Macquarie Capital appoints Simon Wilde Senior Managing Director, Head of European Power & Utilities

19 April 2011

London – Macquarie Capital today announced the appointment of Simon Wilde as Senior Managing Director and Head of Power & Utilities coverage in Europe.

Mr Wilde joins Macquarie Capital from Royal Bank of Scotland where he was a Managing Director and Co-Head of EMEA Energy & Resources. With 18 years’ investment banking experience, 16 of which have been spent in the power sector, Mr Wilde has a deep industry knowledge and broad client network in the energy sector. Mr Wilde has led numerous important advisory assignments for his clients in this fast-changing sector, successfully closing to date over 30 M&A and ECM transactions – including advising Cheung Kong Infrastructure on its £5.8bn acquisition of EDF’s UK electricity distribution networks and Iberdrola on its £11bn acquisition of Scottish Power.

Mr Wilde will report to Daniel Wong, Senior Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure & Utilities in Europe. The European Infrastructure & Utilities advisory business comprises a 50-strong team of advisory professionals and spans across Power & Utilities, Transportation Infrastructure and Social Infrastructure.

Commenting on Mr Wilde’s appointment, Daniel Wong said: “Simon has extensive knowledge and deep relationships in the energy industry which, in combination with our infrastructure advisory team, will be a valuable resource to our clients in achieving their goals in a very active and dynamic European energy market.” *

Graeme Conway, Head of Macquarie Capital Advisers in Europe, said: “Our ability to attract such high calibre professionals as Simon to our business is a testament to the progress we’re making in building our European advisory business.”

Mr Wilde is the latest in a series of senior hires to Macquarie Capital Advisers in Europe. Recently, Michael Tarrant joined from Rothschild to be Head of Industrials, Marc Middleton from the UK Shareholder Executive to be Vice Chairman and Rainer Langel from Lazard to be Head of Germany. Mr Wilde’s appointment is effective from 16th May 2011.

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For further information, please contact:

Karen Smith
Corporate Communications and Investor Relations Division
Macquarie Group Limited
Direct line: +44 (0)20 3037 2420; Mobile: +44 (0)79 1708 1541
Mobile: 07795 603415

* See Appendix for transaction highlights



About Macquarie

Macquarie Group is a global provider of banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services acting on behalf of institutional, corporate and retail clients and counterparties around the world.

Founded in 1969, Macquarie operates through more than 70 office locations in 28 countries. Macquarie employs more than 15,500 people, has assets under management of €225bn* and is a top ten global equities research house.

Macquarie in EMEA

Macquarie's European presence was established in London and Munich in 1989. Today our EMEA operations span the full breadth of Macquarie’s corporate service offering, with more than 1,550 people working from 18 offices in 13 countries across the region. This growth reflects Macquarie’s philosophy to expand selectively, focusing on specialist areas where we bring deep expertise to clients. Organic growth, selective acquisition and key senior hires have supported the strong development of Macquarie's EMEA platform, which provides products and services for a diverse client base, including:

  • Advisory, equity capital markets and corporate broking services: areas of specialisation reflect Macquarie's global strengths in key sectors including resources and energy, infrastructure, industrials, financial institutions, TMET and real estate.
  • Funds management: Macquarie-managed funds are giving many investors first-time exposure to asset classes such as infrastructure and commodities. Investing on behalf of pension funds and other institutional investors, Macquarie's Infrastructure and Real Assets division manages approximately 40 businesses in EMEA, together employing more than 40,000 people.
  • Cash equities and research: a market leading broker of Australian and Asian equities to all major investing institutions across EMEA, Macquarie launched a pan-European sales, trading and research business in London in 2008. With the addition of Sal Oppenheim's cash equities and research team in 2010, we now cover more than 400 European stocks, approximately 70% of the Eurostoxx 600.
  • Derivatives Delta One: having offered institutional derivatives from London for a number of years, Macquarie entered the European retail derivatives market in mid-2010 on the back of the acquisition of Sal Oppenheim's derivatives business, which recently entered the top ten in the German market by products under issue and market share.
  • Fixed income, currency and commodities: trading, finance and risk price management services for clients in global fixed income, credit, currency and commodities markets.
  • Lending and asset finance: providing financial and risk transfer to corporate and Government clients, including leasing and asset finance, tailored debt finance, asset remarketing, resourcing and trading.
  • Business banking and premium funding in the UK.

In Russia, UAE and South Africa, we operate joint venture arrangements which enable us to combine our technical expertise and specialist skills with the market presence and knowledge of leading local players.

* at 30 September 2010