Cintra, GIP, HSBC dominate II awards

Each firm topped three categories in Infrastructure Investor’s second annual awards poll, the most of any nominee. GIP took the title of Global and North American Fund Manager for the second year running.

Cintra, Global Infrastructure Partners and HSBC were among the most respected names in the world of infrastructure finance in 2010, according to Infrastructure Investor’s annual awards poll.

Each firm won or shared credit in three of 46 award categories up for grabs this year, the most of any nominee. Last year’s awards were more concentrated, with fund managers Meridiam Infrastructure and Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) each sweeping four categories.

Spanish toll road group Cintra won Latin American Infrastructure Deal of the Year for the sale of its Chilean road stake to ISA and, in North America, Developer of the Year and PPP Transaction of the Year for its participation in the $2.7 billion LBJ Express project in Texas.

Meridiam, Cintra’s partner on the LBJ project, shared in the North American PPP Transaction of the Year award and also took the title for European Infrastructure Fund Manager of the Year.

GIP, the $5.64 billion infrastructure fund manager, took the honour of Global Infrastructure Fund Manager of the Year and North American Infrastructure Fund Manager of the Year – both titles it won in last year’s poll as well.

This year, the firm also shared credit for the Asian Infrastructure Deal of the Year alongside Industry Funds Management and Queensland Investment Corporation for the firms’ winning A$2.1 billion (€1.5 billion; $2.1 billion) bid for the Port of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.

HSBC  was the only bank to win in more than one geographic region, sweeping the Infrastructure Bank of the Year awards for Asia and the Middle East. The bank had won in the Asia bracket last year, while the Middle East was a new addition in 2010.

HSBC also shared in the award for the Asian PPP Transaction of the Year, the Singapore Sports Hub. The project attracted $1.3 billion of debt from 11 banks, including HSBC, for what is regarded as the largest sports and leisure PPP in the world. HSBC Infrastructure Fund III also participated in the winning consortium for the sports complex alongside Bouygues.

Other firms to post a storng showing in this year’s awards were developers Vinci, GDF Suez and Eiffage, which each won in two categories, as well as law firm Allen & Overy, fund manager Antin Infrastructure Partners and Russian banking group VTB Capital, which also took titles in two categories each.

Below is a list of this year’s and last year’s winners, complete with runner’s up. The same list, plus winner-by-winner analysis, appears in Infrastructure Investor’s Review of 2010, available to subscribers with the March issue. 

Global infrastructure deal of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Cheung Kong Infrastructure (EDF Energy) Global Infrastructure Partners (Gatwick Airport)
Runner-up Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (Prime Infrastructure) Meridiam Infrastructure (Port of Miami tunnel) 
European infrastructure deal of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Borealis, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (High Speed 1) Global Infrastructure Partners (Gatwick Airport)
Runner-up VTB Capital, Fraport, Horizon Air (Pulkovo Airport) VINCI Concessions/Meridiam Infrastructure (R1 Expressway PPP, Slovakia) 
North American infrastructure deal of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Highstar Capital (Seagirt Marine Terminal) Meridiam Infrastructure (Port of Miami Tunnel)
Runner-up Cintra, Dallas Police and Fire Pension, Meridiam (LBJ Express) Global Infrastructure Partners (Ruby Natural Gas Pipeline) 
Asian infrastructure deal of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner GIP, IFM, QIC (Port of Brisbane) IDFC Private Equity (Delhi airport share swap)
Runner-up Bouygues, HSBC Specialist Investments (Singapore Sports Hub) 3i (Adani Power IPO)
Latin American infrastructure deal of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Cintra Chile (sale of Chilean roads to ISA) Bank of Japan for International Cooperation/European Investment Bank & others (Panama Canal widening)
Runner-up Alberta Investment Management Corporation (Autopista Central) Conduit Capital (Kuntur Transportadora de Gas/Camisea gas pipeline)
Middle Eastern infrastructure deal of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner GDF Suez (Riyadh PP11 IPP) MENA Infrastructure Fund (United Power Company)
Runner-up National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Union National Bank & others (Emirates Steel Industries steel rolling expansion) ADCB Macquarie Infrastructure Fund (ZonesCorp) 
African infrastructure deal of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Eiffage (Dakar-Diamniadio toll road) Citadel Capital (Nile Logistics) 
Runner-up GMR Infrastructure (Male International Airport) Pan-African Infrastructure Development Fund (Essar Telecom)
Global PPP transaction of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner VTB Capital, Fraport, Horizon Air (Pulkovo Airport) Meridiam Infrastructure (Port of Miami tunnel)
Runner-up Fluor, John Laing, Uberior (Denver Eagle) AquaSure consortium led by GFS Suez, Thiess, Macquarie Capital (Victorian desalination project)  
European PPP transaction of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner VTB Capital, Fraport, Horizon Air (Pulkovo Airport) Connect Plus led by Balfour Beatty, Skanska (M25 widening)
Runner-up Borealis, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (High Speed 1) Meridiam Infrastructure/Kulcyzk Holding & others (A2 highway, Poland)    
North American PPP transaction of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Cintra, Dallas Police and Fire Pension, Meridiam (LBJ Express) Meridiam Infrastructure (Port of Miami tunnel) 
Runner-up Fluor, John Laing, Uberior (Denver Eagle) The Carlyle Group (Connecticut roadside services stops)
Asian PPP transaction of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Bouygues, HSBC (Singapore Sports Hub)
Runner-up Reliance Infrastructure (Delhi-Agra highway)
Global infrastructure fund manager of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Global Infrastructure Partners Global Infrastructure Partners  
Runner-up Macquarie Macquarie 
Global institutional investor in infrastructure of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Canada Pension Plan Investment Board 
Runner-up Queensland Investment Corporation Government of Singapore Investment Corporation 
Global infrastructure fundraising of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Antin Infrastructure Partners Alinda Capital Partners 
Runner-up Alinda Capital Partners Brookfield
European infrastructure fundraising of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Antin Infrastructure Partners
Runner-up BNP Paribas Clean Energy Partners
North American infrastructure fundraising of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Alinda Capital Partners
Runner-up Brookfield Infrastructure Partners
Global infrastructure placement agent of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Campbell Lutyens
Runner-up Global Private Equity
European infrastructure fund manager of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Meridiam Infrastructure Meridiam Infrastructure  
Runner-up Antin Infrastructure Partners 3i
North American infrastructure fund manager of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Global Infrastructure Partners Global Infrastructure Partners
Runner-up Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners 
Asian infrastructure fund manager of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner 3i Infrastructure IDFC Private Equity
Runner-up Macquarie Macquarie 
Middle Eastern infrastructure fund manager of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner MENA Infrastructure MENA Infrastructure Fund 
Runner-up Citadel Capital Abraaj Capital
African infrastructure fund manager of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Citadel Capital Actis
Runner-up Actis Pan-African Infrastructure Development Fund 
Global infrastructure developer of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner VINCI Cintra 
Runner-up ACS ACS 
European infrastructure developer of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner VINCI Hochtief
Runner-up Balfour Beatty VINCI 
North American infrastructure developer of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Cintra US Cintra US
Runner-up ACS ACS
Asian infrastructure developer of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner GMR Group GMR Group 
Runner-up Leighton Holdings JGC Corporation 
Latin American infrastructure developer of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Odebrecht Odebrecht 
Runner-up Companhia de Concessoes Rodoviárias (CCR) ICA
Middle Eastern infrastructure developer of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner GDF Suez Mubadala Development Company 
Runner-up Mubadala Development Company GDF Suez
African infrastructure developer of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Eiffage Eiffage
Runner-up Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Industrial Development Corporation
Global infrastructure bank of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner BNP Paribas Calyon (now Credit Agricole CIB) 
Runner-up HSBC RBS
Infrastructure bank of the year in Europe: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Credit Agricole Banco Santander  
Runner-up Santander European Investment Bank
Infrastructure bank of the year in North America: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Barclays Capital Barclays
Runner-up Credit Agricole Societe Generale 
Infrastructure bank of the year in Asia: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner HSBC HSBC
Runner-up Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Standard Chartered  
Infrastructure bank of the year in Latin America: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) International Finance Corporation 
Runner-up International Finance Corporation Inter-American Development Bank
Infrastructure bank of the year in the Middle East: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner HSBC Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank 
Runner-up Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Islamic Development Bank
Infrastructure bank of the year in Africa: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner African Development Bank African Development Bank
Runner-up European Investment Bank International Finance Corporation
Global infrastructure law firm of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Allen & Overy Allen & Overy
Runner-up Clifford Chance Clifford Chance  
Infrastructure law firm of the year in Europe: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Clifford Chance Allen & Overy
Runner-up Allen & Overy SJ Berwin
Infrastructure law firm of the year in North America: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Allen & Overy Mayer Brown
Runner-up Latham & Watkins Allen & Overy
Infrastructure law firm of the year in Asia: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Norton Rose Shearman & Sterling
Runner-up Shearman & Sterling SJ Berwin
Infrastructure law firm of the year in Latin America: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner White & Case Shearman & Sterling
Runner-up Shearman & Sterling Fulbright & Jaworski
Infrastructure law firm of the year in the Middle East: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner DLA Piper DLA Piper
Runner-up Simmons & Simmons Simmons & Simmons 
Global infrastructure fund administrator of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner JP Morgan Chase & Co JPMorgan Chase & Co
Runner-up Augentius Northern Trust
Global infrastructure insurance house of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Marsh Marsh 
Runner-up World Bank Group (MIGA) JLT Group
Global infrastructure corporate services trust provider of the year: 2010 Winner 2009 Winner
Winner Deutsche Bank BNY Mellon
Runner-up BNY Mellon Deutsche Bank