Leaders in Proven Private Equity Solutions

Delivered by CF Private Equity*

Are you looking for a complete solution to managing your private equity? Do you need targeted investment strategies for the private allocations of your investment portfolio? As a global private capital provider, CF Private Equity (formerly Commonfund Capital) aims to serve as your partner in achieving your investment goals with a focus on risk-adjusted performance and diversification. We serve all types of institutional organizations—nonprofits and for-profits—and our tenured team partners with industry-leading managers and prominent investors to create investment solutions that cover a broad range of global opportunities.

*Commonfund Capital, Inc. will effect a legal name change to CF Private Equity, Inc. on February 1, 2023.  Until such date, references to CF Private Equity and CF Private Equity, Inc. herein are references to Commonfund Capital, Inc.

Meet Our Team

billion in committed capital since 1988

years of private capital investing

global offices


professional staff**

*As of June 30, 2022
**Includes all professionals focusing on private capital investing, including investment professionals, investor and consultant relations, business development, associates, and accounting team members.

Focused Portfolio Investments

Private Equity Programs

Our private equity programs focus on managers who are sector specialists or practice hybrid styles.

We provide geographically-focused programs in the U.S., Europe, and other developed markets outside the U.S., as well as select emerging markets. Our managers operate in the small to middle market, where there is less competition and valuations may be more attractive. 

Each of our U.S. and European programs are built on three investment theses:  

  • Value-driven and operational private equity investments
  • Growth investments
  • Distressed, turnaround investments

In emerging markets, we have a fourth theme of backing venture capital and growth equity managers who tap into opportunities driven by the growing consumer class in these countries. 

Venture Capital

We offer concentrated venture capital programs that emphasize early-stage investments, as well as select secondaries and direct investments.

We prefer managers and funds with verifiable track records in the information technology, consumer, and healthcare sectors, and we leverage our rich history as a venture investor to identify capacity-constrained funds worldwide.

Real Assets and Sustainability

Since 1989, our approach has evolved to include a growing mix of traditional natural resources, sustainable sectors, and other real assets investment strategies.

Our current approach includes energy production and services, power and energy infrastructure, renewables, mining, agriculture, and timber sectors.

The managers we partner with execute valuable niche, hands-on strategies that target smaller companies with lower finding and development costs and employ lower levels of leverage. Additionally, we select investments that actively incorporate environmental, social, and governance considerations into their processes.


We have designed our co-investment programs to provide dedicated exposure to direct opportunities in private companies by partnering with our manager and investor network.

We also leverage our advisory board seats and extensive manager relationships to source co-investments; this collaborative approach offers unique access to deal flow, and provides a framework for diligence of potential investments.


Ranked third best secondary firm* in North America and Europe, our secondaries programs are designed to provide diversified exposure to private capital across managers, strategies, regions, industries, vintage years, and portfolio companies.

We often emphasize smaller transactions with fewer participants and target investments that can be purchased at discounts to their intrinsic value. To source opportunities, we leverage our advisory board seats and extensive network of manager and secondary industry relationships.

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Additional Capabilities

Complete Portfolio Solutions

Customized Account Solutions

To create a comprehensive private capital solution, we combine our private equity, venture capital, and real assets programs—including natural resources and sustainable investments—into a single-fund solution. If you’re looking to gain exposure to opportunities around the world, we also offer a global private equity program with pre-set geographical allocations to the U.S., Europe, and other developed markets, as well as select emerging markets as outlined in our private equity strategy-specific approach.

Our customized solutions are designed with your specific portfolio needs in mind. These solutions range from comprehensive mandates across strategies to complete portfolios with specific solutions in a particular geography or strategy. In addition to direct primary managers, custom accounts may also include exposure to secondaries and co-investments.

Why choose CF Private Equity's services?

Over 30 years of experience on our side means you benefit from a team of institutional investors with your best interest in mind and the expertise to create the investment outcomes you seek. We are large enough to leverage significant buying power and access for your organization, yet small enough to provide individualized attention to each portfolio. Working with us provides:

Partnerships with leading worldwide managers | 30+ year track record of results | Experienced investors that sit on 100+ advisory boards | Fees and incentives that create an alignment of interests with investors | Effective risk management and responsible investing practices

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Private Equity Resources

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