Institutional Investing in Infrastructure

August 1, 2018: Vol. 11, Number 7

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Time is money: It is time to leverage technology for more efficient operations and better returns

New and emerging technologies, such as drones fitted with sensors, BIM (building information modeling), autonomous vehicles and blockchain, to name a few, are being touted as keys to more productive and efficient operations, and in today’s low-return environment, eking out every bit of value from infrastructure investments is increasingly important. While mass acceptance and usage of some new technologies may still be a ways off due to safety, regulatory or policy issues, they can impact infrastructure assets today. Autonomous vehicles, for example, are now used along with drones to support transportation and export infrastructure around mining sites, and are starting to be used for other civil infrastructure projects.


Business not as usual: As technology disruption ripples through industries, investors have to adapt

In today’s era of accelerating technological change, it would be natural for investors to anticipate the future with a mix of exuberance and caution. Consider recent advances in the automotive industry. After more than a century of reliance on one basic technology — the internal combustion engine — the combination of simultaneous development across communications, mass data storage and processing, radar, laser and camera systems, lithium-ion batteries, and electric motors stands ready to dramatically alter our existing cars and transportation systems.


U.K. infrastructure investment and finance: Infrastructure policies

The following article is the sixth of several excerpts that will appear in i3 from U.K. Infrastructure Investment and Finance from a European and Global Perspective. The report with footnotes and references is available at or the SSRN This study provides an overview of the financing of infrastructure investment in the United Kingdom in a European, global and historical context. The sixth excerpt from the report focuses on infrastructure policy in the United Kingdom.


The view from Toronto: Investors, consultants and managers confront disruption at 2018 VIP Infrastructure

Institutional investors, investment managers, consultants and service providers met in Toronto for VIP Infrastructure (formerly i3) in June to take stock of the market for global infrastructure investment. The attendees were primarily institutional investors such as pensions, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds (60), investment managers (66) and consultants (21). The key takeaway from the group was — disruption.


H1/18 first look: Infra funds closed Q2/18 take H1/18 past previous years

Quick now. Everyone send a wish to the infrastructure spirits that the fundraising seen in the first half of 2018 continues on pace. If it does, we could be looking at a record-breaking year. At the very least, we should be seeing one of the best years in many. Infrastructure funds closing in the first half of 2018 raised $34.8 billion. This is just a bit more than the $34.1 billion raised in the first half of 2017.

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