New book on infrastructure investing is out!

Infrastructure as an Asset Class: new edition of the comprehensive standard work on global infrastructure investing.

Infrastructure as an Asset Class is considered by many as the standard work of infrastructure investing, thanks to its comprehensive guidance for investors. This Second Edition has been extensively updated and expanded by the leading practitioner Dr. Barbara Weber supported in particular by her new co-author Dr. Mirjam Staub, an expert on sustainable investing.

This second edition now also covers the energy sector – from generation to transmission, storage and district energy systems – and sheds light on sustainability aspects in infrastructure investing, an indispensable topic, which any long-term professional investor can no longer ignore. Further, it introduces a strategic approach to benchmarking, the financial performance of infrastructure investments and presents various sustainability benchmarking tools used across the industry.

Bringing together the topics of infrastructure investments, project finance and public private partnerships (PPPs), has proven to be crucial for equipping investors with the essentials of theory, fundamentals and practical examples needed to fully master the key aspects of infrastructure investing. This single-source guide for newcomers and experienced investors alike covers all aspects from basic fundamentals to highly specific infrastructure investment-related questions such as: How to define infrastructure? How to classify the ownership structures and business models in various industry sectors? What are the main characteristics, sources of revenue and value chain elements, competition and regulation as well as investment opportunities across various infrastructure sectors? How can the broad spectrum of risks (caused among others by stage, sector, country and ESG risks) be systematically analysed, evaluated and mitigated through adequate structuring of transactions. The book also explains in detail how project finance works both in a traditional and in a PPP context.

The book includes the latest developments on the subjects covered, which makes it an extremely relevant source of guidance for infrastructure investors globally and enables them to:

  • Know about relevant developments in current infrastructure markets
  • Assess individual infrastructure assets step by step for their suitability within an investment strategy, including sustainability aspects
  • Understand all factors determining risk-return profiles of infrastructure assets, including ESG and, in particular, climate change risk and how to mitigate such risks
  • Learn from illustrative real-world case studies on infrastructure assets across countries

Even experienced infrastructure investors who have read the first edition will find this revised standard work Infrastructure as an Asset Class, Second Edition, very useful as it supports them in their tasks of identifying and assessing suitable investment opportunities and making well-informed investment decisions.