Infrastructure Fund Market Hits a Century

by Richard Stus

  • 09 Sep 2009
  • INF

The infrastructure fund market is continuing to grow with the current unlisted infrastructure fundraising market now featuring 100 vehicles vying for investor capital - a record number for the young asset class. In January 2009, the funds in market figure was less than half of what we are witnessing today with only 47 unlisted infrastructure funds on the road.

The record-breaking number of infrastructure funds currently on the road signifies intense competition for investor capital, and in conjunction with the slowdown in the rate of commitments made by institutional investors, it is no surprise to hear of funds being placed on hold or abandoned due to tough fundraising conditions. However, the number of infrastructure funds in market is yet to plateau, let alone decrease, and no one is quite sure how big the market place can grow.

Of course, whilst the growth of the unlisted infrastructure fund market is impressive it is nowhere near the size of the private equity fund or real estate fund equivalents and infrastructure specific secondaries and debt funds are yet to make their mark on the marketplace. The current fundraising market consists of an assortment of direct funds and fund of funds vehicles that focus on infrastructure assets around the globe and across the now expansive infrastructure industry spectrum.

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