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SSE Enterprise Telecoms is one of the UK’s leading connectivity providers, operating a 12,000+ km private telecoms network that span the UK. Offering a wide range of products and integrated solutions including leading edge SD-WAN, Ethernet, Optical and Dark Fibre services to a diverse range of customers, from large enterprises, service providers and the public sector.
Colin is responsible for accelerating the significant growth achieved in recent years and in April 2019 he led a 50% acquisition from SSE to investment company Infracapital. Since then the company has continued to deliver its growth plan and Colin has been able to use his previous experience as Group Strategy and Transformation Director for SSE plc to help provide the leadership and transformation experience required.
Tim is an experienced and highly credible consultant with many years of experience working at senior levels within the aviation industry. He has worked on a wide range of projects around the world and has particularly valuable C-level connections within the aviation finance community. Over the past five years, Tim’s work has been largely focussed around airport transactions providing clients with advice on traffic forecasting and aeronautical yield modelling. Tim has also been involved with providing strategic advice to one of the short-listed parties who are seeking to provide additional runway capacity in south-east England as part of the UK Government’s Davies Commission. Tim has also worked on writing and reviewing airline business plans and provided due diligence to investors in various segments of the aviation industry including airlines, airports, lessors and ground handling companies. He also currently runs the Air Transport Economics MSc module at City University in London. Tim’s ten years of investment banking experience ensures that he understands the shareholder and other stakeholders’ perspective of the aviation industry. He also has first-hand airline experience gained from his time at Aer Lingus.
Michael specialises in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and major project development with a focus on the energy sector (in particular oil and gas and power).
His clients include multinational corporates, financial institutions, governments and individuals. In the last 12 months, Michael has advised on significant mergers and acquisitions including a number of disposals in the North Sea, an acquisition in Egypt and an oil storage acquisition and joint venture.
Bronte Somes is Head of Infrastructure Equity Europe, a business which forms part of Real Estate & Private Markets within UBS Asset Management. Bronte is responsible for managing the businesses that originate, execute and manage direct investments in infrastructure equity focused on Europe, is a member of the Investment Committee and a director of Greensands, Southern Water's holding company. Bronte joined UBS Asset Management’s Infrastructure business in 2011. Prior to that, she worked for over a decade in UBS Investment Bank’s infrastructure group where she gained extensive experience as an advisor within the infrastructure sector. Bronte has also worked as a finance lawyer at Clifford Chance in London.
Luis Alvargonzález is the Corporate Development Director of Ferrovial Airports, responsible for the M&A activities of the division.
Prior to joining Ferrovial, Luis focused his career in private equity investments in Madrid and London, where he led transactions in various sectors and sat on the board of portfolio companies. Luis holds an MBA from UC Berkeley (CA,USA) and a Business Administration degree from ICADE (Madrid).
Toby joined InfraRed in 2013.
Toby is focused on sourcing and transacting secondary infrastructure investments in the core infrastructure sector with a primary focus on regulated assets. Most recently, he has played a significant role in the structuring and delivery of co-investment alongside HICL in the Affinity Water and HS1 transactions. Previously Toby had led the origination and execution of secondary renewables transactions on behalf of TRIG, InfraRed’s listed renewable energy fund.
Directly prior to joining InfraRed, Toby was working as a consultant investment manager for clients in the infrastructure fund sector which included amongst others, Hermes GPE and Impax Asset Management. Prior to that he was part of Babcock and Brown’s European Infrastructure team which became Arcus Infrastructure Partners.
Toby is qualified as a chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has a degree in Law.
Markus Hottenrott is a Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners (MSIP). Markus has been a part of MSIP since inception and has been with Morgan Stanley for over 20 years. Prior to joining MSIP, Markus co-headed Morgan Stanley’s European transportation and infrastructure industry group in the Investment Banking Division, where he specialized in privatizations and structured finance transactions in Europe and the Middle East. Before that, in the Firm’s German office, Markus concentrated on the public transportation and infrastructure sectors. Markus has a legal background and studied at the universities of Heidelberg, Dresden and Munich. He wrote his doctoral dissertation in law at Humboldt University in Berlin.
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).
Before joining Allianz Global Investors, Emmanuel was a Managing Director at BNP Paribas co-heading a debt advisory and financing team. He was responsible for origination and execution of advisory and arranging mandates across a broad range of sectors. Selected mandates include: advising Heathrow on the 3rd runway, advising Borealis in relation to the acquisitions and refinancings of Fortum Sweden (Ellevio) and Fortum Finland (Caruna), both power networks with a total value of approximately EUR 8bn. Emmanuel has been involved in the infrastructure and energy sectors since 1997; prior to joining BNP Paribas, he was part of MBIA’s public finance team led by Deborah Zurkow.
René has joined La Banque Postale Asset Management in 2012 to launch their private debt platform dedicated to infrastructure, real estate and corporate debt. The platform is now managing EUR 3.9 bln on behalf of 27 institutional investors, with a team of 12 sector specialists, investing across European debt markets.
René is also the Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee of the French Asset Management Association (AFG), and member of the Infrastructure Advisory Board of UN PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment).
René enjoys a 25-year experience in project finance advisory and arranging across Europe, North America and Asia, out of Paris, London and Singapore.
Before joining La Banque Postale AM, René was the Global Head of Infrastructure and Deputy Global Head of Project Finance at Dexia, where he worked for 10 years.
Before Joining Dexia in 2002, René worked for 9 years at Crédit Lyonnais (now Credit Agricole CIB), where he started in 1993 in their Paris-based Infrastructure project finance team as a manager. He then spent 4 years in their Singapore-based Asian Project Finance group as Associate Director in charge of infrastructure, energy and telecom. In 2000, he moved to Credit Lyonnais’ London project finance team covering Public-Private-Partnerships, Infrastructure and utilities.
René is 50, graduate from the ESSEC Business School, and speaks French, English, Arabic and Japanese.
Jonson Cox has been Chairman of Ofwat since November 2012. He has a background as CEO and Chairman in regulated and commercial infrastructure, with a focus on turnarounds and restructuring.
Jonson led Yorkshire Water (1996-2000), as MD, out of a significant crisis with its customers and restored a top-ranking status in the industry. After other infrastructure roles, he returned to the water sector from 2004 - 2010 as Group CEO at '2003 Dog of the City', AWG plc, owner of Anglian Water Services and Morrison plc, to lead a successful turnaround from the Group’s multiple difficulties.
Recent roles include serving as a chair of Ofwat and leading the restructuring of challenged businesses. He led UK Coal plc, as Executive Chairman, (2010 to 2012), to a managed 'soft close' to coalmining in the UK and secured for investors and the PPF, the value in its property development business. He served as inaugural Chairman of Harworth Group plc from 2012 to 2018. He led the board at Cory Group, owner of Cory Riverside, after lenders took control in 2015 securing a turnaround and successful sale to infrastructure funds in 2018. He serves on the global policy council of I Squared Capital and is an NED at Energia , the Irish energy group
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.
Phillip is an Executive Director in the Infrastructure team at DC Advisory focusing on infrastructure debt advisory.
Phillip has advised on some of the most high profile infrastructure financings over the last few year with inaugural issuances for a variety of sub-sectors. Transactions of note include the £1bn financing for Rock Rail South Western, €800m financing for Koole Terminals, €500m financing for Adven and €1.45bn financing for Beacon Rail.
Prior to joining DC, Phillip was a member of the HSBC and RBS corporate and infrastructure financing teams.
Mark is a member of the Aviva Investors’ Executive team and a Director of the Aviva Investors Global Services Limited Board. He is responsible for leading and developing the Real Assets business which includes Infrastructure, Real Estate and private debt markets. Mark sits on the Investment Committee of the Investment Association and chairs their Sustainability and Responsible Investment Committee.
Experience and qualifications
Mark began his career as a consultant Actuary and then gained a diverse experience across markets with investment banking roles in fixed income, equities and capital markets. He has extensive risk management and derivatives experience. Mark joined us from the Friends Life Group where he was Chief Investment Officer of the Group and Managing Director of their in-house asset manager, Friends Life Investments. Previously he was the Chief Investment Officer of AXA UK. Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and has a Mathematics degree from Cambridge University.
Lincoln Webb joined BCI in March 2002. He leads the management of our growing, global portfolio of real assets that provide strong cash flows and long-term capital growth. As a member of the executive management team, Lincoln is also engaged with setting the strategic direction and overall management of the corporation. With $153.4 billion of managed assets as of March 31, 2019, BCI is one of Canada’s largest institutional investors within the global capital markets.
Lincoln holds an MBA, specializing in international business, from the University of Victoria; a masters of city planning (architecture); an advanced management designation from INSEAD; and is a CFA® charterholder. He has participated in management programs at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, as well as Harvard Business School.
He serves on the presidential and supervisory boards of Open Grid Europe, and the boards of Cleco Corporation, Endeavour Energy, Glencore Agriculture, Teays River Investments LLC, TimberWest Forest Corporation, and Corix Infrastructure. In past, he was a director of Aquarian Water Company, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Pty Ltd, Puget Sound Energy, Thames Water, and Transelec S.A., Chile’s largest electric transmission provider.
David Rees is responsible for the long-term performance of AMP Capital’s infrastructure assets as part of AMP Capital's active asset management strategy. Mr Rees has been a board member of a number of AMP Capital’s European infrastructure assets including Newcastle Airport, Angel Trains, Alpha Trains, Wales and West Network and Thames Water. Mr Rees joined AMP Capital in March 2012 with 25 years of experience in infrastructure businesses including corporate strategy, business development, corporate finance, investor relations, regulation and government affairs.
Prior to joining AMP Capital he worked for 10 years at National Grid, the international network energy company, where he held a number of senior finance roles, including director of finance and regulation at Transco, the UK gas transmission and distribution business, group director of M&A and business development, and global director of investor relations. Mr Rees led the team responsible for the sale of four of National Grid’s UK gas distribution businesses in 2005. He was also Chairman of Trustees and a member of the Investment Committee of National Grid’s UK Pension Scheme. Before joining National Grid, he was director of corporate finance and economic affairs and a member of the executive committee at OFWAT, the UK water regulator. Mr Rees started his career in investment banking at County NatWest, where he worked on the privatisations of UK water and electricity businesses.
Mr Rees holds a Master of Arts honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Oxford in the UK.
Julia is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Meridiam Infrastructure. Julia previously sat on the Board of Meridiam SAS. In April 2017, she was appointed as a Commissioner for the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission. In addition, she is a non-executive director at the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund and separately, the International Project Finance Association, a member of the Advisory Board of Glennmont Partners, a fund focussed on renewable energy and is a Honorary Professor at the Bartlett School, University College London.
She has been directly involved in long term infrastructure development and investment (25 year maturity) in UK, Europe, North America and Africa as part of the equity only Meridiam funds (established from 2005 with AUM >c£5bn) in energy, transport, environmental and social projects. Meridiam manages six long term funds, and acts as a developer, investor and asset manager having initiated some 56 projects with a total value in excess of $70bn. The main contributors to the Meridiam funds are pension funds (around 20% coming from the UK), insurance companies and development institutions.
Julia has an extensive history and background otherwise in infrastructure investment, having acted as an investor, adviser both to Governments and to the private sector and provider of debt and junior funding in respect of a large number of major infrastructure projects around the globe over decades. Julia’s past roles have included Head of Project Finance at Hill Samuel in London, Co-Head of Project Advisory at Charterhouse Bank and Senior Director and Head of Eurozone Infrastructure Finance at Bank of Scotland.
Anish Butani joined bfinance in April 2017 to provide specialist coverage to clients seeking to deploy capital to the Infrastructure sector and support initiatives in Real Estate and Private Equity Markets. Anish has over 10 years of experience in total, which included 8 years with KPMG Corporate Finance based in London, where he was a senior member of the infrastructure corporate finance team. Anish has significant experience acting as an M&A and valuations advisor to global infrastructure fund managers across all sub-sectors in the asset class, including renewable energy, regulated utilities, transport and social infrastructure.
Prior to joining bfinance, Anish was at John Laing Group plc, the international investor in infrastructure, where he was responsible for leading and shaping divestment processes of their infrastructure project portfolio. Anish has a degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies from Warwick University.
Raffaele Della Croce is a Senior Economist at the OECD, and Senior Fellow at Imperial College. At the OECD he is in charge of the G20/OECD Taskforce on Long-Term Financing and responsible for producing statistical research and analysis on sustainable finance, long term investment financing and connectivity infrastructure. He is the Lead Manager for the OECD project “Institutional Investors and Long-term Investment” in the Financial Affairs division of the OECD and also responsible for the Long Term Investment Network gathering major pension funds, insurance companies, and sovereign wealth funds across the world www.oecd.org/finance/lti. Raffaele represented the OECD to G20, European Parliament, Financial Stability Board and UN meetings and is currently involved in a new project on the impact of innovation as blockchain on sustainable finance and the use of Big Data - public (i.e. satellite, drones, ground sensors) and private - with AI, IoT for infrastructure investment. Representing the OECD he took part to the 25 members FSB working group - chaired by Dutch Central Bank President Knot - mandated to analyze the impact of financial regulation on infrastructure financing and report to the G20 Leader’s summit in November 2018 in Buenos Aires. Before joining the OECD in 2010, he worked in the financial industry for eight years, mainly with Ernst & Young and Moody’s Investors Services in London. As part of international teams advising governments or private consortia, he has been involved in the analysis, structuring and negotiation of the largest transactions in the utilities and infrastructure sectors in Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Raffaele has been educated in Rome, Oxford and Columbia Universities. He also serves in the advisory committee of the OECD Provident Pension Fund.
Paul has been Director of the IFS since January 2011. He is also currently visiting professor in the Department of Economics at University College London. Paul has worked and published extensively on the economics of public policy, with a particular focus on income distribution, public finances, pensions, tax, social security, education and climate change. He was awarded a CBE for services to the social sciences and economics in 2018. As well as a previous period of work at the IFS his career has included spells at HM Treasury, the Department for Education and the FSA. Between 2004 and 2007 he was deputy head of the Government Economic Service. Paul is currently also a member of the committee on climate change and the Banking Standards Board. He was an editor of the Mirrlees Review of the UK tax system.
Paul has been director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the UK’s leading economic research institute, since January 2011. The IFS became the first organisation to win the Prospect ‘Think Tank of the Year’ award two years in a row in 2014 and 2015 and has won “economic and financial” think tank of the year four years in succession. The IFS hosts two major research centres and combines its leading role in public policy with world leading academic economic research.
Paul is also a visiting Professor in the Economics Department at UCL and a columnist for The Times. He is a board member of the Climate Change Committee, of the Office of Tax Simplification, and of the Banking Standards Board and is currently a trustee of the Kings Fund. He has led reviews of pension policy for government and of price statistics for the UK Statistics Authority.
Paul has spent his whole working life focussing on the economics of public policy. After graduating from Oxford he went on to work at the IFS before spells at the FSA, as chief economist at the Department for Education and as director of public spending at HM Treasury, where he also served as deputy head of the government economic service. He has also spent time working on public policy at Frontier Economics.
He is a frequent contributor to written and broadcast media and has made a number of radio programmes. He has published extensively on the economics of public policy including tax, welfare, housing, pensions, education, climate change and public finances. He is author of major books on pensions, tax and inequality.
In 2018 Paul was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for services to the social sciences and economics.
Dr Annegret Groebel is a Director of International Relations at the German Regulatory Authority for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA). Dr Groebel has worked for BNetzA since 1998. She is CEER President since January 2019 and was Vice President of CEER since 2012. She also co-chairs the CEER Market Integration and Transparency (MIT) Working Group since 2013. She is a member of the Board of Regulators of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER).
Dr Groebel has a PhD in Economics from the University of Mannheim, a M.A. (Master of European Administrative Management) from FH Bund (Bruehl) and a Diploma in Economics from the University of Heidelberg. She has an excellent knowledge of the European regulatory framework for electronic communications as well as the regulatory framework for the internal energy market.
She has experience in advising public authorities on regulatory reform and sector specific regulation and is actively involved in the work of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) and of the European Regulators Group for Postal Services (ERGP).
Apart from her professional duties, she has also been lecturing for a considerable time on different subjects in economics, finance, social policy, trade policy and European Integration, as well as on the regulatory framework in the German and European telecommunications and energy markets at different universities and vocational training academies in Germany, the FSR in Italy, and Switzerland. Dr Groebel is the author of various publications in the field of telecommunications and energy regulation.
Matthew is the founder and Chief Executive of full fibre operator Zzoomm plc. Zzoomm builds and operates new full fibre communications networks in towns in the UK. Zzoomm will provide its brilliant broadband service over its first network to homes and businesses in Henley-on-Thames, where construction started in September 2019.
Matthew founded Zzoomm at the end of 2018, following the sale of rural full fibre operator Gigaclear which he founded in 2010 to Infracapital in May 2018. Matthew was involved in network, wireless, data and telephony businesses including Vodafone, Millicom, Orange UK, Liberty Communications, ts.com and Community Internet Group.
In 2018, Matthew was awarded an OBE for services to Broadband provision in the UK, was selected by the FTTH Council as European Fibre Executive of the year and was awarded UK Internet Services Executive of the year by ISPA.
With 35 years of telecoms and network deployment experience, Greg has established and grown fibre companies across five European countries. After founding Esat Telecom in Ireland which went on to sell to BT for over €1bn, Greg helped found Versatel Telecom NV, which after rolling out across the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, was sold for more than €2bn to Tele2.
Greg founded CityFibre in January 2011 and as its Chief Executive, has since raised over £1.6bn in capital, completed five acquisitions and established full fibre infrastructure projects in more than 50 towns and cities across the UK. In 2018 CityFibre was taken private by a group led by Goldman Sachs and Antin for £538m and has subsequently announced an up to £4bn investment program to establish the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform reaching up to 8 million premises.
In 2019, Greg was awarded the Charles Kao Award from the Fibre To The Home Council, recognising his huge contribution to the rollout of full fibre infrastructure across Europe.
Holger Linkweiler is Managing Director of AviAlliance and AviAlliance Capital. Furthermore, he is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Athens International Airport S.A., Member of the Board of Directors of Budapest Airport Zrt., Member of the Supervisory Board at Flughafen Düsseldorf GmbH and Member of the Operating Board of Aerostar Airport Holdings, LLC (San Juan Airport).
Within AviAlliance he oversees the operational departments Mergers & Acquisitions, Investments and Financing, Aviation, Technical Services as well as the Legal department. Furthermore, he heads the Asset Management of the airports in Athens and San Juan.
As co-founder of the company Holger Linkweiler assumed responsibility for the company's business planning and financing activities. He also managed the acquisitions of the stakes in the airports in Sydney and Budapest and the founding of AviAlliance Capital.
Priit Koit joined Utilitas as the Chief Executive Officer in 2013. Utilitas, Estonia’s largest producer of renewable energy and largest district heating operator, is leading the country’s transition to renewable energy in urban energy supply. Prior to joining Utilitas Koit held senior roles in investment banking in the region, most recently heading the Estonian team at SEB.
In his role as Senior Managing Director, Philippe has led the OMERS Infrastructure team and the investment strategy effort in Europe since 2015.
Philippe joined OMERS in January 2009 and has played a leadership role in investments including Associated British Ports, High Speed One, Tank & Rast, London City Airport, CLH, Thames Water, SFR FTTH and VTG.
Prior to joining OMERS Infrastructure, Philippe was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs advising clients on M&A and financing across Europe in a number of sectors including power & utilities, transport infrastructure, financial institutions, industrial and consumer retail. Before that, he worked for McKinsey & Company.
Philippe has a Business degree from ICADE (Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Spain), and an MBA from Columbia Business School (Columbia University, USA).
Arnaud joined Rivage Investment in 2014 and is in charge of the origination and debt project management for our clients investments.
Arnaud has 20-years' experience in capital markets and structured debt. He started his career in 1990 at the Compagnie Bancaire, the specialised financial services control holding group of Paribas. He was responsible for the finance and ALM activites until 1997. Then, he joined the Crédit Lyonnais as a senior originator, and was responsible for the bond syndication afterwards.
From 2001, Arnaud worked at WestLB AG in London as a senior originator for France and Southern Europe debt issuers. He worked in structured finance at WestLB Paris from 2006 to 2009 where he was responsible for the infrastructure sector, financial acquisition transactions and LBOs. From 2010 to mid 2014, Arnaud was senior originator in the infrastructure debt team of WestLB London where he refinanced Eiffarie and the A150 highway, then managed the "distressed debt" portfolio, where he actively contributed to the financial restructurings of several LBOs and France and Southern Europe projects.
Arnaud is a graduate from Centrale Paris and has an International Finance Master from HEC.
Before joining Allianz Global Investors, Adrian Jones was a Managing Director within MBIA UK Insurance Limited. He was primarily responsible for infrastructure debt, project finance, and public finance origination and execution. Adrian also provided senior support to the transaction monitoring teams, negotiating major variations and complex remediation. His main areas of focus were Public Private Partnerships/Private Finance Initiative financings, utility debt raising, and transportation financing. Prior to joining MBIA, Adrian worked for Schroders/Citigroup, Deloitte and ANZ Bank in advisory and debt arranging capacities. Adrian holds an MA from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University.
Lawrence Slade joined GIIA as CEO in January 2020, having most recently been Chief Executive of Energy UK since 2015. He has been involved in the energy industry since the late 1990’s working in countries all over the world. Lawrence is a member of the UK Government’s Committee on Fuel Poverty, an Advisory Board member of Connected Kerb, a Board Trustee and Audit Committee member of the Money Advice Trust (who run the National Debtline and Business Debtline), and is also a Fellow of the Energy Institute.
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.