New head of Macquarie debt team as Ronga departs

Sam Newman, a 15-year Macquarie veteran, has assumed leadership of Macquarie Capital’s UK and European infrastructure debt team from Sergio Ronga (pictured), who is leaving the business at the end of this month.

Sam Newman, who has been with Macquarie for more than 15 years, has taken over the leadership of Macquarie Capital’s UK and European infrastructure debt advisory operations from Sergio Ronga.

Newman has led many of Macquarie Capital’s larger recent European infrastructure advisory mandates. These included raising the acquisition debt for the purchase of German gas network Thyssengas by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets; and the refinancing of $993 million of debt that backed the 2005 acquisition of a stake in Copenhagen Airports by Macquarie Airports. Newman is a well-known adviser in the airports sector.

Daniel Wong, head of infrastructure and utilities at Macquarie Capital said: “Sam has broad expertise across all of our important sectors, including transportation and energy infrastructure. As head of the debt advisory team, Sam will bring his deep infrastructure knowledge to debt advisory mandates and that will be to the benefit of all of our clients.”

Ronga is to leave Macquarie Capital at the end of this month. He took the helm of the firm’s UK and European infrastructure debt advisory team in October 2010, having been a member of the team since 2006 – and having joined nine months after it was launched by Spence Clunie. Clunie left in 2010 to establish Ancala Partners, an infrastructure and essential services investment firm. 

It is not yet known what Ronga intends to do next.