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Jemima Atkins, Allianz Global Investors

Jemima Atkins

Portfolio Manager, Allianz Global Investors

Jemima Atkins is an investment professional within the Infrastructure Debt team at Allianz Global Investors, based in London. She has made investments in European infrastructure assets, particularly in the energy, utilities and transportation sectors… Read full bio

Alexander Bebov

Managing Partner, BAC Securities

Alex Bebov created BAC (BAC Securities) and was involved in more than 20 energy projects working for firms such as Alpiq/ATEL, Energo Pro, EoN Energie. BAC was the main manager of the first East-European REIT as a GP. He worked on Polish, Romania, We… Read full bio

Philippe Benaroya

CEO & Managing Partner, Generali Global Infrastructure

Philippe Benaroya is the Managing Partner and serves as the firm’s Chief Executive Officer at Generali Global Infrastructure (GGI). GGI was founded in 2018 by Philippe Benaroya, Alban de La Selle and Gilles Lengaigne in partnership with the Generali… Read full bio

Zak Bentley

Senior Reporter, Infrastructure Investor

Zak Bentley is a senior reporter at Infrastructure Investor based in London. Zak joined Infrastructure Investor in 2016 from Centaur where he was a reporter on their Clean Energy Pipeline title. He has a detailed knowledge and experience of the finan… Read full bio

Frederic Blanc-Brude

Director, EDHECinfra and CEO, Scientific Infra Pte Ltd

Frederic Blanc-Brude is the director of EDHECinfra, an index, analytics and research provider specializing in the provision of unlisted infrastructure equity and debt market indices and custom benchmarks. Before joining EDHEC in 2011, he spent 10 yea… Read full bio
Floortje Brouwers, GIC

Floortje Brouwers

Senior Vice President, GIC

Floortje Brouwers leads the Infrastructure Debt strategy for GIC, based out of London. She is part of GIC’s INFRA investment team which covers Equity, Debt and Fund investments. In her role she is responsible for investments in non-investment grade a… Read full bio

Philipp Bunnenberg 

Consultant, BAI

Philipp Bunnenberg is working at BAI as a consultant and market analyst and is responsible for the Alternative Markets resort. Before joining BAI he worked as a research assistant at the Finance & Banking chair at the University of Potsdam. Curre… Read full bio

Tim Cable

Senior Partner, Vantage Infrastructure

Tim joined the business in 2012 and has over two decades of relevant experience. Based in London, Tim is the Head of the Global Infrastructure Debt business and the portfolio manager of a number of the firm’s debt mandates. He is Chair of the Debt In… Read full bio

Lucy Dale

Director, BlackRock

Lucy Dale is a member of the Infrastructure Debt Group of BlackRock Alternative Investors. She has over 10 years of experience in infrastructure and energy project finance as an advisor, banker and asset manager. Mrs. Dale is responsible for the orig… Read full bio

Hans-Peter Dohr

Founding and Managing Partner, ICA - Institutional Capital Associates

Hans-Peter founded ICA in 2016. He has nearly 35 years’ experience of debt & corporate finance and alternative investments and holds an MBA from the Vienna University of Economics. ICA Institutional Capital Associates (ICA) ICA is an award-winnin… Read full bio

Frank Dornseifer

Managing Director, Bundesverband Alternative Investments

Frank Dornseifer is Managing Director of Bundesverband Alternative Investments e.V. (BAI), the German advocacy organization for the Alternative Investment industry. He has been active for more than 18 years in various functions in investment manageme… Read full bio

Jean-Francis Dusch

CEO, Edmond de Rothschild UK, CIO Infrastructure Debt, Edmond de Rothschild AM UK

Jean-Francis brings 28 years of international project and structured finance experience to the team. He joined Edmond de Rothschild Group in 2004, as co-head of the Project Finance department before taking charge of the group’s structuring advisory s… Read full bio

Burkhard Egbers

Member of the Board of Directors, Egbers Investment Partner

Burkhard Egbers has more than 20 years of experience in international infrastructure project origination, structuring and arranging. In current position as founding partner of Egbers Investment Partner (EIP) Burkhard advises companies and fund to str… Read full bio

Claudio Ghisu

Co-Head Infrastructure/Managing Director, YIELCO Investments

Claudio is a partner at YIELCO Investments AG and managing director at YIELCO Investments (Switzerland) AG and in this role member of YIELCO's management and investment committee. Claudio is co-heading YIELCO's infrastructure practice and is acting c… Read full bio

Benjamin Hemming

Head of Infrastructure Debt, MEAG

Benjamin joined MEAG in 2014 and heads the Infrastructure Debt Team which is responsible for the origination and structuring of infrastructure deals in the sectors transport, digital & social infrastructure. He has more than 16 years’ experience… Read full bio

Severin Hiller

Co-Head Infrastructure Debt, Rivage Investment

Severin Hiller is a co-head of infrastructure debt at Rivage Investment, having joined the firm in October 2014. Since joining the firm, Severin has been instrumental in building one of the leading infrastructure debt practices in Europe. Severin has… Read full bio

Magdalena Kowalska

Senior Portfolio Manager, NN Investment Partners

Magdalena joined NN Investment Partners in 2014 and is a Senior Portfolio Manager in the Infrastructure Debt / Project Finance team. Prior to this she spent 6 years as a Commercial Manager at Skanska Infrastructure Development UK where she was respon… Read full bio

Agnes Mazurek

Senior Consultant

Agnes Mazurek has 25 years of experience in private markets across the whole investments value chain (credit risk, origination, underwriting and distribution, portfolio management). In the past 10 years, she has led teams to financial close on over 3… Read full bio

Tom Murray

Managing Director, I Squared Capital

Tom Murray is a Managing Director responsible for infrastructure credit investments, including debt capital markets activities for I Squared Capital's portfolio companies. Tom joined I Squared Capital in 2019 to build the Firm's infrastructure credit… Read full bio

Jerome Neyroud

Head of Infrastructure Debt, Schroders

Jerome Neyroud has been running Schroders infrastructure debt franchise since 2015. Jerome and his team focusses on senior and junior debt in the European market. Prior to joining Schroders Jerome was managing infrastructure debt investments on behal… Read full bio

Kay Parplies

Head of Unit, European Commission

Kay Parplies is the Head of Unit for Investment and Innovative Financing in the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), where he works, among other areas, in the development of innovative bl… Read full bio

Alistair Perkins

Head of Infrastructure & Project Finance, NN Investment Partners

Alistair joined NN Investment Partners (formerly ING Investment Management) in July 2013. Previously, he held positions as Head of Debt Restructuring at Dexia following five years as a Director of Dexia’s Global Project Finance Group. Prior to that,… Read full bio

Steven Pringle

Director, Member Relations, GRESB

Steven Pringle is a Director within the Member Relations Team and is based in Amsterdam. He joined GRESB at the beginning of 2020 as part of the business development division. Prior to joining GRESB Steven worked in Real Estate Funds Management and B… Read full bio

Cristina Serrano

Global Head of Institutional Business, Santander Asset Management

Cristina joined Santander Asset Management in 2018 as head of the Institutional Business. Her teams work both in fundraising both for traditional and more recently alternative assets. Cristina has been part of Santander Group since 2007 in positions… Read full bio

Kevin Smithen

Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer, DigitalBridge

Kevin Smithen is is Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer at DigitalBridge. Mr Smithen has over 25 years of experience in the global communications services and infrastructure sectors and plays a leading role in the firm’s deal sourcing, fundraising… Read full bio

Matias Sottile

Managing Partner, RiverRock European Capital LLP - Ayres Partners

Matias Sottile leads the Infrastructure Debt initiative at RiverRock European Capital LLP, a leading European asset manager with EUR1.3bn of AuM, and is Founder Partner of Ayres Partners, a boutique financial and strategy advisory firm specializing i… Read full bio

Tom Sumpster

Head of Private Debt, Asset Management, Phoenix Group Plc

Tom is currently the Head of Private Debt for Phoenix Group, the UK’s largest long-term savings and retirement provider with over £330bn of Assets under Administration, on behalf of over 14 million policyholders. Tom is responsible for leading the Di… Read full bio

Dominic Swan

Head of Private Debt, HSBC Alternatives, HSBC Asset Management

Dominic is the Head of Private Debt, HSBC Alternatives. He has almost 30 years’ experience across portfolio management, credit, secured lending, workouts and structuring. Dominic is responsible for establishing and managing the direct investment capa… Read full bio

Benoît Theys

Head of Infrastructure Finance, AG Insurance

He is graduated as Master in Applied Economic Sciences at the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL) and is a certified Financial Analyst at the Belgian Association of Financial Analysts. He worked for more than 25 years in Project Finance,… Read full bio

Stefan Wala

Head of Origination & Client Coverage, Kommunalkredit

Stefan has been with Kommunalkredit since early 2017 in charge of the bank´s origination, deal sourcing and client coverage efforts. During that time, Kommunalkredit has built a strong franchise in the European infrastructure and energy market with p… Read full bio

Alex Waller

Head of Infrastructure Debt, Whitehelm Capital

Alex leads the debt investing activities for Whitehelm and has 18 years’ industry experience in debt financing, investment banking and principal investment. Prior to the formation of Whitehelm, Alex spent seven years at Challenger where he was a Dire… Read full bio

Benjamin Walter

Portfolio Manager, Allianz Global Investors

Benjamin is a Portfolio Manager at Allianz Global Investors’ Infrastructure Debt team. Before joining AllianzGI in May 2017, Benjamin spent 4 years at BlackRock, where he joined shortly after the inception of the Infrastructure Debt team to support t… Read full bio
Day 1
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Agenda

Infrastructure Debt Forum - Thursday 21st

Infrastructure Debt Forum
08:45 - 08:50

Introduction from Infrastructure Investor

08:50 - 09:00

Welcome from the chair

Severin Hiller
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Severin Hiller

Co-Head Infrastructure Debt, Rivage Investment

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09:00 - 09:45

From weathering the storm to leading the charge – infrastructure debt to the fore

Zak Bentley, Benjamin Hemming, Alistair Perkins, Alex Waller
  • A less volatile asset and more flexible solution – how infrastructure debt gained its resilience tag
  • How the persistent low interest rates and other macro factors play heavily into its favour
  • Assessing the numbers – why infra debt is seeing more capital commitment year upon year and relatively big ticket sizes
  • Are we seeing investors increasingly seeking infra debt solutions over traditional fixed income?

Moderator: Zak Bentley, Senior Reporter, Infrastructure Investor

 

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Zak Bentley

Senior Reporter, Infrastructure Investor

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Benjamin Hemming

Head of Infrastructure Debt, MEAG

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Alistair Perkins

Head of Infrastructure & Project Finance, NN Investment Partners

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Alex Waller

Head of Infrastructure Debt, Whitehelm Capital

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09:45 - 10:30

Traditional and modern infrastructure in the new green, digital economy

Severin Hiller, Philippe Benaroya, Tim Cable, Lucy Dale, Tom Sumpster, Benoît Theys
  • What traditional infra is at risk of becoming redundant as the world transitions at an increasingly rapid pace?
  • How debt managers can help future proof their traditional infrastructure assets
  • What does the future hold for the ever-changing definition of infrastructure assets?

Moderator: Severin Hiller, Co-Head Infrastructure Debt, Rivage Investment

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Severin Hiller

Co-Head Infrastructure Debt, Rivage Investment

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Philippe Benaroya

CEO & Managing Partner, Generali Global Infrastructure

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Tim Cable

Senior Partner, Vantage Infrastructure

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Lucy Dale

Director, BlackRock

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Tom Sumpster

Head of Private Debt, Asset Management, Phoenix Group Plc

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Benoît Theys

Head of Infrastructure Finance, AG Insurance

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10:30 - 11:00

Sector-specific strategies – the next step for infrastructure debt’s growth?

Philipp Bunnenberg , Jean-Francis Dusch, Burkhard Egbers, Agnes Mazurek, Stefan Wala
  • Analysing the capital being committed to sector-specific infrastructure debt investments
  • Why renewables, social and digital infrastructure are among those leading the way
  • Business model, client asset liability management and other considerations for managers as we shift towards a new way of project financing
  • How can investors construct their portfolios to efficiently expose themselves to a diverse set of sectors?

Moderator: Philipp Bunnenberg, Consultant, BAI

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Philipp Bunnenberg 

Consultant, BAI

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Jean-Francis Dusch

CEO, Edmond de Rothschild UK, CIO Infrastructure Debt, Edmond de Rothschild AM UK

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Burkhard Egbers

Member of the Board of Directors, Egbers Investment Partner

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Agnes Mazurek

Senior Consultant

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Stefan Wala

Head of Origination & Client Coverage, Kommunalkredit

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11:00 - 11:30

Coffee & networking

Infrastructure Debt Forum
11:30 - 12:10

Junior vs senior and the appeal of high return debt strategies in the search for yield

Alistair Perkins, Floortje Brouwers, Tom Murray, Dominic Swan, Benjamin Walter
  • Are high return debt strategies becoming part of a core infrastructure portfolio now, despite high fees?
  • Junior debt, crossover credit & more – what’s proving most popular for different types of LPs in the post-pandemic environment
  • Why would investors choose these high return strategies over equity?
  • Does senior investment grade debt still offer appeal to certain types of investors?

Moderator: Alistair Perkins, Head of Infrastructure & Project Finance, NN Investment Partners

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Alistair Perkins

Head of Infrastructure & Project Finance, NN Investment Partners

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Floortje Brouwers, GIC

Floortje Brouwers

Senior Vice President, GIC

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Tom Murray

Managing Director, I Squared Capital

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Dominic Swan

Head of Private Debt, HSBC Alternatives, HSBC Asset Management

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Benjamin Walter

Portfolio Manager, Allianz Global Investors

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12:10 - 12:30

Presentation: The performance of infrastructure debt before and after Covid-19

Frederic Blanc-Brude
  • Impact of covid on private loans and corporate spreads
  • Comparative performance with other fixed income securities
  • Evolution of risk management and prudential reporting for infra debt investors
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Frederic Blanc-Brude

Director, EDHECinfra and CEO, Scientific Infra Pte Ltd

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12:30 - 13:00

Fireside Chat: Key themes in private credit for digital infrastructure

Kevin Smithen
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Kevin Smithen

Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer, DigitalBridge

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13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

Infrastructure Debt Forum
14:00 - 14:40

Meeting green requirements – how debt funds must adapt in a significant year for sustainability

Hans-Peter Dohr, Jemima Atkins, Magdalena Kowalska, Jerome Neyroud, Steven Pringle
  • Adhering to established guidelines and regulation, such as the EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities
  • The role of digital and energy transition products in improving sustainable infrastructure debt investment
  • Cost-benefit analysis for LPs and GPs – due diligence, compliance, reporting and other considerations
  • How much influence can a debt fund manager truly have when it comes to ESG adherence of it’s assets?

Moderator: Hans-Peter Dohr, Managing Partner, Institutional Capital Associates

 

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Hans-Peter Dohr

Founding and Managing Partner, ICA - Institutional Capital Associates

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Jemima Atkins, Allianz Global Investors

Jemima Atkins

Portfolio Manager, Allianz Global Investors

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Magdalena Kowalska

Senior Portfolio Manager, NN Investment Partners

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Jerome Neyroud

Head of Infrastructure Debt, Schroders

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Steven Pringle

Director, Member Relations, GRESB

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14:40 - 15:20

Focusing the lens on fundraising

Severin Hiller, Claudio Ghisu, Cristina Serrano, Tim Cable
  • How has infrastructure debt fared compared to competing strategies throughout the pandemic?
  • What place do smaller, niche managers continue to have amongst the more prominent infrastructure debt fund managers in the fundraising stakes?
  • Where in the world have we seen this capital committed?
  • How managers and investors alike have overcome due diligence and other hurdles

Moderator: Severin Hiller, Co-Head Infrastructure Debt, Rivage Investment

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Severin Hiller

Co-Head Infrastructure Debt, Rivage Investment

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Claudio Ghisu

Co-Head Infrastructure/Managing Director, YIELCO Investments

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Cristina Serrano

Global Head of Institutional Business, Santander Asset Management

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Tim Cable

Senior Partner, Vantage Infrastructure

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15:20 - 16:00

The merit of debt investments in today’s emerging economies

Alexander Bebov, Kay Parplies, Matias Sottile
  • How should debt investors look to approach emerging markets?
  • Premiums galore – garnering a winning formula of country risk, illiquidity and complexity premiums
  • Fine-tuning your due diligence when it comes to specific countries and regions
  • Long-term impacts of the pandemic on infrastructure debt investment opportunities in various emerging economies

Moderator: Alexander Bebov, Managing Director, BAC Securities

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Alexander Bebov

Managing Partner, BAC Securities

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Kay Parplies

Head of Unit, European Commission

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Matias Sottile

Managing Partner, RiverRock European Capital LLP - Ayres Partners

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16:00 - 16:00

Close of conference