.......Non-Executive Director - serving investors in and lenders to infrastructure projects and businesses

Infrastructure has traditionally been regarded as a low risk, long-term yielding asset class. Investor appetite for infrastructure assets continues to grow but increasing risks threaten to undermine returns. But the asset management skills required to preserve investment returns are quite different to the traditional, transaction focused competencies of most investors. This paper explores the evolving skill requirements required to secure returns from infrastructure as it enters a new, less benign cycle.

Read the full paper here... http://www.slideshare.net/nigelbrindley/infrastructure-investment-one-way-bet-or-booby-trap
Boyden interim management supplies senior executives on a short- to mid-term basis to companies needing expertise in a particular area.  Boyden Turnaround & Transformation Panel is part of this service.  Nigel Brindley looks forward to contributing to the panel 20 years' experience of performance improvement, integration and turnaround in investments in infrastructure assets and services.
The launch of Stratus Infrastructure generates media interest - read "New Venture tackles PPP Skills" article in PPP Bulletin here
Stratus Infrastructure, a new bid and asset management company aimed at providing infrastructure and PPP investment support to sponsors and investors in emerging markets, is being set up by Nigel Brindley and Bob Shekleton.  Bob and Nigel have known each other for over 10 years, working together on a range of projects spanning from multi-school and hospital PPPs to road, rail and renewable energy infrastructure.  Whilst Bob has concentrated on bid, procurement and transaction management, Nigel has been integrating and managing assets, portfolios and concessions to enhance value.  They are assembling a network of associates with established careers in infrastructure on which to draw additional resource where necessary. Stratus will be operating internationally with a particular focus on developing infra-markets with an appetite for PPP/project financed type deals. There is more information at http://www.stratusinfrastructure.com
Student Accommodation turnaround: facing the investment challenge with Infraquest. £2.5bn is projected to be invested in the UK market in 2014 (equivalent to 45,000 new rooms). Yet the market is suffering from over-supply of purpose built accommodation in some areas.  Although the fall in admissions of 7.4% in 2012/13 following the increase in tuition fees has been largely recovered since, new accommodation has continued to come on-line with an additional 80,000 new rooms being added in the same period.  So what are the keys to investment success in the future?  Follow the student flight to quality!  Invest on-campus in partnership with high grade universities, secure minimum take-ups through the nominations agreement, ensure build quality exceeds that offered by the competition and actively manage the asset with experienced, knowledgeable management.  But what if you have an existing under-performing asset?  Current low interest rates and institutional appetite for infrastructure assets create refinancing opportunities.  There is often scope to renegotiate lease and nomination agreements, revalue and re-profile lifecycle costs, market test the operating contracts, target the post-graduate student market and reallocate units to alternative uses.  In conclusion, these are not passive investments, they require active and expert management to drive value and secure the investment case.  Photos are of Therese House, Barbican, Brunel University and INTO, University of  East Anglia.  Call us to find out how we may help you, from deal structuring and negotiation, post preferred bidder value improvement, asset management, turnaround, refinancing and exit management.  
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