In the second video of Unquote’s Lockdown series, Joe Topley, head of European funds at Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP), shares his LP perspective on the current state of the private equity market.
Topley joined Denise Ko Genovese to talk about falling valuations and the lack of visibility in portfolios, getting comfortable with meeting first-time managers on video call, and more.
Investors were expecting significant distributions to come out of their portfolios this year and since those won’t be anywhere to be seen for the next 12-18 months, some LPs are facing the prospect of a significant liquidity squeeze, he said. Topley also shared his concern that some GPs may end up investing in sub-optimal deals in a push to deploy capital, and warned fellow LPs to be suitably vigilant.
Managing director Craig Ferguson discusses accelerated deployment activity during the pandemic and plans to scale up the PE allocation by 2025
Fund has a target of $600m, which it plans to reach by next year, according to Kommersant
Existing investors including Institut Català de Finances also take part in the financing
Biotech company initially raised €12m in December 2018