Citigroup taps Goldman’s Leyenaar-Huntingford to lead infrastructure banking

Citigroup has hired a Goldman Sachs dealmaker to head up its infrastructure investment banking team in London, as the US bank continues to bulk up its European advisory unit.

Luisa Leyenaar-Huntingford has been named co-global head of infrastructure, covering private equity funds, alongside New York-based co-head Todd Guenther, according to a memo seen by Financial News.

Leyenaar-Huntingford has spent the past three years at Goldman Sachs, where she helped set up its infrastructure investment banking unit, and has also worked at RBC Capital Markets during a 21-year investment banking career.

“Capital raised by infrastructure private equity funds has doubled in recent years and the infrastructure sector is poised for further growth driven by significant private investment demand across the globe to deal with environmental, energy, transportation, waste, communication/digital and other social needs,” the memo from Anthony Diamandakis and John Eydenberg, co-heads of Citi’s alternative asset managers unit and Nacho Gutierrez, its head of banking, capital markets and advisory for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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Citigroup named Theo Giatrakos as head of its European alternative asset managers group in May following the departure of Alexis Maskell in March to BC Partners. It has also taken on former Credit Suisse executive Didier Denat as chair of the unit.

The US bank has been hiring senior dealmakers in a bid to move up the investment banking league tables, and has created ‘supergroups’ comprising hundreds of bankers as it looks to tap into lucrative fee pools based around macro trends.

Manolo Falco and Tyler Dickson, co-heads of BCMA at Citigroup, previously told FN that the bank’s global asset managers group could be the next supergroup as it looks to tap into the wall of private equity capital.

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Citigroup also named Marie-Christine Olive and Philip ten Bosch as co-heads of its new natural resources and clean energy transition group in Emea, and has plans to add between five and 10 bankers in order to bulk up in the region.

Citigroup is aiming to displace JPMorgan at the top of the investment banking league tables in Emea, executives have told FN previously.

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