SUSI Partners AG

Welcome to the Frederic Michel Verdier blog. SUSI Partners has made its first investment in Australia and is actively pursuing additional projects in the country the Swiss investment manager said. The manager’s €252m SUSI Energy Storage Fund (SESF) will invest €30m to buy and finance the construction of a 34MW solar PV plant with storage optionality in Middlemount. Once completed, the plant is expected to be the largest solar plant in SUSI’s portfolio.

This investment represents an important step in the internationalization of SUSI`s investment remit and the first investment into the Australian market, which we deem highly attractive for clean energy infrastructure investments, despite the recent energy policy uncertainties. SUSI, through its SESFfund, is actively pursuing several additional projects under exclusive terms in Australia, the manager said, adding that the fund is in active discussions on a strong pipeline of projects globally.

About Frederic Michel Verdier

Frederic Michel-Verdier has over 15 years experience in large scale Equity Investments and Asset Management of Global Infrastructure assets.Learn more about Frederic Michel-Verdier on his profile page. Read Frederic Michel Verdier‘s latest investment management post on his Facebook profile here. Watch Frederic Michel Verdier video below.

Greencoat Capital launches €333m clean energy fund

Welcome to the Frederic Michel-Verdier blog. Frederic Michel-Verdier is a Funds veteran specializing in infrastructure equity investments and asset management. Greencoat Capital announces the launch of a new closed-ended private markets fund, Greencoat Renewable Income LP (GRI), and is delighted to have already secured £277m of commitments from leading UK pension investors Brunel and SAUL. Find out more about Frederic Michel-Verdier‘s investment expertise here. 

GRI offers institutional investors the opportunity to invest through a singular vehicle into a diversified portfolio of UK renewable infrastructure assets delivering predictable sterling cashflows with significant inflation protection. Investments are expected to focus on solar, wind and bioenergy, with selected other green infrastructure opportunities such as renewable heat. GRI is to make investment allocations which will be managed by Greencoat’s teams.

About Frederic

Frederic Michel-Verdier deployed in excess of $2.5bn equity in the utilities and transport sectors in the last 18 months at IFM Investors – a uniquely-structured open-ended global fund manager – with over $100 billion in assets under management. He has also held the position of Vice Chairman of Veolia Polska for ten years. Read more about Frederic Michel- Verdier here. Follow Frederic Michel-Verdier on Instagram here. Watch Frederic Michel-Verdier video below.

Water sector

Welcome to the Frederic Michel- Verdier blog. Frederic Michel-Verider is the leading partner in the acquisitions of Deep Container Terminal DCT Gdańsk (Poland) in 2019. Every day, over 50 million household and non-household consumers in England and Wales receive good quality water, sanitation and drainage services. These services are provided by 32 privately-owned companies in England and Wales. Since the water and sewerage industry was privatised in 1989 a regulatory framework has been in place to ensure that consumers receive high standards of service at a fair price. This framework has allowed the companies to invest more than £130 billion in maintaining and improving assets and services. The industry must also comply with national and European legislation.

Regulatory framework

Sets the overall water and sewerage policy framework in England. This includes

  • standard setting
  • drafting of legislation
  • creating special permits (e.g. drought orders)

Trying to meet investment needs

Although the restructuring had some improvements, it was difficult for water authorities to invest significantly in their assets. Additionally, the structure of the authorities meant that they were responsible for both discharging treated water into the environment and also monitoring discharges into the environment – both their own, and that of others. In response, in the Water Act 1983 the government:

  • made some constitutional changes
  • reduced the role of local government in decision making
  • gave the authorities scope to access the private capital markets.

With the privatisation of other public services already underway, the decision was taken to privatise the water authorities. This was enacted by the Water Act of 1989, which:

  • separated the functions of providing water and sewerage services, and monitoring discharge into the water system
  • allowed the privatised water authorities to borrow money to invest in water and sewerage services.

Regulating the privatised companies

To protect the interests of customers and the environment, at privatisation there was further restructuring of the industry. Three separate, independent bodies were established to regulate the activities of the water and sewerage companies. These were:

  • the National Rivers Authority – which took over the remaining functions, assets and staff of the water authorities as the environmental regulator
  • the Drinking Water Inspectorate – as the regulator of drinking water quality
  • the Director General of Water Services supported by the Office of Water Services (Ofwat) – as the economic regulator. More recent updates on the Frederic Michel-Verdier blog about infrastracture here.

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Frederic Michel-Verdier is a Funds veteran specializing in infrastructure equity investments and asset management with over 25+ years of experience. Find out more about Frederic Michel- Verdier by reading this article. Follow Frederic Michel-Verdier Instagram for more updates.

GI Partners To Push Digital Infrastrucure

Welcome to the Frederic Michel-Verdier blog. GI Partners, a private investment firm based in San Francisco, California has raised over $17 billion in capital from leading institutional investors around the world to invest in private equity, real estate, and data infrastructure strategies. The private equity team invests primarily in companies in the Healthcare, IT Infrastructure, Services, and Software sectors. The real estate team invests across a broad range of platforms and strategies. The data infrastructure team invests primarily in hard asset infrastructure businesses underpinning the digital economy. GI has also made key appointments to lead the new effort to it. A month earlier, GI hired Steve Smith, the former chief executive officer of data center company Equinix Inc. Check out Frederic Michel- Verdier website to read more about the flow of private capital into infrastructure projects around the world.

About Frederic 

Frederic Michel-Verdier has over 25+ years of experience in large scale Equity Investments and Asset Management of Global Infrastructure assets and financial services. Read more about Frederic Michel- Verdier here. Connect with him on the Frederic Michel-Verdier Crunchbase page.  You can also watch the Frederic Michel-Verdier video below

Frederic Michel-Verdier News

Frederic Michel-Verdier has announced he will be attending the upcoming Infrastructure Investor Global Summit on 16th to the 19th of March 2020 in Berlin. Frederic Michel-Verdier and other members of industry’s most influential practitioners are to attend the 2020 Summit, with speakers include Lord John Browne, Ben Hammersley, James Kerr and Dr Ayesha Khanna. The Berlin Global Summit is one of a number of high profile Infrastructure events attended by Mr. Frederic Michel-Verdier in recent weeks, including Paris Infraweek and Citi Outlook 2020 conference in London.

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Citi Private Bank also is confident that 2020 will be brighter than many expect. “We believe that global growth will surprise positively, feeding through into modest corporate earnings growth. In turn, this should buoy equity markets and cause longer-term rates to rise by more than the consensus expects. We urge you to cut through the negative noise, focus on hard economic data, and stay fully invested.”

The Berlin Global Summit is one of a number of high profile Infrastructure events attended by Mr Frederic Michel-Verdier in recent weeks, including Paris Infraweek and Citi Outlook 2020 conference in London. Frederic Michel-Verdier is a leader in the Infrastructure Investment industry and is planning on attending more upcoming events this year. Find out more about his upcoming news on the Frederic Michel-Verdier website. Alternatively, you can also follow Frederic Michel-Verdier on Facebook here.

Frederic Michel Verdier: Benefits of Building a Smart City

Welcome to the Frederic Michel Verdier blog. Smart city technology can help cities operate more efficiently while improving services to citizens and businesses, among many other benefits. The initiatives of the smart city is to prioritise people- both the residents and the visitors above everything else will tend to improve the life quality. From housing to transport, to health, to educational services, to environmental conditions, to happiness, to well-being.

Citizens can also expect cities to deliver robust, user-friendly digital services in many facets of life. Expanding digital services in communities make smart cities a more attractive place for residents to live and promote a connected citizen experience.

“Connected transportation systems have some of the greatest potential to drastically enhance efficiencies throughout a city” says Frederic Michel-Verdier. From enhanced traffic management to public transit riders’ ability to track bus or train locations, smart technologies allow cities to better serve citizens despite often rapidly growing populations.

With this, a smart city should also support the idea of sustainable development as it is the basic need of an hour and we cannot compromise in dealing with the valuable natural resources and fall into crisis. Also, taking the first steps toward picturing what your smart city might look like is, well, the smart thing to do.

Frederic is an infrastructure veteran who specialises in infrastructure equity investments and asset management. Frederic Michel-Verdier will be attending the upcoming Infrastructure Investor Global Summit on 16th to the 19th of March 2020 in Berlin. Find out more about him and read his latest tweets on his Twitter profile and visit his website for more.

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Frederic Michel-Verdier: Civil Engineers to Design a Better Future

Welcome to the Frederic Michel-Verdier blog. Frederic Michel-Verdier is an infrastructure veteran. Now is the time to embrace the Vision and the Roadmap and put passion and expertise into play.  So what will the civil engineering world be like in 2025? What roles will civil engineers play in that radically transformed world?

  • Civil engineers, will lead global, multi-disciplinary teams made up of professional engineers, technologists, and technicians, all with well-defined roles.
  • Civil engineers will be introduced to new technology for sustainable planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance.
  • Civil engineers will gain mastery in assessing and managing risk and forge new tactics for reducing the incidence and effects of natural and man-made disasters.
  • Civil engineers will be the go-to professionals for insights on public policy decisions that shape the built and natural environment.

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Frederic Michel-Verdier has been instrumental in developing the IFM London office through his strategic relationships and partnerships for the long-term benefit of the investors and their members and has played a key role in a number of the most successful infrastructure investments including the acquisitions of Veolia Poland, FCC Aqualia, Mersin International Port and Deep Container Terminal Gdansk. Learn more about the work of Frederic Michel-Verdier here. Check out Frederic Michel-Verdier‘s tips on the insights on public policy decisions that shape the built and natural environment here. Alternatively, you can also read Frederic Michel-Verdier‘s news here.

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Frederic Michel-Verdier: Tackling an Infrastructure Project

Welcome to the Frederic Michel-Verdier blog. Frederic Michel-Verdier has over 15 years experience in large scale Equity Investments and Asset Management of Global Infrastructure assets. Issues arise when it’s time to upgrade aging infrastructure. Like any city experiencing a resurgence of downtown living and economic growth, the demand on infrastructure grows as well. Who’s impacted when it’s time to make upgrades? Citizens, business owners and government agencies are all affected. Here are tips for creating the most value when upgrading aging infrastructure.

  1. Replacing aging infrastructure isn’t always complicated, but it requires investigation. You need to know where the existing infrastructure is and how you can connect it with the new project. Knowing the city processes, systems, details, standards, folklore, cultural values and general information that makes up your community is important.
  2. Whether working with the unknown, or planning on executing a basic upgrade to existing infrastructure, prepare to be flexible.This meant that the team had to be flexible in how they handled the upgrade as it was not a one-size-fits-all solution.
  3. Thinking ahead and having a vision for the future because it can save you money, time and inconvenience. Cities should look to the future and ask the right questions. Do you need a new waterline? If yes, would you want an excavation down your newly paved roadway? What will my residents want? It’s easier to do these improvement projects when roadways are already under construction.

Bringing it all together

Your city is destined for great things. With the right plan for aging infrastructure, you can get there.

Frederic Michel-Verdier has over 15 years experience in large scale Equity Investments and Asset Management of Global Infrastructure assets. Frederic Michel-Verdier has also deployed in excess of $2.5bn equity in the utilities and transport sectors in the last 18 months at IFM Investors – a uniquely-structured open-ended global fund manager – with over $100 billion in assets under management and has held the position of Vice Chairman of Veolia Polska for ten years. More about Frederic Michel-Verdier here. Alternatively, you can also read Frederic Michel-Verdier news here and get the latest from the Infrastructure investment industry.

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Frederic Michel-Verdier: Only half of new homes being built near train stations



Welcome to the Frederic Michel-Verdier blog. Frederic Michel-Verdier is a funds veteran specializing in infrastructure equity investments and asset management.The government’s new planning framework must focus on more transport-oriented housing developments as a report shows that only half of housing in the 12 fast growing cities in England is built within 2km of train stations.

The study is divided into two ‘rounds’ – 2012 to 2015 and 2015 to 2017, which allows comparison on how spatial issues are changing since the NPPF came into force in 2012. The institute has proposed several amendments to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to ensure that national planning policy supports housing delivery whilst also tackling critical issues of congestion air pollution and negative impacts of car dependency on both individual health and wider economically sustainable place-making.

Victoria Hills, chief executive of RTPI, said: “The NPPF gives us the opportunity to ensure that planners have a sound policy framework which encourages transport orientated development. The funding and delivery of infrastructure should be targeted to maximise potential for sustainable development close to train stations and public transport hubs. Our research on where housing development is actually being permitted shows that current policies do not go far enough to underpin the need to deliver housing in the most sustainable places. We call on Government to tighten up this aspect of the NPPF.”

Meanwhile, Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh has said that within a ten-minute walk of London’s train stations, there is enough Green Belt land for over one million new homes. In her response to the NPPF, McDonagh is calling for a presumption in favour of housebuilding on Green Belt land within 1km (roughly a 10-minute walk) of a tube or train station.

The MP for Mitcham and Morden and lead signatory on the submission to the NPPF, said: “It’s time to grasp the nettle and to stop promising new homes without the means of providing them. Would we rather have homes that our young people can afford to buy or are we happy for scrappy plots of ungreen land to remain wrongly designated as Green Belt just because of the potential furore that de-designation may cause? I believe that this is a fight worth having. There are 128,000 children in England living in temporary accommodation, desperate for a place to call home. In the hearts of our towns and cities and close to public transport, scrubland, rubbish tips and car washes are inappropriately designated as Green Belt land. It’s time to burst the myth that all Green Belt is green and use it for the homes our children so desperately need.”

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Frederic Michel-Verdier has been responsible for relationship and partnership development as well as sourcing, evaluating, implementing and managing investments. Learn more about the work of Frederic Michel-Verdier here. Read Frederic Michel-Verdiers more update of the government’s new planning framework on the Frederic Michel-Verdier Facebook page here. Alternatively, you can also read the Frederic Michel-Verdier news here.

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