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Blackstone to become corporation after Trump tax cuts

New status is expected to widen the range of US and foreign owners of Blackstone’s stock.

France threatens to fall down the referendum rabbit hole

Resorting to a plebiscite to block the privatisation of airport operator ADP would not only be counterproductive, it would set a dangerous precedent whereby a minority in parliament could block legislation it didn’t like.

GIP adds UK government transport director to London team

The UK’s Department for Transport is “satisfied that no conflict of interest is present’, though the approval process remains ongoing.

French government clears one hurdle to ADP privatisation

Yet other hurdles remain, including a possible referendum on the proposed sale that is pending approval by the Constitutional Council.

Norway’s sovereign fund shouldn’t stop at unlisted renewables

Taking its motives at face value, there is no obvious reason for the Government Pension Fund Global not to invest across the wider infra universe.

Norway to allow sovereign wealth fund to invest in unlisted renewables

The move comes less than a month after the government said the fund would stop investing in upstream oil and gas.

Denmark poised to exclude foreign investors from owning critical infrastructure

Opposition party sponsoring the move says it is ‘not protectionism, but common sense and protection of sovereignty’.

Global Summit: Ontario eyes new business at home through infra consulting abroad

The government of Ontario is seeking to export the Canadian province’s public-private partnership model to new markets through legislation that would allow its infrastructure agency to launch a for-profit project consultancy business. Monte McNaught, Ontario’s minister of infrastructure, said that allowing Infrastructure Ontario to advise on projects outside the province would create a new revenue […]
Garrett Reisman Space X

Lessons from outer space

As an astronaut at NASA, Garrett Reisman was part of a government agency taking big risks. Now a professor and senior advisor at Space X, he’s helping the private sector manage those risks.

Future Fund chair warns of risks to SWFs from rising populism

Peter Costello said partnerships with local investors, but also greater transparency on the part of sovereign funds is the way forward.

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