The rise in 2010 unlisted infrastructure fundraising suggests that investor confidence is returning to the asset class. A growing number of investors are establishing infrastructure allocations and existing infrastructure investors are structuring plans to commit further capital in the coming year. This reflects the findings of a recent Preqin survey conducted in June 2010 which found that 70% of investors surveyed planned to invest in infrastructure opportunities in the following 12 months.
New investors coming to market include Sampension, the DKK 100 billion Danish Pension plan which recently announced plans to create an infrastructure portfolio in 2011. It initially expects to commit to between 5 and 10 infrastructure funds. CalPERS, which maintains an extensive infrastructure portfolio expects to invest around USD 1.3 billion in the asset class in 2011, through both fund commitments and direct strategies.
In terms of the infrastructure investor universe, more investors are located in Europe than any other region with 43% of the global total. 29% of infrastructure investors are based in North America while 28% are based in Asia and Rest of World. The US contains the highest number of investors in any single country by some distance, with 24% of investors, almost double the 13% based in the UK.
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