GIP hires big-hitting Hillbrook advisory team

12 February 2020 - 12:00 am UTC

Global Infrastructure Partners has ramped up its in-house transport expertise, hiring all four members of UK infrastructure M&A advisory firm Hillbrook Partners.

Hillbrook’s founding partners Charles Roast and Justin Symonds (pictured) – who have advised GIP on several key transport deals both at Hillbrook and previously at RBS – are due to join GIP as investment principals next week.

The advisor’s other staffers, vice president Bobby Sandhu and associate Ben Luke, are to join GIP as senior associates.

GIP and Hillbrook provided Inframation details of the moves in statements due to be released over coming days.

All four individuals will focus on transport infrastructure investments at GIP, according to the manager’s statement.

GIP, which has over 200 staff including 22 partners, has five years to deploy the USD 22bn it has raised for its fourth global infrastructure fund. The manager owns 12 transport assets worldwide, including in Europe Edinburgh Airport, Swiss-headquartered global ports operator Terminal Investment Limited and Italian high-speed train operator Italo.

Its transport team includes the former CEO of American Airlines, Tom Horton, partner Michael McGhee, and former Credit Suisse transport specialists Philip Iley, Marten Soderbom and John Morton.

GIP’s managing partner, Adebayo Ogunlesi, said in the manager’s statement: “Their [Symonds and Roast] expertise and experience in the transport industry will further enhance GIP’s capabilities as we identify opportunities to deliver attractive returns for our investors by investing in and managing high quality infrastructure assets in the sector.”

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