InfraVia expands investment team

The French firm has hired three new recruits as it seeks to invest its freshly raised €530m Fund II.

InfraVia, the Paris-based fund manager, has bolstered its ranks with the addition of three team members.

Athanasios Zoulovits has been appointed as investment director. He joins InfraVia from French fund manager Access Capital Partners, where he was part of a London-based team tasked with developing the firm’s direct infrastructure investment capabilities. He was previously a vice-president within Société Générale’s infrastructure and real asset equity investment unit.

Romain Le Mélinaidre, who has been hired as investment manager, started his career as an investment banker for banking groups ABN AMRO and RBS. He was most recently at Société Générale where he focused on M&A transactions. Notable deals he worked on included the disposal of G6 Rete Gas by GDF Suez and a bid for the second gas transmission operator in France (TIGF).

InfraVia’s latest recruit is Audrey Bouctot, who joins as asset manager. Bouctot has an industrial background, with 10 years’ experience working for European energy and infrastructure companies such as Schneider Electric, Areva, Alstom and EDF.

The fresh hires come a few months after InfraVia concluded its latest fundraising effort, having closed its European Fund II last January on €530 million. The vehicle had an original target of €400 million, twice the size of its predecessor.

The fund, already 25 percent-deployed, is so far invested in four assets. These include the A8 motorway in Germany, the City of Bordeaux regulated gas distribution business (Régaz), the Tempo public-private partnership (PPP) project in France and the RiG electricity distribution network in Finland.