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‘There is a massive deficit in data centre capacity and terrestrial backhaul for fibre’, says African Infrastructure Investment Managers investment director Ed Stumpf.
A first close is planned by the end of the year, with the vehicle targeting higher-returning assets than its recently launched London-listed fund.
Blackstone’s QTS Realty Trust deal says less about whether data centres are infra or real estate and more about how long-term capital can play across a variety of sectors.  
The London-listed digital infrastructure fund has a pipeline valued at over £800m, targeting assets in Europe and North America.
The hirings, including former French cabinet minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, could lead to a fund launch later this year.
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Founder Rick Shrotri says the US-based group is looking at investments beyond providing traditional equity after the $1bn close of its second fund.
Philippe Busslinger, the Canadian pension’s head of infrastructure in Europe, explains what was behind its 8.6% return last year and how it plans to battle increased competition.

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