Case | HBS Case Collection | March 2003 (Revised January 2004)

CDC Capital Partners: December 2002

by G. Felda Hardymon, Josh Lerner and Ann Leamon


Paul Fletcher, CEO of CDC Capital Partners, a private equity group investing in the world's poorest countries, is wrestling with questions raised by the imminent reorganization of the firm. Previously an arm of the United Kingdom's international aid agency, CDC is becoming a public-private partnership, which requires that it refocus its efforts and rearrange its widespread portfolio into a form that outside investors will recognize. The proposed organization, separating government money from fund management, appears to solve a number of the problems from a strategic perspective, yet a host remain. Given the generally poor risk/return ratio of emerging market investing over the past decade, Fletcher and his executives must decide how they can position their organization to compete with other investment vehicles and still remain true to the mission of mobilizing capital to invest in poor countries.

Keywords: Private Equity; Investment Portfolio; Privatization; Venture Capital; Business and Government Relations; Emerging Markets; Infrastructure; Financial Services Industry; Banking Industry; United Kingdom;


Hardymon, G. Felda, Josh Lerner, and Ann Leamon. "CDC Capital Partners: December 2002." Harvard Business School Case 803-167, March 2003. (Revised January 2004.)