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New York, NY, USA Strategy, M&A
8 years experience
  • Infrastructure
  • Financial Modeling
  • M&A
  • Financial Analysis
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Madrid, Spain M&A
5 years experience
  • Infrastructure
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
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Melbourne VIC, Australia Strategy, M&A
7 years experience
  • Infrastructure
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +18
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Düsseldorf, Germany Strategy, M&A
12 years experience
  • Infrastructure
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
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Groveland, FL, USA Investment Management
20 years experience
  • Infrastructure
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
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Madrid, Spain Strategy, M&A
1 years experience
  • Infrastructure
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
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Athens, Greece M&A, Private Equity
6 years experience
  • Infrastructure
  • M&A
  • Corporate Finance
  • Valuation
  • +9
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Frankfurt, Germany Strategy, M&A
10 years experience
  • Infrastructure
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
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What clients usually engage your Infrastructure Consultants?

We work with clients from all over the world. Our clients range from enterprise and corporate clients to companies that are backed by Private Equity or Venture Capital funds. Furthermore, we work directly with Family Offices, Private Equity firms, and Asset Managers. Most of our enterprise clients have dedicated Corporate Development, M&A, and Strategy divisions which are utilizing our pool of Infrastructure talent to add on-demand and flexible resources, expertise, or staff to their in-house team.

How is Fintalent different?

Fintalent is not a staffing agency. We are a community of best-in-class Infrastructure professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Infrastructure talent and are able to provide clients with Infrastructure professionals within 48 hours of first engaging them. We believe that our platform provides more value for Corporates, Ventures, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, and Family Offices.

Our Hiring Process – What do ‘Community-Approach’ and ‘Invite-to-Apply’ mean?

‘Invite-to-Apply’ is the process by which we shortlist candidates for the majority of projects on our platform. Often, due to the confidential nature of our clients’ projects, we do not release projects to our whole platform but using the matching technology and expertise of our internal team we select candidates who are the best fit for our clients’ needs. This approach also ensures engagement with our community of professionals on the Fintalent platform, and is a benefit both to our clients and independent professionals, as our freelancers have direct access to the roles best suited to their skills and are more likely to take an interest in a project if they have been sought out directly. In addition, if a member of our community is unavailable for a project but knows someone whose skill set perfectly fits the brief, they are able to invite them to apply for the role, utilizing the personal networks of each talent on our platform.

Which skills and expertise do your Fintalents have?

The Fintalents are hand-picked and vetted Infrastructure professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Infrastructure consultants’ experience ranges from 3+ years as analysts at top investment banks and Strategy consultancies, to later career C-level executives. The average working experience is 6.9 years and 80% of all Fintalents range from 3-12 years into their careers.

Our Infrastructure consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Infrastructure talent pool stand out is the fact that they have technical backgrounds in over 2,900 industries.

How does the screening and onboarding of your Infrastructure talent work?

Fintalent.io is an invite-only platform and we believe in the power of referrals and a closed-loop community. Members of our community are able to invite a small number of professionals onto the platform. In addition, our team actively scouts for the best talent who have experience in investment banking or have worked at a global top management consultancy. All of our community-referred talent and scouted talent are subject to a rigorous screening process. As such, over the last 18 months totaling more than 750 hours of onboarding calls, of which only 40% have received an invite-link after the call.

What happens if I am not satisfied with my Infrastructure consultant’s work?

During your initial engagement with a member of our Fintalent talent pool with no risk. If you are not satisfied with the quality of your hire for any reason then we are able to find a replacement at short notice. There is no minimum commitment per project, but generally projects last at least 5 days and can last 12+ months.

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Everything you need to know about Infrastructure

What is Infrastructure?

“Infrastructure” in the context means local and international private equity real estate investments primarily focused on an income stream. Infrastructure funds may invest across several asset classes including transport, utilities, renewable energy, social infrastructure (e.g., hospitals), water and power generation. The industries identified by Fintalent’s Infrastructure consultants include airports, bridges, buildings, tunnels and toll roads; they also include a wide range of providers of public services: electricity grids, gas networks and water treatment plants; and companies without direct access to income streams but with a proven track record in the sector such as telecoms operators or those working on electronic network security.

What is infrastructure in private equity?
Infrastructure in Private Equity is the business of providing long-term investments for companies. In other words, it manages the assets (equity, debt and cash) that are required by a company to continue operating its business. The main objective of infrastructure in private equity is to build powerful capital structures for those companies that are capable of creating sustainable value over time.
Although these businesses might not see their initial returns for years or even decades following the investment, Infrastructure in Private Equity believes that it can help provide lasting growth to both company and investor alike.

The Private Equity Infrastructure industry has continued to grow rapidly over the past few years, with total fund raising reaching a record high of US$2.1 trillion. The rapid expansion in this industry has led to a number of new firms entering the market and an increasing number of private equity investors entering their first fund-raising period.

Infrastructure investment has grown over the past few years as investors have become more confident in the sector and have encouraged infrastructure funds to pursue a broader range of assets and sources of income. The growth in this area is partly due to the fact that investors are expecting returns on investment on these assets to remain low. The total fund-raising volume for the infrastructure sector over the past five years is around $600bn, and previous studies have shown that infrastructure funds raise around 45% of their capital from institutional investors. The majority of infrastructure funds are non-fund of fund structures.

“Infrastructure funds were the first asset class to really draw institutional investors in on a significant scale, and now with the outcome of the crisis, that participation rate has continued to make huge strides” “Private equity funds investing in infrastructure are predominantly long-only vehicles, rather than actively managed portfolios. As a result, many of the institutional investors that participate in these funds tend to be positively geared as they invest into these infrastructure funds rather than directly into infrastructure assets.”

The Infrastructure industry has experienced rapid growth over the past ten years, fueled by demand from institutional investors such as pension funds and sovereign wealth funds to invest their international reserves into high-growth assets. In the United States, one of the main drivers for this growth has been pension funds and insurance companies, who are looking to diversify away from traditional asset classes such as fixed income and real estate.

Data shows that over 45% of private equity funds invested in the infrastructure sector came from institutions with a further 40% coming from investors. Institutional investors have long been tapping into the infrastructure space, but in recent years they have moved away from direct purchases of infrastructure assets to investing through private equity funds. Infrastructure is one area where private equity has moved aggressively in recent years, with many firms launching new asset classes and platforms.

Infrastructure Investing

Perhaps unsurprisingly, there is a growing trend for private equity investors to invest in infrastructure assets. Infrastructure assets are high-quality, stable and long-term investments with stable cash flows. When combined with its low risk profile, infrastructure has become an attractive alternative to other forms of investing such as mergers and acquisitions (M&A). There are many reasons to invest in infrastructure, including that the underlying business is well known by the investment group (“household names”) and has a relatively predictable structure (“relatively predictable structure”). The number of new build assets is limited, making it difficult for new entrants to compete. As a result of these characteristics, this form of investing has become more attractive to private equity investors over the last decade.

One of the key drivers behind this growth has been technological innovation and its use in sectors such as energy and transport. These sectors are where infrastructure investors have increasingly been investing their money as technology is allowing them to become more productive, efficient and often cheaper (for example renewable energy supply such as solar and wind power).

Infrastructure Investment Trends

As with most sectors, infrastructure has seen a steady increase in investment. In 2013 alone, US investors spent $50.1bn on infrastructure assets making it their third largest sector after M&A and private equity. This was the highest volume infrastrucutre deal since 2010. The deal value is more than double the level of investment seen in 2012 when $19bn was invested by private equity investors in infrastructure assets compared to 2013’s $40.1bn. Total deals for 2013 increased by 275% year on year compared to last year’s paltry increase of 35%. This is no doubt a result of the large number of infrastructures assets in Europe and North America hitting the market at a time when interest rates are low and their value relative to their purchase price is high.

Key Drivers of Infrastructural Investments

The majority of investment was driven by transportation and utilities, contributing $16.0bn dollars (41% of total). The transportation sector includes airports, bus depots, railroads, toll roads, ports and shipping terminals. The utilities sector includes electric power generation facilities, oil refineries and natural gas pipelines. It is no surprise that these two sectors have dominated infrastructure investment in recent years. They are industries that most of us can relate to. Every day we use the products and services provided by transport and utilities and our reliance on these industries is growing.

The transportation sector continues to be a driver of infrastructure investment. Infrastructures assets such as railroads, airlines, ports, airports and pipelines that support the transportation industry are likely to be volatile but one of the hidden but recurring characteristics of private equity investing is that changes in performance are common after a company has been purchased by outside investors. In order to fix troubles caused by poor investments or funding gaps, private equity owners typically spend significant time and money revitalising the portfolio companies in order to strengthen their cash flow.

As a result of this, it is no surprise that infrastructure investment in the transportation sector has grown steadily over the last decade. In 2012, transportation infrastructure assets made up 30% of total infrastructure assets which is almost double what it was in 2008. The growth in this sector has been driven partly by investors being attracted by the potential for strong returns as well as a lack of early-stage venture capital (VC) funding available to support new innovations.[7] As seen over time, infrastructure investing is likely to continue to grow at a steady rate driven by technological innovation and growing global demand and supply pressure.

The US has historically been a leader in private equity investments, contributing $17.7bn or 49% of all infrastructure assets invested globally by private equity firms in 2013. This was up from $13.5bn in 2012 but down slightly from $18.4bn in 2010. The European Union, which includes mainland Europe and the United Kingdom, contributed $9.3bn or 30% of the total infrastructure assets in 2013, with an increase from $8.2bn in 2012 but a decrease from $12.6bn in 2010. However, given that the population of the EU is more than double that of the US; this still shows that Europeans are investing much more in infrastructure than Americans as a percentage of private equity investment capital outlay.

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