Companies and consultancies from all over the world, and various industries, often require subject matter experts to provide feedback on specific topics of interest. This is usually required within a very short time-frame or on an urgent basis. Gregor Paterson-Jones is regularly consulted as a subject matter expert in renewable energy investments, fund structuring and establishment, as well as development finance on a global scale. These consultations can sometimes be as short as a simple telephone call to answer urgent and specific questions on a live transaction, strategy engagement or legal matter.
Alternatively, you’ll also find that Gregor is regularly appointed as an expert advisor and sounding board to teams developing in-depth strategies or establishing new vehicles of financial instruments for investment. These relationships can span weeks, months and even years. For example, renewable energy, development finance, impact finance and SME finance. You’ll find that partnering with Gregor in any of these sectors means having a pipeline to current information and years of industry know-how at your disposal. This relationship could prove incredibly fruitful for a wide range of endeavours and enterprises.
Uganda has recently launched a world class PPP programme which will result in a number of projects coming to market in the next few years. As the government’s debt levels have increased, so the need for local currency financing of longer tenors for infrastructure financing. Detailed analysis was required of the Institutional Fund market, the procurement processes, international bond financing models and structures, credit enhancement structures and the regulatory environment, in order to initiate a number of strands of policy, regulatory, and implementation work – all related to making it possible for bidders to use local currency bond financing as part of their debt arsenal. And to make a new asset class available to pension and insurance funds.
The Finance Catalyst links renewable energy projects to finance opportunities and vice versa, targeting small- and medium-scale renewable energy (RE) projects, currently in sub-Saharan Africa.It provides advisory support on project development, project structuring and accessing finance through a team of dedicated experts with extensive experience in renewable energy project development and finance. Many of these projects are challenging for financiers due to the relatively small ticket size, and due to their limited experience with these technologies and new business models. Project developers may lack the experience, networks or time to identify appropriate sources of finance, resulting in high transaction costs and few projects reaching financial close.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works in about 170 countries and territories (36 of them in Asia and the Pacific), helping countries to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We work closely with governments, civil society, the private sector and communities. UNDP SDG Innovation Finance (UNSIF) is a major initiative supporting the Financing for Development agenda, bringing together the public and private sector to invest for the SDGs via:
1. Policy dialogue & National ecosystem development
2. Investor engagement and Impact Measurement & Management
3. Pipeline development: impact funds, SDG bonds, incubators and accelerators, etc.
4. Innovative finance: fintech and beyond
Gregor is an advisor to FELICITY. FELICITY stands for Financing Energy for Low-carbon Investment - Cities Advisory Facility, and is a joint initiative of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). It is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). It offers guidance on the technical, financial and economic feasibility of investments planned in cities, procurement procedures as well as advice on a project’s social and environmental soundness to potentially meet the EIB’s requirements for financing. It also offers capacity development for municipalities to develop bankable projects and access international finance, especially for the purpose of addressing climate change.
The Innovation Fund is one of the world’s largest funding programmes for demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies. The Innovation Fund focuses on: Innovative low-carbon technologies and processes in energy intensive industries, including products substituting carbon intensive ones, Carbon capture and utilisation (CCU), Construction and operation of carbon capture and storage (CCS), Innovative renewable energy generation, and Energy storage.
The Fund may amount to about €10 billion, depending on the carbon price. In parallel to the Innovation Fund, the EU ETS provides the main long-term incentive for these technologies to be deployed. One of the most challenging design aspects is to ensure that candidate investee projects can be evaluated on a like for like, and fair and transparent basis. This project aims to do just that.
Markus Massi - Financial Services Partner, Boston Consulting Group Middle East - 'I am truly enjoying working with Gregor. He is very dedicated, responsive and a great resource of knowledge in fund set-up, fund strategy and fund management'
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