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Downing closes first dedicated institutional fund for infrastructure projects

Investment manager Downing has closed a dedicated GBP125 million infrastructure fund focusing on the flexible generation sector in the UK.

The increase in deployment of renewable energy has created a new class of flexible generation assets of which gas peakers play a significant role and is where the fund will focus its investment activities.
Downing’s energy team have made over 100 energy investments to date across a range of sectors including: solar, reserve power, battery storage, wind and biomass.
Shane Swords (pictured), Head of Institutional Fundraising at Downing, says: “This is a significant step forward in our institutional product development. We have a strong pipeline of opportunities and are extremely pleased at the level of interest from such investors.”
Tom Williams, Partner Energy and Infrastructure, says: “Downing’s significant origination, execution and structuring capabilities in this space clearly resonate with investors. We’re delighted to reach close on this.”  
Downing LLP was advised by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (legal) on the transaction.

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