Institutional Investing in Infrastructure

February 1, 2018: Vol. 11, Number 2

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The emergence of emerging market infrastructure: Latin American countries offer institutional investors both opportunity and risk for their infrastructure capital

For those familiar with institutional infrastructure investing, one of the ironies of the market is the United States — the world’s greatest developed market is often chided as being an emerging market for private infrastructure investment. Interestingly, just before President Donald Trump made his way to Mar-a-Lago for his Christmas break, U.S. taxpayers got a gift when Republicans and the president passed their first major legislative initiative into law — sweeping reform of the tax code. And in an impromptu press conference inside the Oval Office, he discussed his next big priority for 2018 — infrastructure.


Legal and General allocates £350m to U.K. infrastructure upgrades: U.K. train system set for improvements

LGIM Real Assets will invest more than £350 million ($475 million) toward improving U.K. train services. Having now completed four rolling stock deals, committing a total of more than £550 million ($747 million) of investment to date to the sector, these latest transactions form part of Legal & General’s continued commitment to increasing its exposure to transport infrastructure.


Seek first to understand: Let’s resolve to make 2018 about re-focusing and getting back to basics

For many of us, the New Year is about setting lofty goals in January and working hard for a couple weeks before falling back into old habits. For investors with allocation and return targets to meet, and investment managers with fundraising goals, this is not how you want to start the New Year. But this year, as the idealism fades and the corresponding disappointment grows, let’s resolve to make February about re-focusing and getting back to basics.


New kid on the block: How middle markets became all the rage

Large core infrastructure assets stole the spotlight in the early years of the infrastructure market’s evolution. Now that spotlight is veering toward other sectors, especially smaller, mid-market asset opportunities. Smaller mid-market infrastructure deals, typically defined by an equity value between $50 million and $1 billion, have always been transacted. But they were mostly overlooked by the market as investors scrambled into huge global funds that sought large deals to invest the loads of capital raised.


2017 a look back: Infrastructure fundraising just keeps on keeping on

For much of the past 10 years, infrastructure fundraising has ebbed and flowed — up one year, down the next. Based on early numbers, it appears that 2017 will continue that pattern. Looking at the numbers, however, we can see that overall fundraising is growing ever so slightly, with each ebb and flow being a bit higher than its previous counterpart.

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