Partners Group hires APG manager to lead European infra fundraising – exclusive

Robert-Jan Bakker will join the firm in June, after five-and-a-half years at APG. His appointment mirrors the recent hire of QIC’s Vittorio Lacagnina, who holds the same role for the Americas.

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Switzerland-headquartered Partners Group has hired Robert-Jan Bakker, senior portfolio manager at APG, as its head of business development, private infrastructure Europe.

Bakker will join the firm’s offices in Zug and will lead Partners Group’s capital origination and strategic fundraising initiatives for infrastructure across Europe, working closely with the investment team.

The former APG staffer – whose appointment has been confirmed by Partners Group – will begin his newly-created role at the beginning of June. A mirror role in the Americas has recently been filled by QIC’s Vittorio Lacagnina, who will join Partners Group’s New York office after nearly four years with the Australian asset manager.

Bakker has been a portfolio manager at APG since his arrival at the Dutch pension fund manager in November 2012. His work has focused on renewable energy investments, typically with minimum ticket sizes of €150 million. He was previously a manager at Deloitte, focusing on valuations and modelling in general, but with a focus on renewables.

Partners Group last month announced it had raised €3 billion for infrastructure, including €2.2 billion to close its Partners Group Direct Infrastructure 2016 fund. The firm is also set to launch the fourth instalment of its Global Infrastructure programme, with a view to raising about €1 billion.