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What is driving institutional investors’ burgeoning demand for infrastructure assets?

Broadcast on Oct 13, 2020 from Livestream: Project, ECA & Structured Finance MENA 2020 - Virtual Conference

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What is driving institutional investors’ burgeoning demand for infrastructure assets?

  • What is driving institutional investors appetite for global infrastructure? Has the pandemic impacted the way investors are seeking to buy into regulated assets?
  • What are the criteria for pension funds and global private equity houses to make infrastructure investments, in MENA vs other EMs?
  • Pension fund, asset manager, private equity: How to attract and structure deals for MENA top international institutional investors
  • Project and construction risk: How can institutional investors get comfortable with Emerging markets’ greenfield projects?
Middle East

Moderator

Franck Nowak

Franck Nowak

Vice President - MENA Fixed Income and Global Sukuk

Franklin Templeton Investments

Franck Nowak

Franck Nowak

Vice President - MENA Fixed Income and Global Sukuk at Franklin Templeton Investments

Franck Nowak is a senior research analyst for Franklin Templeton Investments (Middle East) Limited. Mr. Nowak joined the investment team in 2012 to lead our research efforts and augment our investment processes for Global Sukuk and MENA fixed income. Mr. Nowak previously worked for Moody's Investors Service in both London and Dubai where he was responsible for non-bank ratings in the CEEMEA region. Mr. Nowak holds a bachelor's degree in commercial law and a master's degree in management, both from Rouen Business School in France.

As one of the first global asset management firms to establish local asset management capabilities in India (1993) and in South Korea (1997), Franklin Templeton is a pioneer in local asset management. Our goal is to manage each local business on a global scale, focusing on local investing, benchmarks and client needs, while drawing on the deep resources and global presence of the broader Franklin Templeton organization. Each local office (or strategic alliance) employs a truly "local" investment process that gives managers flexibility in investment decisions.

Since 1993, Franklin Templeton has developed or invested in local asset management capabilities — local portfolio managers investing locally — in several countries, including:

• India

• Brazil

• Japan

• South Korea

• Canada

• China (joint venture)

• Vietnam (joint venture)

• Middle East/North Africa

Franklin Templeton Investments

Speakers

Anshul Rai

Anshul Rai

Anshul Rai

Founder and CEO at Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund

Anshul Rai is the Founder and CEO of the Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund, the first and only listed infrastructure debt fund across the Middle East and Africa region. NIDF is the most successful example of mobilising domestic institutional capital for supporting infrastructure development in Africa - with investments from more than 20 pension funds as well as the African Development Bank and Nigeria's SWF.

Previously, he was the founding team member and MD of the MENA Infrastructure Fund, where he led successful acquisitions of and investments in multiple assets located across the MENA region. He has also worked at IFC as part of its Global Infrastructure team based out of Washington, DC.

Anshul has been operating in the region since 2004. In his career of over twenty-three years, he has financed, advised on and invested in dozens of projects across power, energy, utilities and transport sectors with investment value of c USD 50 billion.

Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund

Eduard Ruijs

Eduard Ruijs

Managing Director, Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Funds

BlackRock Real Assets

Eduard Ruijs

Eduard Ruijs

Managing Director, Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Funds at BlackRock Real Assets

Eduard Ruijs is a Managing Director in the Global Energy & Power Infrastructure funds, which currently manage $9 billion for investment in the power, midstream, utility and other areas in the energy sector across 3 infrastructure funds. Mr. Eduard Ruijs is leading the London team responsible for investment origination, execution and exit strategy, focusing on the energy infrastructure sector in EMEA and Asia-Pacific.

Eduard led the landmark infrastructure partnership with KKR and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) to form a new entity – ADNOC Oil Pipelines, in which BlackRock and KKR will collectively hold a 40% interest. It will lease ADNOC’s ownership interest in 18 pipelines transporting stabilized crude oil and spread across ADNOC’s offshore and onshore upstream concessions for a 23-year period.

Eduard led the London investment team at First Reserve, which was acquired by BlackRock in June 2017. Prior to building the infrastructure franchise at First Reserve since 2011, Eduard was an Investment Director & Partner with NIBC Infrastructure Partners, a Europe focused infrastructure fund manager, where he executed several investments in the renewable energy and midstream sectors, and served on the Boards of those companies. Prior to NIBC, he was a senior Principal with Boston Consulting Group's Energy Practice in London, and a Manager with A.T. Kearney Ltd, where he also advised mostly energy clients.

Eduard Ruijs earned a M. Juris in Law and Economics of Oxford University where he was a Chevening Scholar, an MSc (Drs) in Economics and MA (Mr.) in Law from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, a Bachelor in Business Administration of Nijenrode University in the Netherlands, and obtained an Executive MBA from Michigan Business School as well as graduated from Japan Prizewinners Programme at Leiden University in Tokyo.

BlackRock Real Assets

Abu Bakar Chowdhury

Abu Bakar Chowdhury

Chief Financial Officer

ASMA Capital

Abu Bakar Chowdhury

Abu Bakar Chowdhury

Chief Financial Officer at ASMA Capital

Mr. Chowdhury is the Managing Director and Chief Financial Office of ASMA Capital Partners. He is a member of the Management Committee and, alongside his role within the investment decision making process, is responsible for the finance function at ASMA Capital. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of a number of investee companies of the Fund.

Previously, Mr. Chowdhury was a Managing Partner at EMP Bahrain and was responsible for managing IDBIF I, which returned in excess of US$1.2billion to the investors.

Prior to EMP Bahrain, Mr. Chowdhury was with Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank where we was responsible for managing and structuring Infrastructure and Asset-Backed Investments.

ASMA Capital