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  • Covid-19 – The resilience of energy funds

    While the airport and road sectors have been hit pretty heavily by the outbreak of Covid-19, the energy space is proving resilient

  • The great infra coverage up

    A significant date in the project finance calendar – 31 March – slid past this week with little remark, but as we cringe our way through the financial Armageddon that is coronavirus, it’s unlikely such popular interest payment and calculation dates will be treated in the future in quite so blasé a manner

  • Stir crazy and staying safe

    We’re all in the same boat now – moving like cagey tigers in our allotted territories, wading through thousands of unnecessary emails, wrestling with yesterday’s wonder technology innovation… all the while maintaining an ostensibly-genial appearance for the nearest and dearest

  • Diverging fortunes of infra M&A

    Elasticity of demand is proving to be burdensome for almost all infrastructure assets: transport has seen a monumental collapse whilst telecoms has seen significant upticks. What will this mean for M&A processes linked thereto?

  • Living in unprecedented times

    At times like these – and there haven’t been any of those – it’s hard not to peer into the rear-view mirror to draw comparisons with yesteryear. However, that’s not possible in these unprecedented times… a term that’s already ageing badly… as coronavirus sweeps the planet

  • Merkur offshore wind farm, Germany

    Dutch pension asset manager APG and InfraRed Capital-managed The Renewables Infrastructure Group on 13 March closed the acquisition for 100% of Germany’s 396MW Merkur offshore wind farm for €1.9 billion

  • Fundraising in the time of Covid-19

    The novel Coronavirus is posing some challenges to the managers in raising mode. But the market is strong and resilient enough to face them

  • Friday 13th – nightmares abound

    When Friday The Thirteenth rolls around and the mind turns to the darker aspects of work in search of an editorial, it usually takes longer for a theme to emerge from the maelstrom of global infra/energy news

  • Why aren’t you in a blue funk?

    A question that more people need to be asking themselves these days is: “Why then hell aren’t you in a blue funk?”

  • A wash out for UK water

    The UK water regulator Ofwat left several British water companies in floods of tears in December 2019 by proposing some of the strictest requirements since privatisation in 1989, setting the stage for the most significant disagreement between regulator and water companies since that time

  • Valentine’s Bonus – bankers are blue

    Word from the banking community has it that if you’re holding out for a heart-warming letter from your boss in the coming weeks – one that leaves you in little doubt how much you’re loved – well… you’re in for a nasty surprise

  • Vinča waste-to-energy PPP, Serbia

    A consortium of Suez, Itochu and Marguerite closed late last year on a landmark waste-to-energy PPP project to transform waste management in Serbia’s capital city

  • Newhurst waste-to-energy, UK

    Biffa, Covanta and Macquarie’s GIG successfully reached financial close on the 42MW Newhurst waste-to-energy project in Leicestershire against a backdrop of Brexit uncertainty

  • B-Day landings in World War 5G

    Wow. What a week to have lived through. It started with UK prime minister Boris Johnson revealing that Huawei would be involved in the roll-out of 5G in Britain – potentially leading to a schism with the US – and ended with Brexit… a rift with Europe

  • 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

  • A9 Badhoevedorp-Holendrecht, Netherlands

    The A9 Badhoevedorp-Holendrecht expansion project reached financial close at the end of 2019, bringing to a conclusion procurement of the five-stage SAA Corridor Scheme to improve road connectivity between the core Dutch cities

  • Bring on the infra revolution

    It seems fitting that the first editorial of a new decade should focus on how the market is evolving to meet future demands as greenfield infrastructure morphs into a creature significantly different to the beast we know

  • Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind farm, Scotland

    This Scottish offshore wind farm – in gaelic meaning ‘Might of the Wind’ – saw a decade pass between development rights being awarded in 2009 and reaching financial close. After years of legal challenges and vacillating subsidy challenges, the raising of construction debt and an equity sell-down were eventually completed concurrently for Neart na Gaoithe

  • Silvertown Tunnel, UK

    To say that the UK’s Silvertown Tunnel overcame a series of hurdles to reach financial close would be the understatement of the century. The project tackled environmental objections, planning delays, survived scrapping of the PF2 model, and then – in the final furlong – an appeal from the losing bidder

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