Adam Nicolopoulos founded ADN in 2007 to deliver advisory services to private and public clients on the development, financing and implementation of energy and related projects as well as transportation assets, using concession/PPP and other models of delivery and implementation. He also offers his expertise in seminars, teaching engagements and other types of training sessions, and he has served as an expert witness and provided other expert and due diligence services on infrastructure projects internationally.
Prior to ADN, Adam spent over 17 years with UBS (London, Zurich, New York and San Francisco) focusing on funding transportation infrastructure including roads, airports, ports and mass transit systems and energy/power generation assets. His clients included DOTs, government authorities, other public bodies and private sector firms. In addition to UBS, Adam worked for NatWest Markets (presently known as RBS) from 1994 until 1997 in London leading the execution of international and UK project advisory mandates.
In the US, his experience includes advising public sector entities (TxDOT, NJDOT, Caltrans and other state DOTs) as well as private companies. He worked on over 10 PPP-type and road concession deals, including with bidders on their tender for the acquisition of major US road assets and on the development of two greenfield container port terminals in the Gulf of Mexico.
On the private side, he has also advised investors, international contractors and developers in structuring optimal financing solutions (bonds, bank debt and/or equity financing) and implementing selected financings. Internationally, in 2003, he brought the first ever rated project bond to the market for a road project in Eastern Europe. He led the team that advised a number of governmental entities (including ministries of finance and transportation) on the application of PPPs and concessions across a wide range of economic sectors. In addition, while with UBS (Project Finance team), Adam advised on about 2,500 MW of independent power stations in the US and Europe, involving a variety of fuel types (from indigenous fuel to renewable sources).
Adam holds an MBA from Stern School of Business at NYU (graduated with honors on a full university scholarship), an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (honors) and a BSc in the same field from Columbia University. Certifications include Series 7, 79 and 63. He was Visiting Scholar at Stanford University for four years and has had speaking engagements at over 30 national and international conferences on topics relating to financing infrastructure, PPPs and financial innovation.