Stockholm (NordSIP) – On January 10th, Gilles Lafleuriel was hired as Head of Sweden at Obligo, a Nordic asset manager focused on sustainable infrastructure and real estate. Lafleuriel will develop the direct infrastructure investment practice of Obligo and will be based in Stockholm.
“I am very enthusiastic about joining a fantastic team of investment professionals who are committed to deliver a positive impact on the climate change emergency,” Lafleuriel tells NordSIP. “Sweden has been at the forefront of wind energy developments in the last couple of decades, both in the form of large and smaller projects.”
Lafleuriel has over 20 years of experience in the infrastructure industry, from both engineering and investment perspectives within major actors of the sector including the French utility EDF. Prior to joining Obligo and for over 6 years, Lafleuriel was Head of Real Assets and Alternatives at Nordea Asset Management, where he conducted fund research and selection within Infrastructure, Real Estate and Hedge Funds. He contributed to the build-up of Nordea Life’s exposure to private infrastructure and the addition of listed infrastructure to Nordea Asset Management’s product range. Between 2014 and 2015, he was a director at Infranode, following almost three years in Brussels as Business Development Director at ELIA.
Obligo Investment Management AS is part of Obligo Group, an asset manager with approximately SEK16 billion in committed Nordic and international capital under management. Its investments focus on climate impact infrastructure in the Nordics and it works to achieve selected UN Sustainable Development Goals. The asset manager has 25 employees and is rated A+ by UN PRI.
Most recently, Obligo announced it had been certified as Eco Lighthouse, meaning that its environmental standards and routines comply with criteria required to be Eco-Lighthouse certified. Prior to this, the asset manager established a platform for investments in Swedish wind turbines, together with Amundi and Slitevind AB, a Swedish owner and operator of wind turbines.
“With its partners Amundi Transition Energétique and Slitevind, Obligo will support the financing of operating turbines and therefore build a portfolio of assets contributing to climate change mitigation. As part of this joint venture efforts, three operating turbines were recently acquired in the South of Sweden,” Lafleuriel concludes.