The CQ Energy team has extensive experience across the electricity, gas and renewable sectors. The principals of CQ Energy each have over 25 years of experience in the Australian energy and financial markets and have worked together as a team for over 15 years. The principals are backed by an exceptional group of staff that have been hand picked by the principals to deliver the best results for our clients. Our experience and expertise, combined with our proven track record of delivering optimal outcomes, has positioned CQ Energy as the leading independent energy market advisor and operator in Australia.
Reza has over 25 years’ experience in the energy industry, primarily in the areas of energy market development, regulation, renewable and carbon markets and market compliance. Reza managed the CQ Energy team as primary energy advisor to Arcapita and Global Infrastructure Partners in a major mergers and acquisition project to purchase a substantial energy company operating across Australia. Reza is often sought out by new market entrants and investors due to his extensive knowledge of the market and ability to link up investors with the appropriate market interfaces. As a result, Reza has assisted a number of large renewable projects in Australia to get to financial close.
Reza has provided advice to market stakeholders such as energy ministers on market reform, to market operators such as AEMO and regulators such as the AER. Reza has also worked on a number of bespoke energy projects including the SA Water Bolivar Waste Water Treatment Plant, Santos’ LNG electrification contracts and risk project, the Barmera and Loxton Council’s 10MW solar farm project and retail entry projects.
Prior to his work with CQ Energy, Reza managed the Energy Policy & Regulation Department for Flinders Power and Alinta Energy. Reza has held several leading industry positions including that of Chairman - National Generators Forum Market Working Group, Director - National Generators Forum, Deputy Chairman-National Generators Forum Greenhouse Working Group and ESAA Greenhouse Reference Group.
The level of energy markets knowledge, particularly in the renewable sectors has been well recognised and puts Reza in the top tier of energy experts in Australia.
Reza has a Bachelor of Business and is an Associate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Lino has over 25 years’ experience in the energy markets and extensive experience in international capital markets with a very strong financial & risk management focus. He leads CQ Energy's market operations for gas and electricity. He has been actively involved in the Short Term Trading Markets for gas in Australia (Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide hubs), the Declared Wholesale Gas Market (Victoria) and the Gas Supply Hub (Wallumbilla and Moomba) including putting in place the operational framework for multiple clients and implementing gas management strategies. Lino has been involved in power plant operations in both the NEM and the WEM including conventional and renewable generation plant.
He has a very strong analytical background and has undertaken extensive financial and risk modelling for clients. This has included developing the financial models for merger and acquisition activities and developing risk quantification models. Lino has provided energy strategy and risk solution advice to a number of major clients including SA Water, Adelaide Brighton, ATCO Power, BHP, EDL and Origin.
Lino’s most recent experience prior to CQ Energy was Group Manager Risk at Alinta and Executive Manager Risk at Flinders Power. These senior executive roles included risk mitigation, portfolio optimisation, financial structuring, business development, due diligence and strategy development.
Lino has worked for retail and generation power companies in electricity and gas and his extensive experience includes the Australian NEM and the Western Australian markets. Lino has a very strong background in the financial markets. He was successful in leading the Flinders Power refinance project ($A265 million), which was nominated for PFI Deal of the Year. Previously he has issued several billion dollars of debt instruments into Europe, USA and Asia, and has been involved in numerous complex financial transactions.
The combination energy and financial markets experience and his extensive depth of knowledge allows Lino to provide clients with optimal corporate advice and services targeted at maximising commercial objectives.
Lino has a Bachelor of Economics.
Ian has over 25 years of energy markets experience with a background in derivative trading, portfolio management, trading strategy development, power generation operations, retail energy procurement and business development in electricity, gas and renewable energy markets. Ian leads the weather and derivative structured products area which works with renewable and conventional generation assets to protect against plant failure and to assist in firming up interruptible output.
Ian has managed a number of significant projects for CQ Energy which have involved the development of strategy in both wholesale and retail markets including the re-structuring of existing portfolios for clients such as Arcapita, BHP, SA Water, ATCO Power and SA Power Networks.
Prior to joining CQ Partners Ian held the roles of Electricity Trading Manager for Alinta Energy, General Manager Trading Flinders Power and Senior Trader for AGL Energy. These roles were executive positions and Ian’s last role saw him responsible for managing an energy trading portfolio with annual revenues in excess of $500 million per annum.
Ian led and negotiated the $A785 million long term hedging arrangement for Flinders Power and was also instrumental in the securing the $A327 million gas supply agreement for the Osborne Power Station.
Ian has a wealth of market and trading experience and had worked for major companies in both the wholesale generation and retail sectors in the Australian NEM.
Ian has a Bachelor of Economics and an Associate Diploma in Accounting.