Starwood Capital Group has hired Armin Rothauser to head up the firm's recently established transport, infrastructure and energy lending arm.

Rothauser will start in his new role in January. Before joining Starwood, he was managing director at Deutsche Bank in New York. There, he ran the bank’s transport, infrastructure and energy lending group before being appointed co-head of its global structured credit business.

At Starwood, Rothauser will have a wide range of responsibilities including joining the investment committees of Starwood Property Trust, which focuses on the real estate and infrastructure sectors, and the power credit business Starwood recently acquired from GE Energy Financial Services (PFR, 9/20, 9/25).

Previous roles held by Rothauser include managing director and head of global hard asset trading at Goldman Sachs, managing director and aviation trader at RBS Greenwich Capital and vice president, credit derivative trader at Morgan Stanley.

"We are always looking for unique individuals with proven skills to help Starwood deliver on its plans to diversify its investments across multiple asset classes, and where we can deliver attractive risk adjusted returns for our investor clients," said Barry Sternlicht, chairman and ceo of Starwood Capital Group, in a statement.

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