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Partnerships created

Potential unlocked

The merchant bank to private capital

Through our proprietary angles, we unlock complex situations by providing tailored, unconflicted and discreet insights

Founded in 2017, with a vision to create a long-term, trusted partner to the private capital ecosystem

Canson sources, unlocks and invests in proprietary investment opportunities in partnership with leading global private capital providers

Over USD 70bn (EV) of private capital related transactions since inception.
Successfully raised 4 merchant banking funds
Over $500m AUM

We deliver creative, client-focused solutions and partnership capital to help unlock value creation opportunities

1. Strategic Solutions

We source proprietary and highly differentiated investment opportunities, often in partnership with senior industry executives or specialist advisors, and match them with the optimal private capital partner

We support private equity and corporate clients in pursuing liquidity events and exits

2. Private Capital Investing

We provide the opportunity to our long-term investors (comprising institutional investors, family offices and HNWIs) to invest alongside our own proprietary capital and our private capital partners. This creates full alignment on the success of the investment

Our Investment Strategy

Sourcing

Investment idea and proprietary angles

Sponsor Partnership

Identify and partner with the best source of capital

Execution

First-hand input into investment thesis and process execution

Our Investment Criteria

Business characteristics

  • Multiple avenues for growth
  • Profitable with stable cash flows
  • Opportunities for performance enhancement through private capital investment

Geographies

Western Europe and US

Governance

Partnership stakes alongside leading private capital providers, with customary governance rights

In originating its own transactions, Canson allows investors to gain exposure to a curated selection of highly differentiated and proprietary investment opportunities, investing in partnership with leading private equity investors, that they typically would not otherwise have access to

By matching the investment opportunity with the best source of private capital, Canson looks to maximise the likelihood of achieving outsized private equity returns

Partnership sits at the heart of everything Canson does

We look to identify transactions that create win-win opportunities for value creation. This can take many forms, including:

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS

Between corporates and private capital

PRIVATE CAPITAL PARTNERSHIPS

Between multiple complementary private capital providers

INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE PARTNERSHIPS

Between senior executives with operational experience/management teams

We strongly believe that there is no substitute for operational experience when evaluating and building conviction in investment opportunities

In partnering with senior industry executives and other advisors in relation to specific opportunities, we create a unique proposition, bringing our combined expertise, insights and access to drive success

$30m Series B Funding Round in Novata

Canson invested alongside Hamilton Lane, Ford Foundation, Microsoft, Omidyar Network, S&P Global, Hellman & Friedman, Kohlberg & Company, Lindsay Goldberg & The Vistria Group

Canson invested

€3bn partnership on Fedrigoni between BC Partners and Bain Capital

Canson sourced, secured and unlocked the opportunity for BC Partners

Canson raised c.€30m to invest alongside BC Partners and Bain Capital

Canson invested

Sale of Biofarma by White Bridge to Ardian

Canson advised White Bridge

Canson creation of Arc, together with Simon Foster and EagleTree Capital

Canson partnered with Simon Foster and identified EagleTree as the optimal partner for Arc

Arc is a buy-and-build platform to build a next generation events and media business

Canson invested

Sale of Grupo BC by
L-GAM to Silver Lake

Canson advised L-GAM

Sale of Credit-Vision to Alter Domus
(a portfolio company of Permira)

Canson advised Credit-Vision

€1.6bn stake acquisition in INWIT by Ardian and Canson

Canson sourced, secured and unlocked the opportunity for Ardian

Canson raised c.€110m to acquire a minority stake in INWIT alongside Ardian

Canson invested

Refinitiv $27bn all-share acquisition by London Stock Exchange Group

Canson advised Refinitiv

$4bn corporate partnership on Kantar between Bain Capital and WPP

Canson sourced, secured and unlocked the opportunity for Bain Capital

Canson raised c.$40m to invest alongside Bain

Canson invested

$20bn corporate partnership on Refinitiv between Blackstone & Thomson Reuters

Canson sourced, secured and unlocked the opportunity for Blackstone

Canson raised c.$100m to invest alongside Blackstone

Canson invested

£600m sale of Clarion Events by Providence Equity to Blackstone

Canson advised Providence

Matteo
Canonaco

Co-Founder

James
Simpson

Co-Founder

Amar
Bharaj

CFO

Cecilia
Gariboldi

Analyst

Charlie
Bogard

Principal

George
Adamopoulos

Principal

George
Sams

Financial Controller

Georgina
Hunt

Operations Manager

Gian Fedele
Ferrari

Analyst

Irene
Favini

Office Manager, Milan

James
Crompton

Associate

Luca
Colopi

Partner

Mengfan
(Homen) Hou

Partner

Roman
Albrecht

Associate

London Office

4 Carlton Gardens
London SW1Y 5AA
United Kingdom

Milano Office

Via Marco Formentini 1
20121 Milano
Italy

Canson Capital Partners