Standard Life Investments

Investment process

Our differentiated investment process leverages our large, experienced team and strong industry relationships, and includes:

  • rigorous mapping of target markets
  • a systematic approach to accessing leading investment opportunities
  • portfolio construction and investment selection informed by research
  • applying experience to fund and secondary investments
  • conviction-led decision making from an experienced investment committee

Europe West, East & Central

Map of Europe West, East & Central

Nordics

Graeme Gunn

Nordics

Gail Richardson

Benelux

Richard Chapman

Benelux

Simon Tyszko

UK & Ireland

Merrick McKay

UK & Ireland

Mark Nicolson

CEE

Roger Pim

North America & Canada

Map of North America & Canada

Canada

New York

South

Midwest

New England

Mid Atlantic

Mountain West

Mountain West

Mid Atlantic

John Cancellieri

Investment Director

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John is based in the Boston office and joined SL Capital in 2008. He is responsible for primary fund investments, secondary investments and co-investments. Prior to joining SL Capital, John spent six years at General Electric, which included global assignments with the company’s Financial Management Program and Corporate Audit Staff. He has a BSc in Analytical Finance from Wake Forest University and received his MBA (Hons) from Boston College. He is also a CFA charterholder and is a member of The Boston Security Analysts Society.

Eric Albertson

Senior Investment Director

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Eric is based in the Boston office and joined SL Capital in 2008. He is responsible for primary fund investments, secondary investments and co-investments. Prior to joining SL Capital, he spent 8 years at Bank of America Capital Advisors focusing on private equity fund investing. Eric has a BS in Business from Indiana University and an MBA from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He is also a CFA charterholder and a Certified Public Accountant.

Whit Matthews

Investment Director

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Whit is based in the Boston office and joined SL Capital in 2009. He is responsible for primary fund investments, secondary investments and co-investments. Before joining SL Capital, Whit was an Investment Associate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Investments focusing on private equity and absolute returns strategies. He has a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Villanova University School of Business. He holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation.

We adopt a top-down and bottom-up philosophy, including detailed market mapping and investment origination, which divides Europe and North America. We then allocate resources to each country/region, seeking to uncover investment opportunities across Private Market strategies. This process has two components.

  • 1. Review macro-economic, political and structural factors, as well as the Private Markets environment in each country or region.
  • 2. Regularly meet all credible managers, intermediaries and vendors, identifying those with the potential to provide access to high performance.

As a result, we establish strong relationships, often ahead of an investment opportunity, and undertake detailed peer reviews for each potential investment. We also maintain a forward buy list of funds, generate co-investment, target secondary deals, strategic credit or infrastructure opportunities to create model portfolios and deal flow.

Private mid-market debt investment process

Our private debt team’s ability to source the most attractive deals is built on the deep relationships developed over many years as a private equity specialist. As a result, we can access a pool of deals constructed by Europe’s best private equity firms. In addition, our private debt team carefully follows the views of its private equity colleagues. The team analyses credit markets and reviews banking conditions and competition across regions to determine the best investment approach.

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