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The new class

01 November 2006

With the growing demand for stable, long-term investments, both pension funds and private equity firms have gravitated to the US infrastructure market. This plentiful financing is changing the way deals are structured and priced. Denise Bedell reports.

The US infrastructure market is in a state of flux. With both pension funds and private equity firms showing serious interest in infrastructure assets, a rash of new US infrastructure funds have sprung up. As a consequence, billions of dollars are now being bestowed upon the sector, and many new projects are in the works. This is changing how infrastructure assets are financed, how deals are structured and the pricing of infrastructure assets.

Over the past 24 months, more than $500 billion of leveraged infrastructure purchasing power has been injected into the US infrastructure space, says Rob Collins, executive director and head of infrastructure M&A at Morgan Stanley. "This has been driven by pension funds and private equity firms that are looking to invest in secure assets with municipal characteristics, which is difficult to find outside this type of asset class," he says.

The desire for longer-term, stable assets...

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