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People - AUGUST 20, 2019

Robert Helms appointed to head CIP’s new markets fund as managing director

by Kali Persall

Robert Helms has left Ørsted to join Denmark-based Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) as managing director.

Helms will be responsible for the Danish firm’s New Markets Fund, which raised $700 million in capital to invest in renewable energy infrastructure in Asia and Latin America this year.

Prior to his new role, Helms worked at Ørsted for more than 10 years, serving first as head of project development in continental Europe and new markets, head of partner relations, asset portfolio manager and deputy program director, and then finally head of asset management.

In the asset management sector, he was responsible for all 22 offshore wind power assets in operation in the United Kingdom, Denmark and Germany. He also was responsible for optimizing asset values with a focus on joint ventures, short- and medium-term EBITDA optimization, and financial optimization from the owner’s perspective.

As a leader of project development and partner relations, he was in charge of investor relations and fundraising for offshore wind projects, as well as market development for Germany, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and potential new markets.

Helms studied law at several universities in Germany, before attending Harvard Business School Finance for Senior Executives program.

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