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  • Espoo Schools PPP, Finland

    The Espoo Schools PPP project has broken new territory for Finland, concluding the procurement on the nation's first social infrastructure transaction with an innovative financing structure involving a re-draft of its tax legislation and – potentially – serving as a pathfinder for pipeline of similar deals

  • Fécamp Offshore Wind Farm, France

    Since financial close on Saint-Nazaire – the first offshore wind farm to make it over the line in France, which struggled to kick-start its programme for years due to legal challenges – the process to start construction and finance projects off the French coast has sped up considerably

  • Who’d start a new job in lockdown?

    It’s a curious old world, ain’t it? Have you noticed the number of people moving jobs of late? It’s a trend that has a lot of folk around the industry scratching their heads in bemusement. Why on earth would you take a leap of faith in a market like the one we’re not enjoying?

  • Dendermonde Prison PPP, Belgium

    The procurement journey for Dendermonde prison started in 2009 when the Belgian Ministry of Justice began the tender process for 4 correctional facilities, giving bidders the chance to bid on all projects as a package even though each was to be delivered under separate procurement agreements

  • IJGlobal Survey – Global Digital Infrastructure

    IJGlobal this week published a survey to gauge understanding and preparedness for Digital Infrastructure – a burgeoning sector that we anticipate will benefit massively from international stimulus packages to revitalise economies post Covid-19

  • Home workers of the revolution

    Comrades, we gather here today to pay our respects to a way of life that passed earlier this year having lived to a ripe old age… and evolved into the equivalent of a cantankerous old git who’s long overdue a planting

  • Viridor Waste-to-Energy, UK

    After KKR submitted an all-cash £4.2 billion bid in the first round of the Viridor waste-to-energy auction, one of the most highly anticipated M&A processes in the UK, it was hastily wrapped up in less than two months

  • Falling off a cliff – infra style

    As you look out there – virtually, of course, as you shouldn’t be going further than the end of your road unless it’s to load up with a couple of hundred-weight of bog roll – it’s a curiously vibrant market… for now. But dark clouds are massing...

  • Hydrogen: unlocking the green grid

    Large-scale hydrogen production could rapidly accelerate the transition to carbon neutrality. No country has yet developed a regulatory framework for this emerging sector, despite growing investor interest.

  • 49.99% acquisition of Altice Portugal FTTH

    Yesterday, Altice and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners concluded the latter’s acquisition of a 49.99% stake in Altice’s Portuguese fibre network

  • Nobody does air-quotes any more

    There’s been a very quiet revolution over the last month that hardly anyone has noticed… because we’re all working from home. This seismic shift has been in the attitude to WFH, if you’ll excuse what appears to be teenage text-speak

  • 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

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