Alantra appoints César Ciriza as head of the new infrastructure and energy advisory division

Date 23 September 2020

Type Investment Banking

  • Leveraging on the Group’s global footprint, Mr. Ciriza will lead the geographical expansion of the infrastructure and energy advisory group. The first phase of this plan involves the creation of specialised hubs in Europe and Latin America.
  • Mr. Ciriza is a highly reputed investment banker in the infrastructure and energy sectors. He brings over 20 years of experience to the role, having advised on deals worth more than €150bn.
  • The appointment further strengthens Alantra’s specialist service offering. The Group currently has specialist teams in the industrial sector (having advised in 231 transactions in the last five years), technology (150), healthcare (98), real estate (52), and chemicals (40), among other sectors. The firm has also specialist teams in debt (over €4 bn raised in the last five years), equity capital markets in the UK, Italy and Spain (over €11 bn in capital raised in the last five years), and credit portfolio advisory (over €80 bn in volume advised in the last two years).

Madrid Alantra today announces that it has expanded its Investment Banking team with the addition of César Ciriza as Managing Partner, who will head its infrastructure and energy activity.

Mr. Ciriza is a renowned banker specialising in infrastructure and energy transactions and brings over 20 years of investment banking experience to the role. Before launching his own investment boutique in 2019, Mr. Ciriza founded and led Evercore’s Iberian operations for 7 years as Managing Director. He has successfully advised on transactions worth over €150 bn including M&A, sales, acquisitions, restructurings, IPOs, debt issuances and debt and equity advisory.

Alantra has advised on infrastructure and energy transactions in excess of €21 bn, including the sale of Q-Park to KKR for €3 bn; the sale of Gestamp Biomasa to Tikehau; Repsol’s acquisition of Viesgo’s retail and low-emission generation business for €750m; the privatisation of 66% of the Greek gas operator DESFA, which was acquired for €535m by a consortium comprised by Snam, Enagás and Fluxys; Enagás’ 16% acquisition of TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline project) from Total and E.On; and AENA’s IPO, valued at more than €4 bn.

“With more than two decades of experience advising clients in the infrastructure and energy sectors, César is an outstanding addition to our Investment Banking division,” said Miguel Hernández, CEO of Alantra’s Investment Banking division. “We are delighted to expand our expertise in one of the most active sectors in the M&A landscape globally. We believe that César’s knowledge, experience and talent will contribute to the growth of our infrastructure and energy practice, particularly in Europe and Latin America.”

Mr. Ciriza commented: “I am very excited to join Alantra, to be able to develop a winning project in the infrastructure and energy sector thanks to the firm’s strong entrepreneurial culture, its successful model of sector specialisation and strong presence in Europe, Latin America, the United States and Asia”.