November 2014 Issue

    US energy leads the way

    The US boasted the largest project in the third quarter, helping it to the top of the country table and increasing the dominance of the energy sector.

    Sweden’s middle way

    Sweden’s middle way Andy 2014-11-24 Thomson Infranode has launched what it claims is the first long-term infrastructure investment platform based in Sweden. The firm has Skr1.45 billion (€160 million; $200 million) in initial commitments. The platform will invest in “assets with essential ch

    Death of MLPs exaggerated

    Developments at Kinder Morgan should not be extrapolated to the sector as a whole, according to S&P.

    IMF changes its tune

    The adviser on global growth and stability is sounding much more upbeat on infrastructure spending.

    Weisdorf sees shift to value-add

    Mark Weisdorf, who is in the process of launching a New York-based investment firm, sees investors migrating to strategies offering potentially higher returns.

    Meet the new environmental activists

    Institutional investors from all corners are leading and supporting initiatives as climate change is increasingly perceived as a real threat.

    The love-hate relationship

    Having penalised investors in a tough climate, governments now have to step in where the private sector fears to tread.

    Solar plants can be beautiful, too

    New Caledonia is home to the ‘Heart of Voh’, an aesthetically pleasing renewable energy project.

    If you’re happy and you know it

    Why has Sir John Armitt been filmed dancing down a flight of stairs? Read on.

    Capturing infrastructure’s best side

    A photography competition is designed to encourage the public to ponder the importance of the essential assets around us.

    Joining the dots on risk

    In deciding whether to continue targeting core infrastructure, where high competition is perceived to exist, investors should look beyond headline numbers urges Ritesh Prasad of Colonial First State Global Asset Management.

    India calling

    Hans-Martin Aerts of APG Asset Management explains why his organisation has a preference for direct investing and is looking towards India with relish.

    The implications of Indiana

    Has the US P3 market been dealt a blow by the Indiana Toll Road operator’s bankruptcy filing? Yvonne Li examines the evidence

    Honing skills in emerging markets

    A new certification scheme will help to address the lack of experience found in public sector procuring agencies in developing countries. Andy Thomson reports

    Wanting to go up a gear

    Appetite to invest in public-private partnerships in Europe has rarely been stronger, but there’s one big problem – dwindling deal pipelines. Andy Thomson reports

    The disciplined entrepreneurs

    When Antin Infrastructure Partners launched in 2007, it was a first-timer looking to raise a private equity-style fund in the midst of the Financial Crisis. Four months after closing their second vehicle on €2bn, managing partners Alain Rauscher and Mark Crosbie tell Matthieu Favas why a widening pool of investors have been won over to the firm’s hands-on, yet measured strategy

    A work in progress

    Vietnam is set for a decade of deep regulatory and policy reforms which should unleash the potential to attract significantly more private investment in power and transportation. Anne-Sophie Briant reports.

    Staying power

    While this year’s ranking does not feature any major upsets – Macquarie, Brookfield and GIP remain in the lead – there are some newcomers that should be noted and watched. Kalliope Gourntis reports

    Back on centre stage

    In the wake of the Crisis that began in 2008, the priority was to save the global economy. Now, saving the planet is front of mind once more – and that means a fresh focus on renewable energy investment. Andy Thomson sought views on current and possible future trends