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  • The great Gatwick rumour mill

    Few things set the rumour mill droning on more than the sale of an airport. Factor into that the world’s biggest infrastructure fund, Europe’s busiest passenger hub, and eye-watering multiples… and you can barely hear yourself think

  • The acquisition of JLIF

    Curious observers will now wonder what the deal means for the market

  • Infra funds – cards on the table again

    In anticipation of publication of our quarterly funds and investors report, the temptation is too great to hold back our key findings, laying our cards on the table and smiling knowingly at rivals that our data wins the day again

  • Turkey – unclogging the fan

    The Turkish currency crisis is causing ripples around the international infrastructure finance community with all parties active in the nation reaching for project documentation to ensure they are not about to take a severe haircut

  • Acquisition of North Sea Midstream Partners, UK

    The acquisition of North Sea Midstream Partners was a major win for Kuwait sovereign international investor Wren House Infrastructure Management, and followed a competitive auction process in which bidders leapt to pre-empt the binding offer deadline by around a week

  • EIB… something for the weekend?

    Back in the PPP pipeline days, you could set timing on the project finance of any old piece of European infrastructure by the tired mantra of lenders intoning: “And… yes… you can count on the EIB taking half the debt”

  • Triton Knoll offshore wind farm, UK

    A consortium of Japanese investors turned heads in August when it won an auction to acquire 41% of the 860MW Triton Knoll offshore wind project with a bid understood to be 30-40% higher than that of second-placed Omers

  • Brexit – opening a can of worms

    Brexit. Travel anywhere around Europe as a British person and it’s all they want to talk about. What’s going to happen? How do you think it will impact you? Did you vote for it? What’s the future for infrastructure finance?

  • Belgian offshore wind: betting on zero

    Late last month (July 2018), following approval from the European commission, planned Belgian offshore wind farm Seastar and Mermaid merged. This union was prompted by Eneco joining Otary and Electrabel in the consortia for each project. The combined Seamade wind farm will have a total generating capacity of 487MW

  • Acquisition of Cory Riverside Energy, UK

    When a consortium led by London-based infrastructure fund manager Dalmore Capital emerged as preferred bidder in the sale of UK energy-from-waste company Cory Riverside Energy, there was some surprise that a team challenged by several partner drop-outs had made the highest fully-funded offer

  • Acquisition of HES International, The Netherlands

    Funds managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and Goldman Sachs investment bank signed a $1.6 billion deal on 3 April to acquire one of Europe's largest dry and liquid bulk terminals operators – HES International. The acquisition is pending final completion

  • Nobody expects the Spanish disposition

    Political upheaval in Spain has thrown the European market into disarray as the transport agenda is kicked into the long grass – wiping out the only greenfield pipeline of any scale on the continent

  • Infra fund activity – lot more than you'd think

    As a young journo working the local press world in 1990s north east Scotland, an old editor – a grizzled hack bearing the scars of hard-living hackery – once said: “Angus, the difference between doctors and journalists is that doctors get to bury their mistakes, ours are out there for everyone to see”

  • Fund analysis: Basalt Infrastructure Partners II

    UK-based manager Basalt Infrastructure Partners on 8 February announced final close for its second infrastructure fund at $1.3 billion

  • Data centres – led by the wrinkled nose

    Data centres - they are increasingly flavour of the day among infrastructure funds with a good number of them shifting focus to target these assets. We are seeing increasing activity in this space and here we focus on an exciting area that is set to grow in coming years...

  • Private placements and investors' expanding appetites

    A few years ago, private placements in infrastructure were primarily focused on refinancings. Now, the private placement market has evolved in a number of ways enabling institutional investors to increasingly participate in infrastructure M&A deals, to act on the origination of deals, and going in as primary investors

  • Acquisition of 70% of ENGIE E&P International

    Private equity-backed operators have poured billions of dollars into the North Sea upstream industry over the last 18 months. Neptune Energy’s first deal to buy out ENGIE's portfolio seals the entry of another independent, but is likely to be the last in a flurry of sales of mega-sized upstream portfolios by majors

  • Listed infrastructure funds adapt to a changing environment

    Increasing interest rates, limited assets and competitive market conditions are steering UK listed infrastructure funds towards new markets in search of better returns

  • Abertis – high prices, deep pockets

    It’s the biggest infrastructure deal in the market, the one everyone’s talking about – two giants of the European infra community slugging it out to acquire Spanish toll road operator Abertis… but it’s a deal that has more than a few wondering what the hell’s going on

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