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I Squared Appoints Jonathan Popper as Fund Partner and Head of Asset Management and Value Creation for the Americas

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MIAMI, April 12, 2024-- I Squared Capital, a leading independent global infrastructure investment manager, today announced that Jonathan Popper will be joining the firm as Fund Partner and Head of Asset Management and Value Creation for the Americas.

Jon joins from Temasek, Singapore’s state-owned investment company, where he was a Managing Director since 2013. He most recently served as Managing Director (Portfolio Development), with responsibility for engagement with Temasek portfolio companies on matters of value creation, including strategy, operations, finance and capital structure, M&A, organizational development and compensation. Previously, he served as Managing Director (Investment), with responsibility for Temasek’s investments in the business services sector, and as Managing Director (Structuring & Execution), with responsibility for advising Temasek investment teams on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, financings and other transactions.

Prior to Temasek, Jon was with Morgan Stanley where he served as Managing Director and Head of Southeast Asia M&A. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Jon was an investment professional at Bassini Playfair + Associates, a private equity firm focused on emerging markets, based in New York and São Paulo.

Jon takes on this role from Ron Schweizer who has been appointed Head of Corporate Strategy for I Squared, a new position for the firm.

Commenting on the appointment, Gautam Bhandari, Chief Investment Officer and Managing Partner, I Squared, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Jon to I Squared. Many of my partners and I have known Jon for over twenty years and I am confident he will bring every bit of that experience and expertise to bear as he takes on this critical role.”

Bhandari continued: “Our efforts to institutionalize the firm in the last 12 months have seen the firm evolve and expand at a rapid pace. Our asset management capabilities must match these efforts to ensure our portfolio companies work with us to create value through financial discipline, operational excellence and a rigorous focus on their customer’s needs.”

Jon is the second Fund Partner to join I Squared in as many months. In March, I Squared announced the appointment of Yves Meyer Bulow as Fund Partner and Office head for the firm’s new Munich office.

Earlier this year, I Squared announced ten new hires as part of a significant upgrade to the firm’s sales and distribution capabilities as well as launching a new brand identity and website. Taken together, these activities represent important milestones on our journey of institutionalizing the firm. They represent significant statements of intent to ensure the firm's overall service offerings and market position meets the needs of our partners while continuing to earn the kind of returns that I Squared has generated over the last decade.

Today, I Squared has over 260 employees operating across seven offices with one mission: to constantly redefine the investment landscape by harnessing the power of our culturally diverse team to foster an environment where every idea is valued, every detail matters, and every team member contributes to the firm’s success.

Jonathan Popper Biography

Prior to joining I Squared, Jonathan Popper was Managing Director at Temasek since 2013. He most recently served as Managing Director (Portfolio Development), with responsibility for engagement with Temasek portfolio companies on matters of value creation, including strategy, operations, finance and capital structure, M&A, organizational development and compensation. Previously, he served as Managing Director (Investment), with responsibility for Temasek’s investments in the business services sector, and as Managing Director (Structuring & Execution), with responsibility for advising Temasek investment teams on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, financings and other transactions.

Prior to joining Temasek, Mr. Popper spent over a decade with Morgan Stanley’s Mergers & Acquisitions department in New York and Singapore, where he served as Managing Director and Head of Southeast Asia M&A. Mr. Popper’s experience at Morgan Stanley spanned a broad range of advisory assignments for clients across industries and countries. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Popper was an investment professional at Bassini Playfair + Associates, a private equity firm focused on emerging markets, based in New York and São Paulo.

Mr. Popper is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar. Mr Popper is a CFA charterholder, and he has received Qualified Listed Entity Director certification and Senior Director accreditation from the Singapore Institute of Directors (SID).

About I Squared Capital

I Squared is a leading independent global infrastructure investor with over $38 billion in assets under management. We are known for the development of investment platforms in infrastructure projects where we start small and grow big. We use global insights and deep local intelligence to solve complex problems, foster smarter businesses, serve local communities, and invest in a more sustainable future to provide essential services to millions of people around the world. We operate a diverse portfolio of 82 companies with over 66,000 employees in a variety of sectors including utilities, energy, digital infrastructure, transport, environmental infrastructure, and social infrastructure. We have invested in 71 countries across North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Headquartered in Miami, we are a team of over 260 people spread across London, Munich, New Delhi, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney and Taipei. You can find out more by visiting: www.isquaredcapital.com.

This document does not constitute advice or a recommendation or offer to sell or a solicitation to deal in any security or financial product. It is provided for information purposes only and on the understanding that the recipient has sufficient knowledge and experience to be able to understand and make their own evaluation of the proposals and services described herein, any risks associated therewith and any related legal, tax, accounting or other material considerations. To the extent that the reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to their specific portfolio or situation, prospective investors are encouraged to contact [I Squared Capital or consult with the professional advisor of their choosing.

There is no guarantee that the investment objectives will be achieved. Moreover, the past performance is not a guarantee or indicator of future results.

Contact:
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Dominic McMullan
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