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bfinance, an independently owned investment consultancy, has appointed Anish Butani to strengthen infrastructure coverage in the private markets team.

Butani (pictured) joins from KPMG Corporate Finance, where he gained over 8 years’ experience as a senior member of the infrastructure corporate finance team based in London, advising investors on M&A transactions and valuations.
 
During his time at KPMG, Butani advised on transactions involving over GBP3 billion worth of assets, with a specific focus on secondary market M&A in the UK PFI and PPP sector. In addition, Butani provided valuation advice to a number of leading global infrastructure fund managers, covering investments in all sub-sectors in the asset class from regulated utilities to renewable energy and transport to social infrastructure.
 
Most recently, Butani gained in-house experience on a client secondment at John Laing Group, the international investor in infrastructure, where he led and shaped divestment activities on a number of transactions over the last year.
 
At bfinance, Butani will be responsible for providing specialist input on the company’s infrastructure research services.
 
bfinance’s range of services provided includes portfolio strategy and design, portfolio risk reviews and solutions, investment manager search and selection and due diligence.
 
Peter Hobbs, head of private markets at bfinance, says: “We are delighted to welcome Anish to our growing private markets team. Infrastructure is an area that has seen a significant rise in interest from pension funds and insurance companies as they search for higher yields and sustainable long term performance. The pace of change in some sectors of private markets means that even the most sophisticated asset owners benefit from working with experts in these areas. Anish contributes a wealth of experience in covering the infrastructure asset class and having first-hand experience of portfolio management processes that will drive our growing work in this sector.”
 
David Vafai, CEO at bfinance, says: “We are delighted to welcome Anish to the team as we respond to the rising demand for infrastructure investments as pension funds and insurance companies continue their search for stronger returns. Our clients will benefit enormously from Anish’s specialist infrastructure expertise and insight and we look forward to working more closely to help them navigate this complex asset class. Anish joins bfinance at an exciting time for the company following a strong period of growth and we look forward to working with him to further enhance our infrastructure offering.”
 
Butani says: “It is an exciting time to be joining bfinance and be a part of sustaining the impressive growth trajectory of the private markets team. The performance of infrastructure since the global financial crisis has demonstrated the resilience of an asset class that will stand the test of time. As the sector continues to grow and evolve, it is clear that infrastructure funds will play an increasingly important component within institutional portfolios. I look forward to working with Peter and the broader team to continue building bfinance’s track record of successful client advice and using my experience to provide our clients with valuable insight in deploying capital towards the asset class.”

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