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  • EXCLUSIVE IPIF: Democratising unlisted infra for Australia's SMSFs

    As Melbourne-based fund-of-funds manager IPIF is in a A$250 million round of fundraising for its IPIF Core platform, the manager is considering future possibilities for direct investing. Meanwhile IPIF's new research quantifies the potential for outperformance for SMSFs that access exposure to the unlisted infrastructure asset class, as large industry superannuation schemes have

  • I Squared consolidates in Peru

    A year after private equity firm I Squared Capital completed the acquisition of a large renewable energy portfolio in Latin America, the fund tied up the final loose ends by refreshing the debt in place at the holdco level and on its newly consolidated Peruvian assets

  • Gulf Plains Wind acquisition, US

    US-based fund manager Harbert Management Corporation almost doubled its renewable energy holdings at the end of last year when it acquired a stake in an 812MW wind portfolio − a deal it ultimately opted to finance in the bank market through a holding company called Gulf Plains Wind

  • To lose Toulouse: sale of Toulouse-Blagnac

    On the penultimate day of 2019, the audience finally saw the curtain descend on a remarkable French M&A farce. Construction company Eiffage closed on the acquisition of a 49.99% stake in Toulouse-Blagnac Airport from Chinese investors Casil Europe

  • C&I solar developers weigh their options

    While yield-hungry investors of all stripes are viewing distributed, small-scale solar companies ever more favorably, the founders and management of the target companies are finding that there are attractive alternatives to selling stakes in their businesses outright

  • Battle lines drawn for Intelligent Infra

    The lines are being drawn for an East/West technology battle as Intelligent Infrastructure takes a step closer to becoming reality… with the US placing itself in the vanguard as the tech protector for Western nations

  • 2020: Year of the debt fund?

    While the gap between equity and debt fundraising was still wide in 2019, Q4 figures highlight a potentially new trend

  • IJInvestor Awards 2019 Rising Star – Mounir Corm

    Talking to Mounir Corm, one immediately realises that you are dealing with someone whose interests and skills reach far beyond the financial universe

  • PF bankers declare war on The Man

    One thing a hack never wants to do is to give credit to another title for making a fair fist of a story that sits firmly in his/her own sector… but today, this infra scribbler is swallowing pride while doffing a cap to the FT for writing a story that impacts infrastructure finance on a global basis

  • Institutional investors bid high on LatAm infra

    In search of greater returns, institutional investors from all around the globe seem to be increasingly prepared to take on greater risk. One example of this is a rising appetite for direct investment in Latin American infrastructure, with 2019 figures being three times higher than the full previous year

  • No, actually… it’s all about us!

    When we go out to meetings and dare to drop into the conversation the subject of awards nights, it can go either of two ways. Either they lean in, ears pricking up… or they peer at you through fingers, shaking heads vigorously

  • What next for Cellnex?

    Spanish communications infrastructure operator Cellnex Telecoms has had an impressive year having made a string of substantial asset acquisitions, and with several more potential acquisitions in the pipeline. Given such a high level of M&A activity, what is Cellnex’s long-term strategy?

  • Fund analysis: AMP Capital Infrastructure Debt Fund IV

    As the interest for mezzanine strategies spreads among equity managers, AMP Capital has reinforced its reputation in this space by raising a total $6.2 billion on its latest vintage

  • Formosa 2 offshore wind, Taiwan

    Formosa 2’s $2 billion debt package closed late in October 2019 with the equity contributions to be finalised later in November. The project financing marks K-Sure and Taiwan Life's entries into the market, but Taiwan's state-owned banks have cold feet when it comes to offshore wind

  • Acquisition of Elenia Lämpö Oy, Finland

    The sale of a business in any sector at 21x EBITDA will always cause a stir among market pundits, but this was not the case when Finnish district heating firm Elenia Lämpö Oy changed hands at such an aggressive multiple

  • EXCLUSIVE BNDES - dominant no more?

    The day capital markets are the main source of infrastructure finance in Brazil, replacing institutions that can offer subsidized interest rates or artificially-long tenors, might come sooner than some expect

  • Da Mi Floating Solar, Vietnam

    An independent credit assessment, a favourable credit rating, and a state-owned sponsor all contributed to allow Vietnam's first ever floating solar project to reach financial close this month

  • Change of focus for North American fund managers

    With large equity fund managers making their foray into the debt space, IJInvestor data shows the strategy is slowly gaining ground in the region

  • Hedged solar opportunities in the Lone Star State

    As project finance has become available for solar assets with financial hedges in Texas, sponsors that are bullish on the market have begun to explore innovative contract structures that preserve more potential upside for them − while still providing comfort to lenders and tax equity investors

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