Born and raised in France, Christophe Petit moved to the U.S. in 1994 after graduating with a Master of Engineering and a Master of Finance from top universities to take a job at the World Bank as an Infrastructure Specialist. During his 7 year career at the World Bank, Petit traveled to more than 30 countries and advised various government and state agencies in the developing world on how to restructure their national infrastructure sector to attract more direct and foreign investment, and more specifically on how to structure successful P3 transactions.
In 2001, when Petit realized that the P3 model was starting to emerge in the US, he moved to New York to refocus on the North American P3 market and to join the private sector world of investment banking. During his career as an investment banker, Petit worked on most of the major and notable P3 transactions in the U.S. and Canada. He acted as an advisor or lender and worked with the leading industry players that have now become Star America’s partners, notably Kiewit, Fluor, Skanska, ACS, Hochtief, Bouygues, Vinci, Cintra and OHL.
Many of the deals Christophe brought to financial close were landmark transactions and were rewarded by industry awards, notably the $1.9 billion I-595 project with ACS, Project Finance Magazine 2009 Deal of the Year; the $1 billion Port of Miami Tunnel project with Bouygues, Project Finance Magazine 2009 P3 Deal of the Year; the $1.3 billion Sao Paolo Subway Line 4 with CCR, Project Finance Magazine 2008 P3 Deal of the Year; the $1.5 billion A30 Highway with ACS, Euromoney 2008 North American P3 Deal of the Year and the $270 million A25 project with Kiewit, Euromoney 2007 North American P3 Deal of the Year. Other notable transactions Christophe worked on include the Denver Fastracks project with Hochtief ($1.6 billion, 2009-2010) as Financial Advisor to the consortium; the Midway Airport with Hochtief ($2.5 billion, 2008) as Financial Advisor to the consortium; the SH-121 with Skanska and the Texas SH-161 project with OHL, as Financial Advisor to the consortium.
Christophe has been recognized by many of his peers and his clients as an industry leader able to bring to close complex and structured transactions, negotiate balanced risk transfer agreements and competitive financing solutions. His deep knowledge is relied on by most of the top concessionaires/construction giants that will be the source of Stars fund investment opportunities.