Starwood eyes infra investments

Investor Starwood Capital Group has launched a transportation, infrastructure & energy lending business.

The global private investment firm focused on real estate and energy investments have announced the hiring of Armin Rothauser who will join the firm in January to lead the transportation, infrastructure & energy lending business.

He will join the investment committee of Starwood Property Trust, a diversified finance company with a core focus on the real estate and infrastructure sectors, and the investment committee of Starwood's recently acquired GE Capital Project Finance Debt Business.

Rothauser was a managing director at Deutsche Bank, where he ran its transportation, infrastructure, energy lending group, and then went on to co-head Deutsche Bank's global structured credit business.  

Barry Sternlicht, chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, said: “We expect Armin and his future team to compliment and strengthen our already strong investment team, to help Starwood Property Trust with potential new loan originations, and to bring exciting investment opportunities to our current and future clients."