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Monopoly ownership came under fire for perceived abuses of power, especially in Australia and the UK.
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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’.
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Airport PPPs may have been a success but local authorities are still reluctant to transfer other types of assets to the private sector.
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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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The DC-based firm has entered a partnership that is shortlisted to develop a new wastewater facility in Oregon.
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The UK utility's repeat offences that led to a record-breaking fine raises serious questions about how asset managers are held to account.
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UK water company showed ‘scant regard for its responsibilities to society and the environment’, according to Ofwat.
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An average 3% fall in revenues is expected from March next year as operational costs rise.
Tim Briggs, a partner in Herbert Smith Freehills’ competition, trade and regulation practice, on why the UK’s regulatory framework has been so successful, its greenfield potential and how it could all fall apart.

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