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As Australasia’s most experienced private capital manager, CPEC has been managing institutional private capital investments since 1987.

Over the past 34 years, the firm has made 84 platform investments across nine funds through the deployment of A$4.3 billion in investor commitments. CPEC was founded by industry pioneers, Bill Ferris AC and Joe Skrzynski AO, but since 2014 the firm has been managed by its next generation, making it Australasia’s first successful private equity leadership transition.
CPEC undertakes control buyout transactions, enters into founder partnerships and provides growth investments for mid-market companies in Australasia, including those which possess significant offshore operations or ambitions. 
Experience, flexibility, nimbleness and a specialist functional team structure are CPEC’s core attributes.

Read about our current investments.







Value Creation

We are disciplined investors that seek strong fundamentals and management teams we can partner with to execute a clear vision.


Our deep networks enable us to find the right investments and actively manage those companies to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes for all stakeholders.


We seek new ideas and ways of doing things for the benefit of CPEC, our portfolio companies and our investors.

Our pioneering spirit
In 1987, our founders, Bill Ferris and Joseph Skrzynski, established institutionally funded private equity in Australasia. 

For the next thirteen years, they managed four private equity funds.  During this time, the firm recorded the first institutionally funded management buyout (MBO) in Australia (1991) and the first Australian backed IPO in Asia (Datacraft), listed in Singapore (1997).

In 2000, they collaborated with New York-based Castle Harlan to create CHAMP Private Equity. In the same year, an AUD$500 million group of funds, known as CHAMP I, was raised. It was the largest domestic buyout fund in Australia at the time.  It was also the first time an Australian buyout fund had received a major commitment by an overseas institution. 
In the same year, the firm recorded the first Australian backed IPO (LookSmart) on the NASDAQ valued at more than $1 billion. 

In 2008 CHAMP Private Equity became the first Australian funds manager to establish an Asian presence. It also became the first Australian representative on the International Private Equity Valuations Committee.

In 2014, John Haddock was appointed Chief Executive Officer. 

As pioneers of the private equity industry, Bill Ferris and Joe Skrzynski maintain a close connection to CPEC, acting as senior advisers. 

The business also draws on the expertise of outside advisers.
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Our community spirit
CPE Capital has a long-standing association with the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, whereby we provide important seed funding for innovative research ideas from outstanding early-mid career researchers via our annual Young Pioneer Award
We also support The University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales by participating in the Industry Placement Program and the Industry Experience Program, enabling a number of students to gain valuable, hands-on experience whilst completing their degree.