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Mr.Romero has a long background in infrastructure, having dedicated his career to the sector.
From 1991 to 2019, he held various positions of responsibility in the Ferrovial Group, including those of director and secretary of the board of directors in several of the group’s companies. He was secretary of the board of directors and legal director of Cintra Infraestructuras until 2019. Cintra develops highway infrastructure projects in several jurisdictions and was a listed company on the Spanish IBEX 35 stock exchange until December 2009. Previously he was secretary of the board of directors and legal director of Ferrovial Services, and corporate legal director of Ferrovial S.A.
Before that, he practised law in the Shipbuilding Division of the Spanish National Institute of Industry (INI) and other companies in the private sector.
He has extensive experience in the commercial sector, advising on M&A transactions and acquisitions in securities markets, and having been responsible for corporate governance and the legal management of infrastructure projects. His expertise includes supervising the legal aspects of major contracts—mainly concession agreements, construction contracts and project financing - and businesses in different sectors, including airport services,transport infrastructure, urban waste treatment and management, hospitals and schools, and the maintenance and conservation of infrastructures. He has been actively involved in dispute resolution relating to infrastructure project implementation, in court and with arbitral tribunals.
Michael Feith is a policy officer at the European Commission, where he deals with financing programmes for infrastructure. The focus of his work is on urban infrastructure, including initiatives related to the social area. He is also involved in the implementation of the Investment Plan for Europe and in particular of its first and second pillars, namely the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and the European Investment Project Portal (EIPP). He further contributes to the set-up of the “InvestEU” programme for the EU´s next budgetary period. Mr. Feith first joined the European institutions in 1999 via the European Parliament, before joining the European Commission in 2001. He holds a Master's degree in European Politics. Biography: Michael is a policy officer at the European Commission, where he deals with financing programmes for infrastructure. The focus of his work is urban infrastructure, including initiatives related to transport and energy. He is also involved in the implementation of the Investment Plan for Europe and in particular its first and second pillars, namely the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and the European Investment Project Portal (EIPP). Michael first joined the European institutions in 1999 via the European Parliament, before joining the European Commission in 2001. He holds a Master's degree in European Politics.
Fernando joined DIF in 2015 and is responsible for the origination, execution and asset management of investments in Spain. With 15 years’ experience at several leading Spanish infrastructure businesses, Fernando has been involved in a wide range of transactions in the transportation, healthcare and water sectors. Previous roles include Senior Investment Director at infrastructure developer Globalvia Inversiones, CFO at construction group Sacyr Concesiones, Head of International Structured Finance at concession company Itinere, and Head of Finance at construction company FCC. Fernando holds an EMBA from IESE Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Universidad Complutense.
Luca joined SMBC Europe in February 2006 and has 20 years of international banking and structured finance experience in EMEA and North America. At SMBC, Luca is responsible for the Infrastructure team's activities,covering healthcare, education, emergency services, housing, smart energy,waste, wastewater and has arranged and advised on a number of PFI/PPP/P3projects in EMEA and North America. Before joining SMBC, Luca was a project finance associate director at Banca Intesa (now Banca IMI) in London, which he joined in 2002 and for which he worked on TMT, energy and transport projects.Prior to joining Banca Intesa in London, Luca was a credit derivative associate at IntesaBci (formerly Banca Commerciale Italiana) in New York, where he worked for 6 years, starting as a credit analyst for both Italian and Fortune 500 multinationals. Luca holds a cum-laude BBA from Bocconi University in Milan and an MBA with distinction from the Stern School of Business of New York University.
Thierry Déau is a graduate from the French Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. He founded Meridiam in 2005 and has overseen its growth to become a firm of over 80 professionals in five countries with currently €5 billion of assets under management. Prior to founding Meridiam, Thierry was the CEO of Egis Projects, a leading international project developer and operator and subsidiary of the French Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC).
He is also currently chairman of the Long Term Infrastructrue Investor Organization (LTIIA), which he has co-founded, and an Investment Committee member for the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI). He is a board member of the World Economic Forum’s Council on Transformational Projects, and President of the Archery Foundation.
Mr. Bernad is managing partner of the Madrid office of Cuatrecasas.
He has ample experience in financing transactions, including project finance and infrastructure projects (e.g., motorways, underground lines, hospitals, and desalination plants), and energy projects (e.g., solar thermal plants, photovoltaic plants, biofuel plants, and wind plants) in Spain and other countries; in acquisition finance; in simple and structured real estate transactions; and in the refinancing of industrial and real estate groups, and of LBOs and MBOs.
He is the secretary non-director of entities supervised by the Spanish Securities and Exchange Commission and the Banco de España.
He obtained his Doctor of Laws with a thesis on the legal regime of redeemable shares, and regularly lectures at business schools and universities.
Recommended by several directories, including Chambers & Partners, IFLR, Best Lawyers, Who´s Who Legal, Legal 500, Legal 500 Latin America and Latin Lawyer in Project Finance, Real Estate and Construction, Banking&Finance and Projects and energy, among others.
Distinguished by Chambers Europe as “star individual” in Project Finance in 2015.
Also distinguished by Best Lawyers as Structured Finance Law Lawyer of the Year in 2019, Real Estate & Construction Law Lawyer of the Year in 2016 and 2017, and Projects Lawyer of the Year in 2012.
Ricardo Sanchez holds a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain). He has over 15 years experience in transportation engineering focused on analysing traffic and revenue for toll road projects. Since 2002 he has worked with Cintra initially as responsible for managing the preparation of traffic and revenue forecasts for existing and new projects pursued by the company worldwide. From March 2007 he has been leading Cintra’s North American Technical Department. He manages a team of highly qualified professionals preparing feasibility analysis for new toll roads in the US and Canada, and provides support to Cintra Toll road projects in North America on Operations and Maintenance, Design and Construction, Pricing, Traffic and Revenue. He has been an integral part of the teams developing all of Cintra’s managed lanes projects from procurement to implementation to operations.
Torsten R. Böger studied at the Universities of Münster and Köln and graduated in Economics (Diplom-Volkswirt.). His professional career started in a national private bank, where he worked in the credit department and later in the field of M&A, project funding and strategic consulting for financial structural measures. Torsten R. Böger was then working for two international consulting firms, before he joined the VIFG and was appointed Head of the Department of Infrastructure Finance dealing with Project Finance and Public Private Partnership.
Torsten R. Böger became a University lecturer in 2001 and an honorary professor in the field of Project Financing and Public Private Partnerships at the Technical University Braunschweig in 2011. His recent publications include: „Finanzierungskreislauf Straße über die VIFG" (Böger, Sudau) in: Internationales Verkehrswesen, Ausgabe 3/2011); „VIFG 2011: („VIFG 2011: Einstieg in den Finanzierungskreislauf Straße" (Böger, Sudau) in: Public Private Partnership Jahrbuch 2011 (Hrsg.) Prof. Dr. Weber, M. ) and „Nutzerfinanzierung der Bundesfernstraßen - gerecht, transparent, effizient"(Böger, Sudau) in: Public Private Partnership Jahrbuch 2012 (Hrsg.) Knop, D.; Prof. Dr. Weber, M.)
Ignacio specialises in all types of financing transactions, both at a national and international level. He has extensive expertise in restructurings, leveraged finance, real estate and project finance, particularly in renewables and infrastructure. He has taken part in some of the largest financing transactions arranged in Spain over the last years.
Ignacio is recommended for his excellent work in the main legal directories such as Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, since 2007 until today.
He has been involved in project financing and PPPs since the early 1990s.
He spent the early part of his career in London, first with Société Générale where he was involved in several power and transport projects in the UK, Spain and Asia and subsequently with the European Investment Bank, working on a wide variety of PPP/PFI projects in transport in the UK and the Netherlands. He later moved to the EIB’s Rome office where he was in charge of project financing/PPP transactions in Italy and Greece.
In 2010, Guy joined the European PPP Expertise Centre as a principal adviser. He has led EPEC’s work on a wide range of PPP topics such as financing, use of public guarantees, fiscal risk issues and good practice in PPP contract design. He is also coordinating EPEC’s advice to the public sector on individual PPP projects.
François Bergere, joined the Long-Term Infrastructure Investors Association as Executive Director in September 2018. Bergere has a long and diversified professional experience in the fields of public management, project and infrastructure finance, having worked as a senior auditor at the French supreme audit institution, a manager of multinational Equity Investment funds in infrastructure; and in the French ministry of Finance to set-up and manage the PPP task force, before joining the World Bank from 2014 as Program Manager for PPIAF (Public-Private Investment Advisory facility) , a trust-fund aimed at creating an investment-enabling environment for private sector participation in infrastructure.
Kieron Meade was appointed as Managing Director of BAM PPP BV in October 2015.
A chartered surveyor, Kieron joined BAM PPP UK as a Director in 2005 and was appointed Commercial Director of BAM PPP BV in 2007 and Group Company Director in 2009.
Keith Hays is a seasoned market insight professional with over 15 years’ experience in the telecom and energy sectors as a management consultant and industry analyst.Prior to joining Bluefield, Keith built market insight services for Pyramid Research, Emerging Energy Research, and IHS in the US and Europe,providing strategy guidance to infrastructure investors, global energy companies, utilities, and equipment manufacturers.
Mr. Hays holds a BA from Columbia University in English Literature and Hispanic Culture, and an MBA from IESE Business School. He leads Bluefield Research’s team of water experts in Barcelona, Spain.
Responsible for originating and managing over 10 billion USD in infrastructure asset deals in over 60 countries in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. Assets deals range from Oil & Gas (upstream and downstream), Power (fossil and renewable in production, transmission and distribution), Environment (water, water treatment & solid waste, Mobility (Airports, Ports, Roads, Railways,Metro), Social Infrastructure (Health, Education, Public Administration), Real Estate and Urban Development, Mining, Industry and Logistics. Has achieved success managing investment operations, in new ventures, new markets and with new partners due to more than 25 years of experience operating management projects and SPV’s (special purpose vehicles) in the development and exploitation phases. His, 7+ years of experience working with the public sector (United Nations, government and state owned entities) designing and implementing policies for public sector investment have given him a unique perspective on public interest that has been key in originating deals and developing PPPs throughout the world. These activities cover the full life cycle of asset development starting with interpreting infrastructure gaps, analysing demographics and market tendencies, designing products and business models, defining strategy and aligning goals between share and stakeholders,starting up / reorganizing of management teams, carrying out fund raising(debt, equity, mezzanine), M&A and managing value growth.
Has been lecturing on Business Development Strategy since 2001 and is the founder of the first MBA on Urban Renewal for which he has lectured on Sustainable and Urban Development and Urban Renewal Business since 2010.
Abdellah BENHATTA, Deputy CEO of Egis Projects SA has more than 19 years experience in banking activities and project financing mainly at Caisse des dépôts et consignations and in infrastructure development, investment, operations and services at Egis Projects.
He worked on several major deals either as lender or developer. Abdellah has a legal background (Head of legal – Banking department of Caisse des Dépôts) and moved to projects structuration first as Project Director and progressively responsible for PPP/Concessions projects development (PPP/PFI Transport infrastructure - Road, Airport, ETC).
Tomas Janeba is the President of the Czech Infrastructure Association, a respected private sector think-tank for the Czech public infrastructure, uniting interests of 55 major infrastructure players including engineers, contractors, banks and consultants. He has 16-year experience in infrastructure project finance and investments, previously involved with John Laing, one of the leading British infrastructure investors and PwC’s project finance team. He set up PPP Unit of the Czech Republic in the past.
Marc C. Ganzi is a Co-Founder and CEO of Digital Bridge. In addition to overseeing Digital Bridge's growth and shaping its strategy, Mr. Ganzi is a Managing Partner and an Investment Committee Member at Digital Colony. Mr. Ganzi is widely recognized as a leading visionary and entrepreneur driving communications infrastructure deployment globally.
Prior to Digital Bridge, Mr. Ganzi was the founder and CEO of Global Tower Partners (GTP), which grew from its inception in 2003 into the largest privately-owned tower company in the U.S. at the time of its sale to American Tower Corporation in 2013 for $4.8 billion. Mr. Ganzi led the company's impressive growth trajectory by executing on a series of strategic acquisitions, innovative build-to-suit agreements with wireless carriers, and ground-breaking financings in the credit markets.
Prior to the formation of GTP, Mr. Ganzi worked as a consulting partner for DB Capital Partners in New York City where he oversaw investments in the Latin American tower sector. Prior to his tenure at DB Capital, Mr. Ganzi was President and Co-Founder of Apex Site Management, the largest third-party manager of wireless and wireline communication sites in the U.S. Apex merged with SpectraSite Communications in 2000 to create the largest telecommunications site portfolio in the country at the time.
Mr. Ganzi also enjoyed a successful tenure for the U.S. Department of Commerce's Foreign Commercial Service Department as an assistant Commercial Attaché in Madrid, Spain in 1990. He also served as a Presidential Intern in the White House for the Bush administration in the Office of Special Activities and Initiatives for the Honorable Stephen M. Studdert in 1989.
Mr. Ganzi holds a Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School of Business. He is a member of the Wireless Infrastructure Associations (WIA) and the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO).
Mr. Ganzi currently sits on the boards of DataBank, Vantage Data Centers, ExteNet Systems, Vertical Bridge, Andean Tower Partners, and StrattoOpencell.
Christoph is a Managing Director in the Direct Infrastructure Investment team at Allianz Capital Partners. Christoph has more than 10 years of investment experience on the private investment side and has worked across a wide variety of sectors including energy, transport and telecom infrastructure, greenfield projects as well as private equity businesses.
Christoph is responsible for origination, structuring, due diligence and execution of infra-structure investments. He has presently the day-to-day asset management responsibility for three investments. He is a director on the board of directors of Porterbrook Rail Finance, one of three Rolling Stock Leasing Companies in the UK, a member of the board of directors of Autostrade per L’Italia, the largest Italian toll road operator, as well as a shareholder director in the companies owning a minority stake in Gas Connect Austria, the Austrian gas trans-mission and distribution system operator. He is also a director of the board of NeuConnect Britain, a company developing a new greenfield electricity interconnector between Germany and the UK. Until 2017, Christoph was a shareholder director in the holding companies that own the Tideway Tunnel in London.
Prior to joining Allianz Capital Partners in 2008, Christoph was a Senior Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Corporate Finance and Transaction Services division. Christoph is a CFA charterholder and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.