1 June 2022  |  London

DIF Capital Partners to divest its stake in the Thames Tideway Tunnel project

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”) is pleased to announce that DIF Infrastructure III (“DIF III”) and DIF Infrastructure IV (“DIF IV”) have agreed to the sale of their 10.66% shareholding in Thames Tideway Tunnel (“Tideway”) to DIF’s existing co-shareholders in the project: an affiliate of Allianz Capital Partners, two Amber Infrastructure-related entities (International Public Partnerships and Swiss Life Asset Managers) and Dalmore Capital. The transaction has arisen due to DIF III coming to the end of its fund life.

Tideway is a unique UK infrastructure project and is the largest single asset in the UK water sector. The 25km long tunnel is being constructed to help prevent the release of 37 million cubic metres of untreated sewage that is currently discharged into the River Thames in a typical year. The ‘super sewer’ will significantly increase the capacity of London’s sewer network and help to transform the River Thames into a healthier and cleaner river.

DIF, along with Allianz, Amber Infrastructure and Dalmore Capital, was awarded the project licence for Tideway from Ofwat in 2015, and has managed the project successfully through its most challenging construction phase. At the end of April 2022, Tideway reached a significant milestone with the completion of tunnelling.

Andrew Freeman, Head of Exits at DIF, said: “During our joint ownership, the co-shareholders have championed our collective vision of providing long-term benefits to London by upgrading its essential infrastructure. We are delighted to leave Tideway under their stewardship.”

DIF was advised by RBC Capital Markets (financial) and Norton Rose Fulbright (legal).

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent investment manager, with ca. EUR 11 billion in assets under management across ten closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in infrastructure companies and assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas, and Australia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF CIF funds, of which DIF CIF III is the latest vintage, target equity investments in small to mid-sized core-plus infrastructure companies in the telecom, energy transition, and transportation sectors.
  • Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure VI is the latest vintage, target core infrastructure equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and energy transition projects (incl. renewable energy).

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 190 professionals, based in eleven offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, Helsinki, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Paris, Santiago, Sydney, and Toronto. For more information please visit www.dif.eu.

Contact: Thijs Verburg, t.verburg@dif.eu.