(LONDON) In the run up to unveiling his new venture in the infrastructure industry, Frederic Michel-Verdier attended the 2019 Europlace International Infrastructure Forum on Monday, October 7, 2019 in Paris. The event is taking place at Ministry for the Economy and Finance in the Pierre Mendès France Conference Center and is part of Paris Infraweek 2019. The inaugural conference is dedicated to “Infrastructure Quality” and is being hosted by Bruno Le Maire, Minister for Finance & Economy and is a landmark event for the industry.
Attendees are expected from the infrastructure finance community globally, including international institutional investors, fund managers, lenders, arrangers, multilaterals as well as government and EU officials. Frederic Michel-Verdier, who has recently left his role as Executive Director at IFM Investors to pursue personal business interests has chosen the event to attend in the run up to unveiling his anticipated upcoming venture, which is due to be announced in the coming year. He commented:
‘I am delighted to see that the discussions focused on efficient and sustainable. Investments with the aim to improve people’s lives. Quality of Infrastructure is a key factor to meet global development and environmental challenges in developed and emerging countries as well.”
On Twitter, his tweet announcing his attendance at Infraweek Paris was shared over 200 times with attendees tweeting:
‘Great to have you attending the event’’ @danieldulake
Frederic Michel-Verdier is a Funds veteran specializing in infrastructure equity investments and asset management. Michel-Verdier has over 15 years’ experience in large scale Equity Investments and Asset Management of Global Infrastructure assets. He has deployed in excess of $2.5bn equity in the utilities and transport sectors in the last 18 months. He has also held the position of Vice-Chairman of Veolia Polska for ten years. As Executive Director, Frederic Michel-Verdier has been “instrumental in developing the London office through strategic relationships and partnerships”, an IFM spokesperson said.
Frederic Michel-Verdier was lead partner on its acquisition in May this year of a 30% stake in the Deep Container Terminal Gdansk in Poland from Macquarie, alongside PSA International and the Polish Development Fund. He also led the acquisition of FCC Aqualia, the Spanish water management company in which IFM acquired a 49% from FCC last year for €1.0 billion. In 2017 he advised on IFM’s acquisition of a 40% stake in Mersin International Port, later joining the Turkish company’s board.