Northleaf Capital Partners further strengthens global investment capabilities with four new team members

Nadim Vasanji, Megan McLeese, Chris Rigobon and Brad Blowes join team

TORONTO (March 18, 2014) – Northleaf Capital Partners (“Northleaf”), Canada’s largest independent global private markets fund manager and advisor, is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to its investment team: Nadim Vasanji as Vice President on the global private equity team, Megan McLeese as Legal Counsel, Chris Rigobon as Associate on the infrastructure team, and Brad Blowes as Associate on the private equity secondaries team.

“We are delighted to welcome Nadim, Megan, Chris and Brad as members of the Northleaf team.  Each of them brings specific and relevant experience that will complement and augment our investment capabilities,” said Stuart Waugh, Managing Director & Managing Partner of Northleaf. “Having now surpassed $5 billion in commitments under management, and with strong growth prospects ahead for 2014, we are continuing to proactively recruit, develop and train high-calibre professionals across our three international offices to anticipate and support the continued expansion of our global private equity and infrastructure investment programs.”

Nadim Vasanji joins Northleaf as Vice President on the global private equity team and will be based in Northleaf’s Menlo Park, California office.  Nadim completed a pre-MBA rotation at Northleaf from 2007-2009 and rejoins Northleaf from McKinsey & Company in Chicago where he focused on corporate finance, strategy and operations with clients across the healthcare, retail and industrial sectors.  Prior to his pre-MBA role with Northleaf, Nadim spent two years with McKinsey as a Business Analyst.  Nadim received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.A. (Economics) from Harvard University.

Megan McLeese joins Northleaf as Legal Counsel in Northleaf’s Toronto office where she works closely with individual deal teams and external legal counsel on the review, structure and completion of investments.  Previously, Megan was an Associate at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, where she worked on a variety of transactions, including securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, fund formations and private equity investments. Megan received a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School and an Honours B.A. (with Distinction) from McMaster University.

Chris Rigobon joins Northleaf as an Associate on the infrastructure team, based in Toronto.  Chris has more than three years of prior investment banking experience in leveraged finance with Macquarie Capital in Toronto, where he worked on transactions in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, resources, power & utilities, transportation and logistics. Previously, Chris was a financial analyst with the University Health Network.  Chris received a Master of Finance (with Distinction) from the Schulich School of Business, York University and a Bachelor of Commerce (with Honours) from the University of Toronto.

Brad Blowes joins Northleaf as an Associate on the private equity secondaries team and is based in Northleaf’s Toronto office.  Prior to joining Northleaf, Brad was Vice President of Strategy and Operations at CommonWealth, a growth-phase Canadian hedge fund service provider.  Previously, Brad was a Senior Associate in the M&A Transaction Advisory Services group at Deloitte & Touche LLP, where he performed quantitative and qualitative due diligence analysis on M&A deals, including for a number of private equity transactions.  Brad is a Chartered Accountant and received a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) from Queen’s University.

About Northleaf Capital Partners

Northleaf Capital Partners is an independent global private equity and infrastructure manager and advisor, with more than $5 billion in commitments under management on behalf of public, corporate and multi-employer pension plans, university endowments, foundations, financial institutions and family offices.

Northleaf’s 60-person team, located in Toronto, Canada, London, UK, and Menlo Park, USA, is focused exclusively on sourcing, evaluating and managing private markets investments globally. Northleaf currently manages six global private equity funds, a specialist private equity secondary fund, an infrastructure co-investment fund and a series of customized private equity and infrastructure investment mandates tailored to meet the specific needs of institutional investors and family offices.  For more information on Northleaf, please visit

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Jeff Pentland
Managing Director