EISER Infrastructure Partners (EISER), the independent, London-based fund manager, has established a senior level advisory board to provide “strategic support” across the business.
The board comprises: Dr Thomas Bone-Winkel, a partner at German advisory firm Bone-Winkel & Company; Gavin McQuater, former global head of project finance at law firm Lovells, until he retired last year; Andrew Reicher, former head of the programme management unit at the Private Infrastructure Development Group, which assists private infrastructure investment in emerging markets; and Stefano Venier, general manager at Italian multi-utility Hera Group.
Hans Meissner, managing partner at EISER, said the establishment of an advisory board was always part of the business plan and would “help the firm get a foot in the door in European countries and get some local flavour in terms of mentality, contacts and knowledge of the regulatory environment”.
He added that the board would likely see the addition of more members in due course, citing France and Spain as two markets where strategic insight would be useful.
He also said: “We will be able to draw in board members when we're planning to make an investment in a specific country and they can give us their thoughts – perhaps providing a different angle.”
EISER is currently seeking to raise €1 billion for its second fund, which achieved a first close in March this year on €277 million. In April, it arranged a €475 million long-term project financing package for two Spanish solar thermal plants. EISER's first, €1.1 billion infrastructure fund is now fully invested.