Project management

For new built rolling stock or depots and refurbishment projects – once the financing and procurement is closed, the design, production and then delivery after tests commences. Many financial investors do not have inhouse expertise to manage such contracts in their role as buyer/owner and require project management support that represents their interests throughout this process. Apex Rail has extensive experiences and covers the contractual and commercial management whilst the technical project management is usually provided by technical experts.
SCOPE OF WORK
TYPICAL SCOPE OF WORK FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Review of other related contracts (incl. Financing Agreement) to define overall scope of deliverables and duties affecting the Lessor and to prepare and manage a comprehensive risk register
Monitoring and managing of the timely delivery of all deliverables both to and from the Lessor
Management of contract compliance (incl. monitoring and administration of milestone payments, receipt of compliant securities/bonds, insurances provisions, certifications, protocols,
CPs etc.)
Management of all Lessor related relevant communication with 3rd parties incl. manufacturer, lessee, authorities (i.e. PTA) – involving the Investors if and when required, only
Reporting to Lessor about material events (i.e. delays, insurance events etc.) and supporting the
management of corrective actions
Management of Variations and Modifications (voluntary and mandatory) impacting the MSA or Lease Agreement
Attending relevant design, project and other relevant review meetings on behalf of the Lessor
Participation in the acceptance process, in particular from a contractual perspective
Administration and acceptance, payment and documentation of other Deliverables
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RELATED CASE STUDIES
OTHER SERVICES
FINANCIAL ADVISORY
• STRUCTURING AND ARRANGING OF DEBT AND/OR EQUITY FOR ROLLING STOCK AND DEPOT FINANCINGS
• TRANSACTION STRUCTURING AND MANAGEMENT
• DEVELOPMENT OF OPERATING LEASE PLATFORMS AND ROLLING STOCK POOLS FOR PRIVATE INVESTORS OR PUBLIC TRANSPORT AUTHORITIES
• FINANCIAL MODELLING (REVIEW, DEVELOPMENT, MANAGEMENT)
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BUSINESS ADVISORY
• FINANCIAL MODELLING (REVIEW, DEVELOPMENT, MANAGEMENT)
• DUE DILIGENCE SUPPORT FOR M&A TRANSACTIONS
• MARKET ENTRY SUPPORT
• BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT
• PROMOTE GREEN TECHNOLOGY AIMED TO INVESTORS
• PROVIDE 2ND OPINION ON ASSET VALUATIONS, LEASE RATES AND MARKET POTENTIAL
• DEVELOPING WHOLE LIFE COST MODELS FOR ROLLING STOCK ASSETS
• PREPARATION OF DESKTOP STUDIES (IN RELATION ROLLING STOCK FINANCING OPTIONS)
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INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
• PROJECT MANAGEMENT
• LEASE & ASSET MANAGEMENT
• CONTRACT MANAGEMENT
• COMPLIANCE REPORTING
• REMARKETING SERVICES
• ASSET VALUATION AND TECHNICAL AUDITS
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OUR TEAM
THE TEAM DEVELOPS, STRUCTURES AND ARRANGES COMPLETE FINANCING SOLUTIONS FOR RAIL OPERATORS, PUBLIC TRANSPORT AUTHORITIES BUT ALSO INVESTORS AND MANUFACTURES

CHRISTIAN FORSTER

Managing Director & Founding Partner

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  • Head of sales support finance for a major rail manufacturer
  • Developing financing solutions in Public-Private-Partnership projects for rolling stock and rail infrastructure
  • 10 years commercial banking experience, heading rail and infrastructure financing teams
  • Co-initiator + Advisory Board member of Railpool in 2009 and operating lease experience with ROSCOs
  • Led large debt financings from freight rail cars to high speed trains until 2015
Email: cforster@apex-rail.com
T: +41 41 220 24 51
M: +41 78 720 55 33

MARKUS FRÖHLICH

Managing Director & Founding Partner


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  • International Sales and Project Management of rolling stock for Siemens Transportation
  • Developing and implementing operating and financial lease solutions for various rail asset classes across Europe incl. senior management roles in Angel Trains UK and Societe Generale
  • Setting up a new rail finance advisory business in 2012 leading to extensive track record as financial advisor and asset manager for a wide range of rail transactions accross Europe
Email: mfroehlich@apex-rail.com
T: +41 41 220 24 57
M: +41 78 759 11 70

MARTIN METZ

Managing Director & Partner


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  • 30+ years in the banking industry
  • Global Head of Land Transport Finance, covering passenger and freight rail plus rail related asset finance clients in Europe, North America, and Australia
  • Set up and initiated a platform, incl. two international front office lending teams, asset research, advisory, equity and credit risk functions
  • 20+ years track record with prominent and award-winning transactions, and a debt portfolio of up to €3.5bn
Email: mmetz@apex-rail.com
T: +41 41 220 24 52
M: +49 173 6511 958

BART VAN HORSSEN

Associate Director & Partner

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  • Set-up, financing and management of single fleet SPV financing for German DMUs in Dublin
  • Successfully leading process to divest part of leasing portfolio by sale to European infrastructure fund
  • Negotiations of a sale-and-lease back of NS Locomotive portfolio
  • Contract management of lease agreements and purchase agreements for passenger rolling stock
  • Project management experience by on-time delivery of DMU fleet
Email: bvanhorssen@apex-rail.com
M: +31 6 14 33 34 72
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