Asian adviser hires three infra MDs

StormHarbour, a Hong Kong-based financial advisory firm, has appointed three new managing directors to its infrastructure finance business.

Jean-Christophe Levens, Marc-Antoine Thiriez and Hugo-Virag Lappas have all joined StormHarbour from Partners in Infrastructure, an infrastructure advisory firm where they were founding partners. The three will report to Vincent Moge, principal and head of the Singapore office and Asia Pacific sales.

Prior to joining Partners in Infrastructure, Levens worked at Belgian-French bank Dexia for 19 years, with responsibility for leading the expansion of the bank’s public/municipal, corporate/utilities, project and infrastructure/PPP finance activities in Asia Pacific.

Thiriez was an executive partner at Oxley Capital Group, an Asia-focused alternative investment firm, having previously founded his own investment and advisory firm and advised Dexia Credit Local on developing infrastructure finance opportunities in Asia.

Virag-Lappas was general counsel and a fund manager for Galaxy Fund, the first state-backed pan-European infrastructure investment fund which investors decided to wind down. Prior to that, he had been a lawyer at DLA Piper and Hogan & Hartson in London, Paris and New York.

“Asia Pacific is a burgeoning market where there is a strong investor demand for infrastructure developments and a trend among governments in the region to increasingly look to privatise public utilities and core infrastructure assets,” said Moge in a statement. “With the appointments…we are well positioned to capitalise on the rising demand and supply of infrastructure assets in Asia Pacific.”

StormHarbour – which focuses on sales and trading, structuring and advisory, capital markets and asset management – was launched in 2009 and says it has appointed over 30 senior professionals in recent months.