

1 About SL Capital Partners

SL Capital Partners is recognised as one of the foremost private equity fund-of-fund investors. It has raised over 6.2 billion euros (c.$8.9 billion) in private equity commitments through 16 funds since inception in 1998, with more than 75% of the capital coming from outside the Standard Life Group.

The Company is focused on primary fund investments, secondary transactions and direct co-investments. Its clients range from leading institutional investors in the UK, US, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East to family offices and high net worth individuals. SL Capital Partners also manage segregated accounts for some of the worlds’ largest pension funds, including CalPERS.

SL Capital Partners has 20 dedicated investment professionals who have managed commitments to more than 110 partnerships on a primary and secondary basis, and have served on almost 100 advisory boards. The team has a track record of 50 co-investments, investing alongside leading private equity funds. The business is 40% owned by eight partners, with Standard Life Investments retaining 60%. In total SL Capital Partners has a staff of 44 operating through offices in Edinburgh (UK) and Boston (US).

2 About the Institute

The Oxford Private Equity Institute fosters independent research and education in the field of private equity, and provides a forum for the exchange of views and opinions about this asset class. Established in 2009 the Institute has quickly become established as the leading European centre of research and teaching relating to the private equity industry. The Institute holds an influential annual Private Equity Forum for practitioners and policy makers which addresses the key issues facing the industry each year. The Institute holds a range of speaker events throughout the year which are open to industry participants along with our students and alumni. The Institute offers a range of programmes including an annual programme in Guanghua School of Management, China; a Private Equity programme run with the CFA Institute; and a new Certificate in Institutional Private Equity Investing which is run with the European Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.

3 About Sa¿d Business School
Established in 1996 the Saïd Business School is one of Europe’s youngest and most entrepreneurial business schools with a reputation for innovative business education. An integral part of Oxford University, the School embodies the academic rigour and forward thinking that has made Oxford a world leader in education and research. The School has an established reputation for research in a wide range of areas, including finance and accounting, organisational analysis, international management, strategy and operations management. The School is dedicated to developing a new generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs and conducting research not only into the nature of business, but the connections between business and the wider world. In the Financial Times European Business School ranking (Dec 2010) Saïd is ranked 11th. It is ranked number one in the UK (11th worldwide) in the FT’s combined ranking of Executive Education programmes (May 2011) and 27thin the world in the FT ranking of MBA programmes (Jan 2011). The Oxford MSc in Financial Economics is ranked 4th in the world in the 2011 FT ranking of Masters in Finance programmes (June 2011). In the UK university league tables it is ranked first of all UK universities for undergraduate business and management in The Guardian (May 2011)and has ranked first in eight of the last nine years in The Times.