Who We Are / Team

Asper is built on a tightly-knit, deeply experienced team of executives that worked together for many years on the investment, portfolio management and operations side.

The entire former Hg team joined Asper at spin-out, carrying over more than 10 years of history and experience across 36 individual investments, 61 transactions and management of 73 sustainable energy assets.

  • Luigi Pettinicchio
    Chief Executive Officer

    Luigi has worked with the Asper team since he joined Hg in 2008, and has more than 15 years of experience in energy and investing.

    At Asper, Luigi is responsible for investment execution across all platforms, the organization and the overall management of the firm. Over the years Luigi led a number of investments, financings and exits in different markets and technologies across the UK, France, Spain and Scandinavia. He sits on the Investment Committee, Portfolio Management Committee and Risk and Compliance Committee.

    Prior to joining Hg/Asper, Luigi worked for Goldman Sachs’ investment banking division in London and for McKinsey&Company in Milan.

    He holds a “cum laude” double degree in engineering from Milan’s Politecnico and Paris’ Ecole Centrale, and a MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School.

  • Emma Tinker
    Chief Investment Officer

    Emma has worked in investment since 1999 and in the energy sector since 2002. During her tenure at Hg she started the renewable energy business that eventually led to the raising of Hg’s renewable funds alongside Tom Murley in 2003.

    Emma is responsible for Asper’s investment strategy and is Chair of the Investment Committee.  She leads the origination and strategic business planning on existing platforms and new investments. Over the years she has led and managed investments, financings and exits in different markets and technologies in the UK, Ireland, Germany, and Italy.

    From 1996 to 1999, Emma worked in strategy consulting for Arthur Andersen Business Consulting.

    She has a degree in History from Cambridge University.

  • Luis Quiroga

    Luis has been working in energy investments since 2007 and started working with the Asper team since he joined Hg in 2008.

    At Asper, he is responsible for investor relations and coverage of Iberia and German-speaking countries. He also leads our work on the arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty, to recover value affected by Spain’s retroactive tariff changes of 2010-2013.

    Luis has led the execution and origination of a number of investments in Spain and the UK.

    He started his career with The Boston Consulting Group (Munich and Madrid) before joining Credit Suisse’s European Energy Investment Banking Team.

    Luis holds a Master of Science in Foreign Affairs (Fulbright Scholar) from Georgetown University and a joint degree in Law and in Business Administration from ICADE Madrid. He is fluent in English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish.

  • Olivier Delpon de Vaux

    Olivier has been working in the energy sector since 2006 and started working with the Asper team since he joined Hg in 2013.  

    At Asper, Olivier leads the team’s origination efforts in renewable power and sustainable heat across Europe. He also leads our investment in Vasa Värme, our Swedish district heating platform.

    Olivier has led the strategic acquisitions and financings of a number of investments in Sweden and has co-led successful exits in the UK.

    He started his career with Booz & Company before joining EDF Energy where he focused on corporate strategy, energy policy and investments in nuclear and renewable power in the UK.

    He holds a BSc in Management Sciences from the University of Warwick and an MBA from INSEAD.

  • Andrew Clements

    Andrew has been working in energy and infrastructure investments since 2006 and started working with the Asper team since he joined Hg in 2013.  

    He oversees Asper’s investment execution process and is responsible for the Investment Committee process at Asper. Andrew has led the execution of a number of investments, financings and exits in the Irish and UK markets.  

    He joined the team from Royal Bank of Canada in London, where he was part of the European M&A team and specifically assisted Hg on its successful exits of the UK wind portfolio in 2012/2013. Prior to that, Andrew worked for Nomura and Lehman Brothers in London.

    Andrew holds a BA in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford, and an MA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

  • Allister Sykes

    Allister has been working in the energy sector since 2010 and started working with the Asper team since he joined Hg in 2012.

    Allister is responsible for the delivery of platform business plans across the portfolio and chairs the Asper Portfolio Committee. He also leads our investments in our Nordic Power platform Vasa Vind.

    Allister led a number of transactions in the Swedish market and has also supported the team on UK and Irish transactions.

    He joined the team from PwC’s Energy & Infrastructure deals team where he worked for 5 years.

    Allister is a Chartered Accountant and has a first class honours degree in Theoretical Physics from Durham University.

  • Alejandro Algora
    Portfolio Manager

    Alejandro started his career with Abengoa Solar (Spain and US).

    Prior to joining Asper in 2018, he worked for Mitsubishi Corporation in London where he focused on the development, financing and management of renewable energy assets across the EMEA area.

    Alejandro holds an MS in Industrial Engineering from University Carlos III from Madrid and an MBA from Arizona State University.

  • Adam Ben-Hamo
    Financial Analyst

    Adam joined the Asper team in 2018 as a Financial Analyst, having completed internships at Hg in 2016 and Asper in 2018.

    His role covers a broad scope assisting the investment team in research, origination, analysis and fundraising.

    Prior to joining Asper, Adam led projects at London Strategic Consulting, with a focus on expansion strategies for small and medium sized companies.

    Adam holds a first class BSc and MSc in Physics from University College London, where his focus was on high energy particle theory.

  • Joanne Joyce
    Head of Legal & Compliance

    Joanne is the firm’s General Counsel and has overall responsibility for all legal and compliance matters.

    Since 2011 Joanne has assisted in establishing and growing Invis Energy, Asper’s Irish onshore wind joint venture with the Craydel Group, initially with law firm A&L Goodbody and then as an independent consultant prior to joining Asper in 2017.

    Joanne started her career at A&L Goodbody’s Banking & Financial Services Department in Dublin where she advised sponsors, lender and developers on the financing and construction of large scale infrastructure projects, particularly in the energy sector.

    Joanne holds a BA in Law and Sociology & Politics and a Bachelor of Law (LLB) from The National University of Ireland Galway.

  • Gerard McHugh
    Head of Finance

    Gerard has been working in management accounting since 2006 and started working with the Asper team since he joined Hg in 2015.

    Gerard heads the Finance team at Asper, where he has responsibility for both the fund and corporate accounting, as well as portfolio and investor reporting. Gerard previously worked at BlueBay Asset Management for 8 years where he gained experience in corporate accounting, FP&A and fund accounting.

    Gerard holds a degree in accounting from Cardiff University and is a member of the Chartered Global Management Accountants.

  • Madeleine Kuhler
    Fund accountant

    Madeleine is Asper’s Fund Accountant and has been working with the Asper team since 2017.

    Madeleine was previously an Assistant Management Accountant at Hg since 2015 and before that a Fund Accountant at Wells Fargo.

    Madeleine holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from Durham University and qualified as a chartered management accountant in 2016.

  • Debbie Hudgell
    Head of Operations

    Debbie has been working with the Asper team since joining Hg in 2008.

    Over the years, she has provided the team with logistics and executive support, and since 2017 has taken on responsibility for HR, IT and other operations management.

    Prior to joining Hg, Debbie has worked at senior board level in investment management for more than 19 years, as an office manager and previously at Skandia, providing executive support to the Group Sales Director of Skandia Life and the Chief Executive Officer of Skandia Investment Management.

  • Annie Hooper
    Legal & Administration Assistant

    Annie re-joined the Asper team in January 2018, having previously worked at Hg for 7 years.

    Her roles at Hg included a year as an Executive Assistant with the Renewables team, and subsequently a Compliance Assistant within the Legal team.

    Prior to joining Hg, Annie has many years’ experience as a senior level PA and Office Manager.

    She has a First Class Honours Degree in Philosophy and Art History.

  • Alison Hampton
    Risk & Compliance Committee

    Alison is an independent member of the Risk & Compliance Committee at Asper Investment Management.

    Formerly a partner at Hogan Lovells and a consultant at Weil Gotshal, Alison was HgCapital’s General Counsel.

    She also led HgCapital’s responsible investment initiative until June 2017 and sits on the BVCA’s Responsible Investment Advisory Board.

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