Infrastructure funds have raised more than $100 billion in the past five years. Although the Great Recession slowed down the pace of fund raising — as well as transaction activity — infrastructure is seeing a resurgence of capital raising and investment opportunities.
Infrastructure has become an important asset class in its own right, and it has seen a large increase in capital targeting infrastructure investment. In fact, the infrastructure industry has changed quite a lot during the past few years with new players and offerings entering the market. When recession hit, however, perceptions of investments of all types, including infrastructure, changed. Investors and investment managers alike also struggled to manage through the crisis and new allocations to infrastructure suffered. Recent reports suggest, however, that commitments are being made at a faster pace than a year ago and infrastructure fund raising is growing again.
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