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Clifford Chance LLP has been active in the private equity arena since 1981 with leading private equity fund practices in Europe (including Central and Eastern Europe), the Americas, Asia and the Middle East.
The firm's European private equity funds practice is based in London, while team members work closely with specialists across the global network on international mandates including issues relating to US pensions, tax and securities legislation.
The scope and strength in depth of the European practice is shown in the range of its instructions: the practice is active in the LBO, mid-market, real estate, infrastructure, secondaries, mezzanine, distressed and fund of fund categories.
In addition, the firm has one of Europe's leading practice acting for private equity investors (typically 30 50 fund reviews per year) in respect of all these fund categories.
The strength of the practice is regularly recognised in legal directories and awards:
Chambers UK 2009 and the UK Legal 500 2009 both ranked Clifford Chance as the UK's No 1 firm for private equity fundraising. Chambers and Partners Global 2009 confirms Clifford Chance as a global leader in private fund formation stating that it is "Regarded by many market commentators as being "in a league of its own".
First State Investments is a specialist asset management business focused on developing and managing innovative investment products which seek to outperform clients' objectives. It offers a range of product structures across categories including Asia Pacific and global emerging markets, global resources and global equities, property securities and infrastructure.
First State forms part of the consolidated asset management business of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, managing €93.4 billion* on behalf of investors worldwide. This association gives it the strength of capital required to bring innovative products to market.
Established in 1994, First State Infrastructure manages a number of infrastructure funds and institutional mandates and invests in a broad range of infrastructure assets including utilities, toll roads and airports. The portfolio of quality assets in Australia and Europe reflects an ability to identify, source and manage investment opportunities in the infrastructure space globally
Meridiam's strategy is designed to invest in infrastructure projects and assets that provide recurrent yields and stable returns over a long term period. As a new asset class, PPP/P3 infrastructure assets match the long-term and inflation-linked obligations of investors such as pension funds and life-insurance companies.
As an active investor, the fund will invest for the majority of a project's lifetime. Meridiam invests preferably within "Fitch AA" rated OECD countries, with a major focus in Europe and a smaller portion allocated outside Europe.
We consider the PPP scheme as a sustainable way of implementing essential infrastructure and optimising the quality and cost of the associated public services required by citizens and tax-payers. We aim to be a long term contributor to this challenge.
Our vision of the field can rely on the strong experience we have acquired in PPP/P3 project financing and development with an outstanding track record to support our views. Meridiam senior team members are industry leaders that have been advising on, structuring, and funding PPP/PFI projects in Europe and Northern America as well as Emerging Markets, from inception of PPP/P3, directly promoting the growth of the business. They have participated in various aspects of the development and financing, in the transportation, public accommodations (schools and healthcare facilities) and environment sectors.
Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a global asset manager focused on property, renewable power and infrastructure assets with over $90 billion of assets under management. We own and manage one of the largest portfolios of both premier office properties and hydroelectric power generation facilities as well as transmission and timberland operations, located in North and South America and Europe.
Brookfield is publicly listed on the NYSE, TSX and Euronext Amsterdam under the symbol BAM, BAM.A and BAMA, respectively. We encourage you to learn more about Brookfield and our operations by browsing through our website.
The dedicated Private Equity and M&A Practice at Marsh provides collaborative capabilities to support the deal community; offering strategic advice, due diligence and transactional resources throughout the lifecycle of an investment. Our European team - over 70 professionals in 14 countries - has unrivalled experience, having advised on 800+ deals in the last 3 years.
Whether identifying opportunities, identifying risks associated with those opportunities, mitigating risk, facilitating the successful completion of a transaction, restructuring a business or exiting an
investment - our Private Equity and M&A Practice marshals expertise on a geographic, industry-specialised and time-sensitive basis.
Marsh is a unit of Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC). MMC is a global professional services firm with annual revenues exceeding $12 billion. It is the parent company of Marsh Inc., the world's leading risk and insurance services firm; Kroll, the world's foremost independent risk consulting company; and Mercer Inc., a major global provider of consulting services. Approximately 60,000 employees provide analysis, advice, and transactional capabilities to clients in over 100 countries.
Since it was established in Rio de Janeiro in 1956, one of the fundamental principles guiding Motta, Fernandes Rocha - Advogados has been rigorous training coupled with careful selection of new members of staff, thus ensuring that the standards of excellence for which the firm is known are consistently maintained. Motta, Fernandes Rocha - Advogados has also an office in the City of São Paulo.
The firm consistently broadened its activities with standards of excellence for which it is known. The main areas of expertise of Motta, Fernandes Rocha - Advogados are infrastructure, capital markets, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and litigation. The firm has a long history of participating in the main privatizations and concessions in Brazil. It is currently involved in the negotiation and structuring of some of the most important infrastructure projects in Brazil, including hydroelectric plants, ports, transmission lines, water supply and airports.
SJ Berwin LLP is a leading international law firm with offices in Europe, Middle East and Asia. Our 665 lawyers, including 165 partners, deliver corporate, finance and commercial legal advice to businesses determined to succeed in today's competitive business environment.
The private equity practice of SJ Berwin LLP has advised on the structuring of infrastructure funds and the investments by infrastructure funds. The energy and infrastructure practice of SJ Berwin LLP delivers specialised legal services to energy and infrastructure clients worldwide, including private equity and infrastructure investors.
The practice has won multiple awards for its expertise in private equity, including most recently, Fund Formation Team of the Year at the Private Equity News Awards for Excellence in Advisory Services 2009.
For more information, please visit www.sjberwin.com
Tortoise Capital Advisors is a US based investment manager specializing in listed energy infrastructure, such as oil and gas pipeline and power companies (www.tortoiseadvisors.com). As of Oct. 31, 2009, Tortoise had approximately $2.5 billion of assets under management in five NYSE-listed investment companies and private accounts.
The IPFA is the largest and the only international, independent, not-for-profit Association dedicated to promoting and representing the interests of private companies and public sector organisations in Project Finance and Public Private Partnerships throughout the World.
The IPFA was established in 1998 to create a membership forum to represent the interests of both the public and private sector in the project finance industry. Established as a not-for-profit Association headquartered in London, IPFA now has branches across the globe represented by Council Members in each region. Today the IPFA is at the heart of best practice, transferring knowledge across country boundaries and between sectors, educating and training the industry and encouraging innovation.
Our aim is to raise awareness and understanding about project finance and PPPs and their crucial role in infrastructure and economic development. The Principle objectives of the IPFA are to encourage networking and dialogue between the public and private sector, to provide up to date information on best practice, industry trends and new developments that can be immediately applied to projects.
The IPFA has attracted 400 worldwide members including government and multilateral agencies (honorary members) and international private sector companies from a variety of fields within the project finance industry including firms with financial, legal, sponsor, engineering, architecture, consulting, construction and insurance backgrounds.