Auriga Partnership

We are a global advisory firm specialising in executive search and board appointments. We have offices in London and Shanghai, as well as research support across the world.

GIG offshore wind lead joins developer

August 1, 2018jodixonNews0
Nigel Slater, managing director and co-head of offshore wind at Macquarie affiliate Green Investment Group, has resigned to join Northland Power.

He is set to join publicly listed Canadian power investment firm Northland in October, where he will lead European offshore wind development.

He replaces Boris Balan, v.p. for Europe, who has relocated back to Toronto with Northland.

Slater joined U.K. Green Investments, the precursor to the U.K. government-funded Green Investment Bank, in 2012. The bank was subsequently acquired by a Macquarie-led consortium in 2017.

While at the UKGIB, Slater led its acquisition of minority stakes in the 317 MW Sheringham Shoal and 353 MW Galloper offshore wind farms.

Prior to UKGIB, Slater was a co-founder of debt advisory boutique Project Financing Solutions; and a finance director at both U.S. utility PSEG in London and Rolls-Royce Power Ventures. He previously worked for Dresdner Kleinwort and NatWest Capital Markets.

BlackRock director joining ACP

May 29, 2018jodixonNews0

Ed Fidler, a director within the London-based energy infrastructure team at BlackRock, is set to join a rival investment manager.

Ed is joining Allianz Capital Partners in a senior infrastructure portfolio management role. He joined BlackRock last year as part of the U.S. fund manager’s purchase of First Reservice’s infrastructure investment business.

During his seven years at First Reserve and BlackRock, he focused on originating, structuring and executing power and renewable energy acquisitions across Europe and Latin America.

He sat on the board of Renovalia Reserve, a Spanish wind farm developer; La Bufa wind farm in Mexico; and PetroFirst, an emerging market energy investment firm.

Prior to joining First Reserve in 2011, he worked for Macquarie’s infrastructure funds business in London and was an M&A analyst and strategy manager at AMEC plc. He began his career as an engineer at AMEC in Vancouver.

EverPower commercial chief takes new role

May 29, 2018jodixonNews0

JP Morgan backed platform, Novatus Energy has hired Katie Bellezza, former chief commercial officer at EverPower Wind Holdings. She joined Novatus in the newly created position of VP, Commercial &  Strategy.

Bellezza left EverPower earlier this year after the company agreed to sell its operating assets to BlackRock and its wind development business to Innogy. Prior to joining EverPower in 2010, she was a power originator at Constellation Energy.

John Laing hires senior biomass banker

November 8, 2017jodixonNews0

John Laing Capital Management (JLCM), the advisor to energy infrastructure investment firm John Laing Environmental Assets Group (JLEN), has hired Chris Holmes, a Managing Director at Macquarie’s Green Investment Group.

He joins JLCM in January, where he will work alongside Chris Tanner as joint lead advisor to JLEN.

JLEN Chairman Richard Morse said, “Chris brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the renewables sector, in particular waste and bioenergy. The JLEN Board is confident that, under the management of both Chris Tanner and Chris Holmes, the company’s strong performance will continue.”

In 2013, Holmes joined the UK Green Investment Bank (which was recently rebranded the Green Investment Group following its purchase by a Macquarie-led consortium), as head of bioenergy, biomass and waste.

Previously, he spent 13 years at NIBC, latterly as head of capital markets, where he was also responsible for the Dutch bank’s U.K. infrastructure and renewable energy debt and advisory business.

Fund manager hires banker for U.S. renewables push

September 19, 2017jodixonNews0

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners has hired William Demas, SVP at Macquarie Capital in New York, to lead a push into the U.S. renewable energy sector.

Demas, who is currently on gardening leave, is expected to join CIP in December.

The fund manager is expected to allocate some 30-40% of its latest fund, Copenhagen Infrastructure III, to the U.S. renewables sector.

CIP recently reached a third close of the new fund with €1.9 billion ($2.2 billion) of commitments.

Unlike many other infrastructure investors, CIP is able to invest in early-stage projects and take development risk.

CIP also recently partnered with Avangrid Renewables on the Vineyard Wind offshore wind development project off the Massachusetts coast.