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Senior hire for Pantheon team

Andrea Echberg, former head of infrastructure in the principal finance team at Societe Generale, has joined the London team of private equity and infrastructure investment firm Pantheon as partner and head of European infrastructure investments.

Andrea Echberg has switched from Societe Generale to Pantheon, the London-based private equity and infrastructure firm which uses a variety of methods to invest on behalf of 400 institutional investors.

Echberg joins as partner and head of European infrastructure investments, with a focus on infrastructure secondary and co-investments as well as managing primary infrastructure fund investments in Europe.

Kathryn Leaf Wilmes, head of global infrastructure at Pantheon, said in a statement: “We expect strong deal flow in secondaries and co-investments as banks and insurance companies continue to sell down infrastructure assets due to regulatory pressure and as general partners look for additional capital for co-investments.”

Echberg was previously head of infrastructure in the principal finance team at Societe Generale, where she was responsible for the French bank’s co-investment programme. Before that, she led direct investment teams at Macquarie Capital and ABN AMRO Infrastructure Capital, overseeing investments in brownfield and greenfield assets.

In November 2011, Pantheon hired Heiko Schupp from EISER Infrastructure Fund as head of infrastructure in Europe. But he left to join Hastings Funds Management as an investment director towards the end of last year.

Pantheon, which has almost $24 billion in assets under management and additional offices in San Francisco, New York and Hong Kong, offers customised separate account programmes; regional primary fund programmes; and secondaries, co-investment and infrastructure programmes.