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Global Infrastructure Finance launches debut infrastructure debt fund

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York for New Managers:

Boston-based Global Infrastructure Finance has launched its debut infrastructure finance fund. The Global Infrastructure Fund targets high single-digit returns in emerging markets infrastructure credit. The strategy is designed to find opportunities in the financing of infrastructure in emerging markets that have a growing middle class and rapidly expanding urban areas with high infrastructure needs.

The strategy is managed by Susan Wisialko. Wisialko was previously the sole emerging market corporate and structured credit analyst at GMO. She was also a partner at CrossRegional Management a hedge fund focused on global emerging markets infrastructure debt. Wisialko tells Opalesque New Managers that her new firm builds on her expertise in emerging markets credit.

"There are a lot of cheap assets right now. I think people are surprised to see the opportunity set in public infrastructure debt because it's not talked about that often but there is real demand," she says.

The strategy is designed to find opportunities where bonds are relatively cheap and are still likely to pay out. That can be trickier in emerging markets where there is greater sovereign risk and project risk generally. Wisialko says it's important to have a rigorous understanding of downside risk but also what rights are available to bondholders in the event......................

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