DUBLIN, IRELAND, October 2, 2018 – As a result of increased investment demand by European clients and in following with the strategic growth of its banking expertise, Rubicon Infrastructure Advisors ULC (“Rubicon”) is pleased to announce the expansion of Rubicon’s executive team to include two well-known investment banking leaders. The new additions will form an integral part of Rubicon’s strategy to develop a stronger presence in the United Kingdom and the broader European infrastructure, energy and utilities sectors, as well as to add to its global client service offering.
This follows Rubicon’s most recent announcement of the addition of 10 new executives to its New York office and official launch of a global renewable energy investment banking practice. Rubicon plans to continue to announce additional personnel appointments as the firm grows its worldwide network and market presence beyond its current locations in Dublin, New York and Madrid.
“Our expansion into the United Kingdom’s market and the wider European market is due in large part to our strong regional partnerships and dedicated client base in the infrastructure, energy and utilities sectors,” says Founding Partner and CEO of Rubicon Conor Kelly. “The additions to Rubicon’s executive team and its expanded sector expertise in energy and utilities corresponds to our strategy to further galvanize investment opportunities for our clients in these key classes of infrastructure assets.
John Kirwan joins as a Managing Director and member of Rubicon’s senior leadership team. Kirwan will be responsible for the firm’s market activities in the United Kingdom, and will also be leading the firm’s new global utilities practice. He has over 25 years of experience in the transportation, power, utilities and energy sectors, having advised and arranged over USD $100 billion in financings for a wide range of corporate, private equity, government and infrastructure clients. Prior to joining Rubicon, Kirwan spent over eight years at Scotiabank based in London and previously in Toronto, where he was Global Head of Infrastructure, Power and Utilities. He was instrumental in launching and developing the bank’s global infrastructure and power capabilities while establishing and building teams in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific and Australia. He has extensive experience with many of the largest international corporate and financial infrastructure investors.
Felix Fletcher will also be joining the firm as Managing Director and will be responsible for establishing and running the company’s new global private placement business. Fletcher has 16 years of experience in the financial markets, having most recently been a partner at Chalkhill Partners LLP from 2017 to 2018. At Chalkhill, he ran the infrastructure origination and distribution platform responsible for securing debt placement and advisory mandates and sourcing institutional investors. His sector focus was on real assets including core infrastructure, social housing and utilities. Previously he was a Director at ANZ heading up their European debt capital markets business focusing on large multinational corporates. There Fletcher executed cross-border debt transactions across Europe, US, Asia and Australia. He spent 8 years at RBC Capital Markets from 2006 to 2014 where he was responsible for European corporate and infrastructure debt capital markets with geographic coverage including UK, Germany, France, Spain and Scandinavia.
“I’m delighted to be joining a dynamic and results driven team that embodies global expertise across the infrastructure, energy and utilities sectors,” says Rubicon Managing Director John Kirwan. “We look forward to offering corporate, infrastructure and energy clients a variety of global independent debt advisory services ranging from debt procurement to M&A execution.”
About Rubicon Infrastructure Advisors
Rubicon is one of the world’s leading investment banking firms focused solely on the infrastructure, energy & utilities sectors. With offices in Dublin, New York, London & Madrid along with further expansion plans, the firm has a truly global reach. Since inception in 2011, Rubicon has closed over 40 transactions covering the sale, acquisition or refinancing of approximately 100 essential infrastructure, energy & utilities assets located across Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia with a combined enterprise value in excess of USD $35 billion. The firm is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. Learn more about the firm at: www.rubiconinfra.com and by following Rubicon Infrastructure Advisors on LinkedIn.
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