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DIF appoints two new partners

The promotion of the Dutch fund manager’s head of renewables and head of France brings its partners team to seven.

DIF, the Amsterdam-based fund manager, has appointed two additional partners.

Christopher Mansfield and Thomas Vieillescazes, respectively head of renewables and head of France, were promoted to their new role on July 1.

Mansfield, who joined the firm in 2008, is responsible for overseeing all renewable energy deals across Europe and North America. He was previously head of wind at renewables company Allco where he set up and established the group’s European wind energy unit. He also spent two years at BP, launching the energy group’s wind energy strategy and leading the business in Europe and Asia.

Vieillescazes joined DIF in 2007 to establish the firm’s operations in France. In addition to heading the Paris office, he is in charge of the origination, execution and optimisation of public-private partnerships (PPP) and renewable energy transactions in the country.

He previously worked with the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure for the French government, where he oversaw the budget and financing of the public railway sector and the development of major rail infrastructure projects. His earlier career included experiences within Alcatel’s project finance and GE Capital teams.

The new promotions bring the total number of DIF partners to seven, headed by three managing partners. The firm is currently in the process of investing its Fund III, which it closed on its €800 million revised hard cap in March 2013.