Improved European infrastructure financing urged

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Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and United Europe have urged a review of the way infrastructure spending is financed, in light of an 11% fall in government funded infrastructure spending between 2010-13.

In a report – Squaring the circle: Improving European infrastructure financing – the two note that there still remain significant hurdles to greater investor participation in funding infrastructure, particularly as they affect institutional investor involvement. These hurdles include the effects that regulations such as Basel III and Solvency II have on the investment decisions taken by banks and insurance companies.

What is required is a new funding model, based on six key tenets they add: creating a pipeline of investment grade projects; stocking the pipleline with existing infrastructure assets to kick start the market; tailoring risk/return profiles to different types of investors; maknig private infrastructure investments economically viable; establishing a robust ownership and governance model; and actively managing project risks.

To read the full report click here: Roland_Berger_Infrastructure_Finance_20150320



Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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