Kensington Capital Partners Limited is a principal investment firm specializing in direct, fund of fund, and secondary investments. In direct investments, it seeks to invest in infrastructure, seed/startup, early venture, growth capital, buyout, and mid venture stages.

The firm prefers to invest in clean technology, energy technology, information technology, digital media, telecommunications, information, and communications technologies. The firm invests in Canada with a focus on Western Canada and prefers to invest in developing countries globally with a focus on Africa, China, Indonesia, India, South America, and Latin America. Within fund of fund investments it invests in private equity, venture capital, and mezzanine funds in the United States and European markets. The fund co-invests in other portfolio funds and other related investments with the help of top quartile fund managers.

The minimum investment amount in the fund is $5 million. It seeks to co-invest and acquires a board seat in its portfolio companies and funds. The firm launches and manages hedge fund. Kensington Capital Partners Limited was founded in 1996 and is based in Toronto, Canada with additional offices in Calgary, Canada and Montreal, Canada.

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Kensington is a leading Canadian private equity investor, founded in 1996. To date, Kensington has committed over $700 million to private equity investments through a succession of private equity programs. Institutional investors such as pension funds and professional asset managers, as well as high net-worth individual investors, hold Kensington private equity funds in their portfolios.

Kensington private equity programs focus principally on two segments of the private equity market across Canada and the United States:
Mid-Market Buyouts of mature profitable businesses with total enterprise values typically ranging from $50 to $500 million, where management has developed a compelling plan to create substantial growth over the expected 3- to 5-year cycle of our investment. In this segment, we typically target gross internal rate of return (IRRs) of 25%, representing a tripling of equity value over 5 years.

Growth Equity and Venture Capital opportunities carry greater risk and target higher returns than the buyout sector. These less mature companies must show a strong growth trajectory based on a new technology or disruptive business model, led by an experienced team, in order to attract investment.

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95 Street Clair Avenue West
Suite 905
Toronto, ON M4V 1N6


Key Personnel

Mr. Thomas Kennedy - Founder, Managing Director, Chairman of Advisory Board, Chairman, and Chairman of Investment Committee
Mr. John H. Walker B.Sc. M.E.S. R.P.P. MCIP - Managing Director and Member of Investment Committee
Ms. Suganya Tharmalingam CFA, CPA - Chief Financial Officer, Managing Director, Assistant Controller, Manager of Research, and Member of Investment Committee

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