Portfolio Management

Team Member

​Brett Mitsch

Portfolio Manager of Utilities Trust of Australia

Brett joined Hastings in March 2016 and has over 25 years' experience in engineering, infrastructure, utility and corporate finance advisory in both Australia and the USA. Brett has advised on over $56b of M&A transactions for private, government and infrastructure investor clients, across the electricity, water, gas, seaport, mining and rail sectors in North America, South America and Australia. Brett has worked at a number of investment banks in New York and Melbourne including Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Lehman Brothers. He has also worked in the corporate sector with EnergyAustralia in business development and ran his own corporate advisory firm providing advice to the coal mining sector on port and rail infrastructure development. He commenced his career as an engineer in the Australian water sector. Brett holds a Master of Engineering Science from Monash University, a Master of Business Administration with Distinction (H.J. Heinz Scholar) from Melbourne Business School, and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) from Monash University. Brett is a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors

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Nick Riordan

Director

Nick joined Hastings in 2014 and has 14 years of relevant experience. Nick is a member of the Portfolio Management team with responsibilities for The Infrastructure Fund (TIF). Nick is also the asset management analyst responsible for Queensland Airports Limited, a key investment within the TIF portfolio.  Prior to joining Hastings, Nick spent over six years working for Federation Centres (formerly Centro Properties Group) in various funds management roles. Key experience included four years working on the listed entity Centro Retail Trust comprising portfolio management of the fund’s Australian and US portfolio and direct involvement in refinancing and restructuring transactions.  Nick has a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne and is also a CFA charterholder. 

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Kurt Lemke

Group Director; Portfolio Macroeconomic Strategy

Kurt joined Hastings in 2014 and has over 15 years of relevant industry experience.  Kurt is a member of the Portfolio Management team and is responsible for portfolio macroeconomic strategy and Hastings Quantitative Insight Program, focusing on portfolio construction. Prior to joining Hastings, Kurt spent three years as an Economist with BIS Shrapnel and was the lead international forecaster and project manager in both the economics and the infrastructure and mining units of the company. While at BIS Shrapnel, Kurt provided economic forecasts for some of Australia’s largest recent infrastructure transactions including Port Botany and Port Kembla and the Port of Brisbane.  Previously, Kurt was a Principle at Platinum Innovative Distributors, where he focused on finding, developing and sourcing solutions for institutional clients with long-term horizons seeking stable, cash flowing, alternative assets. Kurt holds a Master of Science, International Financial Economics from the University of Strathclyde.

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