Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Constellation Growth Capital, a division of Highbridge Principal Strategies, partnered with Cirque du Soleil to produce the two latest Cirque du Soleil shows: Zarkana, in New York City, and IRIS, in Los Angeles. The $105 million vehicle formed by the three partners is investing in high-quality entertainment with international appeal. Since opening on June 9, 2011, Zarkana has been acclaimed by close to 100,000 spectators and has been widely acclaimed. IRIS is the highly anticipated first permanent production by Cirque du Soleil in Los Angeles.
The Caisse manages funds primarily for public and private pension and insurance plans. As of December 31, 2010, it held $151.7 billion in net assets.
Constellation Growth Capital, a division of Highbridge Principal Strategies, is committed to investing in the conver-gence of media, communications and technology and has managed total investment assets of over $650 million.
Cirque du Soleil is a Québec-based organization providing artistic entertainment since 1984.
The Caisse de dépôt's legal team was headed by Guy Lebeuf, Director, Advisory Services, Legal Affairs and assisted by Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP with a team that included Daniel Picotte, Alain Ranger, René Cadieux, Felix Gutierrez and Constantinos Ragas.
Constellation Growth Capital's legal team was headed by Wallace Christner of Venable LLP with a team that included Nora Garrote, Brian Masterson, Charles Koldstad, Todd Gustin and Joseph Walker.
Cirque du Soleil's legal team included René Khayat, Anne-Marie Papineau and Catherine Delorme, and was assisted by Norton Rose OR LLP with a team that included Jean-Pierre Colpron, Jacques Lemieux, Mathieu Deschamps and Cathe-rine De Laboursodière (M&A, corporate); Marc Tremblay and Brian Capogrosso (intellectual property); Serge Levy and Pascal Rodier (corporate finance); Derek Chiasson (tax) and Martin Valasek.