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Zak Bentley

Zak Bentley
Zak Bentley is a senior reporter at Infrastructure Investor based in London. Zak joined Infrastructure Investor in 2016 from Centaur where he was a reporter at their Clean Energy Pipeline title. He has a detailed knowledge and experience of the financial and regulatory aspects of the global renewable energy market, as well as the wider infrastructure market. Zak has a degree in English and History from the University of Birmingham.

Meridiam collects further €339m in reopening of African infra fund

The fund launched in 2015 is now €246m above its original target size, after falling short by €93m in the first fundraising round.

French manager eyes €500m for next vehicle after exceeding fund III hard-cap

RGreen Invest’s Infragreen III fund is already 75% invested following its €307m closing.

IFM teams up with Polish state fund for port, two years after government blocked...

The circa €1.1 billion deal for DCT Gdansk is IFM’s first in Poland since the government in 2017 blocked it for being a fund ‘focused on aggressive profit’.

Global Summit: Regulated, contracted and merchant – how infra should really be defined

A panel member also spoke of how European fund managers are much closer to perceptions of infrastructure than US-based ones.

Ardian Fund V becomes largest Europe-focused infra vehicle at €6.1bn

Almost 50% of the LPs came from Asia and the Middle East, with Ardian’s head of infrastructure ‘surprised’ at the €12bn demand for new European fund

BNP AM begins ‘natural next step’ with €2bn infra debt Korean partnership

The expansion into junior debt by the French group could lead to the launch of a dedicated fund in the near future.

Investors press Ardian to keep Fund V below €7bn – exclusive

The fund, currently sitting at around €6bn, lacks an official hard-cap, but has received market demand for as much as €12bn.

EV infrastructure ‘unprofitable and unproven’, says S&P

Technology risks, costs and a lack of standardisation have been flagged as obstacles to making the sector profitable for investors and utilities.

Year in Review: Making the free market a little less free

While the West has long distrusted Chinese investment in infrastructure, in 2018 this has been extended beyond China, exposing worrying trends.

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