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Christophe Bordes is specialised in the Power, Utilities and Transport sectors. Focusing on infrastructure components for the last 20 years, he has advised clients in this area on more than 80 mergers and acquisitions transactions.
Power generation, utilities, energy infrastructure and transport infrastructure are his areas of expertise.
His EMEA focus gave him the opportunity to work in numerous regulatory environment as a well as tariff regime amongst others in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Benelux, Poland, Sweden, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Turkey.
Matt Brown is the Global Lead for Transaction Services at Pöyry Management Consulting. He is also Regional Vice President and heads the Energy Western Europe, Middle East and Americas region.
With over twenty years’ experience in the energy industry, Brown’s expertise spans the energy value chain. His consultancy experience covers strategy, policy and regulatory development, transactions, commercial due diligence and expert witness work.
Before joining Pöyry, Brown headed the European Power Practice at CERA based in Paris. Matt was a Director of ILEX Energy Consulting and previously worked at AEAT and Texaco.
Adam Hain is responsible for Infrastructure and Energy, M&A and coverage of all EMEA clients in the infrastructure and energy sectors including all infrastructure funds, sovereign wealth funds and major institutions. Hain has over 20 years of investment banking experience and prior to his current role, was head of the European Industrials and Financial Services Advisory Group in EMEA. Prior to Macquarie, Hain worked in the M&A team at CSFB in Australia, Asia and UK.
Derek Halpenny joined Global Currency Research at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in May 1998 as a currency economist. In April 2008 Halpenny was promoted to European Head of Global Currency Research, now Global Markets Research. Based in London, Halpenny is responsible for developing the London global markets research platform in support of MUFG’s foreign exchange sales and trading activities world-wide. Halpenny contributes to all of MUFG’s global markets research publications produced in London: Foreign Exchange Outlook, produced monthly; FX Daily Snapshot and FX Weekly; and FX Focus, produced on an ad hoc basis. Derek travels extensively throughout the world meeting clients of MUFG.
Halpenny is often quoted in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and in other newspapers and appears regularly on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and radio. Halpenny is also a regular guest on the Hard Currency FT Podcast. Halpenny is a regular contributor of articles to the Nikkei Veritas magazine in Japan. Prior to joining Global Markets Research, Halpenny served as a proprietary futures and options trader in London.
Kunal Koya is an Executive Director in the Infrastructure Investment Group within the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. Koya joined Goldman Sachs in May 2013. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Koya worked in the Utilities and Infrastructure team at Evercore Partners and in the Mergers and Acquisitions team at UBS. Koya’s portfolio company responsibilities at Goldman Sachs have included Associated British Ports in the UK and Elenia in Finland.
Jacqui Nelson has more than 25 years’ experience in financing transportation assets and has particular expertise in the financing of rolling stock and rail infrastructure assets. Nelson has acted on most of the major new passenger rolling stock financings in the UK since privatisation as well as provided commercial advice on the sale of ROSCOs and other leasing portfolios in the UK and Europe. Nelson has also been involved in developing financing structures for rail-related infrastructure. Nelson started her career as a structured and asset finance lawyer with Mallesons in Australia and Freshfields in London. Nelson is a member of the London Chapter of the Ambassadorial Council for the University of Western Australia’s Business School which includes a group of prominent alumni of the University in major business centres world-wide.
David Owens has an extensive utility background and between 2006 and 2009 he served as CEO of Thames Water.
Prior to his role at Thames Owens was a Director at Macquarie and an alternate on the Board of NRE, a gas and electricity distribution network. Owens was also Managing Director of both Eastern Electricity and ABB Power T & D.
Since 2010 Owens has been involved with Enserve, a BZB service provider, first as CEO and since April as a Non-Executive Director.
Sarah Tame is an associate director at EDHEC Infrastructure Institute based in London. She is also EDHECinfra’s chief communications officer and is responsible for EDHECinfra’s public facing activities. Tame is a former financial journalist specialising in infrastructure financing and investment. Sarah was Editor and Editor-in-Chief of a leading infrastructure publication. Tame’s writing on infrastructure has also been featured in the Sunday Times.
Robert Yuksel Yildirim was born in Sivas, Turkey in 1960. After 10 years of studying and working in the United States, Yuksel Yildirim returned to Turkey in May 1993. Yuksel Yildirim joined the management board of the family-owned company, located in Samsun at that time. The same year, he led the first international achievement of the company, directly importing coal from Russia. In October 1997, Yildirim Group of Companies moved its headquarters to Istanbul. Yuksel Yildirim led the Group in new initiatives in the 2000s, and in 2008, the Group made its first international acquisition in Sweden.
Yuksel Yildirim is the President and CEO of Yildirim Group of Companies. In addition to his responsibilities at Yildirim Group, he is a Board Member of CMA CGM Group. Based in France, CMA CGM Group is the third largest container shipping company in the world, and Yildirim Group owns 24% of its shares. In addition, he is a Member of the Board of Trustees at Garip & Zeycan Yildirim Foundation, and the Chairman of Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) Turkey-Colombia Business Council.