CPPIB’s private equity attitude

Andrea Orlandi is something of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Or perhaps more fairly described, a private equity investor dressed up as a pension fund manager.

The head of real estate investment for Europe at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board clearly has the attitude of a man targeting high yielding returns, driven by his background as European chief investment officer at Area Property Partners, now Ares. Just because he works for a $298.1bn (£177.4bn) pension fund looking after the savings of 19m Canadians he does not take a passive view on investing.

“I remember when I joined, five-and-a-half years ago now,…

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