London, 11 April 2022
Macquarie Asset Management has today announced the appointment of Susana Leith-Smith as a Senior Managing Director to support its infrastructure and real asset investment activities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Susana joins Macquarie Asset Management to support the origination and structuring of capital markets transactions related to the firm’s diverse portfolio of infrastructure and real asset investments, and to provide senior representation on select portfolio company boards. Based in London and reporting to Macquarie Asset Management’s Head of Real Assets in EMEA Martin Bradley, Susana will be part of a global team focused on capital markets and will draw on her deep knowledge of leveraged finance to deepen banking relationships for the business.
Martin Bradley, Head of Real Assets for Macquarie Asset Management in EMEA, said: “Susana’s appointment marks an exciting stage in the expansion of our infrastructure and real assets franchise in the region. As our portfolio continues to grow and increase in complexity, Susana’s wealth of expertise in capital markets – particularly within the technology, media, and telecommunications sectors – will make a valuable contribution to the delivery of our long-term growth plans whilst ensuring our investments continue to make an important contribution to the communities they serve.”
Commenting on her appointment, Susana Leith-Smith said: “I am delighted to be joining Macquarie Asset Management to help build upon the strong foundations laid by Martin and the broader team. It’s an exciting time to be working at the world’s largest infrastructure manager as it continues to push into new sectors and geographies across EMEA and globally. I look forward to partnering with the team to expand its capital markets capabilities, and to support the continued growth of this thriving business.”
Susana brings to the role 23 years of leveraged finance experience and joins Macquarie Asset Management from Barclays where she was most recently a Managing Director and Head of Leveraged Finance in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining Barclays, Susana was a Director of Loan and High Yield Capital Markets at Royal Bank of Scotland. Susana has also previously held positions in leveraged finance at Credit Suisse. Susana is a board member at Womankind Worldwide, a charity focused on the advancement of women’s rights worldwide.
Macquarie Asset Management manages 39 infrastructure and real assets businesses in the EMEA region, representing more than £53 billion of assets under management.