New partner David Rose to join Rock Rail

David Rose will join Rock Rail in September 2020 from Operis, where he where he leads the financial advisory team.

David Rose, an expert in structured project finance, will be joining Rock Rail’s origination team in September 2020, working on financing opportunities in the UK and continental Europe.

He has over 20 years’ experience of financial advice and lending, having supported infrastructure projects in the UK, Europe and North America, and has worked alongside Rock Rail before. He acted as financial adviser on five new rolling stock deals, the first back in 2015, and was instrumental in developing innovative financing methods for the UK rail market.

Currently with Operis, where he leads its award-winning financial advisory team, David has held positions at the Royal Bank of Canada and Deloitte, having begun his career as a consultant at PwC. He will work on new and existing projects in the UK, where Rock Rail’s state-of-the-art fleets are helping transform rail travel for passengers, as well as delivering better value for the public sector and contributing to a greener, more sustainable railway.

David will also help to extend Rock Rail’s financing approach to deliver similar benefits to other rail infrastructure sectors, including digital signalling, electrification and depots.

Over the last 18 months, Rock Rail has expanded its focus to bring its innovative rail infrastructure ownership and financing solutions to other European markets, including France and Germany, where it recently made a number of senior appointments and is opening its Berlin office later this year. David will also be supporting this business, using his previous experience advising on large-scale Public-Private Partnerships across a number of European markets.

Mark Swindell, Rock Rail.

Rock Rail CEO Mark Swindell said: “I am delighted that David will be joining us in September.

“Having been involved in all our previous new rolling stock deals, David already has a great understanding of Rock Rail and our institutional investor backed financing model. This, together with his extensive structured financing expertise and European experience, will be invaluable as we tailor our solutions for other rail infrastructure sectors and new markets.”

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