French Infrastructure Investor OFI InfraVia Hires 3

Feb 2 2012 | 10:18am ET

Paris-based asset management firm OFI InfraVia, specializing in public infrastructure investment, has expanded its investment team with three new hires.

The firm has tapped Bruno Candés as investment director. Candés comes to OFI from Fiera Axium Infrastructure, where he was founding member and senior investment director. He previously served as a director within Babcock & Brown’s North American infrastructure group and ABN AMRO Bank’s infrastructure capital group, where he was responsible for the financing and the development of large infrastructure projects in the transportation, social and renewable energy sectors. Prior to these assignments, he worked for Egis Projects, a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, dedicated to developing PPP projects in the transportation subsector across the globe.

The firm has also hired Vincent Ménager and Romain Dechelette as investment managers.

Ménager, with four years’ experience in public infrastructure, comes to the post from Amber Infrastructure. Prior to that, he worked in the project financing team of Natixis.

Dechelette, with five years’ experience in the sector, comes to OFI from ETDE, the energy and services division of the Bouygues Construction group, where he focused on the development of public private partnership contracts.

OFI InfraVia, a subsidiary of the OFI group, is an asset management firm dedicated to the infrastructure sector with an estimated €200 million in assets under management. It manages the InfraVia Fund, an investment fund positioned as a long-term investor in all infrastructure and renewable energy sectors in Europe.

The OFI group is backed by two major French mutual insurance companies, Macif and Matmut, and had €47 billion in assets under management as of the end of December 2011.


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