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  • Gulf tensions chill Lebanon’s development

    DFI-backed projects in Lebanon appear to be on ice after Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri resigned earlier this month. The latest instability is likely to further hinder project financings in the country

  • Goldmans – making PF bankers grind their teeth

    Talking to sources in the market this week, it was fascinating to hear that Goldman Sachs booked the biggest single profit event for the previous two years on HS1 – the high-speed rail line from London to the English end of the Channel Tunnel

  • Global equity funds dominate 2017 fundraising

    Among unlisted, closed-ended infrastructure funds reaching final close in 2017, strategies geared towards global equity investments have taken up a vast chunk of the total capital raised

  • Infra banks – a crutch Canada does not need

    What a week it’s been for Canadian infrastructure. Ontario retains its title as the world’s most attractive infra market while the government steps in with a move it hopes will “crowd in” – rather than “crowd out” – project lending to drive future nationwide investments

  • Bursa hospital exposes lender limits in Turkey

    Turkish hospital deals are becoming increasingly dependent on DFI and Asian bank debt, as local and European lenders seem less than keen on extending their exposure to the market

  • Fort McMurray West transmission, Canada

    In December 2014, Alberta Electric System Operator awarded the Fort McMurray West transmission line project to Alberta PowerLine, a consortium of Atco-controlled Canadian Utilities (80%) and electrical engineering contractor Quanta Services (20%)

  • US LNG glut

    Investing in US LNG export projects looks increasingly risky, as a flooded market forces sponsors to accept more flexible and shorter-term sales contracts. This is quite a change of direction for a market more or less still in its infancy.

  • Making bubbles while the sun shines

    It always pays to keep a weather eye out for the next financial bubble, after all, we’ve seen enough of them in recent times to warrant wariness. Right now there’s a splendid one brewing in the international renewable energy space that should have you all bracing for impact

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