Past Speakers Include:
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.
Paul Astolfi is co-lead of Mayer Brown’s Project Finance and Infrastructure Investment groups and a member of its Oil & Gas group. Astolfi leads engagements in a wide variety of complex settings, including cross-border project finance, infrastructure development and finance, and acquisition and disposition of energy assets. Astolfi regularly represents major financial institutions, international strategic firms, and private equity funds.
Before joining Mayer Brown, Astolfi sharpened his business skills as general counsel for Acciona Energy North America.
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.
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.
Ralph Cho is Co-Head of Power & Infrastructure at Investec in New York and is responsible for leading Investec’s North American energy banking and capital markets platform.
Cho has over 20 years of experience in project finance focusing on independent power, renewable energy and other energy infrastructure. Cho is a capital markets professional with deep relationships across a variety of investor classes including commercial and investment banks, finance companies, ‘grey market’ lenders, life insurance companies and, most recently, Asian capital providers. Cho has a strong track record of successfully leading the syndication of complex transactions for over USD 50bn of loans for high profile sponsors including Ares-EIF, The Carlyle Group, Macquarie and Sunrun.
Prior to Investec, Cho spent time at financial institutions: WestLB, Credit Suisse and Bear Stearns.
Anthony Edwards joined CIBC Capital Markets in November 2015 and is responsible for the development and execution of the Global Infrastructure & Power business in the U.S. Previously, Edwards spent 3 years at IFM Investors in New York and 11 years with a large investment bank in both London and New York. Edwards has worked across all aspects of the Infrastructure sector as an investor, lender and advisor and has transacted on a global basis across sectors such as transportation, energy and utilities.
After a wide ranging 29 year executive career with Royal-Dutch Shell Jonathan Elton has a strong heritage of successful oil and gas and petro-chemical strategy and infrastructure development projects around the world. Elton most recently eliminated USD 5bn of historical liabilities and turned their annual UAD 500m cost into a USD 60m profit, which enabled the rehabilitation and disposal of 697 properties for economic development. Elton has led or been involved at a senior level in M&A projects worth more than USD 30bn and is currently empowering renewable energy, efficient water supply and improved infrastructure sustainability projects.
Buck Fletcher, Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for the management of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and project finance activities. Prior to joining Onyx, Fletcher worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Blackstone Advisory Partners, where he focused on transactions in the renewable energy and communications sectors. Previously, Fletcher worked at Portfolio Advisors where he was a member of the secondary private equity investment team. Fletcher began his career as an analyst in the Global Power & Utilities Investment Banking Group at Banc of America Securities.
Ulises Flores focuses on origination, screening, due diligence, packaging and management of various alternative products for distribution with an emphasis on real assets including infrastructure, energy, real estate, natural resources and ESG/Impact Investing. Flores has 21 years of financial services and corporate experience, sixteen of which have been spent at Eaton Partners. Flores has led over 65 capital raises including several notable first time funds and top-offs for established asset managers.
Prior to joining Eaton, Flores worked at Servicios Quirurgicos, an exclusive distributor for Tyco Healthcare, a U.S.-based public conglomerate where he oversaw logistic and distribution efforts. Flores began his career at Grupo Alza in their production and operations units overseeing system implementations and production execution.
Dylan Foo is a Partner in the Global Infrastructure Fund (GIF) and also serves as Head of the Americas overseeing sourcing, execution and managing infrastructure investments across the region. Foo has successfully executed infrastructure transactions across the globe, and as a member of the Global IC, has overseen the deployment of over USD 3bn in equity investments across target sectors of transport, energy and communications. Foo has also served on the board of a number of Portfolio companies, including ITS ConGlobal, Angel Trains and Everstream Fiber.
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.
Aaron Gold is a Managing Director and founding member of Argo Infrastructure Partners, an independent investment firm managing over USD 2.1bn and targeting yield-generating, contracted and/or regulated energy infrastructure assets and operations in the US and Canada.
Prior to joining Argo in 2013, Gold served as a Principal at Carlyle Infrastructure Partners, The Carlyle Group’s USD 1.1bn global infrastructure fund. In this role, Gold led the team’s efforts to originate, structure and negotiate acquisitions, financings and public-private partnerships in energy (power generation, pipelines, storage/terminals), transportation (seaports, rail, intermodal, parking, roads) and water and waste management. Prior to joining Carlyle, Gold was a Managing Director at Highstar Capital (now Oaktree Infrastructure), an infrastructure private equity firm managing over USD 4.7bn. During his over nine years at Highstar, he originated, structured, and negotiated acquisitions, financings and divestitures in energy, transportation (logistics, toll systems, asset-tracking technologies, seaports, airports) and water and waste management investments, principally in North America. Gold also served on several boards, held an interim CFO position at a Highstar portfolio company and led certain internal operational and administrative initiatives.
Prior to Highstar, Gold was a Director of Corporate Development at Primedia Corporation’s online subsidiary, About.com. Prior to Primedia, Aaron was an Associate, M&A, at Patricof & Co. Capital and, before that, an Analyst at Bear Stearns.
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.
Prescott Johnson is a Director in the Global Energy Group at Credit Suisse where he has worked since 2010. At CS, Johnson focuses on the power, renewables and utility sectors. Johnson has a broad focus across the industry having led landmark M&A and capital markets transactions across the power space for corporate and Private Equity clients. Notable recent engagements include the sale of Wheelabrator for Energy Capital Partners, ArcLight and Blackstone’s acquisition and financing of Lightstone Generation and the Starwood acquisition financing of Edgewater Generation. Johnson began his career at the law firm of Williams & Connolly focused on complex commercial litigation.
Kurt Nagle has over 30 years of experience in Washington, DC, related to seaports and international trade. Since 1995, Mr. Nagle has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). Nagle began working at AAPA, the alliance of the leading public port authorities throughout the Western Hemisphere, in 1985.
Prior to joining AAPA, Nagle was Director of International Trade for the National Coal Association and Assistant Secretary for the Coal Exporters Association.
Previously, Nagle worked in the Office of International Economic Research at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Nagle serves on the Executive Committee of the Propeller Club of the United States and is a former commissioner of PIANC, the International Navigation Congress.
Nasir Khan is responsible for Infrastructure Finance as well as Infrastructure related industry groups including Power and Renewables, Transportation and Social Infrastructure, and Telecommunications.
Khan has over 20 years of experience in infrastructure and energy project finance. He previously worked as Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure for the Americas at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, where he specialized in business development across lending, advisory, and capital markets, and was awarded numerous Deal of the Year awards. Earlier in his career Khan also held positions at Ports America Group and Citigroup.
Alex Krolick is an experienced project financier who has spent the last fifteen years at the forefront of energy project finance arranging and advisory activities in EMEA and in the Americas. Krolick has broad responsibility for financing activity across the Americas for Macquarie Capital’s Infrastructure & Energy Group.
Krolick has diverse experience structuring, raising and marketing non-recourse debt in the energy sectors. Krolick’s work for Macquarie Capital’s own account includes the USD 716m financing the 906MW Norte III power plant located in Mexico as well as the financings for the greenfield 200MW windfarm in Texas and the first-of-its-kind distributed battery storage portfolio. Previously, Krolick has advised Cheniere Energy in support of its Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi LNG liquefaction projects. The Corpus Christi project, at USD 11.5bn in debt, represents the largest single project finance debt raise from commercial banks. Krolick has also advised DE Shaw on the USD 300m financing of Deepwater Wind's Block Island Wind Farm. This project is the first offshore wind farm constructed in the Americas.
Todd Lapenna is a member of the infrastructure and real assets team. Lapenna is also involved in various investment activities.
Prior to joining StepStone, Lapenna was a portfolio manager at CalPERS where he led new investments, strategy and portfolio construction for the infrastructure program. Before that he held various investment and capital markets roles at the Royal Bank of Scotland, CIT, Export Development Canada, and Westcoast Energy. Lapenna has executed numerous debt and equity investments in private market power, renewables, energy, utilities, transportation, water and industrials.
Geneviève Maltais-Boisvert is Director, Infrastructure Investments, at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). Maltais-Boisvert has over 13 years of experience in infrastructure funds management and investment banking across North America, Europe, Turkey and Australia. Maltais-Boisvert has deep industry knowledge and expertise in the renewable energy and telecom infrastructure sectors.
Since joining PSP Investments in 2013, Maltais-Boisvert has been responsible for the origination, execution and asset management of infrastructure investments primarily in the telecom infrastructure sector. Maltais-Boisvert actively participated in the deployment of nearly USD 2bn and sits on the Board of TDF, Vantage Data Centers and Polat Enerji.
Maltais-Boisvert started her career in investment banking and M&A at Scotia Capital in Montréal where she worked on transactions totaling more than USA 1bn. Maltais-Boisvert also worked in London, in a private equity fund focused on renewable energy and in Australia, in the natural gas sector.
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.
Andreas Moon is a Managing Director and the Head of Investor Relations of I Squared Capital, an independent multi-billion-dollar global infrastructure investment company with over 120 professionals based in Hong Kong, Houston, London, Miami, New Delhi, New York and Singapore. The company specializes in infrastructure investments with over USD 13bn of assets under management in the energy, utilities, transport and telecom sectors in the U.S., Europe and select high-growth economies including China, India and Latin America.
Prior to joining I Squared Capital in 2012, Moon spent 11 years at Morgan Stanley. Moon was a former vice president of MSIP. At MSIP, he was responsible for capital raising, co-investments, investor relations and operational fund management.
Prior to joining MSIP in 2007, Moon worked in Morgan Stanley’s Global Capital Markets division where he structured and executed over USD 20bn of financing products for global financial institutions and corporate clients. Earlier in his career, Moon worked in Morgan Stanley’s Corporate Treasury group, focusing on the firm’s fixed income portfolio, bank strategy, and asset-liability management.
Stuart Murray joined Pöyry in 2005 and has 13 years of energysector consulting experience, specialising in energy market modelling and assetvaluation. Murray has advised on >USD 40bn of renewable and conventionalpower asset valuations across North America, Europe and Asia. This includesextensive buy-side due diligence and lenders market advisory services for the630MW London Array project, which held the record for the world’s largestoffshore wind project from 2012-2018.
Based in Pöyry’s New York City office, Murray is responsiblefor the development of Pöyry’s energy consulting services across North Americanelectricity markets. In this role he has overseen North America strategy andmarket analysis services for global utility players such as Enel and E.ON, and marketprice and asset-specific revenue forecasts for major institutional investors includingAllianz and Blackstone.
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.
Aman Randhawa joined QIC’s New York office in 2018 and leads the Transport coverage in North America on both acquisitions and asset management, with particular responsibility for investment origination.
Prior to joining QIC, Randhawa has worked in infrastructure investment banking groups at two North American bulge bracket firms, most recently as an executive director. Randhawa has advised on a number of asset M&A (brownfield) and greenfield transactions in North America across several infrastructure sub-sectors.
Randhawa is currently a director of MI Longbeach LLC (the project vehicle for the Long Beach Courthouse PPP project) and Masparc & Mobility LLC (the concessionaire at Northeastern University).
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.
Kent Rowey is a partner in the Projects, Energy & Infrastructure practice and is based in the New York office. Rowey represents investors, credit providers, contractors, public sector entities and other participants in infrastructure transactions across all asset classes. Rowey’s 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. Rowey 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. Rowey has been involved in the financial closing of more than 100 infrastructure and natural resources transactions worldwide.
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.
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.
L. Kevin Sheridan Jr. is co-lead of Mayer Brown’s Infrastructure Investment group and a member of the Corporate & Securities practice. Sheridan has more than 25 years of experience counselling corporations, investment funds and other financial investors on a diverse range of M&A, JV and other corporate matters, as well as on the formation and development of new investment vehicles and products.
Sheridan’s M&A, joint venture and other corporate work includes deep experience on cross-border transactions, especially for clients based in Japan and Latin America. Sheridan represents companies in a wide variety of industries, including asset management, shipping, transportation, infrastructure, chemicals, agribusiness, mining, health care services and life sciences, among others.
Sheridan’s work with private investment fund sponsors and financial institutions supports the asset management activates of these clients, including in the areas of fund formation, investment and new product development. Sheridan’s projects for these clients span a range of investment strategies, including credit, real estate, infrastructure and private equity.
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.
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.
Jim Wierstra joined IFM Investors in August 2017 and is responsible for advancing IFM Investors’ investment operations in North America, including sourcing investment opportunities, executing transactions and managing assets. Wierstra has extensive investment banking, equity investment and asset management experience in the infrastructure, power, utilities, PPP and real estate sectors. Prior to joining IFM Investors, Wierstra was a Managing Director at Macquarie Capital, where he was Head of Canadian Infrastructure and Sponsor Coverage. At Macquarie, Wierstra also served as Head of North American PPPs, with responsibility for PPP financial advisory, equity investment and development business in the US and Canada. Prior to working at Macquarie Capital, Wierstra worked in investment management at Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, where he had asset management responsibilities in the toll road sector. Wierstra represents IFM Investors as a Director on the Board of Colonial Pipeline and Global Container Terminals.
Christopher Yonan, Managing Director and Co-head of Power, Utilities and Infrastructure at Jefferies LLC, has more than 17 years of investment banking and legal experience serving clients in the power, energy and infrastructure industries.
Prior to joining Jefferies, Yonan was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where he led their power, energy and infrastructure financial sponsor coverage and leverage financings.
Yonan’s previous roles include Director at Barclays, Vice President at Lehman Brothers and Associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.