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  • More to Colombia than just 4G

    Colombian cities are following the lead of the capital Bogota and are trying to launch a pipeline of infra PPPs

  • Infra funds – it’s hammer time

    Infrastructure’s full of surprises. Hardly a week goes by that the eyebrows don’t shoot up to the hairline (still got one) over some development or another. And this last week has seen more than its fair share of surprises

  • 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”

  • Friday the 13th – Nightmare on London Streets

    Like all best horror stories, this one is set in the near future – in this case a mere six months hence – a half-year since the C Virus ravaged the market, slashing value from listed infra funds and reducing managers to husks of their former selves

  • Lebanon’s designs on PPP

    Lebanon has unveiled plans for a $22 billion Infrastructure Investment Programme (IIP) to be implemented over the coming 12 years, with $6 billion of that designated as PPPs. The programme opens up opportunities for private investors to tap a market desperately in need of key infrastructure – but which has had little PPP success in the past

  • Infra debt funds: small but growing

    Even though the IJInvestor database shows that only 20% of total funds in raising mode are geared towards debt rather than equity deals, investor appetite for the asset class seems to be slowly picking up in Europe – with managers either setting up debt strategies from scratch or launching next generation vehicles

  • Here come the Belgians…

    Belgium looks to be on the verge of launching a pipeline of projects – a development that may stay the hand of the European greenfield community which is currently tying a hangman’s noose, one eye firmly fixed on the sturdiest beam

  • White-Line Fever – the European malady

    In a perfect world all infrastructure and energy projects are delivered without hitch, operate as expected and run the course of the contract within the parameters outlined in tomes of legal documentation

  • 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

  • Kuwait PPP 10 years on

    It is 10 years since Kuwait launched its PPP programme, which to date has delivered just one project, leading many to question whether procurement agency Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) will ever deliver most of its pipeline

  • Show me the (infra) money…

    January is traditionally a time for reflection, but moreso it’s a time to plan for the year ahead and ensure you’re in position to make the most of the market… which is not so easy these days given, as one old chum puts it nicely: “It’s hard to eke out an existence when there’s a dearth of opportunity”

  • The new year – back for another swing

    A couple of (hopefully) amusing anecdotes, a preview of our league tables which will be published in a couple of weeks' time and mulling the awards for which we shall hosting judging sessions over the course of this month

  • A final hurrah for 2017

    And so the year draws to a close and here’s the final missive for 2017, delivered six months after returning to the IJ fold after a break of seven years – the first four at the infra title that doesn’t warrant mention and three highly-enjoyable ones in head hunting...

  • Waste PPP projects – trials and tribunals

    The waste sector has ever been a tricky one for PPP and the latest English project to be tangled up in legal battles serves as a cautionary tale for the global infrastructure sector. Essex County Council and the SPV contracted to deliver and operate the MBT plant – Tovi Eco Park – in Basildon have gone to war...

  • Infrastructure funds – big news

    In the same week that IJGlobal goes live with our infrastructure funds database – IJInvestor – it feels appropriate to turn the focus on an interesting trend in the equity space: the rise of technical advisers as investors.

  • 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

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