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The bank will target public health infra in developing countries where a lack of clean water makes even hand washing impossible as a preventive measure.
The Canadian pension and the Australian core fund acquired a stake held by MIRA-managed The Infrastructure Fund to take full joint control of the asset.
Infrastructure Australia has put an emphasis on resilience in its 2020 Priority List, but investors note that there are high levels of competition for a limited number of assets.
The vehicle is already 45% invested and is targeting upper mid-teen returns from water assets and other 'essential' infrastructure.
Anglian Water, Bristol Water and Northumbrian Water have joined Yorkshire Water in asking the CMA to review Ofwat’s December review.
Monopoly ownership came under fire for perceived abuses of power, especially in Australia and the UK.
Water tap
The allowed return of 2.96% will also see investments of over £50bn by the 17 water companies as the regulator bids to improve service and reduce leakage.
Europe’s regulatory regimes are becoming more punitive and may have reached ‘an inflection point’.
Summer blue sky and airfield in Asahikawa Hokkaido Japan
Airport PPPs may have been a success but local authorities are still reluctant to transfer other types of assets to the private sector.
HICL Affinity Water
The valuation in the UK water asset has also been affected by the upcoming regulatory review, which HICL says ‘represents significant challenges’.
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