IAM Group to establish infrastructure unit

Canadian alternative asset manager IAM Group has appointed John Walker to establish a new business arm focusing on infrastructure. The unit will develop international partnerships with institutional investors.

Canada-based alternative asset management firm, IAM Group, has appointed John Walker to its Integrated Private Debt (IPD) team to establish a new investment portfolio management unit called IPD Infrastructure.
The new unit aims to develop IPD’s international partnerships with institutional investors. Presently, IPD manages and provides funding from the $1.2 billion IPD fund on behalf of a number of pension funds and other institutional investors.

The firm offers fixed rate, investment-grade term loans to mid-market companies for such purposes as refinancing existing debt, plant expansion or modernisation, project financing and management buyouts.

Walker has prior experience in the infrastructure investment space in areas such as power plant development, renewables, airport redevelopment and transportation. He is a registered professional urban and regional planner in the Province of Ontario and has held several positions in both the public and private infrastructure space.

He was founding director of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and is presently chairman of the board of US Geothermal, an Idaho-based listed company.

IAM has approximately $2.5 billion in assets and committed capital under management in private debt, private equity, managed futures, real estate and retail alternative investments.