Canada Pension Plan Investment Board reiterates India investment focus


VSG Capital Advisors have been retained as senior advisors by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) to focus on the pension fund’s investments in India.

Based out of India and Hong Kong, and headed by Vikram Gandhi, VSG will provide strategic advice and help facilitate investment in the Indian sub-continent, a region CPPIB said it believes has “significant long-term investment opportunities”.

The pension plan has a growing presence in the Asia-Pacific region, with C$13.1bn in public equity, real estate, infrastructure and private investments in the region at the start of 2012.

That investment accounts for 8.5 per cent of the plan’s C$152.8bn global assets, which was up C$520m at the end of the second quarter last September.

CPPIB executive vice president Mark Wiseman said, “Vikram and his firm bring exceptional market knowledge and relationships across the Indian sub-continent.

“India is an increasingly important market, and we are very pleased to have Vikram and his firm as strategic advisors as we continue to explore investment opportunities in this very promising region of the world.”

Prior to founding VSG Gandhi was the global head of Credit Suisse’s financial institutions group and vice chairman of its investment banking department in New York and Hong Kong.

He also spent 16 years at Morgan Stanley in various roles globally, including president and country head of Morgan Stanley India.

He said, “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to partner with an organization with the stature of CPPIB.

“VSG and I look forward to working with CPPIB in further building its presence, relationships and opportunities in the Indian sub-continent.”

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