Allianz Global Investors strengthens its team with two hires

Allianz Global Investors has announced the appointment of two hires, as it bolsters its Infrastructure Debt team to meet the burgeoning pipeline of deals.

Nicolas Lucas joins the growing Infrastructure Debt team at AllianzGI in a newly created role expanding their execution capacity. Nicolas will report into Adrian Jones, Director of Infrastructure Debt.

Nicolas has over seven years of experience within infrastructure and more than nine years of experience in the financial services industry. He joins AllianzGI from The Royal Bank of Scotland where he was Vice President in Infrastructure, Power & Utilities. Prior to this he held analyst and asset management roles at Société Générale in New York, Calyon in Paris, and Carmignac Gestion in Paris.

The AllianzGI team has further expanded by also hiring Alexander Ball, who joins the team as an Associate. Alexander joins most recently from RBC Capital Markets where he was an analyst in the Acquisition & Leveraged Finance team for the last two years, gaining experience in the origination, execution and distribution of infrastructure financing transactions in the airport, road, utilities and energy sectors. Both Nicolas and Alexander will be based in London.

Deborah Zurkow, Chief Investment Officer and head of Infrastructure Debt at AllianzGI commented: “We are very pleased to welcome Nicolas and Alexander on board. They will play an important part in our ambitious plans to grow and deepen our expertise in this specialist sector.

“AllianzGI’s infrastructure debt team aims to facilitate institutional investors’ access to the growing infrastructure senior debt market, while providing governments and infrastructure sponsors with new sources of long-dated financing”

Zurkow also said that there’s a substantial pipeline of projects both in the UK and across mainland Europe, with estimated between €1.5trn and €2trn of investment needed in European infrastructure over the course of this decade.

“Infrastructure debt represents a potentially attractive outcome for clients, particularly long term investors faced with low to negative real returns on their sovereign bond holdings. We have in place the right expertise to enable European institutional investors to access this growing asset class,” she concluded.

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