New CIO rounds out J.P. Morgan infra team

Matt LeBlanc brings 18 years of energy finance and private equity experience to his new role.

Matt LeBlanc has been appointed chief investment officer for OECD Infrastructure Equity at J.P. Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) – Global Real Assets, the firm said in a statement.

LeBlanc has more than 18 years of experience, having served most recently as principal of private equity investments, at ArcLight Capital Partners, where for more than 10 years he was responsible for power and energy investments.

“Matt is an industry heavyweight, his transactional experience and expertise will help J.P. Morgan Asset Management to better source, structure and close transactions that meet the needs of our investors,” said JPMAM chief executive Paul Ryan, to whom LeBlanc will report.

Based in New York and working with portfolio manager Mark Weisdorf, LeBlanc will be responsible for identifying and executing investments for JPMAM's OECD [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development] Infrastructure equity platform, the firm said.

LeBlanc is the most recent addition to a team that has grown since the beginning of the year with three new members added in New York and another three in London.

“Matt’s arrival is the most recent demonstration of our ongoing commitment to help investors access the powerful benefits of infrastructure investing,” said Ryan, who was appointed chief executive of OECD Infrastructure Equity in March.

Based on the findings of a recent paper, The Realization, JPMAM believes portfolio allocations to real assets could rise to as much as 25 percent over the next decade, from 5 percent to 10 percent currently.

JPMAM – Global Real Assets has approximately $66.7 billion in assets under management, including over $8 billion in infrastructure investments, and more than 400 professionals across the US, Europe, and Asia.