Case | HBS Case Collection | February 2001 (Revised April 2001)

CDC Capital Partners

by G. Felda Hardymon, Josh Lerner and Ann Leamon

Abstract

In 2001, CDC Capital Partners is facing the greatest challenge in its 53-year history. Founded as part of the U.K. government's post-war colonial reconstruction, it had operated as a developmental finance institution, largely issuing debt to the world's poorest countries. Now, however, it must transform itself to become a public-private partnership (PPP) dealing in private equity projects, but still restricted to the world's poorest countries. Can CDC succeed?

Keywords: Business or Company Management; Private Equity; Emerging Markets; Cost vs Benefits; Mergers and Acquisitions; Partners and Partnerships; Financial Institutions; Financial Services Industry; United Kingdom;

Citation:

Hardymon, G. Felda, Josh Lerner, and Ann Leamon. "CDC Capital Partners." Harvard Business School Case 801-333, February 2001. (Revised April 2001.)