Bruno Alves is Senior Editor of Infrastructure Investor. Bruno has been a journalist since 2004 and joined Infrastructure Investor in 2009, where he quickly rose to become Associate Editor and a leading writer covering the infrastructure asset class. In 2013 he joined Euromoney to edit their Trade Finance title, before returning to PEI Media in late 2014 as the launch editor of Low Carbon Energy Investor, PEI’s global energy transition publication.
René Kassis is heading a team of four at La Banque Postale’s asset management division working on a new real estate and infrastructure senior debt fund. The fund will target primary and secondary deals across Europe and is expected to reach a first close by the fall.
IVG Immobilien argues that Fukushima has changed the German energy infrastructure landscape, creating opportunities for real estate investors to plug into the space. IVG is the latest in a growing list of real estate companies and fund managers turning their attention to infrastructure.
Commerz Real, the real estate arm of Commerz Bank, said it had been left 'surprised' after German gas and electricity regulator said it was looking at plans to limit returns on investments in the sector by 100bps.
Asset manager Commerz Real will run Amprion, the largest of four German transmission operators, on behalf of a consortium of insurance companies and pension funds, which acquired a 74.9% interest in the company from RWE in July.
The Greek government is seeking to appoint advisers for stake sales in a number of its infrastructure assets to supplement sales of its real estate. Reports suggest the assets will be placed in an independent fund with the sales to be conducted with EU assistance.
The Swiss investor has closed Partners Group Global Infrastructure 2009 with commitments from pensions, insurers and endowments, among others. The vehicle already counts 17 investments in its portfolio.
The senior management of HSBC’s infrastructure and real estate arm, HSBC Specialist Investments, will buy an 80% stake in the unit from the parent bank. The management buyout is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2011.