Institutional Investing in Infrastructure

February 2010 Vol. 3 No. 2

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At the Top of the List: Listed Infrastructure Managers Make Their Case

Listed infrastructure managers have had a more difficult time than their private equity counterparts convincing plan sponsors their strategies are worth a commitment. While listed infrastructure has a lot to offer, many investors are still learning about the strategy and seem to want more information about performance expectations and how the market is defined before committing capital.


Partnerships USA: A New Model for Creating Direct Infrastructure Investment Opportunities for Public Pension Plan Investors

A growing number of institutional investors — including most notably U.S. public pension plan investors — want infrastructure assets in their portfolios. This demand appears likely to grow further. Watson Wyatt (now Towers Watson) estimated that in 2008 the top 10 managers in infrastructure alone managed $72 billion on behalf of pension funds, up from $43 billion in 2007.


Shop Talk: A Conversation with Michael Barben

Michael Barben is a partner, head of the private infrastructure team and chairman of the private infrastructure investment committee of Partners Group, headquartered in Zug, Switzerland. Previously, he was responsible for European buyout and special situations partnership selection, as well as for building the firm’s U.S.-based manager selection team, and subsequently was appointed global head of the alternative strategies manager selection team. Institutional Real Estate, Inc. senior editor, Sheila Hopkins, spoke to him about accessing the infrastructure space.

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