Abhay Ketkar

Senior Advisor


Abhay has more than 25 years of financial advisory, structuring and lead arranger experience in international project finance. Throughout his investment banking career, Abhay has worked extensively on energy and infrastructure sector corporate and project financing transactions across Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe. His experience involves commercial and financial advisory and structuring work with public and private sector entities on transactions involving Export Credit Agencies, Developmental Finance Institutions, international and local commercial banks, capital market issuances, and Public (Government) Ministry and/or Agencies.

Prior to joining Portland, Abhay founded MayCap, a London-based project finance advisory firm, and prior to that was Regional head, Project & Export Finance-West Africa for Standard Chartered Bank.

In the power and infrastructure sector, Abhay has carried out the following engagements (only select transactions shown here):

  • Financial Advisor to Cote d’Ivoire Energies for the financing of energy sector liabilities, Cote d’Ivoire (2017 – ongoing)
  • Project Management Officer (PMO) for USD 2.7 bn financing of Nacala Railroad Project, Mozambique & Malawi (2017)
  • Risk allocation and financing of gas to power sector (Govt. of Ghana) – Financial Advisory. (2015-ongoing)
  • Financial Advisor to Midgardsormen AS on USD 220 mn transatlantic Submarine Fiber-optic cable project connecting Norther Europe to USA/Canada (2016-17)
  • Financial Advisor to Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) and MOF, Ghana for the restructuring of a water desalination project (2016 – ongoing)
  • Financial Advisor to WAPDA (Govt. of Pakistan) for USD 4.2 bn Dasu Hydro Power Project (Pakistan). (2014-16)
  • Structuring Bank and MLA for c. 500 MW gas fired Azura Power Plant, Nigeria (2011-15)
  • Financial Advisor for USD 1.8 bn Lekki Port Project, Nigeria (2011-14)
  • Financial Advisor to Indorama Group for $1.2 bn Eleme Fertilizer Project, Nigeria (2011- 2012)
  • Mandated Lead Arranger for Euro 360 million Kribi Power Project, Cameroon (2012)

Abhay is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds Bachelors Degrees in Commerce & Economics, and Law from Mumbai University.

Abhay Ketkar | +44 7767 231515 | abhay.ketkar@portlandadvisers.com