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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.
Jason Radford is a Partner in Ashurst's corporate practice.
Radford on is global head of the corporate practice and has been involved in many aspects of infrastructure transactions including joint ventures, M&A deals, fund raisings, project finance, and PPP/PFI transactions.
Radford has been involved in greenfield and brownfield transactions in numerous jurisdictions including the UK, US, Canada, the Caribbean, mainland Europe and Asia. Radford's reputation is reflected in being one of a very few number of lawyers to be ranked in both Chambers UK and Chambers US.
Radford is a member of the Ashurst Board (appointed in November 2016).
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.
Renaud de Matharel is Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Cube Infrastructure Managers (“Cube IM”), and has 30 years of infrastructure project management and investment experience. Since establishing Cube IM in 2005, the management company has successfully grown and has as of today raised EUR 2.3bn through three European infrastructure funds - Cube Infrastructure Fund which is fully invested and already partly divested, Cube Infrastructure Fund II which is completing its fundraising and already partly invested and the Connecting Europe Broadband Fund which is also in fundraising and being invested.
From 1997 to 2005, de Matharel was with Vinci Concessions, where he held executive positions as General Manager of Vinci Airport Management and Deputy General Manager of SGE Concessions. de Matharel developed, financed and managed large road and airport concession projects in Europe, America and Asia, and represented Vinci on the board of directors of project companies.
de Matharel joined Vinci from BNP Paribas, where he worked for 10 years, notably as Head of Project Finance in Milan and London. de Matharel advised and led arranged, non-recourse financings for leading American and European independent power producers building and operating gas generation and integrated gas and combined cycle power plants, as well as energy-from-waste plants.
Andrew Rose is the inaugural chief executive of the Global Infrastructure Investor Association (GIIA), the membership body for the world’s leading private investors in infrastructure and the leading advisers to the sector. GIIA’s role is to work with governments and other key stakeholders around the world to promote the role of private investment in helping to close the global infrastructure gap.
Since his appointment as CEO in April 2016, Rose has set about building GIIA’s relationships with policy makers around the world, growing its membership and building the evidence base on which to promote the benefits of private investment in public infrastructure. Currently, GIIA’s 65 members have USD 500bn of infrastructure assets under management, spanning six continents.
Prior to joining GIIA in April 2016, Rose held a number of senior positions in both the public and private sectors in the UK. For the 3 years prior to his current role, he was chief executive of the Homes & Communities Agency, the country’s housing and regeneration agency. Rose has also been Chief Executive of Infrastructure UK in HM Treasury.
Rose's private sector roles have included managing director, investment banking, CIBC World Markets, where he established and led the Canadian bank’s European infrastructure investment banking practice, and where he worked for 17 years in both the UK and USA. He was also a partner of AgFe, a leading debt advisory firm, based in London.
Jonathan Stevens, Managing Director, is the Head of the European Infrastructure Debt team within the BlackRock Real Assets business. Stevens is responsible for developing BlackRock’s focus in Europe on both directly originated and bi-lateral deals, in combination with agented transactions.
Prior to joining BlackRock, Stevens had 18 years’ experience in leading the origination and execution of infrastructure transactions in the UK, Continental Europe, North America and Australia. In his last role Stevens was Head of European Infrastructure at CIBC and sat on its European Operating Committee and European Deals Committee. Previously, Stevens worked with Erik Savi and other members of BlackRock’s Infrastructure Debt team at WestLB where he led its EMEA Infrastructure debt business and its team of 18 bankers in London, Dusseldorf, Madrid and Milan.
Alejandro Ciruelos is a Managing Director at Santander Global Corporate Banking, the international wholesale banking division of Banco Santander. Ciruelos joined Santander Global Corporate Banking’s Project & Infrastructure finance department in 2006 as part of its global energy practice. During this first stage of his professional career at Santander Ciruelos focused on the financing of renewable energy projects located in continental Europe and North America across a variety of different technologies including solar photovoltaic, onshore wind and concentrated solar power. In 2008 Ciruelos relocated to London in order to enhance Santander’s presence across Europe expanding his remit to the financing of conventional and renewable energy power projects as well as regulated utilities. Ciruelos is currently the head of Santander’s Project & Infrastructure finance department in London and responsible for the origination, execution and distribution of non-recourse project finance and debt advisory mandates across the energy and infrastructure sectors in the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia. Throughout his tenure at Santander Ciruelos has led the structuring, execution and negotiation of over 30 transactions in the renewable energy sector in multiple geographies.
Tanya Hedley is Director of Networks at the Utility Regulator. Hedley is responsible for the regulation of electricity, water and gas networks in Northern Ireland. Hedley previously held the roles of Director of Water Regulation and Director of Electricity Regulation. Prior to joining the Utility Regulator, Hedley worked for NIE for over 18 years in transmission development, asset management and environmental management. Hedley is also a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and an Associated Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.
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.
Nick Grant recently joined First State Investments (FSI) as a Director, where he sits on the board of Coriance, a French district heating business and Scandlines, a Danish ferries operator.
Prior to joining FSI, Grant worked in various general management and operational roles in UK utilities. Grant was the CEO of Severn Trent Services in the UK, Ireland and Italy where he managed multiple de-regulated businesses units. In Centrica, he led the roll-out of smart meters and was the Managing Director of British Gas Corporate Markets, one of UK’s largest providers of gas and power to large industrial and commercial companies. Earlier in his career Grant worked as a strategy consultant for Marakon Associates.
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.
Martin Nelson-Jones is a partner at DLA Piper UK LLP, which he joined recently from another international law firm. Nelson-Jones specialises in M&A, with a particular focus on the energy and infrastructure sector. Nelson-Jones has nearly 20 years' experience advising in the sector. Nelson-Jones has advised both corporates, such as MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, Siemens and Toshiba, and financial investors, such as OTPP, PSP Investments, Macquarie and GIP.
Gwenola Chambon leads Mirova’s general infrastructure platform and is responsible for managing its investment and capital raising activities.
Throughout her 22 year career, Chambon has developed an extensive knowledge of European infrastructure and has deep experience of financing and investing in infrastructure assets. Chambon has worked on a number of landmark transactions, including the first PPP projects in Belgium and the Netherlands, and in 2016 raised continental Europe’s first brownfield continuation fund.
Before joining Mirova, Chambon was Head of European infrastructure at CFIG, and prior to that was a senior member of the project finance team at BNP Paribas.
Chambon is a member of a number of groups including the European Commission’s Experts in Infrastructure working group, the PRI expert group, the GRESB working group, EFAMA, and the AFG and AFIC working groups for infrastructure.
Ed Clarke co-founded Infracapital with Martin Lennon, and has over 25 years of infrastructure, project finance and investment experience
Ed Clarke joined the Project & Infrastructure Finance business at M&G in 2001 to build out the infrastructure equity investment side of the business with Martin. Clarke also worked on the establishment of the Innisfree M&G PPP Fund ("IMPPP") in 2002 and continues to sit on the Investment & Steering Committee of IMPPP. Prior to joining M&G, Clarke worked at Societe Generale where he was responsible for structuring and arranging capital markets issue to fund infrastructure projects. Before this, Clarke was a leading member of the Hambros Bank infrastructure advisory team where he also set up their infrastructure advisory business in South Africa.
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.
John Kirwan, a member of Rubicon’s senior leadership team, heads the firm’s UK investment banking business and is based in London. Kirwan’s focus with the firm ranges from oversight of Rubicon’s global debt advisory activities and strategy to independent debt and M&A advice to corporate, infrastructure and energy clients.
Kirwan has over 25 years of experience in the transportation, power, utilities and energy sectors, having advised and arranged over USD 100bn in financings for a wide range of corporate, private equity, government and infrastructure clients. Prior to joining Rubicon, Kirwan spent over 8 years at Scotiabank, based in London and previously in Toronto, where he was Global Head of Infrastructure, Power and Utilities. Kirwan was instrumental in launching and developing the bank’s global infrastructure and power capabilities, establishing and building teams in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific and Australia. In London, Kirwan, as CEO, had additional responsibility for the full range of Scotiabank’s European lending, investment banking and capital markets activities.
Alexandra Cromer is in her twelfth year with Atlantic-Pacific Capital. Cromer is involved in all aspects of the global fundraising process at Atlantic-Pacific Capital, including preparing marketing materials, answering due diligence questionnaires, maintaining comprehensive investor contact reports and coordinating roadshows. Additionally, Cromer assists with market research and due diligence activities relating to prospective mandates.
Prior to joining Atlantic-Pacific, Cromer was an internal account manager at Nortel, responsible for government and police accounts.
Bruno Candes joined InfraVia Capital Partners in 2012 and is focusing on origination and investment activities. Candes brings his solid network within the global infrastructure markets and his experience as an infrastructure principal investor across both Europe and North America.
Prior to joining InfraVia Capital Partners, Candes worked for Axium Infrastructure, Babcock & Brown, ABN Amro, Egis Projects, Suez (now Altice) and Vinci.
Francois 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.
Richard Fechner is the Group Executive Manager of GHD Advisory, leading a global business that provides strategy, commercial, economic, business case, logistics, policy, risk, regulatory, asset management and transaction services. Fechner has over 30 years' experience in leadership of infrastructure development, investment and delivery across ports, energy, government, defence, and infrastructure sectors in Australasia, North Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Fechner has held senior roles in the private and public sector, and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, the Australian Institute of Project Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Fechner is an active in industry working groups including the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering, Consult Australia and is an active Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). Fechner has contributed to significant infrastructure development under a range of commercial models as well as providing leadership in capital recycling programs across Australia. Fechner’s team has advised on over $150BN in infrastructure transactions globally.
Nick Rainsford is a partner in Ashurst's private equity team in London
Rainsford advises UK and overseas financial institutions and corporates on a range of M&A and corporate finance matters.
Rainsford focuses on advising infrastructure and private equity investors on M&A transactions. Rainsford has particular expertise in consortium and shareholder arrangements.
After taking up various sales and managerial roles in the PetroFina Group (Total Group), Thomas Bimson went into the parking industry in 2000 at CityParking as Sales Director, focusing on Belgium and Norway. Promoted to General Manager in 2004, Bimson continued to grow the company and supported three changes in shareholders. Bimson joined Indigo Group in 2008 as Managing Director for Indigo Park Belgium, a subsidiary he significantly developed with his team over a ten-year period. In January 2018, and in addition to his responsibilities in Belgium, Bimson was appointed Area Director Central Europe. Bimson plays an active role in various associations and management thinking groups.
Philippe Op De Beeck Joined APCOA PARKING Group as Chief Executive Officer in April 2016. Prior to joining APCOA, Op De Beeck was Group Managing Director Asia Pacific and Member of the Group Executive Board at Compass Group. Previously, Op De Beeck held senior roles at Gate Group, Swisslog, Renault Credit International, Axus International, Hertz Rent a Car and Unilever.
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.
William Wittusen co-founded ABP in 2015 together with HitecVision. Wittusen has extensive experience from the real estate market in a variety of roles on the management and principal side. Before ABP, Wittusen held the position as Managing Director of Akastor Real Estate, a subsidiary of Akastor ASA, a Norway-based oil-services investment company. Prior to this, he was Head of Corporate Real Estate in Aker Solutions ASA, a global provider of products, systems and services to the oil and gas industry. Wittusen also has significant real estate structuring and investment experience from UNION Gruppen, an independent and leading real estate company within the Norwegian commercial property market and from the property investment company Mapeley in London.
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.
Francois-Xavier Delenclos is a senior member of BCG’s Principal Investment and Private Equity (PIPE) practice, based in London. He works primarily with infrastructure investors on designing growth strategies, evaluating new investment opportunities, restructuring and rationalizing portfolios or improving performance of portfolio companies. He also leads the Port and Terminals agenda globally at the company. In this capacity he works for investors, port operators and port authorities, for containers as well as for oil and dry bulk ports. He was previously Group Vice-President at AP Moller-Maersk, Head of Corporate Strategy and M&A for the subsidiary focusing on port and logistics infrastructure.
Tim Mawhood leads GHD Advisory’s business in the UK, Europe and Middle East. Mawhood has over 20 years experience in commercial, strategy, policy and operational consulting in the infrastructure sector. Mawhood’s team delivers transaction advisory, due diligence, origination, business case, logistics and infrastructure policy services to the public and private sectors.
Over the past 8 years, Mawhood has delivered technical due diligence and transaction management services on over USD 60bn of infrastructure transactions, with USD 20bn of these in the ports sector in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America.
Most recently Mawhood led the technical due diligence on behalf of NSW Treasury for its sale of the USD 22bn Westconnex road network asset.
Mawhood’s sector experience spans defence, operational outsourcing, oil & gas, logistics and infrastructure, with asset experience in ports, rail, road, air and intermodal infrastructure and supply chains.
Neale Marvin is a Managing Director of the Infrastructure team at DC Advisory, where he leads a team of over 20 investment bankers covering both M&A (sell-side and buy-side) and debt advisory. Marvin has over 15 years’ experience in the sector, working on deals across utilities, toll roads, airports to ports and rail – as well as more core plus sectors such as smart meters, ferries, motorway services, towers and waste.
Marvin joined DC Advisory from JP Morgan, where he was head of the Infrastructure Finance platform. Previous to that, Marvin was a senior member of the Infrastructure Finance team at Dresdner Kleinwort.
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.
Mark Swindell has over 33 years of experience working in the City of London, New York and Europe. For the last 25 years, he has specialised in developing innovative funding, financing and procurement strategies for major infrastructure projects and has worked on many ground-breaking PPP transactions. Swindell has worked to ensure that the interests of the public and private sectors are aligned to create long-term, privately financed projects with incentives which reward success against output driven objectives and which create substantially improved public sector value for money.
As a lawyer, Swindell created and led DLA Piper’s Commercial and Projects group, which grew to 130 lawyers across Europe. This group completed over 160 PPP projects in ten different territories over ten years. In 2007, Swindell became global head of the Infrastructure and Defence Sector at DLA Piper and was the principal editor of the five DLA Piper European PPP Reports published between 2005 and 2010. The last of these were sponsored by EPEC and the European Investment Bank. Swindell also chaired a market leader European round table conference.
Since founding Rock Infrastructure, Swindell has been the principal advisor delivering the Mersey Gateway Bridge Project having been appointed Commercial Director in 2011 and has also been involved in the transformation of CAE’s Medium Support Helicopter Training Facility PPP at RAF Benson. Having set up Rock Rail in 2014, Swindell developed a joint venture with SL Capital to invest over GBP 2bn in new rolling stock for the UK, alongside long-term institutional investors.
Darryl D’Souza has more than 19 years of experience originating, structuring and executing transactions across the infrastructure and asset finance and securitisation product areas. D’Souza is also responsible for managing the relationship with the team’s financial sponsor client base in the EMEA region.
D’Souza joined MUFG in 2014 and has been involved in a broad variety of greenfield and brownfield transactions across various sectors including transport and social infrastructure PPPs, rolling stock and rail infrastructure financings, airport acquisitions, and regulated utility financings. Prior to joining MUFG, D’Souza spent five years at DZ Bank, four years at DEPFA Bank, where he focused on securitisation and infrastructure finance and five years at New Boston Partners, where he focused on arranging tax structured asset finance transaction for rolling stock assets in Europe using US tax equity. D’Souza started out his career as a solicitor at Clifford Chance.
Tom Sumpster has more than 20 years Infrastructure experience, joining Legal & General Investment Management (“LGIM”) in 2017 as Head of Infrastructure Finance to invest internationally in the infrastructure asset class on behalf of LGIM’s clients.
Prior to joining LGIM, Sumpster was a Managing Director, Head of Acquisition Finance at Royal Bank of Canada with a main focus on Infrastructure debt advising, structuring and underwriting across the sector over the last 10 years. Prior to this Sumpster held related positions at BayernLB, Dexia, Santander Group and PwC.