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Robert Valentine has worked exclusively advising clients on infrastructure projects around the world since 2000. In August 2008, Valentine relocated permanently to New York City to further Macquarie’s efforts in infrastructure advisory in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Valentine has expertise in the toll road, port, airport, parking, water, conventional and renewable energy and social infrastructure sectors over the past fifteen years.
Valentine’s particular focus is in project management of complex transactions and raising capital for projects (debt and equity) in a manner which best suits the key stakeholders.
Valentine also leads Macquarie’s US and Canadian sponsor coverage team, managing Macquarie’s relationship with infrastructure and sovereign wealth funds based in the US.
Elena Rubinov is a partner in Mayer Brown's Corporate & Securities practice. She maintains a broad M&A practice, representing public and private companies, including private equity and infrastructure fund clients, in corporate and business combination transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, investments,co-investments, joint ventures, recapitalisation, restructurings and bankruptcy sales, among others. She regularly counsels clients in a variety of industries, including energy, infrastructure, media and entertainment,chemicals, financial services and retail. Additionally, she advises on debt and corporate restructurings in connection with equity recapitalizations, rights offerings and 363 sales and acquisitions.
Dan Seltzer is a Director in MUFG’s Project Finance group where he focuses on leading financing and advisory assignments, primarily for transportation and telecom assets. Before joining MUFG in 2011, Seltzer founded Stonehill Capital Advisors, LLC, a boutique advisory and banking firm in the infrastructure and renewable energy sectors. Prior to starting his own firm, Seltzer spent more than 11 years at Citigroup where in his last role he was one of the founders of the Infrastructure Investment Banking group. Seltzer also served in banking roles in Citi’s Public Sector Group, and TMT banking team. Seltzer began his career as a systems consultant with CGI, formerly American Management Systems.
Scott Jacobs is the CEO and Co-Founder of Generate Capital, an investment and operating platform focused on sustainable infrastructure. Founded in 2014, Generate Capital has partnered with leading project developers and technology solutions to drive the “resource revolution” – doing more with less in our energy, water, waste and food systems – building and operating hundreds of millions of dollars of infrastructure in distributed generation, waste transformation, and sustainable transport. Generate’s pioneering permanent-capital structure enables a novel alignment of interests and makes it a true partner with a uniquely long-term mindset.
In 2007, Scott joined McKinsey & Company to co-found its global CleanTech practice, where he advised major corporations and leading innovators, institutional investors, NGOs and several national and regional governments around the world. Before McKinsey, Scott spent over a decade in technology and venture capital, helping start and grow a number of companies, including PolyServe (acquired by HP) and Alliance Data Systems (acquired by FiServ).
Scott received his MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was named a George F. Baker Scholar, and his BA cum laude from Dartmouth College. Scott lives in San Francisco, enjoys a range of outdoor activities and frequents the local farmers’ markets on weekends in order to create feasts for his family and friends.
Hanno Schoklitsch is Chief Executive Officer and founder of Kaiserwetter Energy Asset Management. Schoklitsch is a civil engineer and specializes in the construction of hydro power stations, which gives him the basic understanding of energy assets. v started his career within real estate investment companies by e.g. heading the second biggest German open-ended real estate fund. Schoklitsch professional experience brought him to understand the potential of digitizing asset management. Utilizing smart data and the Internet of Things (IoT) is key to taking advantage of the digitization within the world of renewable energies. Since the creation of Kaiserwetter Energy Asset Management in 2012, Schoklitsch and his team have worked to develop its digital platform ARISTOTELES supporting investors and financing banks to maximize their returns while minimizing their investment risk.
Mr. Arbache is a Senior Vice President at Jefferies’ Power, Utilities & Infrastructure team based in New York City and has over 15 years of experience advising global private and public sector clients. His industry expertise extends across the broader infrastructure sector including power generation (conventional and renewables), electric transmission, regulated utilities, public-private partnerships, transportation and logistics, social infrastructure, waste management and waste to energy
Prior to joining Jefferies in 2019, Mr. Arbache was a Director at Lazard’s Power, Energy, and Infrastructure team based in New York City and previously was a Director at KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Investments practice in Toronto, Canada where he led a team of professionals advising pension funds, fund managers and corporates on matters related to public-private partnerships, development strategy, corporate / project finance and mergers & acquisitions
Prior to KPMG, Mr. Arbache was Managing Partner & Vice President at a boutique private equity firm and also worked for the Ministry of Energy as a research analyst reporting directly to the Deputy Minister of Energy and supported amongst other initiatives, the Province’s coal phase-out strategy and negotiations of power purchase agreements with IPPs.
John is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Energy Infrastructure. He has over 17 years of direct private equity investing experience, preceded by over 18 years of operations management. Prior to joining Capital Dynamics, John was a managing partner at Bregal Energy, where he led a team exclusively focused on power generation and natural gas-focused investments. Prior to that he spent six years as a partner at CCMP Capital in Tokyo (formerly JP Morgan Partners) where he invested in energy and industrial opportunities. John also served as Chief Operating Officer at Densei Lambda KK, a publicly-traded Japanese corporation with eight factories located around the world and over 4,000 employees. Earlier in his career he led several large divisions of Invensys and Exide Electronics in the US and held positions in engineering, sales and general management at AT&T, and StraforFacom SA. John holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont.
Robert Goldberg advises on domestic and international project finance, project M&A and project development transactions of all kinds. Rob’s practice focuses on the energy and infrastructure sectors, including conventional and renewable power, oil and gas and other infrastructure. Rob’s clients consist of financial institutions and other lenders and investors, sponsors, developers and other participants in project finance and development matters. In addition to debt and equity financing and development work, Rob represents purchasers and sellers of energy companies and assets in private acquisition and divestiture transactions. Rob is also experienced in the restructuring and refinancing of project finance and other debt outside of bankruptcy. Rob is a co-head of Mayer Brown’s Renewable Energy Group and is individually ranked by Chambers USA 2017 for Projects: Renewable and Alternative Energy. Rob has been honored as a “Project Finance Rising Star” by Law360 for his work on various complex project financings.
Prashant is a Managing Director with Owl Rock Capital Partners in New York. He worked with companies across the energy & power, transportation & logistics, digital infrastructure, and other selected basic industrials sectors on structuring project finance, term loans and hold co debt solutions. Owl Rock is a leading alternative asset manager with approximately $15 Billion AUM, providing direct lending solutions to middle market companies.
He has over 20 years of experience on financial and engineering aspects of the Infrastructure and Real Asset sectors. He maintains a keen interest in the developing “infrastructure-as-a-service” business model that is enabled by new technology and growth of demand-side distributed assets.
Previously, he was with Macquarie for a decade, where he built and oversaw a team that originated and managed a portfolio of asset based and project finance loans for borrowers in the energy, agri-business and basic industrials sectors. Previously at Credit Suisse, he worked on structured finance transactions in the merchant energy sector, including power generation, midstream and refining sectors. Prior to that, Prashant worked at Booz Allen Hamilton and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked with Fortune 500 companies in the energy and utility sectors providing advice on asset valuation, risk management and M&A diligence.
Prior to his career in the financial sector, Prashant worked as a consultant at Woods Hole Group, advising companies on quantifying and mitigating operational risk in the marine environment. Prior to business school, he founded and sold a marine communications company, which developed a device for intelligent oceanographic data collection. He holds a patent for a wave-powered sea-water pump for use in aquaculture farms. Mr. Mupparapu received a M.B.A from the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he was conferred the Stern Scholar Award and recipient of the Hans A. Vogelstein alumni scholarship. He has a M.S in Oceanography from Dartmouth College. Previously, he received a Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Jesse Krynak is a Principal at I Squared Capital focused on midstream investments in North America.
Prior to joining I Squared, Mr. Krynak was a Director at First Reserve on its private equity investment team. He has been involved in numerous transactions across the energy value chain, including investments in and realizations of PBF Energy, RKI Exploration and Deep Gulf Energy III.
Mr. Krynak holds a B.S. in Finance from Pepperdine University and a M.A. in Economics from the University of Southern California.
Charlie's practice encompasses a broad range of energy and infrastructure transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, project development and corporate finance matters. He has extensive experience in the negotiation and administration of asset and equity purchase and sale agreements, joint venture and related corporate agreements, joint development agreements, marketing agreements, oil and gas gathering agreements, farmout agreements, joint operating agreements and other energy-related agreements.
Charlie regularly advises companies across the energy sector (including majors, independents and private equity-backed portfolio companies in the upstream, midstream, downstream, infrastructure and power sectors) in acquisitions and divestitures of assets and equity interests, strategic joint ventures and investments, energy trading transactions, negotiation and implementation of commercial contracts, and corporate governance.
Prior to joining the firm, Charlie was a partner at a Houston-based law firm, and also previously served as senior counsel at Oasis Petroleum Inc., a publicly-traded E&P company, where he was integral in the legal functions of multiple company divisions, including operations, land, midstream, marketing, finance and accounting. Prior to his role as senior counsel at Oasis, Charlie was an associate in the Houston office of a leading energy law firm.
Alexandra Yestrumskas is Senior Counsel in the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for International Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and serves as Lead Counsel for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Prior to Treasury, Alex practiced at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in the firm’s corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions groups and was an advisor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Geneva, Switzerland. Alex holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a M.S. in Management Science & Engineering and a B.A., with honors, in Economics from Stanford University.
Christopher L. Mann coordinates Sullivan & Cromwell’s global infrastructure practice and is co-head of the Firm’s international trade & investment/CFIUS practice. Mann has more than 25 years of experience in a wide variety of corporate and financing matters in infrastructure, natural resources and other sectors, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, project development and finance, capital markets, strategic finance and restructuring matters. He has acted frequently for sponsor and lending clients, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, private equity funds and hedge funds in equity and debt investments in the United States, Latin America, southern Africa and elsewhere. Mann is a core member of the Firm’s Latin America team, is co-head of its Africa practice, and also coordinates the Firm’s sovereign finance practice.
Kent Rowey is a partner in the Projects, Energy & Infrastructure practice and is based in New York. Rowey represents investors, credit providers, contractors, public sector entities and other participants in infrastructure transactions across all asset classes. His global experience is unique among infrastructure lawyers. Rowey has been involved in major infrastructure financings in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, including many first-of-their-kind transactions. He has played a leading role in the development of private finance in the transportation infrastructure sector in North America, having successfully closed many transactions now considered templates for infrastructure finance. He has been involved in the financial closing of more than 100 infrastructure and natural resources transactions worldwide.
Mark McComiskey is involved in all aspects of AVAIO’s investment and operational activities. Mark has worked in the private equity and infrastructure investing sector for more than 20 years. As a partner at AVAIO, he brings experience in the investment, development and construction, operation, acquisition and financing of private equity and infrastructure investments, including both public and private infrastructure, thermal and renewable power and midstream assets. Mr. McComiskey represents AVAIO as a board member of Mexico Pacific Limited, LLC.
Prior to founding AVAIO, Mark was a Senior Managing Director at Prostar and a Partner at its spinout, Vanwall Capital. Mark was previously Co-Head of private equity at First Reserve, then the world’s largest energy focused private equity and infrastructure investment firm. Mark was a member of the firm Executive Committee, and the investment committees for both the private equity and infrastructure funds and was responsible for revising the firm’s investment approval process, portfolio monitoring process and investor disclosure processes following the 2008 financial crisis. His investment sector responsibilities included traditional power and wind, solar and waste to energy development projects in the US and Europe, and manufacturing and services business globally. Prior to First Reserve, Mark was a principal at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.
Mark has held various board positions for public and private companies in the US, Canada and Europe, including DHT, Dresser Rand, Ansaldo Energia, CHC, Sterling Resources, Petrotal, and Cambridge Energy Research Associates.
Mark holds an AB in economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and a Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
Charles-Henry has recently relocated from London to the US to leadLGIM’s infrastructure debt efforts in North America. Charles-Henry joined LGIMin 2014 and is responsible for origination and investment into debt across theinfrastructure spectrum, including transportation, regulated utilities, energyand social infrastructure assets.
Since joining LGIM, Charles-Henry has invested close to $4billion equivalent in the infrastructure debt sector globally having closedseveral landmark transactions across USD, GBP and EUR such as the University ofCalifornia Merced campus PPP transaction, the Los Angeles Airport ConsolidatedRent-a-Car (LAX CONRAC), the 1.2GW Hornsea Phase 1 and the 660MW Walney Extension Offshore Windtransactions, the London Gateway Port refinancing, High Speed 1 and TerminalInvestment Limited (TIL).
Prior to joining LGIM, Charles-Henry worked for nearly six yearsin the infrastructure equity fund at JP Morgan Asset Management based inLondon, where he worked in particular on the acquisition and asset managementof the largest port operator in the Iberian Peninsula (Noatum, formerly Dragados Ports) andthe acquisition of two Australian airports (Cairns and Mackay, Queensland). Inthe US, Charles-Henry was part of the consortium bidding for Chicago Midwayairport and Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Charles-Henry started his career in structured finance both atFitch Ratings and BNP Paribas in their London office.
Charles-Henry holds a postgraduate diploma in accounting andfinance from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) as wellas a master’s degree in management from Edhec Business School in France
Nick joined the business in 2012 and has over two decades of relevant experience. Based in New York, Nick leads the North American Infrastructure Debt business, including investments origination, execution and portfolio management. He is a member of the Debt Investment Committee and the firm’s global Executive Committee.
Prior to joining the firm, Nick spent over six years at Westpac in the Energy Resources team and in the Project and Infrastructure Finance teams. Prior to Westpac Nick held a number of roles in the international energy industry based out of Houston, USA and working across Asia, the Middle East and Latin and North America. He holds a Bachelor of Surveying degree from the University of Tasmania, and a Masters of Business Administration from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Allan Marks represents developers, investors and lenders in the development, acquisition and financing of complex infrastructure projects, with special expertise in the energy, transportation and water sectors. Marks structures innovative commercial transactions and leads project financings, acquisitions, restructurings, securities offerings and private placements for a variety of sophisticated institutional clients throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe.
Shane is NextEnergyCapital’s Managing Director and Head of Investor Relations, where hisresponsibilities include relationships with all existing and potentialinvestors that align with the companies investment strategies.
Shane has over 20 years ofexperience in fundraising, M&A and debt, with specialities including sellside/buy side equity advisory, equity capital raising and arranging/structuringdebt transactions in renewable energy and infrastructure projects globally.Most recently, Shane was Head of Institutional Fundraising at Downing LLP,where he structured and raised its first institutional fund, the Downing £125million Flexible Generation Fund. Prior to this, he created a £1 billion solarplatform with a large institutional investor.
Shane was also one of theinitial Directors at Rubicon Capital Advisors, where he led several capitalraises, buy side M&A and sell side M&A, including a US$750 millioncapital raise for an energy platform from the Canadian pension fund, PSPInvestments.
Shane graduated fromUniversity College Dublin in Commerce and a Master’s in Business Studies.
Jeffrey Mathews is a Director within Barclays’ Investment Banking group focusing on energy, power and infrastructure asset transactions across multiple sub-sectors
13 years of banking experience in M&A, project advisory, leveraged finance and project finance for sponsor, corporate and government clients.
Expertise across multiple infrastructure sectors, including power, renewables, transportation, natural resources, telecom, water, and PPP/concession-structured assets (core, core-plus and value-add transaction types).
Recent successful deal experience includes advising on Ravenhall Mental Health Facility, Anemoi Wind Portfolio, Brooklyn Navy Yards Cogeneration, OSU Energy, Northwest Parkway, Central 70, Paine Field Airport and the LGA CTB Project.
Mr. Mathews is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and holds FINRA 79, 63 and 52 licenses
Bret Budenbender is a Partner and Co-Founder of Foundation Infrastructure Partners. Mr. Budenbender focuses on building long-term strategic relationships and sourcing, executing and investing in value-added diversified infrastructure assets. Prior to starting Foundation Infrastructure, Mr. Budenbender served as a Partner at Highstar Capital and Managing Director, Co-Portfolio Manager of Infrastructure Investments at Oaktree Capital. During his time at Highstar and Oaktree, he served in a variety of leadership and origination capacities including on the Executive and Investment Committees. Mr. Budenbender joined Highstar Capital as a Partner in 2012 from Barclays Capital (and formerly Lehman Brothers), where he served as a Managing Director in the Global Power and Infrastructure Group. Prior to transitioning to asset management, he spent 18 years in investment banking and advised on over $85 billion in M&A and critical financing transactions for the power, midstream and infrastructure sectors. He has served on numerous corporate boards, including Lead Director of Linden Cogeneration; Co-Lead Director of BlackBear Midstream (f/k/a Wildcat Midstream); Lead Director of Advanced Disposal (NYSE:ADSW) and a Board Observer for NGL Energy (NYSE: NGL). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Boston College.
Mr. Valenti is a leading telecommunications investment banker with more than 20 years of experience across various products and subsectors. He advises clients on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, public and private equity and debt capital financings and restructurings.
Prior to joining PJ SOLOMON, Mr. Valenti was Head of Americas Telecom at Barclays. There, he was responsible for covering many of the firm’s key wireless and wireline telecom service providers, and developed a particular expertise advising communications infrastructure and cloud service providers. Before Barclays, Mr. Valenti spent 10 years at Lehman Brothers, most recently serving as the Head of TMT within Global Finance.
Over the course of Mr. Valenti’s career, he has been actively involved with more than $300 billion of transactions and has advised on a number of notable deals. Selected recent M&A transactions include the strategic growth capital investment by Mubadala into Cologix; the sale of Netrality to Macquarie Infrastructure Partners in partnership with management; the acquisition of a majority stake in Teraco by Berkshire Partners; the sale of Datapipe to Rackspace; the sale of KIO Networks’ fiber assets to American Tower; the acquisition of Vodafone’s 45% stake in Verizon Wireless by Verizon; the sale of Cologix to Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners; the sale of Telx to Digital Realty; the acquisition of Earthlink by Windstream; the sale of Telecity to Equinix; and the acquisition of AboveNet by Zayo.
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.
Santhosh Rao is Head of Telecommunications Americas. Rao joined Natixis in 2016; prior to Natixis, Santhosh was a Director within the Global Technology, Media and Telecom Investment Banking group at Deutsche Bank where he spent nine years covering a wide range of industries including Wireless Infrastructure, Enterprise Telecom and Pay TV / Cable.
Rao has advised clients across a broad range of products including M&A, debt and equity financing, and private placements. Rao has more than 15 years of experience advising clients in the Telecom, Media and Technology sectors.