Investor giant Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan appoints Davis as new general counsel

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has appointed Jeff Davis as its general counsel, corporate secretary and senior vice-president of corporate affairs.

Davis is thought to be replacing Melissa Kennedy, who held the role since July 2009. In his new position, Davis will oversee Teachers’ legal team, as well as its compliance, corporate communications, government and public affairs, and pension plan policy.

Davis has been at Teachers’ since 2004, and was promoted into the vice-president and associate general counsel role in 2010. He has been acting general counsel since June this year.

He had a hand in the launch of the pension fund’s Hong Kong office in 2013, navigating its securities licences and registrations in Asia.

Prior to joining the pension fund, Davis held the position of senior vice-president for corporate and legal affairs at InsLogic Corp, and spent a stint as a corporate associate at Canadian firm Torys.

Teachers’ manages the pensions of about 300,000 teachers and is a renowned institutional investor in its own right. Its private equity arm Teachers’ Private Capital had about $140bn in net assets at the end of 2013, with interests in various companies and infrastructure assets including Bristol International Airport, the High Speed 1 rail line.

In 2010, Teachers’ acquired the Camelot Group which operates the UK National Lottery. It has a licence to run the lottery until 2019, with an option to extend it for a further five years.

The group turned to CMS Cameron McKenna for advice on the acquisition, with corporate partner Louise Wallace leading on the transaction (26 March 2010).

On its 2013 takeover of Burton’s Biscuits, the makers of Jammie Dodgers, Teachers’ appointed Kirkland & Ellis. The firm fielded a team led by City-based partner Gavin Gordon.