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    Eric Bucher
    Associate

    UK / Infrastructure

    Eric Bucher

    Associate
    UK / Infrastructure

    Eric joined 3i in September 2021 and is an Associate in the Infrastructure team based in London. He is responsible for the origination and execution of new investments in Europe, as well as supporting the activities of portfolio companies including DNS:NET, Belfast City Airport and Global Cloud Xchange.

    He has previous experience from Waterland Private Equity and JPMorgan.

    Eric holds a MSc in Financial Analysis from London Business School and a B.A. HSG in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen. In addition, he gained experience during his studies abroad at Harvard University.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131
  • Clare Calderwood
    Clare Calderwood
    Group Deputy Company Secretary

    UK

    Clare Calderwood

    Group Deputy Company Secretary
    UK

    Clare joined 3i’s Group Secretariat as a company secretary in November 2018. She is currently the Group Deputy Company Secretary working closely with the General Counsel & Company Secretary on 3i Group’s corporate governance. She also acts as the company secretary for 3i Infrastructure plc and deals with all matters related to 3i’s employee share plans. 

    Clare qualified as a solicitor with Freshfields in 1992 and joined Clifford Chance in 1993 in their Tokyo office, returning to London in 2003. Following a career break Clare returned to Clifford Chance as a senior associate in 2006 specialising in debt financing transactions. Following a further period abroad, she joined TSB Bank as an in-house lawyer in 2013, and became a company secretary there in 2016.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131
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    Rémi Carnimolla
    Partner, Managing Director

    France / Private Equity

    Rémi Carnimolla

    Partner, Managing Director
    France / Private Equity
    Consumer, Services, Software, Industrial Technology

    Rémi joined 3i in 2003. He is currently the Head of the Paris office and is a member of the 3i Investment Committee. He sits on the Board of Evernex.

    In 2019, Rémi led 3i’s investment in Evernex, a leading European provider of third party maintenance services for data centre infrastructure and soon after, in 2020, the transformative acquisition of Technogroup. In 2017, he led 3i’s investment in Havea, a European leader in the natural consumer healthcare industry which he successfully sold in July 2022 after having tripled its results with 5 acquisitions in Europe (Aragan, Densmore, Pasquali, Calmosine and ixX Pharma), an acceleration of organic growth with an enhanced and more focused marketing strategy and a full change and upgrade of the organisation. Rémi also led 3i’s investments in Keolis, Etanco, Vedici and Trescal as well as being involved in Geka, Atesteo, Formel D, Hans Anders, TCR and in 2021 MPM in the “natural pet food” segment. 

    Prior to joining 3i, Rémi founded and headed a French venture capital firm in Tunisia and spent three years with McKinsey. 

    Rémi has a degree in Accounting and Finance from the Paris Business School (ESCP) and an executive MBA (sponsored by McKinsey). 

    3i office address

    29 rue de Berri,
    75008 Paris
    + 33 1 73 15 11 00

    Investments

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    Evernex helps build a greener digital world by repairing, reusing and recycling IT equipment in more than 165 countries. Find out how.
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    Fernando Castagnolo
    Director

    UK / Infrastructure

    Fernando Castagnolo

    Director
    UK / Infrastructure

    Fernando is a Director in 3i's Infrastructure team in London and joined in April 2019. He is primarily responsible for the origination, evaluation and execution of new investment opportunities in the infrastructure sector, as well as managing existing investments.

    Prior to joining 3i, Fernando was a Vice President in the Project and Infrastructure Finance team at Citigroup, where he acted as advisor and lender to infrastructure, transport, power and energy transactions.

    Fernando holds an MSc Finance from Warwick Business School.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3470
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    Lauren Causon
    Senior Legal Counsel

    North America / Private Equity

    Lauren Causon

    Senior Legal Counsel
    North America / Private Equity

    Lauren joined 3i in 2019 and is based in the New York office, with responsibility for supporting the Private Equity team globally on new investments and divestments, portfolio matters and legal risk management.

    Prior to 3i, Lauren was an associate in the corporate teams of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP and Travers Smith LLP in London, where she advised private equity funds and portfolio companies on international M&A, management incentivisation, restructurings and refinancings. Lauren is qualified as a solicitor of the courts of England & Wales and is registered as a foreign-qualified in-house attorney in New York.

    Lauren holds a BSc in Politics from the University of Bristol and completed her post-graduate legal studies at the University of Law, Guildford and BPP University, London.

    3i office address

    300 Park Ave, 23rd floor
    New York, NY 10022
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131
  • John Cavill
    John Cavill
    Partner

    UK / Infrastructure

    John Cavill

    Partner
    UK / Infrastructure

    John is a Partner in 3i's Infrastructure team in London and joined 3i in November 2013.

    He is responsible for asset management of greenfield and operational infrastructure projects, as well as the fund management of a number of 3i’s private infrastructure funds. He works closely with portfolio board directors and Infrastructure Managers Limited, the business’s main SPV management services provider.

    John is also on the Boards of Cross London Trains and Wireless Infrastructure Group. Previously, John was a Director at Barclays Infrastructure Funds, St Modwen Properties, Land Securities and Vinci. Earlier in his career he worked for Arup.

    John has a Geography Degree from the University of Liverpool, an MSc in Transport Planning & Economics from the University of Cardiff and an MBA from Cass Business School.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131
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    Grace Chang
    Associate Director

    UK / Private Equity

    Grace Chang

    Associate Director
    UK / Private Equity
    Consumer

    Grace is an Associate Director in the UK Private Equity team and is involved with 3i's portfolio company MPM. 

    Prior to joining 3i in 2021, Grace was an investor at Apax Partners, focused on consumer retail, digital media and technology. Prior to Apax, Grace worked at Lazard in the M&A team, after having started her career in transaction services at KPMG.

    Grace holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University, and a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131

    Investments

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    Aaron Church
    Partner

    UK / Infrastructure

    Aaron Church

    Partner
    UK / Infrastructure

    Aaron is a Partner in the Infrastructure team based in London, with a focus on origination, execution and asset management of investments in Europe. He has played a key role in 3i's acquisitions of Attero, Joulz, Herambiente, ESVAGT, Infinis and Tampnet, and is a director on the boards of Joulz and Oystercatcher.

    Prior to 3i, Aaron worked for HRL Morrison & Co, a major Australasian headquartered infrastructure fund manager, and the Boston Consulting Group.

    Aaron holds a B.Com from the University of Canterbury and a M.B.A. (Distinction) from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131

    Investments

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    During 3i Infrastructure’s five-year investment, the leading waste treatment business Attero doubled its earnings and opened a new electricity turbine capable of powering over 200,000 households. 3i’s Aaron Church and Attero CEO Paul Ganzeboom discuss the partnership.
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    Sean Clark
    Associate

    North America / Private Equity

    Sean Clark

    Associate
    North America / Private Equity
    Industrial Technology

    Sean joined 3i in 2022 as a member of its North American Private Equity team based in New York. Sean has since been involved in 3i’s investments in JMJ Associates and Dynatect.

    Prior to joining 3i, Sean worked as an Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions Investment Banking Group at Wells Fargo, where he focused on M&A advisory and capital raising transactions across all sectors.

    Sean graduated magna cum laude from Washington & Lee University with a B.S. in Accounting.

    3i office address

    300 Park Ave, 23rd floor
    New York, NY 10022
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131

    Investments

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    Rob Collins
    Managing Partner, Head of North American Infrastructure

    North America / Infrastructure

    Rob Collins

    Managing Partner, Head of North American Infrastructure
    North America / Infrastructure

    Rob joined 3i in 2017 as the Managing Partner for North American Infrastructure. He is a member of 3i’s Executive Committee. At 3i, he has led the US infrastructure team’s investments in Smarte Carte, Regional Rail and EC Waste. 

    Prior to joining 3i, Rob led Hastings Funds Management’s infrastructure investment activities in North America & Europe and was a member of Hastings’ Executive Committee and Investment Committee.

    Previously, Rob founded the infrastructure M&A practice at Morgan Stanley and Greenhill where he was a Managing Director, Head of Infrastructure Investment Banking for the Americas at both firms. He started his infrastructure career at Goldman Sachs after spending five years as an active-duty, Naval officer in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Program.

    Rob holds an MBA from The Wharton School, a masters equivalent in nuclear engineering from the Bettis Reactor Engineering School, and a B.E., magna cum laude, in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University.

    3i office address

    300 Park Ave, 23rd floor
    New York, NY 10022
    +1 (212) 848 1400
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    Smarte Carte CEO, Drew Niemeyer, and 3i’s Rob Collins, Chairman of the Board, discuss the growth of Smarte Carte and its international growth plans.
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    Spencer Cotten
    Senior Associate

    North America / Infrastructure

    Spencer Cotten

    Senior Associate
    North America / Infrastructure

    Spencer joined 3i in 2021 as a Senior Associate in the North American Infrastructure team.

    Prior to 3i, Spencer was an Analyst at Jupiter Management where he focussed on executing real estate and public equity investments. Before joining Jupiter, Spencer was an analyst at Credit Suisse IB where he focussed on M&A and capital markets transactions in the real estate sector.

    Spencer holds a bachelors degree in History from Princeton University.

    3i office address

    300 Park Ave, 23rd floor
    New York, NY 10022
    +1 (212) 848 1477
  • James Cox
    James Cox
    Portfolio Director, Asset Management Group

    UK / Private Equity

    James Cox

    Portfolio Director, Asset Management Group
    UK / Private Equity

    James is a Director in 3i's Asset Management Group which manages investments in a range of companies across a variety of sectors and geographies.

    He has been with 3i since 1998 having started his career at PiMS UK, a London based media services company, where he headed up the financial services team. James subsequently joined 3i’s London based portfolio management team in 2002 where his focus was managing higher value minority investments.

    James has more than 20 years’ experience of managing minority and majority equity positions in Growth Capital and Buyout assets across a wide range of sectors. He has both invested in, and supported, companies at various stages of growth and completed a significant number of successful realisations.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131

     

    Investments

  • Gordon Craig
    Gordon Craig
    Director, Internal Audit

    UK

    Gordon Craig

    Director, Internal Audit
    UK

    Gordon joined 3i in 2000 and heads up the Internal Audit function based in London.

    He is responsible for providing internal audit services as well as advice and support across a range of areas including corporate governance and risk management.

    Prior to 3i, Gordon worked with PwC in both the UK and Netherlands before moving to the internal audit profession working initially in the consumer and healthcare sector.

    Gordon has an MA in Economics from the University of St. Andrews. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Financial Risk Manager and Certified Fraud Examiner, and is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131
  • Stephen Daintith Profile 2024
    Stephen Daintith
    Non-Executive Director

    Board of Directors

    Stephen Daintith

    Non-Executive Director
    Board of Directors

    Non-executive Director since October 2016. Chief Financial Officer and an executive director of Ocado Group plc.

    Formerly an executive director of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc from 2017 to March 2021 and Finance Director of Daily Mail and General Trust plc (“DMGT”) from 2011 to 2017. Non-executive director of ZPG Plc.

    Prior to joining DMGT he was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Dow Jones and prior to that Chief Financial Officer of News International. He originally qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse (now part of PwC).

    Committee involvement:

    Audit and Compliance – Chair
    Nominations - Member

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    James Dawes
    Chief Financial Officer

    UK / Infrastructure

    James Dawes

    Chief Financial Officer
    UK / Infrastructure

    James is Chief Financial Officer for 3i Group's Infrastructure business and joined in January 2016. He manages all of the operational, financial and reporting requirements for the Infrastructure business line within 3i Group, as well as performing CFO duties for 3i Infrastructure plc.

    Prior to joining 3i, James was with Legal & General Investment Management where he held a number of senior finance roles, including Finance Director of LGV Capital from 2007 to 2015.

    He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131
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    James Dawes, speaks to AJ Bell’s Shares Magazine about 3i Infrastructure and the megatrends underpinning its strategy.
  • John Decesare
    John Decesare
    Director, Group Compliance

    UK

    John Decesare

    Director, Group Compliance
    UK

    John is Director, Group Compliance and is responsible for regulatory compliance at 3i. He joined 3i’s in-house legal team in 1997, providing wide-ranging legal support to 3i’s investment and corporate activities worldwide until he took over responsibility for the compliance function in 2010. 

    Prior to joining 3i, he worked as a solicitor in private practice and remains admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales. 

    John is also a member of the BVCA’s Regulatory Committee and has represented that Committee on the board of the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131
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