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Banks selected for Passante di Mestre bond financing

State-owned highways manager ANAS has selected one of two competing groups of banks to arrange the €800 million ($1.1 billion) bond financing for the Passante di Mestre toll road in Italy's Veneto region

Societe Generale arranging bond for Ireland’s M11

The sponsor consortium of BAM PGGM, and Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructures has selected to use a private placement solution for the debt for the roughly €200 million ($217 million) M11 Gorey-Enniscorthy road PPP in Ireland

EXCLUSIVE DIF to set up office in Australia

Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF) is opening an office in Sydney, Australia in early-June, IJGlobal can exclusively reveal

Thailand pushes ahead with new PPP drive

Thailand’s government is due to push ahead with several PPP projects this year following the publication of its infrastructure development master plan, which is due imminently

SNC-Lavalin and ACS win Eglinton LRT

The Government of Canada has selected the Crosslinx Transit Solutions consortium as preferred bidder for the estimated C$5.3 billion ($4.3 billion) Eglinton Crosstown LRT project, IJGlobal has learnt

HS1 tap issuance prices

High Speed Rail Finance (1), a bond issuer for the High Speed One (HS1) rail line concession in the UK, has priced a £96.5 million ($144 million) issuance with a 1.566% semi-annual coupon

A66 refinancing looks for early-June financial close

The shareholders Meridiam, Acciona and Cintra for the A66 Benavente-Zamora availability-based road PPP in the north-east of Spain are due to reach financial close in early-June for the bond refinancing

EXCLUSIVE Kazakhstan’s Almaty Ring Road PPP shortlist revealed

The Government of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Investments and Development (MID) has shortlisted five consortia for the $680 million Almaty Ring Road PPP, IJGlobal can reveal

Grodco and Prodecon sign on Honduras toll road

Colombian construction company Grodco and local firm Prodecon have signed a Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)-backed $145 million debt financing for the Corredor Turístico toll road expansion project in Honduras

European Commission/EIB approve Juncker Plan’s first projects

The boards of the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have approved the first schemes to benefit from the €21 billion (€23 billion) European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI), even before the fund is formally in place

SMBC invests in Colombia's FDN

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) has signed an agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to purchase an 8.8% share in local development finance institution Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN)

EXCLUSIVE JBIC considers lending to Thai rail

The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has held preliminary talks about lending to several Thai rail projects, IJGlobal has learnt

Toulouse Airport acquisition closes ahead of Lyon/Nice deals

The French government has announced the completion of Friedmann Pacific Asset Management and Shandong Hi-Speed Group’s acquisition of a 49.99% shareholding in the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, bringing closer the launch of bidding for the Lyon and Nice airport privatisations

Nordic Investment Bank prices largest Swedish krona green bond

The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) has priced a five-year SKr 1 billion ($116 million) NIB Environmental Bond (NEB), the third and largest issuance by the NIB for a Swedish krona denominated green bond to date

Malaysia forms KL-Singapore high speed rail project company

The Government of Malaysia has approved the formation of a state backed project company, MyHSR Corporation, to manage Malaysia’s as yet undecided share in the multi-billion dollar 350km Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail project