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  • Infra M&A – virus that proves the vaccine?

    Are people paying too much for infra and energy assets? Has the market finally reached the stage where stupendously stupid things are being done? With a market correction on the way, are the wheels about to fall off in the most spectacular manner?

  • Lowland slowdown

    PPP activity has moved from the Netherlands to Belgium. While the former was famed for its procurement, its neighbour has found projects slow-going

  • A new template for Flemish schools

    Belgium is hoping it has learnt the lessons of the past as it tries to push forward the procurement of new schools in Flanders

  • Safeguarding Europe’s infra profits

    The Spanish renewable energy market serves as a prime example of the dangers of failing to factor in political and regulatory risks over the lifecycles of projects when procuring projects

  • Laydeez an’ gennelmen – place your bets

    In a sector designed for stable and predictable cash flows, safe bets placed on sound business cases… why does it feel these days like the industry’s studying form at the paddock?

  • Saint Nazaire Offshore Wind Farm, France

    This month France’s first offshore wind farm reached financial close after a lengthy development phase getting the wind past construction permits and after a fast financing process the developers are now working to a 2022 commission deadline

  • Grass is greener

    Brownfield funds enjoy the greatest prominence in the current climate of fundraising activity, but there are those making the case for greenfield investing, enlightening LPs to the potential upsides

  • Fund analysis: InfraVia

    At the start of the week (16 September), France's InfraVia announced the sale of the final asset held in the eponymous fund

  • IJGlobal Friday the 13th Special

    It’s Friday the 13th and – as the day behoves – we turn our focus to the darker side of the industry… the horrific, the ghastly and the downright wrong. Sourcing opinion from the market through a straw poll sent to a select crew of worthies, here follows a sense of where most people’s heads are at on a day when everything is supposed to go wrong

  • Geopolitical uncertainties on infra investments

    Infrastructure investors have rarely faced such a breadth of challenges as they do today. Sabre rattling across regions is fueling protectionism while dampening economic activity according the IMF. Infra investors are not new to these political upheavals, in some ways, many are borne from them

  • Andy Carty – a retiring man

    Three tours of duty at three seats of power, Andy Carty knows how to walk the corridors and come out the other end with his sanity largely intact. Here we celebrate a fascinating public-side career that draws to an end in a couple of weeks' time, focusing on roles played by a man much loved across the European infrastructure community...

  • Currenta acquisition, Germany

    After a drawn out negotiation period, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA belatedly closed on the acquisition of the largest German chemical park operator, Currenta

  • KCOM acquisition, UK

    MIRA, an asset management division of Macquarie, was recently confirmed as the winner in a secret race with Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) to acquire British telecoms group KCOM

  • The server service

    In a world in which data is the new oil, data centres promise to be shrewd investments. But who is best placed to own these assets?

  • University of Leicester student housing, UK

    University of Leicester's student housing project is one of the UK's few PPP-style social infra projects still being developed under the model

  • Graham Vinter… the man who wrote 'the book'

    IJGlobal speaks to legendary lawyer Graham Vinter about infrastructure after PFI, the promise of Africa, and being lured back from retirement

  • Andy Robinson – from beyond the vale

    In the first of a series of focuses on figures in the global infrastructure industry, IJGlobal turns the spotlight on a prominent project finance banker – Andy Robinson – who rose to fame at NordLB, building out an impressive global offering and surrounding himself with an eclectic crew of deal makers...

  • Fund analysis: EDIF II

    Two months before being acquired by MUFG, First State Investments signed off final close on its second generation vehicle European Diversified Infrastructure Fund II

  • I just don’t have words…

    OK, it’s silly season – that time of the year when infra hacks are supposed to scrabble around for news, smashing the phones in the vain attempt to raise anyone on the blower… tumbleweed gusting through the streets, a deathly pall across the financial centres, long lunches and worktime suntans

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