Bruce Anderson is a Managing Director in the Project Finance and Infrastructure team within the Investments division of The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (“Manulife”). Manulife is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Canada, Asia and the United States (where it operates as John Hancock).
Based in Toronto, Anderson is part of the team responsible for directing Manulife’s involvement in the development and financing of projects in the infrastructure, renewable energy and public-private partnership sectors in Canada. Manulife’s Canadian Project Finance and Infrastructure team currently manages a portfolio in excess of USD 10bn. With over 20 years of finance experience, Anderson is primarily focused on originating and managing fixed income opportunities in the infrastructure and P3 spaces.
Jennifer Aument joined Transurban in 2006 and now leads the Group’s North American business. Aument led the use of public-private partnerships for infrastructure funding in the United States, pioneering a number of innovative financing and technology strategies in the development of major transportation projects, including the USD 3bn 495 and 95 Express Lanes in Virginia.
Prior to joining Transurban, Aument worked for Bechtel Infrastructure to develop the Washington Metrorail Silver Line. Aument is also a commissioner for the Virginia Port Authority, which oversees one of the largest shipping enterprises in the US.
Emily Azer is a Vice President at GI Partners where she focuses on investments in data infrastructure. Prior to joining GI Partners, Azer was a Vice President at Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners where she focused on investments in the communications sector. Earlier in her career, Azer worked in the private
equity and infrastructure groups at KKR and in the M&A Advisory group at Blackstone.
Brandon Freiman joined KKR in 2007. Freiman is the Head of North American Infrastructure and serves as a member of the Infrastructure Investment Committee. Freiman has been involved in KKR’s investments in NextEra Energy Partners, Genesis Energy, Veresen Midstream, Bayonne and Middletown Water, Westbrick Energy, El Paso Midstream, Del Monte Foods, and Energy Future Holdings, among others. Prior to joining KKR, Freiman was with Credit Suisse Securities in its energy investment banking group, where he was involved in a number of merger, acquisition, and other corporate advisory transactions.
Valerie Hannah is the Chief Operating Officer of TerraForm Power and is responsible for all operations, power marketing and regulatory affairs of the company. She also oversees human resources and information technology.
Hannah brings deep operating expertise to her role having held a number of leadership positions at Brookfield Renewable, where she helped the company achieve a track record of driving value through growth initiatives, increasing cash flows and mitigating risks. Prior to her current role, Hannah served as Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Integrations at Brookfield Renewable with a focus on TerraForm Power. She also served as the Chief Financial Officer, North America at Brookfield Renewable where she was responsible for all capital markets activities including accounting, financial reporting, treasury, and taxation in North America.
Dolly's practice focuses on infrastructure (including public private partnerships and energy) projects, reflecting 20 years of experience working on some of the most significant deals in the sector. Mirchandani represents sponsors, infrastructure funds, commercial banks, institutional lenders, contractors, secondary market investors and governments in the tender and acquisition of greenfield and brownfield infrastructure projects. Mirchandani’s breadth of practice allows her to anticipate concerns, propose solutions and promote agreement. Mirchandani has played a leading role in the introduction of private investment and finance in the infrastructure sector in North America, having advised on multiple, award-winning transactions, including ones that were first-of-their-kind.
Lars Pace is a Principal on Hamilton Lane’s Real Assets Investment Team, where he is responsible for due diligence of primary fund opportunities in infrastructure and real assets. Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2010, Pace was a portfolio manager at American Beacon Advisors, Inc., where he oversaw a USD 1bn portfolio of private equity investments. Previously, Pace was a Financial Analyst with American Airlines Inc. and Ford Motor Company.
Steven Sonnenstein is a Managing Director at Digital Colony. Sonnenstein is an accomplished telecommunications infrastructure executive with over 20 years of global mergers and acquisitions, asset management and operations experience.
Sonnenstein was most recently a Senior Director at PSP Investments, one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers, where he created a telecommunications infrastructure asset class within the broader infrastructure group. Sonnenstein can be credited with completing PSP’s first direct investment in the telecommunications infrastructure space and was responsible for PSP Infrastructure’s inaugural direct investments in France, India, and Turkey.
During his six years at PSP, Sonnenstein put in final bids worth more than C USD 7.5bn of equity, closing on more than C USD 2.2bn - predominantly in the telecom infrastructure sector - and co-led and asset managed over C USD 1bn of additional investments.
Before joining PSP, Sonnenstein worked for Brookfield Asset Management in its Private Equity and Infrastructure Groups with particular focus and experience in South America. Prior to that, Sonnenstein spent several years working in mergers and acquisitions and distressed advisory.