David O’Brien

David O’Brien

Managing Director, Senior Investment Professional dedicated to the Global Energy & Power Infrastructure

David O'Brien, Managing Director, is a Senior Investment Professional dedicated to the Global Energy & Power Infrastructure team at BlackRock, which currently manages about $3.7 billion for investment in the power, midstream, utility and other areas in the energy sector across two 15-year funds.  The team has created over 20 portfolio companies for the Funds and is actively investing globally.  BlackRock acquired the Funds in 2017, which were created and built at First Reserve, a private equity firm that has been investing in exclusively in the energy sector since 1983.  Mr. O'Brien's responsibilities include investment origination, execution and exit strategy focused on the energy infrastructure and water infrastructure sectors.


Previously, Mr. O'Brien led BlackRock Infrastructure's business development and special situations investment activities where he played lead roles in developing and driving the energy & power growth strategy and the acquisition of the Global Energy and Power Infrastructure team and Funds from First Reserve in 2017.  Mr. O'Brien also spearheaded BlackRock Infrastructure's entry into Mexico, including developing a strategic partnership with PEMEX, leading BlackRock's equity investment in the Los Ramones Phase II natural gas pipelines, and the establishment of a Latin-American infrastructure investment team based in Mexico City through the acquisition of Infraestructura Institucional in 2015.  David has also been a member of the BlackRock Global Infrastructure Solutions Investment Committee and was a founding member of BlackRock Infrastructure's Renewable Power Group executing multiple renewable energy equity investments and project financings.


Prior to joining BlackRock in 2011, Mr. O'Brien was a senior investment professional at NTR (a leading international developer, owner and operator of a portfolio of diverse infrastructure businesses) where he was responsible for structuring and managing energy and infrastructure investments across North America and Europe.  Prior to joining NTR in 2005, Mr. O'Brien held senior roles in the M&A and Infrastructure Project Finance advisory teams at KPMG Corporate Finance in Europe and Australia.


Mr. O'Brien earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Banking and Finance) in 1997 and Master of Accounting in 1998, both from University College Dublin, Ireland, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.