Macquarie appoints EMEA infrastructure lead

MacquarieMacquarie Asset Management has appointed Irina Luckey as managing director to support its infrastructure business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Luckey rejoins Macquarie Asset Management following a seven-year stint at Canada Pension Plan Investments where she supported its investment and asset management activities in the infrastructure sector. She began her career at Macquarie Group, having previously worked in Macquarie Asset Management assessing investment opportunities across the European transport infrastructure and energy sectors.

Wandy Hoh, managing director responsible for Macquarie Asset Management’s infrastructure secondaries team, commented: “The growing secondary market for infrastructure is offering investors another way to access the asset class, and we believe there is a significant opportunity for it to grow over the coming years.

“Irina’s deep experience in the sector, combined with her extensive professional network, will be incredibly valuable as we look to capture this growing opportunity on behalf of our investors.”

The appointment follows a series of strategic hires in the Sydney-based asset manager’s infrastructure secondaries wing.

In April, Charles Spiller joined as a senior advisor and investment committee member for Macquarie Asset Management’s secondaries strategy from Pennsylvania Public School Employees Retirement System.

In November 2021, Bing Wong joined the business from Pantheon as a senior vice-president to support investment activity.

Macquarie Asset Management has a team of nine focused on infrastructure secondaries, and since 2021 has executed more than $500 million of transactions in the market.

Luckey said: “The development of its infrastructure secondaries platform reflects a natural evolution of the asset class and accommodates the growing liquidity and investment needs of institutional investors active in the space. I look forward to helping develop this offering further.”

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