EMEA: BlackRock hires Macquarie Capital energy infra specialist

05 September 2018 - 12:00 am UTC

BlackRock has hired Macquarie Capital’s Edward Winter as a managing director in its European energy and power infrastructure team in London, following the departure earlier in the summer of Ed Fidler for Allianz Capital Partners. 

Winter previously spent nearly 13 years at Macquarie Capital, including nearly four as a managing director. He served as a director of UK bulk liquid storage business Navigator Terminals, one of Macquarie’s investments, for nearly three years.

BlackRock’s energy and power infrastructure team, part of the broader Blackrock Real Assets group, is led globally from New York by Mark Florian. 

The team and its two closed-end equity infrastructure funds were acquired by BlackRock last year from private equity group First Reserve. 

The 37-strong team managed USD 3.7bn in investments at the time of the acquisition, while Blackrock itself already had a USD 10bn infrastructure platform, with a focus on areas other than energy infrastructure.

Fidler, who like Florian joined BlackRock as part of the First Reserve energy infrastructure team, moved to Allianz in July to work on origination and asset management of direct infrastructure investments. 

Blackrock Real Assets has equity and debt investments in real estate and infrastructure investments in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia.

Also in London, BlackRock has also appointed Guillaume Vandewalle as vice president in its infrastructure debt team. Previously, he was in the infrastructure finance and advisory team at ING. BlackRock’s European infrastructure debt team is headed by Jonathan Stevens.

BlackRock declined to comment.

BlackRock Real Assets’ infrastructure portfolio in Europe includes equity investments in UK student housing, North Sea wind assets and a portfolio of solar projects in France, as well as a debt investment in German rolling stock.

BlackRock in July completed the first close of its energy and power infrastructure fund Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Fund III, securing USD 1.5bn in commitments from global institutional investors.

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