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II Awards 2018: Europe, Middle East and Africa winners

Antin Infrastructure Partners, Meridiam and InfraVia were among those picking up the prizes in EMEA.

ARCH eyes institutionals for half of $250m African renewables fund

A first close is expected in Q1 this year, with commitments from the AfDB, EIB and a South African pension fund.

Lessons from a landmark IPP

Ashwin West, investment director, African Infrastructure Investment Managers, tells us what it took to get Mali’s first independent power project to cross the finish line.

Actis promotes Barry Lynch to partner

Actis has made Barry Lynch a partner at its London headquarters as the emerging market specialist investor continues to raise its inaugural infrastructure fund. Lynch will continue to help Actis provide operational improvements to the firm’s portfolio of clean energy and power projects spread throughout Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia, according to a source […]

Meridiam to seek €300m with reopening of Africa fund – exclusive

Plans to expand the LP base to more institutional capital beyond the current DFIs would bring the fund to just over €500m.

AIIM’s IDEAS fund backs South Africa’s struggling renewables sector with 800MW deal

The Old Mutual subsidiary’s various vehicles are now invested in about 25% of renewable energy in the country, which recently rebooted its renewables programme.

Laerernes Pension drives AP Moller’s Africa fund to imminent $1bn final close

The infrastructure vehicle could exceed its original target, depending on the manager’s ongoing talks with potential investors.

AP Moller fund’s debut deal derailed by lack of power-supply agreement

The guarantee was crucial for the $375m valuation the Danish manager and the UK’s CDC were offering for Zambia’s Copperbelt Energy Corporation.

The ‘China risk’ in African infrastructure investment

Chinese investments could help fund Africa’s much needed infrastructure, but high leverage will make African projects more exposed to any political risks from the country, Moody’s says.

Dry powder and ‘perpetual’ funds can drive investors to emerging markets

Global Infrastructure Hub’s Chris Heathcote tells us emerging-market risk is ‘overblown’, as report finds $2trn investment need for 10 African countries.

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