15 February 2017  |  Schiphol

DIF appoints its Head of Spain to Partner

DIF is pleased to announce the appointment of Fernando Moreno Gorostizaga to Partner. This step emphasises the importance of the Iberian Peninsula within DIF’s strategy. Fernando has been with DIF since 2015 as a Managing Director and Head of Spain when DIF established its Spanish operations in Madrid. The Madrid office covers investments in Spain, Portugal and potentially Chile.

Fernando has over 15 years of experience in the infrastructure sector. Prior to DIF he worked in several leading Spanish infrastructure businesses, including infrastructure developer Globalvia Inversiones as a Senior Investment Director, as CFO with construction group Sacyr Concesiones, as Head of International Structured Finance with concession company Itinere and as head of finance with construction company FCC.

Fernando holds an EMBA from IESE Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Universidad Complutense.

DIF Profile

DIF is an independent and specialist infrastructure fund management company, managing funds of approximately €3.5 billion. DIF invests in infrastructure assets that generate long term stable cash flows, including PPP / PFI / P3, renewable energy assets and other core infrastructure assets in Europe, North America and Australia.

DIF has offices in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Luxembourg, Madrid, Toronto and Sydney.

For more information, please contact:

Wim Blaasse, Managing Partner
Email: w.blaasse@dif.eu

Allard Ruijs, Partner
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

24 January 2017  |  Paris

DIF completes the acquisition of a stake in the French A63 toll road

DIF Infrastructure IV is pleased to report that it closed the acquisition of a 9.22% stake in the A63 project, following the announced signing of the transaction almost a year ago.

The shareholding was acquired from Colas Sud Ouest and Spie Batignolles, two French construction companies that were part of the original design and building consortium. The transaction had been announced in February last year but remained subject to a number of conditions precedent, including third party consents.

The project is a 40-year toll concession to design, build, finance, operate and maintain an upgraded 104km section of the A63 highway between Salles and Saint-Geours-de-Maremne in southwest France. The project was fully commissioned in November 2013, seven months ahead of plan. The project’s senior debt was successfully refinanced with long term debt in June 2015.

DIF Profile

DIF is an independent and specialist infrastructure fund management company, managing funds of approximately €3.3 billion. DIF invests in infrastructure assets that generate long term stable cash flows, including PPP / PFI / P3, renewable energy assets and other core infrastructure assets in Europe, North America and Australia.

DIF has offices in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Luxembourg, Madrid, Toronto and Sydney.

For more information, please contact:

Paul Nash, Partner
Email: p.nash@dif.eu

Allard Ruijs, Partner
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

9 January 2017  |  Toronto

DIF completes the refinancing of a 30 MWac ground mounted solar PV portfolio

DIF has completed the refinancing of a portfolio of 3 operational, ground-mounted solar PV projects located in Ontario, Canada. The DIF Infrastructure III fund owns 100% of the projects, which commenced operations in 2014 and 2015. The projects sell power pursuant to 20 year feed-in-tariff contracts with the Independent Electricity System Operator (formerly known as the Ontario Power Authority).

Natixis New York Branch, acting as the sole mandated lead arranger, together with Samsung Life Insurance Co. Ltd., Migdal Insurance Company Ltd., Migdal Makefet Pension and Provident Funds Ltd., and Raymond James Banks, NA as lenders, provided approximately CAD$180 million of senior debt facilities to refinance the existing debt.

The lenders were advised by McCarthy Tetrault LLP (legal), DNV KEMA Renewables Inc. (technical), and Intech Risk Management Inc. (insurance). DIF was advised by Torys LLP (legal), KPMG (tax), Riverside Risk Advisors (hedging), Mazars (model audit) and LCN Legal (UK legal).

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Mansfield, Partner
Email: c.mansfield@dif.eu

Allard Ruijs, Partner
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu