Voltiq

Voltiq firmly believes in creating value for its clients by combining experienced professionals with diverse and complementary records.

Key features of our team:

  • International team with global experience
  • Extensive networks in financial and energy sectors
  • Deep understanding of local energy markets and their regulatory environment
  • Financial focus combined with practical experience in renewable energy projects
  • Over 50 renewable energy transactions across jurisdictions and technologies

Our people

Paul Rittersma Paul Rittersma Paul Rittersma Partner, Utrecht Office Manuel Cabrerizo Manuel Cabrerizo Manuel Cabrerizo Partner, Madrid Office Joost Samsom Joost Samsom Joost Samsom Partner, Utrecht Office Raoul Ilahibaks Raoul Ilahibaks Raoul Ilahibaks Director, Madrid Office Sabine Christiaens Sabine Christiaens Sabine Christiaens Associate Director, Madrid Office Richard Steinlechner Richard Steinlechner Richard Steinlechner Associate Director CEE, Vienna Office Idris Tayebi Idris Tayebi Idris Tayebi Associate, Utrecht Office

Paul has 16 years of experience in investing and financing renewable energy and infrastructure projects. He worked as Senior Portfolio Manager Infrastructure in the global infrastructure team of Dutch asset manager PGGM Investments and was instrumental in the successful roll-out of the renewable energy and co-investment portfolio in Europe and North America. Paul was responsible for committing and investing over EUR 700 million. Prior to joining PGGM, Paul worked for Dutch utility Nuon as Manager Project Finance. He arranged and closed project financings for renewable energy projects in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Norway, Spain and India. Paul has served as an executive and a non-executive director on the board of companies in the USA, Guernsey and Spain. Paul is fluent in Dutch, English and German.

Manuel contributes more than 18 years international experience in infrastructure banking gained with WestLB in Germany, the UK and Spain. During that time he has closed more than 40 structured financings across sectors and jurisdictions. Until 2009 he has been particularly active in structuring, underwriting and syndicating renewable energy transactions in Spain in the wind, solar PV and solar thermal segments, each of these accounting for 1.200, 150 and 250 MW, respectively. Upon co-founding Voltiq, Manuel has been active in structuring debt and equity transactions in Europe and Latin America. Note that Manuel was the lead banker in the Andasol I & 2, Extresol I and Manchasol 1 & 2 CSP financings. Manuel is fluent in Spanish, English and German.

Joost has 16 years of experience in the development, acquisition and management of renewable energy projects and companies. He was Executive Board Member of The Clean Energy Company, the renewable energy branch of global retail and distribution company SHV. Prior to working for SHV, Joost worked for Dutch utility Nuon as Senior Development Manager of the Nuon International Renewables Projects team. From 2002 – 2005 he was responsible for Nuon’s investments in Spain based in Seville. Joost has served as an executive and non-executive director on the board of (renewable) energy companies in the United Kingdom, Germany and The Netherlands. Joost has in-depth knowledge of wind, solar and biomass. Joost is fluent in Dutch, English, Spanish and German.

Raoul is Director at Voltiq. Raoul has 6 years of experience in Alternative Investments. He was Investment Analyst at Dynamic Credit Partners Europe and PGGM Investments during which he focused on Alternative Investments such as Infrastructure, Hedge Funds, Private Equity and Structured Credit. Prior to working at Dynamic and PGGM, Raoul worked for ABN AMRO Bank as an intern of the Trading & Principal Strategies Group, which was involved in multi strategy proprietary trading across the globe. Raoul is fluent in Dutch and English.

Sabine is Associate Director at Voltiq. Sabine has 17 years of experience of project and contract management in renewable energy projects. From 2003 – 2006 Sabine successfully managed and closed turnkey EPC and O&M contracts for more than 200 MW of wind power in Spain. From 2007, she worked as a Senior International Contract Manager for Ecostream International (Econcern Group), responsible for the contract management of solar PV plants in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium and Greece. Sabine is specialized in contract, claim and risk management regarding the development, construction,  operation and maintenance of renewable energy projects, notably wind, solar PV and CSP. Sabine is fluent in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Dutch.

Richard has 22 years of experience in project and general management in the energy sector. From 2008 – 2010, Richard was responsible for business development activities for The Clean Energy Company, the renewable energy branch of global retail and distribution company SHV, in Austria and Eastern Europe. Prior to working for SHV, he worked on a variety of development projects worldwide for large energy companies such as OMV (renewables, oil & gas), energy commodity producers, and several investment companies. Richard has Petroleum Engineering degrees from the Leoben Mining University, Austria, and the University of Oklahoma. Richard is fluent in German and English.

Idris (34) has 10 years of experience in the energy sector of which 5 years in energy project financing. He worked as Finance Manager for GDF SUEZ, as part of the Acquisition, Investment and Financial Advisory team, first based in France and then in Santiago de Chile. He mainly worked on wind and hydro Project Financing and acquisitions in France, Italy, Romania, Ireland and Chile. Prior to joining GDF SUEZ, he worked for French utility EDF as Economist. Idris is fluent in French, English and Spanish.