Ernst & Young awarded Carbon Trust Standard

June 2, 2011

Ernst & Young has today announced that it has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard, for demonstrating its commitment to reducing carbon emissions in the UK. Based on the Carbon Trust’s rigorous assessment, Ernst & Young were certified to have measured, managed and reduced their carbon emissions across their operations, and committed to reduce their…

HAWKAMAH EVENT 1ST JUNE 2011 – IFC Program on Bonds and Sukuks, Dubai, UAE

May 27, 2011

Hawkamah, the Institute for Corporate Governance has partnered with the Islamic Finance Council, UK (IFC) and the Chartered Institute For Securities and Investment (CISI) on holding the first Dubai session of the Scholar Professional Development Program.   The Scholar Professional Development program takes a CPD (Continuous Professional Development) approach to empowering Islamic bankers and Shari’a…

Deutsche Bank Climate Change Advisors Report: “The German Feed-in Tariff for PV: Managing Volume Success with Price Response.”

May 25, 2011

Germany is poised for continued renewable energy market growth through 2020 and beyond in order to meet binding renewable electricity targets and compensate for its upcoming nuclear power phase out. The German government has convened a commission to discuss the feasibility of accelerating the phase out of nuclear energy all together by 2017-2025. The preliminary…

Standard and Poor’s Report on How Europe’s Initiative To Stimulate Infrastructure Project Bond Financing Could Affect Ratings

May 19, 2011

  Over the next decade, the European Commission (EC) estimates that funding needs for infrastructure development in the EU–covering transport, energy, and information and communication networks–could total between €1.5 trillion and €2.0 trillion by 2020. With many governments implementing austerity packages, the EC also acknowledges that the capital markets will play an important role in…

BAM and PGGM form joint venture

May 19, 2011

Bunnik/Zeist, the Netherlands, 19 May 2011 – Royal BAM Group and Dutch pension fund administrator PGGM announce the formation of a 50/50 joint venture between BAM PPP and PGGM. This joint venture, BAM PPP PGGM Infrastructure Coöperatie U.A., marks a significant development, and is the first of its kind, in the European Public Private Partnership…

ULI and Ernst & Young New Study: Infrastructure as a Strategic Priority Report

May 19, 2011

Urban Land Institute (ULI), in collaboration with Ernst & Young, released a report on the global infrastructure trends and activities in 2011, and the U.S. infrastructure policies that aim to repair and rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, including roads, transit and ports. Within the theme, “Downscaling Ambitions and Finding Creative Solutions,” the findings of the study…

Cities urgently need different approach to infrastructure

May 12, 2011

  In the May 2011 Deloitte Access Economics-Arup Investment Monitor, Arup argues that a different, systems-thinking approach to infrastructure decision-making is needed to support our major cities. Despite some AU$82bn of economic infrastructure projects currently under construction, reports indicate this may not be enough to address Australia’s infrastructure requirements over the next decade. For the…

SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT AND LEND LEASE SIGN A 25-YEAR PFI CONTRACT WITH THE SOUTH TYNE AND WEAR WASTE PARTNERSHIP FOR 825 MILLION EUROS REVENUES*

May 12, 2011

SITA UK, subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, has signed a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract worth 825 million euros* over 25 years with the South Tyne and Wear Waste Partnership, representing Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland local authorities. SITAUKformed part of a consortium, which includes Lend Lease and I-Environment Investments Ltd, subsidiary of ITOCHU Corporation. The…

Project practices power through the downturn

May 11, 2011

This article first appeared in The Lawyer magazine.  Energy and infrastructure teams have lined up some strong bids for The Lawyer Awards 2011, says James Swift In spite of disasters in the Gulf of Mexico and Japan, depressed markets and a squeeze on ­spending in the UK, submissions from law firms’ energy and ­infrastructure teams for The Lawyer Awards 2011…

Wragge & Co advises on landmark €20 billion defence contract

May 5, 2011

Wragge & Co has advised on the A400M defence procurement in Europe. Working with ‘Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’Armement’ (OCCAR), the firm advised on the re-negotiation of a ground-breaking €20 billion contract for the development and supply of up to 170 A400M military transport aircraft from Airbus Military S.L. Projects partner Michael Whitehouse,…

MacRoberts Business Academy – Innovative Training Launched For In-house Lawyers

April 19, 2011

In collaboration with the internationally highly-regarded University of Edinburgh Business School, MacRoberts LLP has launched MacRoberts Business Academy (MacBA) – a whole new way of providing post-qualifying training, specially tailored to the needs of In-House Lawyers. Recognising the diverse role of the In-House Lawyer as one which requires something more than the traditional approach to legal…

Marsh enters into Strategic Partnership with INSIA to help it build its broker network across Continental Europe

April 19, 2011

London/Prague, 12 April, 2011 – Marsh, the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor, today announced it has reached agreement with INSIA a.s. (INSIA), the insurance broker network headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic to support the network’s growth in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and other European countries. As part of the agreement, Marsh will…

£151.7 million to improve street lighting in Croydon and Lewisham

April 15, 2011

Department for Transport   (London) The DfT has approved the Cambridgeshire, Croydon & Lewisham, Knowsley and Oldham & Rochdale Street Lighting PFI projects proceed to financial close – here is the Croydon & Lewisham Press Notice. More than £151 million of Government funding will be made available to improve street lighting in Croydon and Lewisham,…

UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE: Committee on Economic Cooperation and IntegrationTeam of Specialists on PPPs Third session – Geneva, 18th-19th April 2011

April 15, 2011

The UNECE is taking a major new initiative to establish an UNECE International PPP Centre of Excellence (UNECE PPP Centre). This initiative is specifically designed for the benefit of both the countries and the local and foreign private sector. It will be discussed at the Third Session of Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships in…

Delaware roads: Midstate highway faces more obstacles

April 13, 2011

Lower projections for traffic, tolls raise questions as DelDOT seeks federal help After four decades of on-and-off studies, tens of millions of dollars spent for engineering and land costs and countless attempts to smooth the way with the public, deep new cracks are forming in the path to a new U.S. 301 toll road. While…

Arup is delighted to be holding a series of special events during the first week of May 2011: ‘Making cities work for people’.

April 12, 2011

Brisbane event: Wednesday 4th May Time: 7.30am to 9am Venue: Queensland Art Gallery, Stanley Street, South Brisbane Melbourne event: Thursday 5th May Time: 7.30am to 9am Venue: Level 89, Eureka Tower, 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank Sydney event: Thursday 5th May Time: 6pm to 8pm Venue: Ted Hopkins Room, Luna Park, Milsons Point   These exciting…

Zimbabwe grab deadline hits platinum shares

April 8, 2011

Peter Leon, a partner at Webber Wentzel, was quoted in a recent Business Day article Zimbabwe giving foreign mining firms six months to sell a majority stake to local black investors, causing the JSE’s platinum mining index to tumble more than 3%. According to the Zimbabwean Government Gazette, the calculation of the value of assets…

DB Climate Change Advisors

April 8, 2011

A DB Climate Change Advisors (DBCCA) report released today, “GET FiT Plus“, presents new concepts to drive renewable energy investment in developing regions. The Global Energy Transfer Feed-in Tariffs Program or “GET FiT” program is a proposal to support both renewable energy scale-up and energy access through the creation of new international public-private partnerships. Click here to download…

Maitland rail signalling project successfully commissioned

March 30, 2011

  ON 1 March 2011, work on the Maitland Computer Based Interlocking (CBI) commissioning was successfully completed ahead of schedule, achieving a string of firsts for the integrated Arup team responsible for delivering this complex project. The Hunter Valley in New South Wales is home to the largest coal export port in the world and…

Clayton Utz congratulates clients on award-winning deals

March 29, 2011

Four major infrastructure projects on which Clayton Utz’s Major Projects team provided legal advice and support have been singled out for key industry awards – further cementing the firm’s reputation as the go-to law firm on major infrastructure deals. Victoria’s $759 million Peninsula Link road project was named Project Finance APAC Transport (Road) Deal of…

Herbert Smith advises Chevron on sale of Pembroke oil refinery to Valero

March 25, 2011

Herbert Smith has advised Chevron Global Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, on the sale of Chevron Limited, the entity which holds the Pembroke Refinery, as well as its fuel marketing and aviation business in the United Kingdom and Ireland to a wholly owned subsidiary of…

Drake & Scull Water and Power alliance with world renowned Alternative Energy leaders in Australia

March 17, 2011

Drake & Scull Water and Power (DSWP), a wholly owned subsidiary of Drake & Scull International (DSI) PJSC, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (‘MOU’) with Australian based company Earth Heat Resources Limited (‘Earth Heat’ or ‘the Company’), an ASX listed New Energy Company, to jointly explore, bid for and secure geothermal project opportunities in…

The GCC Mortgage Market and Mortgage Takaful Guarantee Insurance Framework Event

March 11, 2011

Setting up the GCC Mortgage Market and Mortgage Takaful Guarantee Insurance Framework 17 March 2011, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dubai – UAE   Hawkamah is delighted to invite IPFA members to attend the 3rd Arab Real Estate & Urban Development Conference. This is a collaborative event between the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) &…

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