CalPERS Severs Ties With PCG, Adds Capital Dynamics To Roster

Oct 11 2010 | 3:17pm ET

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System is severing its ties with Pacific Corporate Group as part of the pension fund’s ongoing strategic review of its private equity program and investment partners.
Aviva Capital, a former joint venture partner with PCG, will continue to manage over $1 billion of invested and committed capital in two emerging markets investment vehicles for CalPERS – Global Opportunities Fund 1 and 2 – under an independent investment team, and will be announcing a new name for the company in the near future.

CalPERS has also tapped Capital Dynamics to take over management of its Clean Energy & Technology fund, which was launched in 2007 and previously managed by PCG.

“We’re pleased to continue to support the Aviva team and are confident in their capability to succeed as an independent manager,” said Joe Dear, chief investment officer of CalPERS. “Aviva has demonstrated an ability to find promising investments in emerging markets and we are excited about the prospect of continuing to build CalPERS exposure in these regions.
“We also welcome Capital Dynamics to the CalPERS portfolio,” said Dear. “This new relationship and the repositioning of the assets with the new independent teams is part of the systematic restructuring of our private equity program to reposition our assets and focus on improved performance, accountability and transparency with our partners.”

The pension fund exercised “no fault rights” and enlisted Capital Dynamics to step in and manage the Clean Energy & Technology Fund – a $480 million vehicle comprised of partnerships and co-investments in the cleantech sector. CalPERS selected the firm from its private equity spring-fed advisor pool following a thorough review of potential candidates, according to the pension fund. Capital Dynamics will receive no new allocation in the Clean Energy & Technology fund but may make follow-on investments from uncommitted capital.
CalPERS will retain a relationship with a part of the team formerly known as PCG Corporate Partners to manage the remaining investments in the two Corporate Partner vehicles. Both funds are in the harvest period, and the newly independent team known as KMCP Advisors, based in San Diego, California has been tasked with exiting the remaining investments over the next few years.

The CalPERS Alternative Investment Management program returned 30.9% on investment for the 12 months ending March 31. The asset class has a total market value of approximately $28 billion.

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