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Institutional Investing in Infrastructure

February 2013: Vol. 6, Number 2

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  • Infrastructure Progress Report: More Results from the 2012-2013 I3 Investor Survey

     

    Beginning in July and continuing through mid-September, Institutional Real Estate, Inc. (IREI), publisher of Institutional Investing in Infrastructure (I3), and its partners and consultants — B Capital Partners, Campbell-Lutyens and Kingsley Associates — surveyed 41 global investors and consultants active in infrastructure investment to understand their expectations and preferences for the market. This is the second part of an examination of the results of the I3 Investor Survey. The following article reviews several of the key preliminary results; a separate in-depth summary report will be available in first quarter 2013.

  • Political Due Diligence: Understanding the Politics Is the Key to Successful Infrastructure Investing

     

    The growing shortfall in available public funds in the United States appears now to be creating significant activity in private investment in the nation’s infrastructure and leading to the establishment of a growing number of private-public partnerships to implement these projects. Certainly, during the past several years there has been increasing interest in these investments and in the use of P3, but actual activity has been limited and largely confined to a few states. 

  • U.K. Water Sector

     

    The U.K. water sector often is held up as a model for what investors like in a market — predictable regulations, transparent risks and well understood return expectations. However, that stability is set to change as the U.K. government and the Water Services Regulations Authority (Ofwat) rolls out a series of long-term policies that will reform the market and affect the standard five-year asset management plans (AMP) on which the water industry operates. The current AMP began in 2010 and is set to change again in 2015.


  • A Conversation with Robert Bain

     

    Robert Bain, Ph.D., is a visiting research fellow at the University of Leeds, a London-based infrastructure investment analyst and founder and head of RBconsult. A chartered engineer, Bain spent 15 years as a consultant specializing in investor-financed transportation projects before joining the infrastructure finance ratings team at Standard & Poor’s. Today he runs his own specialist consultancy providing independent reviews of road and rail demand projections for institutional investors. Drew Campbell, senior editor of Institutional Investing in Infrastructure, spoke with Bain about what the landscape looks like for investors with possible interests in European infrastructure.