Legal & General appoints infrastructure strategist as it increases exposure to clean energy and transport infrastructure

LGIM Real Assets (Legal & General) announces that it has appointed Marija Simpraga as Infrastructure Strategist as it continues to successfully build its infrastructure capabilities, investing in strategic infrastructure assets which stimulate economic growth.

Marija previously worked at Bloomberg as European Utilities Equity Research Associate and Team Leader, where she focused on clean energy and the equity side of the infrastructure market. In her new role at LGIM Real Assets, Marija will report to Rob Martin, Director of Research, and be responsible for view formation and thought leadership on infrastructure investment opportunities, as well as contributing to fund strategy and the development of new investment products.

LGIM Real Assets has been investing in infrastructure assets since 2012. With approximately £3 billion of infrastructure debt now invested, LGIM Real Assets is an active investor in all key social and economic infrastructure sectors across the UK, Europe and the US. Its largest investment to date is the £400m London Gateway Port refinancing with investment activity expected to increase further.

This year LGIM Real Assets has broadened its activities across the infrastructure sectors, including clean energy and transport. Key deals include: its first debt investment into the UK offshore wind sector to support the Walney extension, the world’s largest offshore wind farm; first and second rail-related private debt investments, including its investments into the new fleet of south western trains and High Speed 1 (HS1), the high-speed railway connecting London to the Channel Tunnel; and first US renewables debt transaction with solar portfolio funding.

Rob Martin, Director of Research, said: "Marija is an excellent addition to our team. This year we have made significant moves into a number of key sectors of the infrastructure market and Marija’s expertise in clean energy and equity will help support our ambitions to continue to grow and expand our offering to clients. Following our first investment into UK offshore wind, we have a strong appetite for future investments across a range of sectors. We are also looking to expand into the equity side of the market and Marija’s experience will prove invaluable."

Bill Hughes, Head of LGIM Real Assets, said: "We have made a number of senior hires this year which have allowed us to further bolster our investment capabilities in new emerging sub-sectors while also capitalising on the synergies that exist across our infrastructure, property and corporate credit businesses. The speed with which we have grown our capabilities and our ability to deploy capital into strategic assets is testament to our holistic real assets strategy and the deep cross sector expertise that we have now embedded into our business."

Legal & General has invested £12 billion in UK infrastructure, direct investments and urban regeneration projects to date, and aims to invest £15 billion. Long-term capital is a good match for investment into new assets, providing income for pension funds and stimulating UK economic growth.

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LGIM Real Assets

LGIM Real Assets is a division of Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), one of Europe’s largest institutional asset managers and a major global investor. LGIM manages £951.1bn in assets on behalf of over 3,200 clients (as at 30 June 2017), providing products and solutions spanning all asset classes. LGIM Real Assets, headed up by Bill Hughes, has AUM of £24.9bn (as at 30 June 2017), actively investing and managing assets across commercial property, private residential, infrastructure and property lending and, most recently, corporate credit.

Legal & General Group

Established in 1836, Legal & General is one of the UK’s leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with a number of growing businesses in the US and in other countries. At 30th June 2017, we had over £951 billion in total assets under management. Over fifteen million people worldwide rely on us to help them save for the future and to protect their families and their homes.

We work with companies and pension trustees to help people build security in retirement, being the UK’s largest investment manager for UK corporate pension schemes, a major provider of auto-enrolled pensions and a market leader in pensions de-risking. We have also made a commitment to invest around £15 billion in direct investments, with £12 billion already invested in areas such as homes, urban regeneration, clean energy and small business finance, driving economic growth and making a positive difference to the UK’s built environment.