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9Questions — James Ruane, MD Capital Solutions at CDPQ

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  1. Owen Sanderson
9 min read

Quebec’s vast pension fund CDPQ ($391bn under management at end-June) is one of the world’s best known strategic investors, with an $80bn private equity portfolio, and investments in marquee assets like Heathrow Airport and Eurostar, as well as a diverse array of portfolio companies worldwide.

In 2020, it established the “Capital Solutions” unit within its broader fixed income operations, with a flexible mandate to invest in specialty finance assets, subordinated capital, opportunistic credit and special situations. The group has done complex transactions involving aircraft leasing, insurance, mining royalties, recurring revenue lending, mortgage portfolios, and music royalties — and it still has capital to deploy.

9fin caught up with James Ruane, a London-based managing director in the group since January 2022 to discuss the strategy, markets in 2022, opportunities in specialty finance, the cost of living crisis. Ruane develops the international strategy for the unit across Europe, Asia and South America, and is responsible for business development related to North American transportation and finance.

Ruane was formerly head of European special situations at Bayview Asset Management, and before that worked at Deutsche Bank and Apax Partners.

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