Legal & General appoints Simpraga as infrastructure strategist

Legal & General has appointed Marija Simpraga as infrastructure strategist as it looks to increase its exposure to clean energy and transport infrastructure.

LGIM Real Assets said Simpraga, who joins from news and data provider Bloomberg, will be responsible for view formation and thought leadership on infrastructure investment opportunities.

She will also contribute to strategy and the development of new investment products.

At Bloomberg, Simpraga worked as European Utilities Equity research associate and team leader.

LGIM Real Assets has been investing in infrastructure assets since 2012 and has been increasing its exposure to clean energy and transport.

The investment management arm of the UK insurer has invested around £3bn of infrastructure debt. Its largest investment to date is the £400m London Gateway Port refinancing last year with investment activity expected to increase further.

Key deals this deals this year includes its first debt investment into the UK offshore wind sector to support the Walney extension and funding for UK rail companies and also providing debt financing for High Speed 1 acquisition.

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