London, UK 17 September 2012 - OMERS Private Equity (“OMERS PE”), the private equity arm of OMERS, one of Canada’s largest pension funds, is pleased to announce the appointments of Isabelle Pagnotta as a Director and Bryony Marshall as an Associate to its London office.
Isabelle brings with her a wealth of experience having spent six years at Arcapita in London as a Principal in Private Equity, focusing on the pan-European midcap LBO market and leading transactions across a broad range of sectors. Previously Isabelle was at Bridgepoint for four years, in London and Paris, and as a French national will bring further focus to OMERS Private Equity’s activities in that market.
Bryony spent over four years in corporate finance at Hawkpoint in London, advising UK and European private equity firms and corporations on mid-market transactions. Prior to this Bryony worked at Och-Ziff in their Special Situations team.
OMERS PE continues to build its presence in the European market and has successfully completed three transactions since establishing the London office in 2009, investing $640m so far. OPE led the £207m acquisition of supported living provider Lifeways in June 2012 and the $520m buyout of shipping services provider V.Group in 2011, as well as supporting the 2009 $700m start-up of Haymarket Financial, a leading independent specialist provider of credit financing to middle-market European businesses in 2009.
Mark Redman, Senior Managing Director& Country Head, OMERS Private Equity Europe said:
“Since establishing the London office in 2009, OMERS PE has built a formidable group of investment professionals and I welcome Isabelle and Bryony to the team. They both have outstanding track records of achievement, proven experience in delivering on successful transactions and add a further layer of capability to OMERS PE in London, increasing the team to 9, including 7 investment professionals. It is clear our patient capital approach to investment, where we focus on providing long term capital and support to management to help grow their businesses, is proving attractive to ambitious, talented teams and we look forward to building on our recent success.”
For further information please contact:
OMERS Private Equity
Mark Redman Senior Managing Director & Country Head - Europe
Europe +44 20 7822 8333
Peter Ogden/James Devas
+440207 379 5151
About OMERS Private Equity
Operating under the OMERS Worldwide brand, OMERS Private Equity today manages the private equity activities of OMERS and has over $6.5 billion of investments under management. The group's investment strategy includes the active ownership of businesses in North America and Europe. OMERS Private Equity is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices in London and New York. For further information visit: www.omerspe.com.
OMERS is one of Canada's largest pension funds with over $55 billion in net assets. It provides first-class pension administration and innovative products and services to over 420,000 members. Approximately one in every 20 employees working in the province of Ontario is an OMERS member. Through the OMERS Worldwide brand, our team of investment professionals uses a direct drive, active management investment strategy to invest in public and private market assets, including publicly-traded equities, fixed-income, infrastructure, private equity and real estate. For more information, please visit www.omers.com, or www.omersworldwide.com.