2019 Panel Speakers
Teresa O'Flynn, Managing Director, is Global Head of Sustainable Investing Strategy for BlackRock Alternatives Investors (BAI). BAI currently manages over $175 billion in total assets and client commitments with a team of over 900. Ms. O'Flynn is responsible for instilling BlackRock's firm-wide sustainable investing strategy across our Real Estate, Infrastructure, Hedge Funds, Private Equity and Credit businesses. This includes overseeing all aspects of integrating sustainability considerations and risk factors across the platform's investment and asset management processes, developing BAI-wide ESG reporting and contributing to BAI business and product strategy.
Prior to assuming her current responsibilities in 2019, Ms. O'Flynn was Global Head of Sustainable Investing for BlackRock Real Assets and a senior Portfolio Manager with Global Renewable Power, having joined the firm in 2011 to establish BlackRock's renewables business. She also serves on the board of BlackRock's Irish domiciled ETF, cash and real assets fund companies.
Ms. O'Flynn has over 16 years of international investment experience having worked as a Senior Corporate Finance Executive at NTR Plc, a private infrastructure developer, operator and business owner. Ms. O'Flynn trained as a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and tax advisor (AITI) with Arthur Andersen and KPMG. She earned a BComm with first class honours and distinction, from University College Galway, Ireland.
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.
Thomas Alberghina and his team help German and European clients with infrastructure financings financings, particularly PPP projects in the Americas, Western Europe and Australia. In recent years they have successfully concluded major financing transactions, each of which has stood out owing to the flexible application of the range of PPP instruments available in a vast array of different sectors and countries.
Thomas Alberghina studied Economics and History at Hamburg University. After working as a securities trader at Istituto Bancario San Paolo di Torino, in 1989 he transferred to Commerzbank, where he worked in a variety of functions including international export and project finance. In 2001 he joined Bankgesellschaft Berlin, where he worked in the area of capital market transactions and was responsible for credit trading as well as the systems and processes in the lending business. He has worked for KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH since 2004.
Esther holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the UPM of Madrid and a Master's degree in Management of Infrastructure and Public Services and has extensive international experience in PPP projects. Prior to her appointment as Head of EMEA, she held the position of Managing Director at Indus Concessions in India since 2009. Before joining ROADIS, she held different positions at OHL Concesiones.
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).
- From May 2019: Head of Fin Infra, Treasury department, Paris. Fin Infra is the French Infrastructure finance unit in charge of facilitate public infrastructure projects financing, maximize the value for money of projects, identify and mitigate the risks of projects
- 2014-2018: Member of the executive committee of Icade (listed property company), head of Asset management and Services.
- 2008- 2014: CEO of CDC Infrastructure, a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts, dedicated to equity investment in Infrastructure (portfolio of 20 stakes representing €2 bn invested in Transport, Energy, Telecom infrastructure);
- 2004-2008: Deputy CFO, Caisse des dépôts
- 2002-2004: deputy Director, Social & Employment Policies, Treasury department, Ministry Of Finance
- 1997- 2002: Advisor for economic and tax policy, Prime Minister’s Office
- 1994- 1997: Financial attaché at the French Embassy in Washington DC, USA.
François Bergere, joined the Long-Term Infrastructure Investors Association as Executive Director in September 2018. He 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. He is a graduate of HEC Paris business school and Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in France and of the Executive program in Business Administration in Columbia Business School (NY-USA).
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.
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.)
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.
Stephen Dadswell is Head of Corporate Finance at Transport for London, part of the Corporate Finance team responsible for funding and financing of major projects. Currently, Stephen is the lead for the £1bn Silvertown Tunnel PPP, which is due to reach financial close imminently. He is also responsible for developing a wider package for other planned river crossings and rail line extensions. Stephen has previously worked for PwC, DfT & Arup and has been involved in the London Underground PPPs, HS1, Northern Line Extension, Transpennine, Heathrow Airtrack and the Borders Railway, amongst other projects in transport and health.
Alberto Diaz del Rio joined at ACCIONA’s Concessions business in December 2011 where he has been Global Head of Business Development. He has been appointed in April 2019 Global Head of Origination and Partnering. During his professional life he has successfully sponsored and led multiple RFQ’s and RFP’s biddings and closings in all regions and sectors, including Australia, North America, Latam and Europe. He has almost 30-year experience in global infrastructure investment and financing in previous positions, amongst others as: Head of PPP for Southern Europe at Bovis Lend Lease, CEO at Propublica, Managing Director of Project & Sectorial Finance Division for Iberia at Societe Generale, or Specialized Banking Director for Iberia at Banque Paribas. Acting as representative of these and other companies additionally has held several board representations positions such as Founding and Board Member of Foro PPP Infraestructuras, or Director in several concession companies such as hospitals, roads or LRT’s. He holds an MBA degree from American University in Washington and a BSBA from Cunef University in Madrid.
Iñigo Dorado has been involved for more than 10 years in the infrastructure sector.
He is currently a Director in the Structured and Project Finance team in Cintra, covering Europe and LATAM. He started as a construction engineer on-site with Ferrovial Agroman to take, shortly after, financial positions in Heathrow Airport (formerly BAA) and Cintra. He worked on corporate and M&A transactions and origination of transportation infrastructure deals in Europe, North America and LATAM.
He holds a M.S. double degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain) and Royal Institute of Engineering of Stockholm (Sweden). He has also completed the Master in Management of Infrastructure, Facilities and Utilities by UPM.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chris is an Investment Director at Amber Infrastructure focussed on fibre, data centres and towers across Europe and North America. He is investing out of Amber’s digital infrastructure fund, where investments include Community Fibre, Airband, Nextgenaccess and toob, and continues to work with all of the fund's portfolio companies post-investment.
Chris joined Amber from Arma Partners, a TMT M&A advisory firm focussed on the European mid-market, where he covered the internet infrastructure and communications services sector and led numerous completed transactions in this vertical. Previously, Chris was an equity research analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, covering telecoms stocks.
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.
Liliya is an Investment Executive at InfraRed. She joined the company in 2018 and is focused on originating and executing energy and infrastructure investments.
Prior InfraRed, Liliya was at Global Water Development Partners, Blackstone’s investment platform into the water and environmental infrastructure sector, focusing on greenfield opportunities in emerging markets. Before that, Liliya worked in infrastructure at the International Finance Corporation and alternative energy/cleantech at Thomas Weisel Partners in New York.
Liliya holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Chicago, an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and an M.A. in International Studies the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
Michael is based in the London office. His focus is on the sourcing, due diligence and monitoring of investment opportunities. He spent 15 years providing M&A and capital raising advice to the energy and infrastructure sector at JPMorgan and HSBC. Subsequently, Michael spent time in industry as Deputy Head of Group M&A and Head of M&A for Power, Renewables and Midstream Energy at Centrica plc, the largest gas and electricity utility in the UK, and also as aninvestor assisting The Carlyle Group for Power & Renewables private equity investing in Europe. He has an LLM in International Business Law from the University of Hull.
Engage in social economic evaluation, traffic forecast, and value for money analysis, financial analysis and PPP and concession contractual practice for 15 years, develop financially viable motorway, structuring negotiation strategy for PPP projects. Conducted master planning for Shandong, Shanxi expressway. Leading the team tocomplete the Cambodia Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway feasibility study,concession agreement drafting and negotiation, and closed the deal in 2018. Solid investment business knowledge on motorway, organisation and coordination skills, and comprehensive management capabilities. Development of Methodology for Calculating Economic Benefits of Highway Projects in China, Eastern Asia Society for Transport Studies, 2007.9
Tim Mawhood leads GHD Advisory’s business in the UK, Europe and Middle East. Mawhood has over 20 years experience in commercial, strategy, policy and operational consulting in the infrastructure sector. Mawhood’s team delivers transaction advisory, due diligence, origination, business case, logistics and infrastructure policy services to the public and private sectors.
Over the past 8 years, Mawhood has delivered technical due diligence and transaction management services on over USD 60bn of infrastructure transactions, with USD 20bn of these in the ports sector in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America.
Most recently Mawhood led the technical due diligence on behalf of NSW Treasury for its sale of the USD 22bn Westconnex road network asset.
Mawhood’s sector experience spans defence, operational outsourcing, oil & gas, logistics and infrastructure, with asset experience in ports, rail, road, air and intermodal infrastructure and supply chains.
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.
Dulce in an Investment Director at InfraRed. She joined the company in 2013. She is currently focused on origination and transaction execution of infrastructure and energy investments.
Dulce has over 15 years’ experience in structuring, financing and investing in energy and infrastructure.
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.
Matthieu Muzumdar is Meridiam’s Chief Operating Officer for Europe. Matthieu joined Meridiam in 2011 as Investment Director with a focus on project development in Europe,. He then took responsibility for the Investor Relations function, in charge of managing relationships with investors globally and of fundraising.
Prior to joining Meridiam, Matthieu worked for the French Ministry of Transport. Matthieu graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. He has been teaching project finance since 2009 and was the program director for the « Infrastructure Project Finance » masters program between 2016 and 2018.
Ignacio is Head of energy and infrastructure practices in Madrid. He advises clients on infrastructure, energy and natural resources matters.
Rafael Pérez Feito is currently International Operations Director in Aqualia. With more than 15 years of experience in the water and sanitation sector, he joined Aqualia in 2005 where he has previously held positions like Europe Area Manager and Corporate Development Director for Europe. Prior to Aqualia, he worked in the Research and Consulting fields for different private and public companies in Spain and the United States.
Rafael has been Member of different Boards of Directors and Supervisory Boards in several international water companies.
Additionally, he is Member of the Executive Committee of the “International Federation of Private Water Operators (AquaFed)”, Member of the Advisory Board at the “IESE-United Nations Public-Private Partnerships International Specialist Centre” and Member of the UNECE Team of Experts on Public-Private Partnerships.
Rafael holds a Bachelor in Agricultural Engineering from Madrid Polytechnic University, a MSc in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MBA from IESE Business School.
Massimo joined Zouk in 2009 and is a Partner in the Infrastructure team. Massimo has over 20 years’ experience in the banking, management consultancy and engineering sectors. At Zouk, he is responsible for the sourcing and execution of clean infrastructure projects.
Massimo led the investment in Zouk’s Italian solar portfolio on zSol, from investment through to construction, operation and successful exit. He has also led the investment in Green Hedge Energy UK ltd., a UK developer of utility-scale energy storage projects, and participated in structuring and financing the UK zSol portfolio and Levenseat Renewable Energy Ltd.
Massimo strongly believes in the need to ‘change the way we do things’ to leave a better world to our children, which is why he joined Zouk 10 years ago.
Before joining Zouk, Massimo worked for 4 years with the Infrastructure and Energy Finance team at Citi in London, advising on multi-billion-pound project finance transactions across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Massimo had previously worked as a consultant at Bain & Company, as researcher in The Structural Engineering Department of the Politecnico di Milano and served as a Lieutenant in the Italian Military.
Massimo enjoys drawing, classic literature and vintage film. He holds an MBA from the Columbia Business School of NY and an MS Cum Laude in Civil Engineering from Politecnico di Milano.
Ms. Rives is the Director of Business Development for Europe for ACS Iridium. With more than 14 years of experience with ACS, she has held various management positions within the group around the world, focused primarily on the PPP business. Prior to being appointed as the head of development for Europe, she was involved on a number of project pursuits in the Australian PPP market, and before that, she spent 7 years in the development of ACS Iridium´s PPP activities in North America, where she was responsible for the management of business development activities for the company’s infrastructure project pursuits in the United States and mostly Canada.
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.
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.
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.
Jens is Senior Director in the Project Finance EMEA Department at BayernLB in Munich. Jens joined BayernLB in 1998. He gained a wide range of experience in arranging international structured finance transactions (aircraft finance and project finance) at BayernLB and is in charge for the origination and execution of infrastructure & energy projects at Senior Level since October 2005.
Furthermore, Jens has established intensive relationship to a number of institutional investors over the last years to realize investment solutions for such investors in Project Finance assets.
Before joining the Bank, Jens worked at KPMG in the international auditing division.
Jens holds a Master Degree in Business Administration from Munich University (LMU).
Robert Watt is Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland. The Department has responsibility for public expenditure policy, capital spending and overall management and reform of the Irish public service. With the Department of Finance it manages the budget process and advises the Government on economic and budget policy.
Robert is leading a major public sector reform programme in areas such as procurement, shared services, digitalisation and civil service modernisation.
Robert is one of the principal advisers to the Government on economic, budget and financial issues. He was involved in the management of the Troika Programme and was a key adviser to the Government, on economic issues, since his appointment in 2011.
Robert is an economist and has experience in both the public and private sectors. He has worked in a range of roles within the Department of Finance as well as previously working as an Economic consultant. He is a member of the board of the NTMA and was a member of the Economic Management Council.
Robert is a champion of diversity and inclusion. This includes leading a programme of initiatives to provide greater opportunities for women to participate in senior leadership roles across the Civil and Public Service.