Martin founded Phanes Group in 2012, giving the company a distinct renewable energy and Emerging Markets focus. He has orchestrated the company's transition from an advisory-focused boutique to an integrated solar developer and investment manager. He has led a volume of more than $450m with Phanes' involvement on the Capital Markets and advisory side and oversees the Group's origination activities.
Before setting up Phanes, Martin acted as Head of Asset Management for the Dubai International Financial Centre-based Gulf Merchant Bank. He also established Dubai-based firm Themar Partners, a structuring boutique for the Islamic Capital Markets, that was later merged into Phanes Group. Prior to this he worked for Credit Suisse Asset Management in London and Zurich where he was instrumental in setting up the global product business, a $700Bn platform, where he was appointed Global COO Products and Solutions. With 17 years in the asset management and infrastructure finance industry, Martin has a wealth of experience in structuring and in-depth expertise in the Cleantech Industry and the Islamic Finance space.
Being one of the key originators of the company's deal flow and exit strategies Martin has gained a vast experience in emerging markets, namely MENA, the Caribbean and numerous markets in Sub-Saharan Africa (including Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe). Some of the key deals Martin has led for Phanes Group are: the largest distributed PV solar project in the Middle East as well as the largest PV solar project in the Caribbean. Spearheaded by Martin, Phanes Group has secured 3 projects in Nigeria with 260 MW capacity, with one of them being already awarded with a PPA under the first round of the new Government scheme for renewable energy.
Martin holds an MBA from INSEAD, France/ Singapore, and a Masters in Corporate Law from the University of Hamburg, Germany.