Continuing to build on the firm’s strong current momentum, DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”) today announces the opening of an office in New York (US) and the hiring of two senior professionals to bolster its investment and investor relations & business development teams.
The New York office will further deepen DIF’s US presence and its team will work closely with the team in the Toronto office which was established in 2012 to cover the North American market. The opening of the New York office is the 10th local office in DIF’s global platform. Over the past ca. 10 years DIF invested more than USD 1 billion in North America across 18 different investments. The New York and Toronto offices are led by Marko Kremer, partner and Head of DIF’s North American franchise.
Kanan Joshi is joining the New York office as a Senior Director and as DIF’s first US hire. She joins the firm to spearhead its investments and strategy in the US digital infrastructure sector. She brings over 15 years of experience and has a strong track record in sourcing and investing in digital infrastructure assets. Most recently Kanan was the Head of Telecom Infrastructure at Upper Bay. Before that she worked at Digital Bridge and Deutsche Bank in New York, where she was responsible for the origination, structuring and execution of telecom investments across North America, Latin America and Asia. Kanan has deep domain expertise in data centers, cell towers and telecom industries, and enjoys long-standing relationships with established management teams. She has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Mumbai.
In addition, DIF’s global investor relations & business development team is announcing expansion with the hire of Luuk Veenstra, who joins the team as a Senior Director to cover a part of Europe and the Middle-East. Luuk has joined the DIF Schiphol office from M&G in New York, where he established the institutional business development & distribution business for North America. He was previously based in Amsterdam, working with the leading institutional investors in the Benelux. Before M&G, Luuk worked for PGGM’s infrastructure investment team, and for RBC and NIBC in various positions and locations globally, including 10 years in London. Luuk holds an MSc in Monetary Economics from the University of Groningen.
Wim Blaasse, Managing Partner: “Establishing an office in New York is part of our global strategy to establish a strong local presence in the key countries DIF invests in. We are also more than excited to welcome Kanan and Luuk to our firm. We are delighted to have recruited two such high calibre professionals to strengthen DIF’s investment and investor relations team. DIF expects to leverage Kanan’s unique background to help us stay at the forefront of emerging trends, partner with management teams and maximize value for our investors. Luuk will play a key role in further developing DIF’s LP network to support the growth of the DIF platform leveraging on his global distribution, business development and infrastructure investment experience.”
About DIF Capital Partners
DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent fund manager, with more than €9.0 billion in assets under management across nine closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF Capital Partners invests in greenfield and operational infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas, and Australasia through two complementary strategies:
- Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure Fund VI is the latest vintage, target equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and (renewable) energy projects.
- DIF CIF funds target equity investments in small to mid-sized economic infrastructure assets in the telecom, energy, and transportation sectors.
DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 160 professionals, based in ten offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Paris, Santiago, Sydney, and Toronto. For further information please visit www.dif.eu
Allard Ruijs, Partner