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Ontario Teachers' grows presence in India with establishment of Mumbai office

India's dynamic economy a key investment destination for Ontario Teachers'

MUMBAI, India, Sept. 27, 2022 /CNW/ - Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board (Ontario Teachers'), a leading global investor with over C$242.5 billion / INR 14.85 lakh crore (all figures as at June 30, 2022), has established on-the-ground presence in India, opening a new office in Mumbai to build on its existing Indian portfolio. Having a local team and office will support Ontario Teachers' in sourcing investments, nurturing long-term partnerships, and attracting strong local talent. The office is in the financial hub of the Bandra Kurla Complex and is Ontario Teachers' sixth global office and third in the Asia-Pacific region.

"India is an attractive investment destination and will be one of our growth markets over the next 5-10 years.  It has a large, growing, and dynamic economy, with openness to foreign capital which makes it a strategically important market for us," said Jo Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer. 

The Mumbai office will target investments in India across all asset classes, including public and private equities, infrastructure, real estate, credit and venture and growth equity.

Growing our India team

A founding team of approximately 10 team members will be based in Ontario Teachers' Mumbai office by the end of 2022, comprising a mix of local talent and transfers from its other offices. This presence is expected to scale further as Ontario Teachers' investment portfolio grows in the coming years.

Ben Chan, Executive Managing Director and Head of Asia-Pacific, manages all of Ontario Teachers' activities in the region including oversight of its Hong Kong, Singapore and Mumbai offices.

Deepak Dara has been appointed Senior Managing Director and Head of India and will take on this role in early 2023. As Head of India, Mr. Dara will be responsible for accelerating investment activities and enhancing portfolio management in India. He will report to Mr. Chan.

Mr. Dara joined Ontario Teachers' in 2020 as Chief of Staff to the Chief Investment Officer and has been instrumental in advancing many global and cross-asset class initiatives including the organization's five-year investment strategy, India strategy and ambition on climate action. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers' Mr. Dara was part of the leadership team of the Boston Consulting Group's principal investor and private equity practice.

"I am very excited to return home and to take on the role of Head of India. I look forward to working with our asset class teams and partners in the region and bringing our global expertise to bear in India. The last 12 months saw a marked growth in our investment activities in India, and I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to further build out our presence, networks and capabilities in the country," said Mr. Dara.   

Keki Mistry, Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited (HDFC Ltd.), one of India's leading financial services conglomerates, has agreed to be a Senior Advisor to Ontario Teachers'. Mr. Mistry has nearly four decades of senior leadership experience in the banking and financial services sectors.

In his global advisory role, Mr. Mistry is helping to further enhance Ontario Teachers' market reach, providing access to a high-quality network and opportunities, and sharing guidance on market dynamics. He is not involved in the day-to-day operations of Ontario Teachers' business.

"I'm pleased to be partnering with Ontario Teachers', one of the world's preeminent institutional investors. I look forward to helping Ontario Teachers' to continue to build its network and portfolio," said Mr. Mistry. 

"We see a breadth of attractive investment opportunities across public and private markets in India for a long-term investor like Ontario Teachers'. I am excited to work with Deepak to build out the team and continue to grow our portfolio in India," said Mr. Chan. "I'm also delighted that Keki has agreed to come on as a Senior Advisor. He brings an exceptional depth of expertise and an invaluable understanding of the region, which will be critical as we continue to grow our business in India." 

Scaling our investments in India

Ontario Teachers' holds a portfolio of public and private assets totaling more than C$3 billion / INR 18,374 crore in India. Some of notable investments include:

Capital Markets
Infrastructure & Natural Resources
Building on existing Asia-Pacific presence

The Mumbai office will serve to further enhance Ontario Teachers' existing capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region. Ontario Teachers' has more than 65 employees in the region and approximately $20 billion invested in Asia-Pacific across asset classes.

Ontario Teachers' Hong Kong office, established in 2013, will continue to focus on the north Asian geographies including Greater China, South Korea and Japan. The Singapore office, established in 2020, serves as the base for investments into Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

About Ontario Teachers' 

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board (Ontario Teachers') is a global investor with net assets of $242.5 billion as at June 30, 2022. We invest in more than 50 countries in a broad array of assets including public and private equities, fixed income, credit, commodities, natural resources, infrastructure, real estate and venture growth to deliver retirement income for 333,000 working members and pensioners.

With offices in Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, San Francisco, Singapore and Toronto, our more than 350 investment professionals bring deep expertise in industries ranging from agriculture to artificial intelligence. We are a fully funded defined benefit pension plan and have earned an annual total-fund net return of 9.6% since the plan's founding in 1990. At Ontario Teachers', we don't just invest to make a return, we invest to shape a better future for the teachers we serve, the businesses we back, and the world we live in. For more information, visit otpp.com and follow us on Twitter @OtppInfo.

SOURCE Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

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