Straka joins from DWS Group (“DWS”) where he has led the global Infrastructure Sales & Investor Relations team for the last 10 years and had responsibility for raising, structuring and procurement of fund and co-investment capital. Prior to this, he held other senior positions in Deutsche including Head of Business Development for DWS Investments.
Straka will take responsibility for InfraRed’s current investor base and ongoing fundraising efforts for new investment vehicles, leading the teams in Investor Relations and Capital Raising, and building a network of partnerships with both existing and new investors across the InfraRed investment suite.
InfraRed is a focused infrastructure investment business, with the objective of providing long-term, predictable income streams for investors, across both core and energy infrastructure. This new appointment plays a key role in developing a strengthened, integrated global fundraising and investor relations strategy that supports InfraRed’s long-term objectives.
Straka is expected to join in January 2022 as a Partner and reports into Chief Executive Officer, Werner von Guionneau, reflecting the seniority and strategic importance of this new role.
Werner von Guionneau, Chief Executive Officer at InfraRed, said:
“I am delighted to welcome Michael to InfraRed. He brings a wealth of experience and a strong network of relationships. His appointment will support InfraRed’s success in strategically positioning the company with investors and fostering a client-lead, proactive and dynamic investor relations culture for our growing and diversified range of infrastructure investments.
“Following recent Partner announcements and other senior hires, this appointment further strengthens InfraRed’s senior leadership and is another important step towards realising the growth opportunities we see ahead.”
About InfraRed Capital Partners
InfraRed Capital Partners is an international investment manager focused on infrastructure and real estate. It operates worldwide from offices in London, New York, Sydney, Seoul and Mexico City. It manages equity capital in multiple private and listed funds, primarily for institutional investors across the globe. InfraRed Capital Partners is authorised and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority.
InfraRed implements best-in-class practices to underpin asset management and investment decisions, promotes ethical behaviour and has established community engagement initiatives to support good causes in the wider community. InfraRed has been a signatory of the Principles of Responsible Investment since 2011.
InfraRed is a part of SLC Management which is the alternatives asset management business of Sun Life. Over the past 30 years InfraRed has established itself as a highly successful developer and custodian of core infrastructure, renewable energy and real-estate assets that play a vital role in supporting sustainable communities.
In August 2021, InfraRed and ARA Dunedin agreed the acquisition of InfraRed European Real Estate Investment Management by ARA Dunedin. The transaction is expected to complete by the end of 2021, and following completion, InfraRed will become a focused infrastructure investment business, with the objective of providing long-term, predictable income streams for investors, across both core and energy infrastructure.