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2007 Project Finance Market Survey
01 September 2007
213 responses with 53% from sponsors that will tap the market next year – the 2007 market survey indicates that the hunger for infrastructure assets has not yet been hit by the credit crunch.
The most popular answers to three questions in this year's surveys neatly summarise the sweeping change to the project market – the rise of infrastructure funds led by the sponsor/ banker (fondly known as spankers in some banking circles).
As in last year's survey, most sophisticated borrower is Macquarie, but this year – and for the first time – it is closely followed by Babcock & Brown, then more traditional sponsors – Reliance, AES, Qatar Petroleum, International Power, Tata, Hochtief and Suez.
Most demanding borrower in terms of volume and frequency to market is also Macquarie, followed by Reliance and Qatar Petroleum. And most popular dinner date for bankers is Babcock & Brown followed by Reliance, AES, International Power and Carlyle with equal standing.
While Babcock & Brown did not figure as sponsor in last year's survey (nor did Carlyle), it has replaced Macquarie in the dinner date list and only missed out on most sophisticated...
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