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Marcel Brinkman


Brings deep expertise in energy, private investment and sustainability to his work with infrastructure and private equity investors, energy companies and industrial companies.

Marcel Brinkman is a partner in McKinsey’s London office, where he works with infrastructure investors, private equity investors, energy companies and industrial companies.

Marcel leads McKinsey’s infrastructure investor activities within the European Private Equity and Principal Investment practice, coordinating our client service to European infrastructure investors with a large team of colleagues.

He has extensive experience in due diligence, merger management, value creation plans, corporate strategy, company transformation and turnarounds, decarbonization, cost reductions and exit and sale processes.

Marcel’s recent projects include:

  • Assessing the role of hydrogen in natural gas transmission and distribution network – assessing demand from industrials and households as well as the investment requirements to upgrade the networks
  • Defining the investment plan for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure along motorways – including the required investment amounts and partnership models
  • Defining the decarbonization strategy for an industrial utility service company – including the assessment of the decarbonization potential of its customers and ways to reduce carbon emissions from a wide range of different measures
  • Optimizing product pricing for an industrial supplier to adapt to changing macroeconomic factors

Over the years Marcel helped develop McKinsey’s carbon abatement cost curve, McKinsey’s carbon markets models and was instrumental in founding McKinsey Energy Insights (our oil & gas practice’s data and analytics team). Marcel is a frequent author and speaker at events.

Published work

McKinsey Global Private Markets Review: Private markets turn down the volume,” McKinsey & Company, March 2023

Infrastructure investing will never be the same,” McKinsey & Company, August 2022

OFSE quarterly: Oil price slump slows recovery,” McKinsey & Company, March 2019

OFSE quarterly: Volatile end to a positive quarter,” McKinsey & Company, November 2018

OFSE quarterly: Service firms reboot amid high oil prices,” McKinsey & Company, October 2018

OFSE quarterly: Continued rise of North American shale amid increasing oil prices,” McKinsey & Company, June 2018

Recovery continues in the OFSE sector, but margins stay under pressure,” McKinsey & Company, March 2018

Recovery gains pace,” McKinsey & Company, December 2017

Is growth taking root?,” McKinsey & Company, August 2017

Prosperity postponed,” McKinsey & Company, May 2017

The oil & gas supply chain returns to growth after more than two years,” McKinsey & Company, March 2017

O&G looks to align an expected price rise with today's realities,” McKinsey & Company, December 2016

Oil-field services sector gears up for a recovery ... but is not there yet,” McKinsey & Company, December 2016

Five technologies for the next ten years,” McKinsey & Company, September 2016

The oil field services and equipment market escapes its free fall,” McKinsey & Company, August 2016

Five strategies to transform the oil and gas supply chain,” McKinsey & Company, July 2016

Tough first quarter ends with signs of finding a bottom,” McKinsey & Company, May 2016

Margins under pressure as market falls further,” McKinsey & Company, March 2016

Quarterly perspective on oil field services and equipment,” McKinsey & Company, August 2015

Resource Revolution: Meeting the world’s energy, materials, food, and water needs, McKinsey Global Institute/Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice, November 2011

A new look at carbon offsets,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2010

How climate change could affect corporate valuations,” McKinsey Quarterly, October 2008

The landscape of climate finance, Climate Policy Initiative, October 2011


MBA, Business administration

Erasmus University Rotterdam
MSc, Finance and monetary economics

Erasmus University Rotterdam
MA, Philosophy