Inframation is pleased to announce the launch of its 13th annual Infrastructure Investors Forum (IIF): Europe.
Join us in the City of London, as we bring together over 200 senior representatives from the infrastructure community. Fund managers, institutional investors, infrastructure corporates & developers, together with funders, advisors & government officials will discuss the businesscritical issues, challenges and opportunities facing the European infrastructure industry.
2019 Speakers Include
Managing Director - Co-Head of Power, Utilities & Infrastructure
Ashurst is a leading global law firm. We advise local and international corporations, financial institutions and government clients.
With 25 offices in 15 countries and a best-friend referral relationship with an Indian law firm, we offer the international insight of a global network combined with local market knowledge.
Client focused service: our clients can access deep local knowledge and on-the-ground support wherever they do business, from people they know and trust. We build teams that are specific to our clients' needs, combining specialist legal skills, industry experience and regional know-how. We have a track record of successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions and projects. Our focus is on getting to the heart of clients' legal needs and delivering practical, commercial solutions.
At Macquarie we uncover the opportunities others may miss. Our culture promotes innovation, balanced with robust risk management, to realise opportunity for our clients, community and shareholders.
We are a diversified financial group providing clients with asset management, banking, advisory and risk and capital solutions across debt, equity and commodities.
Headquartered in Sydney and with offices in over 25 countries, it is the breadth of our operations, combined with a strong capital position and risk management framework, that has contributed to our 49-year record of unbroken profitability.
At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. It is this focus which informs the services we provide and the decisions we make. Demonstrating genuine leadership is more important to us than size or short term revenue growth. To achieve our aim to be recognised as the ‘the leading professional services firm’ we must be innovative, responsible and attract outstanding people.
Antin Infrastructure Partners is a leading independent European private equity firm focused on infrastructure investments. Based in dual hubs in Paris and London with eleven partners and a total of over 70 professionals, Antin manages three funds that invest in infrastructure and target controlling stakes for investments in the energy and environment, telecommunication, transportation and social infrastructure sectors. The firm has raised €7.4 billion from over 100 blue-chip institutional investors and has made investments in 18 companies.
MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group) is one of the world's leading financial groups. Headquartered in Tokyo and with approximately 360 years of history, MUFG is a global network with over 1,800 offices in more than 50 countries including the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia and Oceania, and East Asia.
The Group has over 150,000 employees and offers services including commercial banking, trust banking, securities, credit cards, consumer finance, asset management, and leasing.
Through close partnerships among our group companies, the Group aims to be the world's most trusted financial group, flexibly responding to all of the financial needs of its customers, serving society, and fostering shared and sustainable growth for a better world.
MUFG's shares trade on the Tokyo, Nagoya, and New York stock exchanges.
Our vision is to be the trusted partner, delivering smart solutions through connected teams.
Pöyry is an international consulting and engineering company. We provide services across the full project lifecycle, solving complex challenges faced by the world’s toughest industries. Clients depend on our deep expertise and performance-driven focus to deliver sustainable results - together.
At Santander Bank, it’s our mission to help people prosper. That goes for our customers, our employees, and our future employees. And that’s why we treat people and their money with respect.
Santander Bank, N.A. is one of the country’s largest retail and commercial banks with more than $79 billion in assets. The bank got its start in Spain, but has been serving customers in the Northeast since 2013. With its corporate offices in Boston, the Bank’s 9,700 employees, more than 650 branches, 2,100 ATMs, and 2.1 million customers are principally located in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Madrid-based Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE: SAN)—one of the most respected banking groups in the world with more than 125 million customers in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. It is managed by Santander Holdings USA, Inc., Banco Santander’s intermediate holding company in the U.S. For more information on Santander Bank, please visit www.santanderbank.com.
From how we talk and listen, to how we act, respect is in everything we do. And we’re recruiting people like you who want to strive to help people prosper every single day. At Santander, you’ll be rewarded with competitive compensation and market leading benefits. You’ll have access to comprehensive career development programs that empower you to grow and advance. You’ll discover a company where you can shape a bright future.
GHD is one of the world’s leading professional services companies operating in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. We provide engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services to private and public sector clients.
Established in 1928 and privately owned by our people, GHD operates across five continents – Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America – and the Pacific region. We employ more than 9000 people in 200+ offices to deliver projects with high standards of safety, quality and ethics across the entire asset value chain. Driven by a culture of client service excellence, we connect the knowledge, skill and experience of our people with innovative practices, technical capabilities and robust systems to create lasting community benefits.
With a workplace rich in diversity of thought, background and experience, we have what it takes to deliver amazing outcomes for our clients.
Committed to sustainable development, GHD improves the physical, natural and social environments of the many communities in which we operate. We are guided by our workplace health, safety, quality and environmental management systems, which are certified by SGS certification services in North America and to Lloyds Register Quality Assurance to the relevant international standards (ISO and OHSAS).
In alignment with the global demands of water, energy and urbanisation, our aim is to exceed the expectations of our clients and contribute to their success.
Rubicon is one of the world’s leading investment banking firms focused solely on the infrastructure, energy & utilities sectors. With offices in Europe and the Americas along with near-term plans to open an office in Sydney in 2019, the firm has a truly global reach. Since inception in 2011, Rubicon has closed over 40 transactions covering the sale, acquisition or refinancing of approximately 100 essential infrastructure, energy & utilities assets located across Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia with a combined enterprise value in excess of USD $35 billion. The firm is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.
DIF is a leading independent fund management company with ca. € 5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end investment funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF has established itself as a reputable and active player in its target markets, with the necessary skill set to successfully originate, execute, manage and exit a broad range of complex infrastructure projects. Since inception in 2005, DIF has invested in more than 170 infrastructure projects, with a total asset value of over €30 billion.
DIF invests in high-quality infrastructure assets that generate long-term, stable cash-flows, including public private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), regulated assets and renewable energy projects, as well as core Infrastructure projects in Europe, North America and Australasia. DIF invests in the global infrastructure market invests through two complementary and differentiated fund strategies: DIF PPP+ Funds and DIF Core Funds. DIF is currently investing from DIF Infrastructure V and DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I.
DIF has a multidisciplinary and international team of ca. 95 professionals in eight offices, located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. The sizeable team and office network allows DIF to originate, execute and manage assets effectively and efficiently.
The Global Infrastructure Investor Association (GIIA) is a global advocacy association representing equity investors in global infrastructure and those associated with the asset class. GIIA works in partnership with governments and regulators to achieve our shared ambition of increasing infrastructure investment. We aim to do this by building public understanding of the positive role played by private investors in long-term infrastructure investment and supporting governments, regulators and other policy-makers in developing and maintaining supportive and stable regulatory environments to facilitate further investment.
GIIA is unique in being the only body representing the leading global investors in the unlisted infrastructure industry. Our members span forty-eight countries across six continents and manage more than $500 billion in infrastructure assets around the world. Our associate members include many of the leading professional service firms that support the sector.
Through positive advocacy, specific interventions and networking events, GIIA is at the forefront of the sector’s engagement with political leaders, policy makers and regulators promoting an environment where private investment will enable societies to realise their ambitions for world class infrastructure.
Paris, 31 July 2014 – Following the initiative by Meridiam, a firm specializing in investments in public infrastructure assets, Allianz Global Investors, Skandia Mutual Life Insurance Company, and the Development Bank of Japan jointly announced the launch of the Long-Term Infrastructure Investors Association (“LTIIA”). Other founding members are among the world’s leading private investors in infrastructure, including preeminent French and British institutions as well as one of the largest American pension funds, all of which will be announced ahead of the association’s first meeting in October 2014.
Led by investors, the LTIIA aims to facilitate discussions on the management of long-term infrastructure investments across a range of regions, states and territories, and will establish criteria for the conduct of business. Registered in Paris as an international not-for-profit association, the LTIIA will benefit from Meridiam’s support for the next 18 months. The Long-Term Infrastructure Investors Association’s objective is to share and promote best practices within the industry by
• Supporting the creation of a benchmark for the infrastructure asset class for asset allocation, regulatory and risk management purposes
• Enhancing research and analysis of infrastructure investment related topics (e.g. direct or indirect access to the asset class, risk management tools, sector and financial regulations changes, long-term trends of the sector)
• Enabling integration of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) aspects.
The Association will also provide policy-makers an infrastructure investment industry entry-point by linking financial regulations and infrastructure policies funding, contributing actively to market consultations at national and regional levels, and ensuring industry representation in relevant fora (G20/B20, MDBs meetings/workshops, etc.).
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Matthew BrownRegional Vice President, Energy Western Europe, Middle East and AmericasPoyry
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.
Derek HalpennyEuropean Head of Global Markets ResearchMUFG
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 TameAssociate Director & Chief Communications OfficerEDHEC Infrastructure Institute
Sarah Tame is an associate director at EDHECInfrastructure Institutebased 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 YildirimChief Executive OfficerYildirim Group
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.