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.

At the time of spin out, Hg’s entire team joined Asper, carrying over more than 50 years of investment experience, the execution skills from 37 transactions and specialised know-how from management of 75 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
    Head of Investor Relations

    Luis has worked with the Asper team since he joined Hg in 2008, and has more than 12 years of experience in energy and investing.

    He is responsible for relations with Asper’s clients, which include some of the world’s leading institutional investors.  Luis is a member of Asper’s Investment Committee and Valuation Committee.  He has led the execution and origination of a number of investments in Spain and the UK, as well as the arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty, to recover value affected by Spain’s retroactive tariff changes of 2010-2013.

    Luis 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.

  • Eleanor Keen
    Senior Analyst

    Eleanor started her career in 2015 at US alternative asset manager, EJF Capital LLC, working in their Washington DC and London offices on CDO origination and European investment research.

    Most recently, while studying for an MSc, Eleanor worked as an Infrastructure Analyst at Copper Consultancy, a specialist in stakeholder engagement for complex infrastructure projects. 

    Eleanor holds a BA in Government, Economics & Environmental Studies from Georgetown University and a first class MSc in Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Development from University College London.

  • Adam Ben-Hamo

    Adam joined the Asper team in 2018 as an 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.

  • William Reagan

    William joined the Asper team in October 2019 as an Analyst. His prior experience includes interning with Fortress Investment Group in 2018 and Pamplona Capital Management in 2019 in their investment teams.

    As an Analyst, William’s responsibilities include assisting the Investment and Portfolio Management teams.

    William holds a MAs joint Honours in Economics and International Relations from the University of St Andrews.

  • Choon Tan
    Head of Legal and Compliance

    Choon is responsible for all legal and compliance matters at Asper and chairs the firm’s Risk and Compliance Committee.  Choon has been a lawyer in the alternative investment industry since 2008.

    Before joining Asper in 2019, Choon was a Director and Senior Counsel at Winton Capital, one of the world’s largest hedge fund managers.  Choon worked at Winton for ten years, where he helped to structure and launch regulated and unregulated funds across multiple jurisdictions.  He also worked alongside Winton’s largest institutional clients on bespoke investment mandates and provided regulatory and corporate advice in respect of Winton’s operations across Europe, USA and Asia.

    Choon started his legal career at the law firm Osborne Clarke where he qualified as a solicitor in 2006.  Choon specialised in contract law, intellectual property and data privacy, with a particular focus on technology and pharmaceuticals clients.

    Choon holds a BA in Law and European Law from the University of Nottingham.

  • 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 Josham
    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 had 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.

  • Nicole Gilsenan
    Team Assistant

    Nicole joined the Asper team in June 2019, having previously worked at Warburtons for 7 years.

    Nicole’s roles at Warburtons included Finance and Administration Assistant, and subsequently Management Secretary to the South-East Senior Leadership Team.

  • 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.

  • Andrew Buglass
    Valuation Committee

    Andrew is an independent member of the Valuation Committee at Asper Investment Management.

    He has been focused exclusively on funding and developing global energy projects since 1992, in senior roles with leading companies such as Royal Bank of Scotland, ING Bank, PowerGen plc and Unocal Corporation. Andrew now serves as Non Executive Director to a number of corporates in the electricity sector in the UK and internationally.

    Andrew’s experience spans energy projects in over 30 countries, delivering investment in excess of £11bn, with extensive experience of delivering projects at all stages of the development cycle.

    He is a regular expert contributor to Government and industry groups on policy and investment issues. This has included being retained as adviser to two Parliamentary select committees, private consultations with senior stakeholders, such as government ministers and senior civil servants, and ongoing debate with key influencers and opinion formers across the private sector and relevant NGOs.

  • David Walker
    Senior Advisor

    David is a Senior Advisor to the Firm.  He was previously a Private Equity Director at BMO Global Asset Management and held several leadership positions within the European Investment Bank and the EIF, including Head of Infrastructure Funds, Climate Change and Environment Division from 2010 to 2015.

    David also sits on the Advisory Council of the WWF in Scotland.

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