Morgan Stanley Infrastructure’s joint venture with Egyptian firm Orascom Construction is set to be a long-term marriage seeking to capitalise on Africa’s massive infrastructure needs.
Citadel Capital, the Cairo-based private equity firm, recently announced plans to invest up to $400m over the next two years in a range of sectors in East Africa, including infrastructure. InfrastructureInvestor caught up with the firm’s founder and chairman Ahmed Heikal to get the low-down on where the money will go and why – below is an excerpt of the interview.
Investors should think carefully whether parking belongs in their portfolio – and at what price.
The Maldives wants to develop its infrastructure – expect plenty of help to be forthcoming.
As it seeks to bolster economic growth, Colombia is open to expert outside assistance in developing its infrastructure. Cezary Podkul spoke to Luis Guillermo Plata, minister of trade, industry and tourism, to find out more about the country’s priorities.
No one seems to have told disgraced fund manager Simon Treacher that if a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly.
In October last year, Brazil learnt that in 2016 it would become the first Latin American country to play host to the Olympic Games – having two years previously been awarded the 2014 soccer World Cup. The two events should provide a much-needed boost to infrastructure investment in a region where economic boom and bust has dented ambitions in the past.
Why NASA is calling on private capital.
A perennial economic ‘might-have-been’ is finally growing strong. Now it needs better infrastructure. David Snow reports
With Mexican pensions beginning to embrace alternative investments, Macquarie’s already on the ground with cash in hand, evaluating opportunities. Cezary Podkul takes a look at how the organization has made its presence felt and ponders how quickly others will follow
The Asian growth story is easy to explain. But translating it into a viable infrastructure investment thesis is a more complex task. In attracting $860m to a recent fundraising effort, Philip Jackson, chief executive of JPMorgan’s Asian infrastructure fund, appears to have done just that. He tells Cezary Podkul how.
Toll road projects have left many investors with burnt fingers. But should this result in the avoidance of such assets, or simply a healthy dose of realism in business plans?
Plans to give stimulus-inspired bonds a longer lifespan could create strong demand among institutional buyers.
London’s mayor finds an unusual way of criticising the city’s tube PPP
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority wants to increase its execution and managerial capabilities for real estate investments. Don’t expect a similar attitude towards private equity and infrastructure
The concessions unit of Austrian construction firm Strabag had a busy 2009 as it won the group’s largest ever deal – a road PPP – and struck out of its core market at a time when many of its peers were just happy to survive. Roland Jurecka, head of the concessions business, tells Bruno Alves how the company has been coping with the downturn and how a lack of opportunities close to home has encouraged an adventurous spirit
Pensions have gained increasing confidence that they can invest in infrastructure assets without intermediation from GPs
Why the attempt to impose high fees and carry was doomed to failure once it was clear infrastructure would not neatly fit the private equity template after all
A tough market for infrastructure practitioners has demanded new skills of legal advisers
The need for governments to monetise assets has triggered a hiring spree in the advisory community
Necessary pragmatism has seen governments reaching for their cheque books
Tougher financing conditions have prompted some abrupt strategic u-turns
Amid the turbulence of recent times, infrastructure investment professionals have been challenged to do things differently in order to survive and prosper. Through the eyes of six different types of participant, we identify the key transformational developments – the “game changers” – which have altered the way investment in the asset class is approached. By Bruno Alves, Cezary Podkul and Andy Thomson