The United States
In 2019, our US branch will hold a pipeline of 8-11 events. 6-8 of these will take place in New York, with the first event of the year looking at Financing Ports in the Americas. Topics in development for later in the year include Renewables, Airport P3s and M&A Secondary Market.
We will also be holding sessions in Chicago and Los Angeles, looking at Infrastructure in Illinois and Hyperloop & Mobility respectively.
Our NY FLN Committee will also deliver 2 briefings.
Andy Garbutt (Chair)
Head of Infrastructure Advisory
Andy is a Principal in KPMG’s Infrastructure Advisory team in the US, based in Austin, Texas and responsible for leading and developing KPMG’s P3 advisory services.
Andy has been with KPMG for 10 years and established the US Infrastructure Advisory team in 2006. Prior to joining KPMG, Andy was a project financier in the Royal Bank of Scotland’s public sector finance group, involved in advising and structuring a number of the early PFI transaction s in the UK.
California Department of Transportation – Public Private Partnerships Program, Sacramento CA
Kome Ajise began his career with Caltrans in 1987 in District 6 (Fresno). In 2000, Kome was appointed the first Office Chief for the Caltrans HQ Office of Community Planning in Sacramento. This office became the focal point for the Department’s smart growth initiatives and promoted transportation-based smart growth planning activities. From February 2001, Kome served as the North Region Environmental Division Chief until April 2004 when he was appointed as the District 10 Director in Stockton, California. The eight-county District 10 covers the central Sierras, including four trans-sierra mountain passes, and northern San Joaquin Valley is a goods movement gateway from the valley into the Bay Area and north.
In January 2009, Kome was asked to serve as the interim Deputy Director of Planning and Modal Programs at Caltrans Headquarters from January through May 2009. He is currently on a special assignment at the Director’s Office to establish the Public Private Partnership Program as authorized under SB X2 4 (Cogdill) which went into effect in May 2009.
Kome has a BS degree in Geography and Regional Planning from the University of Benin, Nigeria, and a Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) degree from CSU Fresno. He is also a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Senior Vice President, P3 Development Director
Prior to her position at AECOM, Samara Barend served as Executive Director of Governor Paterson’s Commission on State Asset Maximization. The SAM Commission, created from a gubernatorial Executive Order in 2008, was charged with exploring public-private opportunities in New York State. The Commission released a preliminary report in 2008 and a final report in June 2009 which identified 26 specific public-private opportunities and proposed a transparent process for undertaking those ventures through the creation of a State Asset Maximization Board.
Ms. Barend has served as Vice President and Government Affairs Director for STV, and was responsible for overseeing, and often leading, industry-wide policy initiatives. In 2004, she ran as the Democratic candidate in New York’s 29th U.S. Congressional district race, holding her opponent to 50.8% of the vote and becoming one of the youngest women to run for federal office. She has also worked as the Statewide Neighborhood Program Director for Hillary Clinton’s U.S. Senate campaign and as Upstate Director for the New York Democratic State Committee.
Further, from 1996-2000 Ms. Barend spearheaded the successful effort to convert New York State’s Route 17 into Interstate 86. This interstate campaign resulted in the passage of the Interstate 86 Act, a bill which she drafted for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan that was included in the 1998 Federal Transportation Reauthorization.
Ms. Barend graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received her Master’s Degree in Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Thalia Delahayes is the U.S. Head of Project Finance Agency Services at Deutsche Bank. She is leading a team which provides comprehensive agency services for project finance transactions across the Americas, with expertise in all project finance sectors (renewable, conventional power, natural resources, telecom, infrastructure and transportation). Through a full suite of agency services offered to sponsors, developers and 3rd-party financial institutions, the team covers a broad range of project finance structures, including hybrid bank loan and bond structures, ECA debt, government loan guarantee programs and multi-tranche project financing.
Thalia has over 15 years of experience in project and structured finance, including credit risk, structuring, and portfolio and agency management. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in 2008, she was a portfolio manager at Société Générale New York responsible for a portfolio of energy and infrastructure project finance transactions, with a focus on cross-border deals. She held prior positions at Société Générale with the Corporate Group in New York and with the Risk Department in Paris. Thalia graduated from EMLyon Business School in France with a specialization in Finance.
Richard G. Little
Infrastructure Policy Consultant
Richard G. Little is a private consultant in infrastructure policy and finance. He was formerly Director of the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy in the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California . Mr. Little was elected to the National Academy of Construction in 2008 and was appointed to the California Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission in 2009. He holds an M.S. in Urban-Environmental Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Wilmington Trust - Capital Markets & Agency Services
Managing Director, Project Finance
Will Marder leads product management for project finance at Wilmington Trust, which he joined in 2017, bringing over 25 years of project finance and asset-backed lending experience to the team. Will was previously at Deutsche Bank from 2008 to 2017, where he served as the Global Product Manager for Project Finance in the Global Transaction Banking business. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Will worked at Fortis Capital for four years, where he originated and underwrote project finance transactions in the energy sector, focusing on renewable energy technologies. Before moving to Fortis, Will spent eight years at GE Capital Energy Financial Services, where he focused on troubled and workout transactions, and was involved in numerous restructurings and asset sales. Will was also involved in GE’s earliest tax equity investments in wind energy. Will holds an MBA from Fordham University and a BA from Syracuse University.
Skanska Infrastructure Development
Zoe Markwick is a Commercial Director for Skanska Infrastructure Development, based in Alexandria, Virginia.
Zoe has 17 years of experience in international project financing and Public Private Partnerships. Zoe has been involved in infrastructure projects and project financings as an attorney, a lender, a financial advisor and an equity participant. In her work as an attorney, Zoe has lived and worked in the UK, the Middle East, Hong Kong, Mexico and then New York, representing Owners, Concessionaires, Lenders and Contractors in power, LNG, transportation, transit and social infrastructure projects. Zoe came to the US in 2004 as a senior associate in the project finance team at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. She subsequently joined the infrastructure team at Société Générale where she was a Director responsible for raising financing for infrastructure projects in the Americas and providing financial advisory services to bidders on North American PPPs. Zoe joined the Skanska team in 2014. In her role at Skanska, Zoe combines her legal, commercial and financial expertise and is responsible for leading the commercial negotiations and the financing of Skanska’s PPP pursuits in the US.
Zoe is qualified to practice law in England and New York. She earned her BA at the University of Leeds in England and her JD at the University of the West of England at Bristol.
Durban Mitchiner is an entrepreneur and consultant. He has worked previously as a Senior Vice President, Global Infrastructure at Marsh, the global risk and insurance advisory firm; a turnaround consultant at Alvarez & Marsal; and a management consultant at Deloitte, Accenture, and Arthur Andersen. He earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Senior Vice President, Infrastructure Segment Lead - US & Canada
Adrian Pellen, Senior Vice President, serves as the North American Infrastructure Leader for Marsh’s Construction Practice. In this role, Adrian specializes in risk and insurance matters related to the infrastructure industry. At Marsh Adrian is responsible for ensuring Marsh delivers its world-class risk advisory and strategic services to developers and contractors pursuing new infrastructure projects. Adrian brings ten years of construction and infrastructure experience to the role having worked on over 50 public-private partnership projects in Canada and the United States. He has delivered a number of speaking engagements on the topics of infrastructure, public-private partnerships, as well as environmental risk. Adrian was also named as a Power Broker® in 2013, 2014, and 2016 by Risk and Insurance®.
Winston & Strawn
Michael Pikiel is a New York-based project finance lawyer and Partner at Winston & Strawn. He represents sponsors, developers, investors, lenders and underwriters, and contractors in a wide range of infrastructure and energy projects and complex finance transactions, including project financings and acquisition financings. Mike focuses his practice on the infrastructure, transportation, energy and mining industries. He has advised on a number of successful PPP projects in the US, including the Long Beach Court Building Project, the SH 183 Managed Lanes Project and the Metro Region Freeway Lighting Project.
Mike was selected as a David Rockefeller Fellow for the Class of 2015-2016 by the Partnership for New York City. He was also named a Law360 MVP for 2015 in project finance. Mike is also a frequent lecturer and author on project finance, infrastructure and public-private partnerships topics.
Michael received his BA in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his JD from Northeastern University School of Law.
David Sikorski PE, PP: David is a Senior Bid Director with Parsons Corporation. He has over 30 years of experience in development and transportation engineering for large scale projects for departments of transportation, turnpike authorities and local agencies with particular expertise in Public Private Partnerships. David most recently was a technical lead for the SPV for the successful bid for the Regina Bypass project. Prior to that he was deputy bid director with a consortium pursuing the Purple Line LRT project in Maryland. He was the Project Director and initial CEO/PM for WVB East End Partners for the successful bid of the $1 billion design, build, finance, operate and maintain East End Crossing Project – part of the Ohio River Bridges program. David has also been the lead technical specialist for the successful bid for the Indiana Toll Road Concession as Lender’s Advisor. He was technical lead for a Dulles Toll Road privatization bid and for three major PPP Highway Projects in Oregon. He also led lender’s technical reviews for bids for the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Alligator Alley in Florida, and I-635 Managed Lanes Project in Texas. Prior to joining Parsons, David was a Project Director for Vinci Concessions, USA. Before that, he was a Managing Director for AECOM’s Alternative Delivery Group, was a Senior Associate and Eastern Regional Manager for Highways for Hatch Mott MacDonald and held Senior Project Manager and Assistant Director – General Consultant Services positions with URS and HNTB, respectively. David has a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA in Finance from the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University.
Steer Davies Gleave
Pierre Vilain, Ph.D. is an Associate at Steer Davies Gleave who has over 22 years experience as an urban and transportation economist. He has worldwide expertise in infrastructure and regional economic policy formulation and advisory, including the analysis and appraisal of major infrastructure projects, transportation demand modeling, economic cost-benefit analysis, risk analysis and financial appraisal. In transportation or urban development policy, Pierre is an expert in the application of cost-benefit analysis techniques and micro-economic analysis to infrastructure issues.
Pierre’s involvement in infrastructure development includes working with sponsors, owners and lenders developing investment grade forecast’s, which he has done in the context of numerous PPPs or conventional financing. Pierre is a noted expert in the application of econometric techniques to transportation modeling, including the merging of these models with network models. His expertise spans roads, transit and aviation in this realm.
Pierre’s recent projects include investment-grade model development for Vancouver’s Translink, New York State Thruway, Chicago Skyway, Indiana Toll Road, Staten Island Ferry and various toll roads in Spain and Latin America. On the policy front, Pierre recently led a major multi-agency effort to develop a governance and management structure for the privately-operated passenger ferry system in the New York City region.
Pierre has previously worked at a senior executive level for HDR, Inc., Halcrow, Inc., the Louis Berger Group and Econsult Corporation. He has also been an economist at the European Investment Bank and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He is a US Council Board Member for the International Project Finance Association, and his research has been published widely in technical journals and publications. Pierre has a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from New York University.