The importance of revitalizing critical infrastructure projects across the U.S. Municipal, Caribbean, and West Africa
André Wright, Executive Vice President of Standard International Group, a New York City-based boutique financial advisory firm that focuses on revitalizing critical infrastructure projects across the U.S. Municipal, Caribbean, and West Africa joins Enterprise Radio.
This episode of Enterprise Radio is in association with the Financial Channel.
- Tell us about yourself and your mission as Executive Vice President and founder of Standard International Group.
- What is the typical project lifecycle for financial advisory in revitalizing critical infrastructure projects?
- You’re based in New York City, but work on projects across the U.S. Municipal, Caribbean, and West Africa. How are you uniquely positioned to handle these projects?
- You recently completed $193M in financing for St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIAE) Terminal Reconstruction. Can you tell us about this project and its importance?
- How can decision-makers secure financing and solutions for infrastructure problems?
André Wright is Executive Vice President of Standard International Group (www.sig-usa.com), the New York City-based boutique financial advisory firm he founded in 1996. With a focus on revitalizing critical infrastructure projects across the U.S. Municipal, Caribbean, and West Africa, Mr. Wright brings a decade of Wall Street experience and over thirty years of financial advisory and investment banking expertise to some of these regions’ most pressing infrastructure problems.
Working with country leadership, government groups and regional experts, Standard International Group’s advisory services are built around comprehensive financial analysis, local knowledge and industry expertise with a focus on creating transformative solutions and successful outcomes. Standard International Group creates and shares opportunities with global investors, delivers debt and equity capital to sovereign and municipal governments and corporations, all while emphasizing the importance of positive results on a local level.
Mr. Wright has completed successful projects across the U.S. Virgin Islands, Curaçao, St. Maarten, Angola, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Equatorial Guinea, Jamaica and other locations around the world. As a municipal advisor under the U.S. SEC, Mr. Wright frequently counsels government groups on financial matters.
Prior to his leadership role at Standard International Group, Mr. Wright worked in the Public Finance Department of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. from 1986 to 1993, where he concentrated on providing investment banking services to U.S. state, county and city municipal clients in addressing their housing, economic development, transportation and general infrastructure capital funding needs. While at Bear Stearns, he completed in excess of $3 billion in municipal transactions for clients that include the State of New York Mortgage Finance Agency, State of New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency/Economic Development Authority, Government of the United States Virgin Islands, City of Cleveland and City of Atlanta/Fulton County.
From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Wright transferred his investment banking skills to Lehman Brothers where he continued to serve his existing client base along with government clients that included the City of Detroit/Wayne County and the governments of South Africa, Jamaica and Angola.
In 1996, Mr. Wright founded Standard International Group which has served as financial advisor to numerous foreign government and government-controlled companies as well as assisted major international corporations and financial institutions in providing capital, product or service—creating real, robust solutions for some of the most complex infrastructure challenges of our era.
Mr. Wright earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College and resides in New York City.
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