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S&P Global Ratings goes green with its latest edition of IFR Outlook

The latest edition of IFR Outlook – S&P’s monthly newsletter summarising key infrastructure and project finance-related research and rating update news – is out now, and the outlook is green-tinted. This month, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance and Head of Global Environmental & Climate Risk Research, describes a new product to analyse and …

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The implications of Brexit: S&P Global Ratings participates in IFPA panel, as covered by the specialist press

Hosted by PwC, the IPFA’s most recent Infrastructure Update gathered a panel of experts from S&P Global, Meridiam, Clifford Chance and Deutsche Bank to discuss the impact of the UK’s vote to leave the EU on UK infrastructure development. The consensus across the panel was Brexit may well destabilise funding arrangements for major infrastructure projects, …

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Post- Brexit, could the UK infrastructure market weather the storm? S&P Global asks investors

With just days to go until the UK decides on whether or not to remain in the EU, Michael Wilkins, managing director of infrastructure finance at S&P Global Ratings, writes for leading infrastructure publication, InfraNews, about the likely impact of a ‘Brexit’ on infrastructure investment in the UK. Based on the results of a recent …

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Siemens Financial Services paves the way for smart cities in the Wall Street Journal

In a video interview for the Wall Street Journal’s ‘Business Debate’ platform, Julie Alexander, Director of Urban Development at Siemens, and Johannes Schmidt, Head of Financial Advisory and Structuring at Siemens Financial Services, show that digitalisation will be key to global urban development. For the first time in history, the majority of the planet’s population …

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S&P Global’s May IFR Outlook looks to a decarbonised world economy

The latest issue of Infrastructure Outlook from S&P Global – which brings together the key infrastructure and project finance-related research and rating update news from the past month – focuses on why growth in the green bond market will be key to a sustainable world economy. Exploring the success of this nascent market, Michael Wilkins, …

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S&P’s new infrastructure appointment covered in the specialist press

In April, Standard & Poor’s EMEA Infrastructure Group named Jon Manley as the new Global Head of Business Development. The position focuses on increasing client engagement and the global coverage of key clients, arrangers and investors in the Infrastructure asset class. Previously S&P’s EMEA Commercial Head of Structured Finance, Manley will now work alongside Susan …

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As offshore wind takes flight, S&P explains the risks to the environmental press

Having rated its first offshore wind project, Meerwind, Standard & Poor’s speaks to the environmental press about the credit risks associated with this rapidly maturing sector. S&P’s lead analyst on the topic, Michael Ferguson, recognises that while wind farms located at sea present greater challenges when compared to their onshore cousins – offering a less …

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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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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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