Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Joel H. Moser is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Aquamarine Investment Partners. He is also is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs where he teaches international infrastructure development and investment. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
From 1983 through 2014, Moser practiced law at several firms including fifteen years managing his own boutique firm Moser & Moser and as a partner at three global firms: Norton Rose (formerly Fulbright & Jaworski), where he served as Senior Partner and Founding Co-Chair of the Global Infrastructure Group, Bingham McCutchen (now a part of Morgan Lewis), as a Partner and founder of the Infrastructure Practice, and Kaye Scholer as Partner and Founding Chair of the Energy and Infrastructure Group. He was recognized as a leading individual lawyer in Projects (PPP) by Chambers and Partners (2007-2013, USA and 2011-2013, Global), among other professional recognitions (Legal 500, Superlawyers). Moser is the recipient of the 2013 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing for his work on investment in unconventional energy resources.
In 1993, Moser served pro bono as lead issues briefer for H. Carl McCall’s election as New York Comptroller and then as counsel to the transition team. Following the tragedies of 9/11, he was appointed as pro bono infrastructure counsel to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the umbrella agency charged with rebuilding at the Ground Zero site. He served as lead counsel to the NY Mets Major League Baseball team in the development and financing of their new US$1.5 billion stadium which reached financial close in 2006 and won the “Deal of the Year” award in 2006 from The Bond Buyer.
Since 2010, Moser has served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs where he teaches a course in international infrastructure and development. He also leads master’s projects in the infrastructure field and is currently writing a book based upon his classes: Introduction to Infrastructure Development and Finance. He was a member of the Brookings Institution Governance Studies’ working group on inbound US foreign direct investment by sovereign wealth funds.
Moser was the Founding Editor (2008-2012) of Global Infrastructure, and is a frequent contributor to the public discussion of energy and infrastructure investment issues. His comments have appeared in IJ Global, Columbia FDI Perspectives, Brookings Institution Governance Studies, and Columbia Political Review. He is currently a regular columnist for Forbes.com.
Moser is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Columbia University Global Energy Policy Center, a founding member of the Americas Council of the International Project Finance Association, and a founding member of the Advisory Board of BellAziz Master Holdings Limited. Moser serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Bank Street College and the Children’s Museum of the East End (Bridgehampton). He has served as a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, ABNY (Association for a Better New York), Red Cross of Greater New York, NYSCI (New York Hall of Science), and the Alliance for Downtown New York. Moser was a member of the Advisory Council of the New York State and Local Retirement System for over a decade, a post from which he resigned prior to founding Aquamarine Investment Partners.
In July of 2014, Moser founded Aquamarine Investment Partners, a Cayman Island based investment fund focusing on real assets in the energy, infrastructure and real estate asset classes, with a principal current focus on the Continental United States. Aquamarine’s first fund is its North American Real Asset Fund, which had its final close in September 2015 with a total of US$1.25 billion. Moser also is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AQM Capital LLC, the investment advisor to Aquamarine. AQM’s offices are in the Seagram Building on Park Avenue in Manhattan.