A Fast-Growing Technical Expert

ContourGlobal was founded in 2005 by CEO Joseph Brandt and Reservoir Capital Group. We have developed the highest of operating standards and practices which we ensure are applied globally in all of our projects. Today, we are uniquely positioned to capitalize on market opportunities that rely on operators with best-in-class track records with refurbishment and development expertise.

Our Portfolio

We are a developer, operator and owner of electric power businesses. We manage, own and operate an existing portfolio of 61 power plants with approximately 3,939 megawatts (“MW”) in operation. Our current portfolio spans 20 countries and 3 continents with a weighted average sovereign rating of BBB- (weighted by capacity), utilizing a wide range of fuel types, technology and equipment.

We are a highly skilled operator and have significantly improved operations at most of our acquired facilities. Our management team is committed to implementing policies prioritizing environmental, health, safety, compliance, risk management and operations standards, which we believe provides us with significant advantages in operations management, development and acquisitions.

We utilize three core investment strategies to create predictable long-term cash flows through contracted or regulated revenues:

  • Developing assets with customized contracts in partnership with governments, utilities and corporations. These projects are in regions where there is need for reliable power infrastructure but insufficient capital and expertise. In emerging markets, we partner with multilateral institutions and developments banks, who provide political risk insurance, political support and attractive financing;
  • Purchasing assets without existing contracts, but with the ability to put in place contracts or hedge exposure. We call these projects “greenfield acquisitions” as they involve similar, customized contractual risk profiles to our development assets, but have the benefit of operating history; and
  • Purchasing assets with existing contracts at attractive prices from sellers in distress or undergoing a restructuring.

A Timeline of Achievement

We have executed, and continue to execute, these strategies across three core regions: Europe, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • In 2006, we began development of a 25 MW run-of-river hydroelectric facility in Brazil (Sao Domingos II), which commenced commercial operations in 2009. In addition, we purchased a 165 MW minority stake in a coal-fired plant in Colombia (Sochagota) in 2006 and increased our ownership interest in 2009 (up to a 49% interest).
  • From 2008 to 2009, we successfully rehabilitated a 120 MW combined heat and power plant (Kramatorsk) in Ukraine.
  • From 2007 to 2013, pursuant to an arrangement with Coca-Cola Hellenic (“CCH”), we developed, constructed and placed into operation inside-the-fence cogeneration facilities, consisting of combined heat and power plants in a variety of countries in Europe and Africa, which initially had 46 MW of installed capacity (CG Solutions).
  • From 2010 to 2013, we successfully placed the PPAs for a 160 MW wind complex of five adjacent wind farms (Asa Branca) and a 12 MW run-of-river hydroelectric plant (Galheiros) into the renewable auction in Brazil.
  • In 2010, we acquired a minority stake in a 240 MW combined-cycle dual fuel plant in Colombia (TermoemCali).
  • During the European financial crisis, in 2011, we acquired two large assets—Maritsa, a 908 MW lignite fired power plant in Bulgaria under a long-term contract with the state-owned utility, and Arrubal, an 800 MW combined-cycle gas turbine plant in northern Spain under contract with the seller—as well as a series of acquisitions from European utilities and developers in the Caribbean (wind, diesel and fuel oil in Bonaire and diesel in the French West Indies) and Italy (solar).
  • In 2012, we began construction of a new greenfield project for two adjacent wind farms in Peru (Inka), which achieved COD in August 2014 and have installed capacity of 114 MW.
  • In 2013, we acquired an asset in Senegal and, in 2014, began construction of a new dual fuel power plant on the existing GTi Dakar site (Cap des Biches) with installed capacity of 53 MW, which commenced commercial operations in the second quarter of 2016.
  • From October 2014 through 2015, we acquired two portfolios of operating wind farms in Austria and solar plants in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, with total installed capacity of 191 MW.
  • In July 2015, we completed the acquisition of Vorotan, a 404 MW hydroelectric plant in Armenia—one of the largest power generating facilities in Armenia and the Caucasus.
  • In December 2015, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with the Senegalese Government to begin construction of a 33 MW expansion of our Cap des Biches plant. The expansion is underway and due to commence operations by fourth quarter 2016. 

Thermal Generation Group

(Natural Gas, Coal, Fuel Oil and CG Solutions)

This segment consists of our power generating plants using conventional fuels such as natural gas, coal, fuel oil and diesel. Our Thermal Energy segment has an installed gross capacity of 2,531 MW and projects under construction of 33 MW.

1,222 MW of our total gross capacity in our thermal segment was fueled, or has the option to be fueled, by natural gas, primarily at our Arrubal, TermoemCali and Togo projects. We own natural gas plants in Spain (Arrubal), Colombia (TermoemCali), Togo, Europe (CG Solutions) and Nigeria (CG Solutions).

1,193 MW of our total gross capacity in our thermal segment is fueled by coal or lignite at our Maritsa plant in Bulgaria, our Sochagota plant in Colombia and our Kramatorsk plant in Ukraine.

We also own fuel oil or diesel plants located in Senegal (Cap des Biches), the Dutch Antilles (Bonaire) and the French West Indies (Guadeloupe and Saint Martin). Our fuel oil or diesel plants have total gross capacity of 149 MW.

For the twelve-month period ended March 31, 2016, our Thermal segment generated $270 million of Adjusted EBITDA.

Renewable Generation Group

(Wind, Solar and Hydropower)

This segment consists of our power generating plants using renewable resources such as wind, solar and hydropower. Our Renewables segment has an installed gross capacity of 1,375 MW. Our renewable plants include wind assets in Austria, Brazil (Asa Branca and Chapada) and Peru (Inka), with total gross capacity of 862 MW, hydropower plants located in Armenia and Brazil, with total gross capacity of 441 MW, and solar plants located in the Czech Republic, Italy and Slovakia with total gross capacity of 72 MW.

For the twelve-month period ended March 31, 2016, our Renewables segment generated $140 million of Adjusted EBITDA.


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    Joseph C. Brandt

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    New York – United States

    Mr. Brandt is the President and Chief Executive Officer of ContourGlobal, an electric power development and operating company he founded with Reservoir Capital Group in 2005. ContourGlobal has two primary lines of business. Through its ContourGlobal Solutions division, the Company develops and operates innovative quad-generation facilities for beverage companies throughout the world. These facilities provide on-site supply of electricity, water, steam and carbon dioxide, all in an environmentally friendly way. ContourGlobal also develops and operates large power generation facilities in underserved markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, South America and Eastern Europe.

    Before co-founding ContourGlobal in 2005, Mr. Brandt served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for The AES Corporation. His responsibilities included global utility operations and development in the Americas, Africa, Europe and Ukraine comprising approximately $15 billion in assets, $5 billion in sales and 25,000 employees. He also served as AES’s Chief Restructuring Officer, directing the operational and financial restructuring of AES’s largest international investments and a variety of U.S. and international operating and greenfield assets. As Chief Restructuring Officer he oversaw the successful restructuring of businesses in Chile, Colombia and Cameroon and executed a landmark debt-for-equity restructuring of AES’s businesses in Brazil with the Brazilian State development bank.

    Mr. Brandt earned a law degree from Georgetown University, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University. He was a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley and was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Helsinki, Finland, in 1986-87. In addition to English, he speaks Russian, French and Finnish.

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    Jean-Christophe Juillard

    Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

    Paris – France

    Mr. Jean-Christophe Juillard joined ContourGlobal in January 2013 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and is located in both the New York and Paris offices.

    Jean-Christophe is a member of the Senior Executive Committee. He spent most of his professional life in the US and Europe. In the early 1990s, he started his career in Finance working for LK Comstock and RailWorks, two New York based electrical contractors.

    Prior to joining ContourGlobal, Jean-Christophe worked at Alstom for 10 years in various finance management positions, first in the Alstom Transportation division in New York and later in Paris, France where he was SVP Finance for the Renewable Power division of the Group.

    Jean-Christophe earned a MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and is fluent in English and French.

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    Karl Schnadt

    Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

    Vienna – Austria

    Mr. Karl Schnadt was hired as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in December of 2011 and is located in Paris, France. He is responsible for all technical functions at ContourGlobal including power plant operations, engineering and construction and health, environment and safety. Karl is a member of our Senior Executive Committee, Plant Information Steering Committee, Compliance Committee, Health and Safety Committee, and CO2 Committee. Prior to joining ContourGlobal he worked at Steag GmbH (“STEAG”), one of Germany's large power generation companies. Karl worked with Steag for 24 years, holding a variety of positions at the company, including serving as a project manager and plant manager. From 2000 to 2006, he served as the Chief Executive Officer for Iskenderun Enerji Üretim ve Tic. A.S. (Isken), Ankara, in Turkey, which is a 51% subsidiary of Steag. Isken is the project company of a $1.5 billion coal-fired power plant investment where he was responsible for construction and later operation.

    As a Member of the Board of Executive Officers at Steag, Karl was responsible for all operation assets. He received his degree in Mechanical Engineering and Energy technology from Ruhr-Universitat Bochum in Germany.

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    Quinto Di Ferdinando

    Chief Operating Officer, Thermal Division

    Mednikarovo – Bulgaria

    Mr. Di Ferdinando is the Chief Operating Officer of the Thermal Division, responsible for all operational matters at our thermal power plants. Prior to this role, he served as Global O&M Coordinator from October 2013 to September 2014, while simultaneously serving as Plant Manager & Executive Director of ContourGlobal Operations in Bulgaria (“CGOB”).  

    Before joining ContourGlobal, Mr. Di Ferdinando worked for the global utility company Enel for approximately 14 years where he held various managerial positions in a number of different locations, including as the Plant Manager & Executive Director of Enel Operations in Bulgaria, Project Manager for the 600m. EUR refurbishment project of the Maritsa East 3 TPP, and others.

    Mr. Di Ferdinando holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy.

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    Amanda Schreiber

    Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer & Chief Corporate Legal Officer

    New York – United States

    Amanda Schreiber joined ContourGlobal in April 2012 and currently serves as the Company’s Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Corporate Legal Officer.  In this role, she advises the Company on compliance with U.S. and international anti-corruption, international-trade, and competition laws, and is responsible for all corporate-level legal matters.  Amanda also serves as Corporate Secretary to ContourGlobal’s Board of Directors.  She is a member of the Senior Executive Committee.

    Before joining ContourGlobal, Amanda served as Chief Compliance Counsel at Colgate-Palmolive Company and practiced at the law firms of Covington & Burling LLP and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York.  From 2002 to 2003, Amanda was a law clerk for the Honorable Barrington D. Parker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

    Amanda received her A.B. in Political Science from Brown University and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.


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    Christopher Mayer

    Executive Vice President,

    New York – United States

    Chris Mayer joined ContourGlobal in June 2015 as an Executive Vice President and General Counsel. He is in charge of all legal matters relating to the Company and its subsidiaries and a member of the Senior Executive Committee.

    Prior to joining ContourGlobal, Chris was a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York from 1982 through 2012 when he retired.  At Davis Polk, Chris’ practice focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate governance but also included capital markets and other areas.  Chris was a member of the firm’s management committee for 12 years and head of the corporate department for eight years.  After retiring from Davis Polk, Chris was an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School from 2014 through May 2015.

    Chris received his A.B. in biochemistry from Princeton University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  Prior to going to law school, he spent two years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy.

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    James M. Karp

    Executive Vice President and Head of Finance, Strategy and Acquisitions of ContourGlobal

    London – UK

    Mr. Karp serves as the Executive Vice President and Head of Finance, Strategy and Acquisitions of ContourGlobal, and has served in those positions since April 2015. Before joining ContourGlobal, he spent a total of 17 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co., most recently as Managing Director and Head of the Natural Resources Leveraged Finance team for Europe, Middle East and Africa. During his career at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Karp worked in a variety of credit related businesses in New York and London, including Co-Head of Leveraged Finance, Head of Loan Capital Markets, Co-Head of European Restructuring and Co-Head of Bank Loan Proprietary Investing. Mr. Karp originally joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 in Loan Sales and Trading. From 2004 to 2007, he left Goldman Sachs and joined Silver Point Capital, a U.S.-based hedge fund, to build and run their European business based in London. Mr. Karp began his career in finance in 1988 at Citibank where he served in various roles in corporate and LBO lending, and loan syndications in New York and Los Angeles. Mr. Karp received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.


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    Alessandra Marinheiro

    Executive Vice President, Chief Executive Officer for Latin America

    São Paulo – Brazil

    Mrs. Alessandra Marinheiro joined ContourGlobal in August 2009 as the Business Development Vice-President for Brazil, where she successfully originated and structured greenfield wind and hydro projects.

    Prior to ContourGlobal, Alessandra worked for 12 years at The AES Corporation in Brazil as Business Development Director and Commercial Director at AES’s generation business. Alessandra has led several mergers and acquisitions transactions, greenfield project development, project finance and corporate finance transactions.

    Alessandra leads our Latin America team as the CEO of ContourGlobal Latin America where she is responsible for our regional business and for implementing our growth strategies for the region.

    Alessandra has a Bachelor in Business Administration from the Pontífica Universidade de São Paulo (PUC-SP) with an Executive MBA from COPPEAD-UFRJ. In addition to Portuguese, she also speaks English and Spanish.

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    Cheick Oumar Sylla

    Executive Vice President, Chief Executive Officer for Africa and the Solutions Business

    Lomé – Togo

    Cheick-Oumar Sylla leads our African business but also our ContourGlobal Solutions business in Nigeria and Europe.

    Cheick Oumar Sylla joined ContourGlobal on 29 September 2014 as our Chief Executive for Africa and a member of the Senior Executive Committee. Prior to this, Oumar served in Jeddah as the Executive Vice President at the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), Member of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), where he was running the Direct Investment and Financing Department.  While at ICD from 2011 to  26 September 2014, Oumar oversaw existing and new investments in Africa.  Mr. Sylla was also responsible from May 2014 for directing ICD’s banking operations in West Africa on special assignment as Chief Executive Officer & General Manager of Tamweel Africa Holding.

    Prior to his tenure at IDB, Cheick-Oumar held director and senior managerial positions in Europe and Africa in the pharmaceutical, real estate and construction sectors.  Cheick-Oumar has over 30 years of experience leading businesses and teams in growth industries.

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    Michael Kuperman

    Chief Information Officer

    New York – United States

    Michael Kuperman has been with ContourGlobal since October 2012, and has held the position of Chief Information Officer since August 2014. He is located in the New York office.

    Michael is a member of the Senior Executive Committee. He has close to 20 years of experience in Information Technology and over this time held various technology management roles in the financial sector, including at Bank of New York, Lehman Brothers and, just prior to joining ContourGlobal, Barclays Wealth Management in the US.

    Michael has an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Columbia University. He is fluent in English and Russian.

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    Richard König

    Senior Vice President for M&A and Business Development

    Vienna – Austria

    Richard König is the Senior Vice President for Business Development and the Joint Managing Director of the Renewables Business in Austria, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.

    Before joining ContourGlobal, Mr. König headed the Energy & Utilities team at the Raiffeisen Bank International where he worked for seven years on Mergers & Acquisitions and financing transactions in Europe and CIS.  In his earlier career, he worked at the London-based Power & Utilities team of ABN AMRO with a focus on transactions in Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, and Asia.  Richard also worked in the General M&A Advisory group of ABN AMRO in Amsterdam focusing on LBO transactions.

    Richard studied at the University of Graz and the Business School at the University of Nottingham.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Economics in addition to a Master’s Degree in Finance & Industrial Management.  Richard speaks German, English, Dutch, and some Italian.

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    Oleksii Liakhovetskyi

    Senior Vice President of Finance for the Thermal Division

    New York – United States

    Oleksii Liakhovetskyi is the Senior Vice President of Finance for the Thermal Division. He joined the company in October 2006 as the Business Development Analyst in our office in Kiev (Ukraine). Since then Oleksii has held various positions in different locations within the company, including Business Development Project Director (Newcastle, UK), Vice President Financial Planning & Analysis (New York, USA) and interim CFO of the Vorotan power plant (Yerevan, Armenia). In January 2016 Oleksii has been appointed as the CFO of the Thermal portfolio based in New York. He is a member of the Senior Executive Committee.

    Oleksii holds a Master of Applied Mathematics degree from the National Technical University of Ukraine (Kiev), and Chartered Financial Analyst ® designation.

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    Tessa O'Shea

    Senior Vice President of Finance for the Renewables Division

    New York – United States

    Tessa O'Shea serves as the Senior Vice President of Finance for the Renewables Division at ContourGlobal. She joined the company in October 2011 as an Investment Manager, and has held other positions, such as Global Controller, prior to taking on her current role as the CFO of the renewable assets and investments worldwide. Tessa is a member of the Senior Executive Committee.

    Prior to joining ContourGlobal, Tessa worked at Grant Thornton for over 8 years where she held numerous international positions. She started her career in the UK and moved to New York, where she is currently based.

    Tessa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Oxford Brookes University, and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. 

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    Anne-Claire Grémeaux

    General Counsel for the Thermal Division

    Paris – France

    Anne-Claire is the General Counsel for the Thermal Division. She joined ContourGlobal in April 2015 as the European General Counsel.  She is currently in charge of all legal matters relating to the Thermal assets and the Solutions business.  She is a member of the Senior Executive Committee.

    Prior to joining ContourGlobal, Anne-Claire served as General Counsel and a member of the Executive Committee at EOLFI, a French renewable energy company. Previously, she was a Senior Associate with the energy team at the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright in Paris from 2006 to 2011.

    Anne-Claire was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2005. She graduated from Université  Panthéon-Assas Paris II and holds a post-graduate degree in International and European law from Rouen University.

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    Roberto Federici

    Vice President and General Counsel for Renewables

    São Paulo – Brazil

    Roberto Federici serves as Vice President and General Counsel for Renewables Division at ContourGlobal.  He joined ContourGlobal in March 2015 as the General Counsel for Latin America.  He is in charge of all legal matters relating to the renewables, assets, and investments worldwide and is a member of the Senior Executive Committee.

    Prior to joining ContourGlobal, Roberto was a Legal Superintendent of Neoenergia Group in Rio de Janeiro from 2006 to 2014 when he left to join Estacio S.A.  Roberto´s practice is focused on Corporate Law, Capital Market, Project Finance, and high-end litigations; including Arbitration Procedures.  Roberto was a professor at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law School from 2012 to Sept. 2015.

    Roberto received his J.D from Cândido Mendes Law School.  He holds an MBA in Corporate Law from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, a Master’s Degree in Public Law and Anti-trust from Coimbra Law School in Portugal, and an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Business.     

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    Didier Cahn

    HR Divisional Thermal

    Paris – France


    Didier first joined ContourGlobal in September 2013 for an interim period of 3 months and returned in April 2014 as Human Resources Europe & HR Projects Coordinator. He was appointed HR Divisional Thermal in January 2016.

    Prior to joining ContourGlobal, Didier served as the HR Director and member of the Executive Committee at LEO Pharma France, the French subsidiary of the Danish Pharmaceutical Company LEO. Previously, Didier was HR Director in French subsidiaries of diverse international companies operating in a number of sectors, including pharmaceutical, industrial research, food industry, the space industry, sales, and R&D.

    Didier holds a university degree in HR management as well as an Executive MBA in Management and Company Strategy in HEC, from the French Business school.

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