Downing LLP appoints new Head of Institutional Fundraising

London-based investment manager, Downing LLP, is pleased to announce the appointment of Shane Swords to the brand-new role of Head of Institutional Fundraising.  

Prior to joining Downing, Shane was the Head of Equity Fundraising at Lightsource Renewable Energy, London, where he closed the £1 billion solar platform with BlackRock. He has also previously held the role of Director for Rubicon Infrastructure Finance, a boutique investment bank based in Dublin and New York.

In this newly created role at Downing, Shane will be responsible for engaging institutional investors with Downing’s notable experience and achievements across a number of key sectors. Downing has raised over £1.7 billion into businesses across a range of sectors including energy where they have invested c. £500 million into over 100 projects.

Chris Allner, Head of Investment, Downing LLP, said: 

“Shane’s combined experience of both the energy sector and institutional investment space makes him an invaluable addition at what is a very important time for the Downing team. Energy infrastructure investment has been a core part of Downing’s business historically and we are now placing an increasing emphasis on certain areas of the market, including reserve power, that are going from strength to strength and creating sustainable and exciting investment opportunities for institutional investors along the way.”

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