Slate Asset Management, a global alternative investment platform targeting real assets, announced today that it has launched an impact investment strategy focused on infrastructure and appointed Christian Schmid as Managing Director and Global Head of Infrastructure. He will lead the firm’s new Cities and Communities Impact Infrastructure Strategy, which will target infrastructure assets that advance the global energy transition and drive reductions in carbon emissions associated with our cities and communities.
Schmid has more than 15 years of experience in public and private infrastructure investments, having led the origination and execution of infrastructure transactions valued at approximately US$40 billion across Europe, North America and Australia. That expertise includes acting on the buy-side and sell-side of dozens of large transactions, with an emphasis on renewable energy investments and other essential infrastructure.
"Climate change poses an increasingly significant risk to virtually every segment of our society, and cities have a strong incentive to address these emissions through urban planning, technologies and behavioral change," said Blair Welch, Founding Partner at Slate. "Christian will draw upon his deep expertise and knowledge in this space to take our Cities and Communities Impact Infrastructure Strategy forward, enabling Slate to contribute to real and positive change globally."
Schmid joins Slate from Queensland Investment Corporation ("QIC"), where he was the Sector Lead for Utilities and led the successful acquisition of CenTrio (formerly Enwave Energy U.S.), the leading pure-play district energy platform in the U.S. Prior to QIC, he spent 13 years at RBC Capital Markets, where he was a Managing Director responsible for originating and executing infrastructure transactions across Europe and North America.