Despite Brexit, UK still popular with infrastructure investors

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The United Kingdom has ranked third after the USA and Australia as the market with the most potential for private infrastructure investment, in a poll of global infrastructure investors.

The EDHEC Infrastructure Institute said that the result shows that the UK’s departure from the European Union will not affect the attractiveness of the UK for infrastructure investing. The survey was conducted among 300 respondents globally, including around 130 large institutions, such as sovereign wealth funds and pension funds, representing $10 trillion in assets. The UK ranked second in the survey a year before.

EDHEC Infrastructure Institute director, Frederic Blanc-Brude, said: “Long-term investors continue to believe in the credibility of the UK infrastructure sector, the viability of the British economy in the medium term, and the creditworthiness of its government.” He added: “Perhaps ‘no deal’ is a good deal for infrastructure investors. The survey combines the opinions of large, sophisticated institutional investors that have to take a view on post-Brexit UK. The UK has long been one of the most active markets for infrastructure investments and represents one third of the EDHEC infra Broad Market Equity Index Universe of unlisted infrastructure companies.”

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