Latest Asia Pacific Analysis

  • 1MDB: the reckoning

    The 1Malaysia Development scandal that swept the opposition into power is turning into a reckoning for $22 billion worth of China-backed infrastructure projects

  • Indonesia talks the PPP talk

    Indonesia's National Development Planning Agency recently announced that it has committed $3.4 billion in state funds for infrastructure investment in 2019

  • Belt & Road: China's Malacca dilemma

    Once the key pillar of China’s Belt & Road initiative, the Malaysian opposition’s election victory in May has raised questions about Beijing’s strategy going forward

  • Asia green bonds: looking ahead

    Financing of renewables across the Asia Pacific has so far been dominated by commercial and multilateral banks. But regional bond investors are showing interest in green bonds and finance – fuelling hopes for the potential growth of capital market financing solutions

  • Rosy outlook for Indian oil refineries

    India recently unveiled plans to set up the world’s largest refinery at Babulwadi, Taluka Rajpur in Ratnagiri district. The project is expected to cost around $40 billion and have a refining capacity of 60 million tonnes per annum

  • Malaysia: to HSR or not to HSR

    Malaysia's new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s pledge to review all foreign contracts and projects has those involved in the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail project resigned to yet another delay. But the market remains optimistic that the deal will be approved, and the wait will be rewarded with a more transparent tender process

  • Vietnam’s transport infrastructure

    It may not be one of the largest economies in Asia, but Vietnam has made a strong commitment to infrastructure spending in recent years

  • Oil majors – shuffling along the Road to Damascus

    In a volte-face that’s enough to make a North Korean dictator blush, the oil majors are continuing to trip over their feet in a bid to reinvent themselves as good guys, having spent the last century-plus playing the black-hat cowboy

  • Rantau Dedap geothermal, Indonesia

    It took four years for the sponsors of the Rantau Dedap geothermal power plant to reach financial close on the $700 million project in South Sumatra, Indonesia

  • Power push in Bangladesh

    Bangladesh has the potential for significant economic growth but still suffers from huge unmet power demand. The country is trying to address this power deficit by investing in renewables and conventional power sources

  • Australia: Sydney congestion

    Infrastructure Australia's priority list for 2018 is focusing on resolving congestion in Sydney, the country’s largest city

  • Samurai loans – new master for Ronin lenders

    A wind of change is sweeping the Australian financing market with MUFG closing syndication on its second refi of a major piece of availability-based infrastructure today, leveraging the fearsome might of Samurai lenders

  • Belt and Road: the next phase

    China is looking to shift the funding strategy for its Belt and Road initiative away from government loans and towards more diversified sources of financing

  • Acquisition of 70% of ENGIE E&P International

    Private equity-backed operators have poured billions of dollars into the North Sea upstream industry over the last 18 months. Neptune Energy’s first deal to buy out ENGIE's portfolio seals the entry of another independent, but is likely to be the last in a flurry of sales of mega-sized upstream portfolios by majors

  • Road to hell paved with burning coal…

    Looking at the 2017 IJ League Tables, one thing leaps off the page – the number of coal-fired power plants that made it to financial close. That’s a surprising stat to pick out at first glance, and leaves you thinking that surely – in this increasingly sustainable world – involvement in such deals must be fairly challenging for lenders...

  • Aussie renewables rules

    Australia’s Minister for Energy and the Environment Josh Frydenberg this week insisted that Australia will hit its 2020 target of 33,500GWh of renewable energy, but that 6,000MW of new renewable capacity must be built by the end of 2019

  • KL-SG HSR – James Bond’s preferred project

    Not many projects require all participants to sign the Official Secrets Act, but the Kuala Lumpur to Singapore High Speed Rail is anything but a run-of-the mill deal and every single adviser on it has signed on the dotted line… possibly in blood

  • Vietnam: solar outlook 2018

    Vietnam has eluded solar developers for several years. Deals appear set to finally get done in 2018, if not on international developers’ desired terms

  • The new year – back for another swing

    A couple of (hopefully) amusing anecdotes, a preview of our league tables which will be published in a couple of weeks' time and mulling the awards for which we shall hosting judging sessions over the course of this month

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