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SJ Berwin has underlined its commitment to the infrastructure sector, advising on the closing of RREEF Infrastructure’s latest fund.
RREEF’s Pan-European Infrastructure Fund raised over EUR2bn (£1.36bn), well in excess of the EUR800m (£543m) initially targeted.
The SJ Berwin team advising on the fund was led by London-based funds partner Josyane Gold and Munich-based funds partner Anthony Tulloch with input from London associates Bridget Quirke, Simon Meagher and Tim Dolan and Munich associates Conrad Rainer and Alice Gamble.
According to Gold, the fact the fund outstripped its original target size is an indication of the infrastructure market’s strength.
“There is a huge amount of activity in infrastructure at the moment and very large funds are being closed,” she said. “Infrastructure has become a big focus for us and we are working on a number of these projects at the moment. We are very much targeting infrastructure, which is imitating the heady days of private equity.”
Gold added that the RREEF fund was modelled on a private equity vehicle in that it is structured as a limited partnership.
RREEF Infrastructure is the global alternative investment arm of Deutsche Bank’s asset management business. SJ Berwin won the instruction from the company on the back of a beauty parade.
The fund, which invests across Continental Europe and the UK, focuses on the transport, utilities, social infrastructure and specialist sectors. According to Gold, this is the first infrastructure fund to invest on a pan-European basis.