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Deliotte bolsters infrastructure team

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Deliotte bolsters Middle East infrastructure team

Deloitte continues to build its infrastructure capabilities in the Middle East with the addition of Dorian Reece who was previously head of Deloitte’s Airport practice in the UK

Reece has been with Deloitte for seven years advising airports Infrastructure and infrastructure investors specializing in commercial strategy, valuation and airport mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

Prior to joining Deloitte he  worked at a number of international airports in both the UK and Australia. Continue reading

China builds infrastructure and allies with Railway infrastructure

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Arrow Trailways infrastructure China realizes that countries that trade together, stay together, and it is putting its State Banks behind a worldwide effort to modernize countries that we’ve given up on, or even destroy the infrastructure of. This may cause a conflict between the U.S. bullies and the infrastructure-building China later on, but for now…

China is planning to put $46bn into energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan over the next six years. Financing will come from the Chinese government and state-owned banks, and will allow the Chinese to form commercial companies.

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Qatar to invest 43.62bn in rail infrastructure

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Arrow InfrastructureQatar is to invest $43.62bn to develop rail infrastructure in the country.

Qatar’s Ministry of Transportation said that it has already commenced working on building the Doha Metro network, which will have a 233km long track and 96 stations, with plans to connect the long-distance passenger and goods train connected to the rail of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).     Continue reading

10 billion needed to speed VietNam N-S Railway

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The Railway Administration has asked the Ministry of Transport’s appraisal and approval of a $10 billion plan to modernize the VietNam North-South railway infrastructure.

Under the project, the trans-Vietnam railway, running from the Hanoi Railway Station to the Hoa Hung Railway Station in HCM City, will reach railway standards from grade I to II. The average speed will increase to 80-90 km/h for passenger trains and 50-60 km/h for cargo trains from the current speed of 50km/h.

The Railways Administration proposed to invest in infrastructure and equipment projects f Continue reading

Blackstone to Invest in Water Infrastructure

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Blackstone Group L.P will later Thursday unveil a new venture that will invest in big water infrastructure projects, as the asset manager looks to benefit from emerging markets’ need for funding to meet their growing clean water needs.

Blackstone to Invest in Water Infrastructure Blackstone has partnered with two former executives of International Finance Corp., the financing arm of the World Bank, to form Global Water Development Partners. Continue reading

Pay for new roads, airports and electricity projects

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From pension funds to power stations

In principle, investing in a power station or toll road ought to be an attractive prospect for institutional investors. The long life of these assets is a perfect match for the long-term liabilities of a pension fund. Infrastructure projects offer reliable cashflow, a hedge against inflation, low volatility and returns that are generally not correlated with other assets. In practice, though, many money managers have shied away, scared by the scale, complexity and political risk involved. Individual pension funds Continue reading

Arrow to pay for new roads, airports and electricity projects

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From pension funds to power stations

In principle, investing in a power station or toll road ought to be an attractive prospect for institutional investors. The long life of these assets is a perfect match for the long-term liabilities of a pension fund. Infrastructure projects offer reliable cashflow, a hedge against inflation, low volatility and returns that are generally not correlated with other assets. In practice, though, many money managers have shied away, scared by the scale, complexity and political risk involved. Individual pension funds Continue reading

Government Pension Investment Fund to Invest 2.7 Billion in Infrastructure

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Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund, the world’s largest pool of retirement savings, will invest as much as $2.7 billion in infrastructure over the next five years.

The Japanese fund will form a partnership with Development Bank of Japan Inc. and Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System to make the investments, GPIF said at a briefing today in Tokyo. Continue reading

Private equity firms invested a record amount in infrastructure in Latin America this year

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Private equity firms invested a record amount in infrastructure in Latin America this year

Private equity investors will commit a record amount to infrastructure-related deals in Latin American in 2013, according to a proprietary report published today by The Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA). Compared to US$3.3b invested in 2011 and US$1.7b invested in 2012, preliminary findings show a total of over US$3.5b deployed by private equity investors in infrastructure in Latin America in 2013. Activity in the last few months has been accelerated by major deals in the oil & gas sector.

In 2013, buyout firms invested more than $3.5bn in deals in the transport, logistics, oil, energy and telecoms sectors, more than double last year’s total of $1.7bn. Continue reading