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The Gulf can no longer rely on oil to fund its infrastructure: S&P’s recent findings picked up by the specialist press

With low oil prices showing no signs of rising, Standard & Poor’s Dubai-based Director, Karim Nassif, suggests that the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) will have to seek innovative forms of financing to foot its ever-growing infrastructure bill. In his new report, Nassif says that while Gulf states have long-relied on high export revenues from oil to …

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What to look for when investing in infrastructure: S&P writes for FT pensions title

Writing for the Financial Times’ Pensions Expert, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance at Standard & Poor’s, argues that while Europe needs more infrastructure, austerity means the public sector cannot meet the demand for the necessary investment – indeed, the UK alone posts a current deficit of about £60 billion. Wilkins explains that the …

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S&P explores the lost infrastructure opportunity in the latest edition of Partnerships Bulletin

Despite the great need to build and maintain infrastructure to stimulate economic growth, governments in the EU, on the whole, are shying away from providing the necessary funding – mainly due to the high risks and high costs involved. This was the conclusion of Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance at Standard & Poor’s, …

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S&P’s new rating of Belgium care home ProjectCo ‘Silverstone’ covered by IJGLobal

Standard and Poor’s new long-term issue rating of ‘BBB’ (stable) on a €186 million bond to finance the re-acquisition of 25 senior care homes in Belgium was picked up by project finance specialist publication IJGLobal. The bond, issued by Luxembourg-based special-purpose vehicle MRE-Silverstone-I S.A., pays a fixed coupon of 3.6% with an eleven-year maturity. The …

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Natixis appoints Jonathan Kim as Head of Global Infrastructure & Projects

Natixis has appointed Jonathan Kim as Managing Director, Head of Global Infrastructure and Projects for the Americas. Bringing over 20 years of experience in project finance, Kim previously acted as Executive Director in Project Finance & Infrastructure at CIBC World – a position he has held since 2012. Previous to that, Kim held the position …

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InfraDeals interviews Standard & Poor’s Mike Wilkins on the impact of rising interest rates on project financing

Just as low interest rates have had a positive effect on bank lending in project finance, a future hike could see institutional investors picking up the slack, says Mike Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance at Standard & Poor’s. In a recent interview with InfraDeals he explains that previous low interest rates have meant banks …

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