The Joint Venture: an infrastructure and renewables podcast

The Joint Venture: an infrastructure and renewables podcast

The Joint Venture Podcast will investigate the most exciting deals and financial innovation, as well as broader market trends such as digital disruption, ESG and life in the post-pandemic world.We will keep our ear to the ground, going behind the headlines on the major news, bringing you commentary on a variety of current situations. We will also be catching up with leading market players to take a deep dive into a featured story each week.

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May 14, 2021 60 min

The Joint Venture is back with a fresh episode where we chat to Amir Sharifi and Fabio Ferrari from Ardian.
Our conversation takes in a diverse list of topics, including core renewables investment, the impact of Covid on electricity prices, the ongoing recovery from the pandemic, and the tantalising prospect of hydrogen production and its application.
Meanwhile, Jon and Maritina discuss a landmark milestone for the US offshore wind...

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Here's another bonus podcast from our inspiratiaLive series, brought to you by hosts Marco Dell'Aquila, and Joint Venture veterans Maritina Kanellakopoulou and Jon McNair.
In this episode, the trio review the latest deal flow figures from the global infrastructure sector covering a year hit by Covid, with some perhaps surprising results.
Later, the conversation moves to a recent huge fibre procurement in the UK and wonder w...

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inspiratiaLive is a new weekly live broadcast, live every Wednesday at 10am BST.

inspiratiaLive will allow you to hear our views on some of the latest and hottest topics, and emerging trends.

During these live weekly broadcasts, you are invited to ask questions, make observations and join the conversation with our aim being to encourage a free flow of ideas.

Here's a recording of episode 1, which includes an in-depth discussion on...

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Joining us this week for a wide-ranging discussion about some of the threats facing utilities is Sharper Shape CEO Chris Beaufait, with his company offering ways to introduce intelligent monitoring of networks to cope with increasing environmental threats. 
Smarter asset management is fast becoming a key tool for the utilities, but with such a splintered and diverse sector in places like the US, the landscape is still patchy, as we ...

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Today's episode features a great chat we recently had with Jason Rowell and Randal Kaufman, an Associate VP, Global Technology Portfolio Manager, and Sales Director at Black & Veatch, respectively.
Black & Veatch is an engineering firm with a more than 100-year history, with much of that time also spent working with hydrogen which, as Jason and Randal were keen to point out, is not a new phenomenon whatsoever.
We discuss...

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We return for a new year of episodes covering the worlds of infrastructure and clean energy and first up is a fascinating discussion with hydrogen-powered flight pioneer ZeroAvia, as well as one of the company's backers in the form of SystemiQ.
We spoke to ZeroAvia's CFO Katya Akulinicheva and SystemiQ's Irena Spazzapan about the promise of zero emission aviation, investor appetite for this kind of proposition, governmen...

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This time out we are zooming in on the ever-more important world of smart grids, specifically on how the decentralised systems of days gone by are transformed into networks that can cope with more distributed renewables generation, EV charging, and batteries.
This transition has the potential to create particular headaches for distribution system operators (DSOs), but the Swiss start-up depsys is trying to solve these problems by p...

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In a week when the UK launched it's long-awaited infrastructure strategy, updated its plans for future Contracts-for-Difference allocation rounds, and the world's largest offshore wind farm was financed, there was much to talk in the worlds of infrastructure and renewables.
And so, Jon and his latest co-host Maritina, did just that. Except we didnt mention the financing of that huge offshore wind farm - Dogger Bank - as it ...

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As countries around the world grapple with dealing with the huge a mounts of waste they produce, and bid to create truly circular economies in this area, waste-to-energy plants have sprung up everywhere as a convenient tool to address the problem. As a bonus, they also produce renewable electricity. 
But traditional incineration plants have drawn bad press and opposition from local groups when they are built, with concerns over emis...

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For the second of two special episodes of the Joint Venture in partnership with law firm Gowling WLG, our attention turns to the financing of new UK subsidy-free renewables projects

In this episode, you will hear a recent conversation with Nath Curtis, a banking and finance partner at Gowling WLG, and Chris Williams from the bank LBBW. 

We focussed in on the financing perspective for UK subsidy-free renewables projects, taking in top...

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In the first of two special episodes of the Joint Venture podcast in partnership with law firm Gowling WLG, our attention turns to the development of UK subsidy-free renewables projects.  

In a conversation with Gowling WLG’s Gareth Baker, and Barney Coles from renewables investor Capital Dynamics, we take stock of the current state of the market, how Covid-19 has affected ways of working, as well as how the lockdown had impacted el...

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In this episode we chat with Brian Ross, CEO of a specialist infrastructure and energy crowdfunding platform from California called InfraShares. 
Brian walked us through the benefits of his company's approach and how it could unlock a whole new investment class for individual investors who rarely get the chance to directly participate in infrastructure projects. 
Jon and new co-host Fernando Moncada also run through some of the l...

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This week the JV turns its attention towards the fundraising landscape for infrastructure, with a special interview with Gordon Bajnai, head of global infrastructure at Campbell Lutyens. 
Gordon, who was formerly the prime minister of Hungary and COO at Meridiam Infrastructure, relayed to us how the fundraising market had been impacted by Covid-19, how investment strategies might change over coming months and years, and the success ...

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In the week when the UK government finally confirmed its ban on the use of Huawei kit in the country's 5G network, we had a timely discussion with Macquarie's Oliver Bradley who specialises in digital infrastructure investing. 
We also delved into some of the biggest headlines from the worlds of infrastructure and renewable energy, discussed some recent high profile portfolio sales, and pondered what the Huawei ban would mea...

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July 10, 2020 42 min

Following a week when there was yet another chapter written in the infrastructure saga that has come to define at least a part of Donald Trump's administration, we talked to Jill Jamieson - a veteran US infrastructure specialist - about the recent trillion-dollar infrastructure spending proposal in the House of Representatives.
We also caught up on some of the biggest headlines from the worlds of infrastructure and renewable ene...

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The Joint Venture Podcast investigates the most exciting deals and financial innovations, as well as broader market trends such as digital disruption, ESG and life in the post-pandemic world.
In our second episode, Jon and Ott catch up on the week’s news and then talk to Jeremy M. Ebie, founder and CEO of Washington-based Phoenix Infrastructure Group.
We chat with Jeremy about the minority-owned investor space, the impact of the Blac...

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June 22, 2020 44 min

The Joint Venture kicked things off with a live launch event for inspiratia subscribers on Tuesday 16th June 2020. 

For our launch episode, we've assembled a joint venture between inspiratia’s very own Jon McNair and Ott Tammik, who will be in the hotseat.

The pair discussed their respective experiences of recent Black Lives Matter protests in London and Washington, DC, and embarked on a whistle-stop tour of some of the latest ha...

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