Kensington Capital Partners Limited is an employee-owned, high performing alternative investment firm with $2.5 billion in assets under management. Our purpose is to build great businesses, and in doing so, create top-performing investment solutions for our investors.
We operate a highly diversified strategy across the private markets, investing in venture capital, growth equity and mid-market buyouts. We also employ a hybrid approach by combining direct investments and co-investments with a fund-of-funds program that invests as an LP into other funds. Our approach is based on the belief that there are strong upside opportunities across the private markets, but the additional risk in these investments can be effectively reduced through diversification. The goal of the Kensington investment platform is designed to provide access to a diversified portfolio of alternative strategies offering strong, risk-adjusted returns and very low correlation to public markets. Below is a quick overview of our strategies and offerings.
We focus on mid-market buyout opportunities in North America of mature profitable businesses that offer investment exposure not readily available in the public equity markets.
We seek to partner with strong management teams to build great companies by being an active co-investor or lead our own investments in companies.
Kensington’s buyout portfolio resides in our Kensington Private Equity Fund.
Growth Equity comprises a broad range of investments across the private markets, typically having higher revenues and lower risk than early-stage venture but without the fully mature, debt-supported businesses of our buyout portfolio. In many cases, these are software or tech-enabled services companies that have ‘graduated’ from venture stage and are scaling rapidly at the time of investment.
Growth Equity is a key part of our strategy in the Kensington Private Equity Fund, with technology growth investments also comprising part of our portfolios in Kensington Venture Fund I and Kensington Venture Fund II.
Kensington has been an active investor in venture capital since the launch of the firm in 1996, with strong links across all major markets in the United States and Canada. We invest across all stages from early-stage Seed and Series A through later stage technology growth companies.
Our venture capital strategy is one of three components of our Kensington Private Equity Fund, as well representing the core strategy of our three standalone venture funds: The Kensington Venture Fund, Kensington Venture Fund II, and the BC Tech Fund.
To date, Kensington has committed over $1 billion to private equity investments through a succession of private equity programs. The Kensington Private Equity Fund was created to provide Canadian investors with continuous access to a diversified portfolio of private equity investments across venture capital, growth equity and buyout, primarily in North America.
The Fund follows a hybrid strategy investing both in private equity funds and directly into private companies.
Kensington has developed a unique vehicle for the market to provide investors with access to the best emerging Canadian managers. Kensington’s Alternative Strategies Fund comprises a multi-strategy/multi-manager fund of emerging Canadian fund managers in a single comprehensively diversified portfolio.
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