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.
billion in committed capital since 1988
years of private capital investing
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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