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Infrastructure Investment - September 22, 2014

EDHEC Risk Institute—Asia Research Director, Dr. Frédéric Blanc-Brude, to be keynote speaker at the Institutional Investor Infrastructure Forum in Toronto on 24 September, 2014

Dr. Frédéric Blanc-Brude, Research Director at EDHEC Risk Institute—Asia, will be the keynote speaker at the Institutional Investor Infrastructure Forum, organised in Toronto on 24 September, 2014 by Casgrain & Company Limited.

The objective of the forum, aimed at Canadian fixed-income institutional investors, is to further expose institutional investors to the realities of project financing.

At the event, Dr. Blanc-Brude will introduce EDHEC-Risk Institute's roadmap towards the creation of investment benchmarks for unlisted infrastructure assets, both debt and equity. He will highlight the results of two recent research papers on performance measurement in, respectively, private infrastructure project loans and equity stakes, including how we can address the current lack of large datasets of private infrastructure cash flows and create measures of expected returns, value-at-risk, yield and duration given the current state of empirical knowledge. The valuation and risk measurement methodology proposed by EDHEC-Risk Institute also defines the minimum amount of data that should be reported to investors to compute the performance measures that they and the regulator need to make long-term asset allocation choices with regards to infrastructure investment.

Frédéric Blanc-Brude is Research Director at EDHEC Risk Institute–Asia and heads the Institute’s thematic research programme on infrastructure financing and investment. Prior to joining EDHEC-Risk Institute, he worked for ten years in the infrastructure sector and has been actively involved in transactions representing a cumulative value of more than USD6bn in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Between 2008 and 2011, he headed the operations of a boutique consultancy specialised in energy and water projects in China. He has published his research widely and talks regularly at academic and industry conferences. He has taught finance at King’s College London and designed and delivered executive seminars on infrastructure finance. He holds a PhD in Finance from the University of London.