Rothschild gets new infra advisory head

Ali Kazmi joins from Deutsche Bank, where she was a director within the corporate banking and securities team.

Rothschild Global Financial Advisory (GFA), the advisory arm of French lender Rothschild, has appointed Ali Kazmi to lead its infrastructure and structured finance team.

Based in London, he joins the company as a managing director. He was previously at Deutsche Bank, most recently as a director within the lender’s corporate banking and securities team.

GFA’s team comprises 900 bankers in 40 countries, 180 of which are managing directors. Its remit comprises mergers and acquisitions, strategic, debt, restructuring, and equity advisory.

The company last year ranked fifth globally and first in Europe by number of completed transactions, according to its website. It also claims to be the largest player in the infrastructure and structured finance advisory space.

Among its 2014 deal roster features last October’s sale by iCON Infrastructure, Antin Infrastructure Partners and OPSEU Pension Trust of rolling stock leasing business Porterbrook to a consortium comprising Alberta Investment Management Corporation, Allianz Capital Partners, EDF Invest and Hastings Funds Management.

It also advised on the refinancing of parking space operator Vinci Park, which is owned by Ardian, Predica and Vinci Concessions, through a €950 million bond issue and a €300 million unsecured revolving credit facility earlier the same month.

The company last year advised on about 450 transactions with a total value of $430 billion.

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