January 2019

PEI European Fund Management Roundtable

Summary: As the continent’s continued political pressures meet an ever-demanding investor base, four top fund managers tell Zak Bentley how they maintain a reputation for reliable investment.

Europe is buoyant. It may be a testament to the success of the infrastructure asset class that such a sentence would otherwise seem odd in current times, but there’s no shortage of confidence at 2018’s European fund management roundtable.

That confidence is well-founded, too, with two managers at the table – Infracapital and InfraVia – closing funds in 2018 worth cumulatively about €4 billion. Another – AMP Capital – is believed to have reached a $1.6 billion first close for its latest flagship vehicle, while our fourth representative – Antin Infrastructure Partners – is at the beginning of what could be a €6 billion fundraising next year.

Indeed, Infrastructure Investor data show what appears a significant recovery for the continent. While Europe-focused fundraising bucked wider global trends by falling more than 40 percent from 2016 to 2017 to $11.89 billion, data for 2018 to the end of Q3 show a rise to $16.72 billion, and that’s before the year is out.

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