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Global Finance names the World's Best Project & Infrastructure Finance Providers 2012

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NEW YORK, July 18, 2012 Global Finance magazine has released its rankings for the World's Best Project & Infrastructure Finance Providers to be published in an exclusive survey in the September 2012 issue.

As countries seek to improve their global competitiveness, project finance is an important source of long-term financing in emerging markets, as well as developed economies. These awards recognize the growing significance of investments in core infrastructure assets such as airports, railways, ports, power generation and transmission, oil and gas pipelines and renewables. The OECD estimates that $53 trillion of investment will be needed to meet demand for infrastructure improvements through 2030. Global Finance selected winners across ten global and seven regional categories.

Global Finance 's editorial team – with input from industry analysts, bankers, lawyers and technology experts – selected the best providers of project and infrastructure financing and services. A variety of subjective and objective criteria were used for choosing the winners. Factors considered included market share and position on league tables, innovative products and thinking, client service, execution skills and vision for the future.

"There are many exciting projects underway or on the drawing boards, despite difficult economic and financial conditions in many parts of the world," says Joseph Giarraputo, publisher of Global Finance . "Those who take advantage of current low construction costs and changing technology to invest in infrastructure will be the winners to come in the years ahead. Productivity and efficiency need to increase to promote economic growth and meet the future needs of the world's expanding population."

An Awards Ceremony for all winners will be conducted during the World Bank/IMF Meetings on the morning of Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Tokyo, Japan.

For more information on the awards and/or the ceremony, please contact: Katharine Frey, email: kfrey@gfmag.com

For editorial information please contact: Andrea Fiano, Editor, email: afiano@gfmag.com

World's Best Project & Infrastructure Finance Providers 2012
GLOBAL AWARDS
Financial Adviser HSBS
Legal Adviser Allen & Overy
Arranger Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Sponsor Macquarie Group
Multilateral Asian Development Bank
Best M&A Deal of the Year: Acquisition of Edinburgh Airport by Global Infrastructure Partners
Best Bond Deal of the Year: $4 billion, 10-year sukuk by the General Authority of Civil Aviation, Saudi Arabia
PPP Deal of the Year: New Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia
Infrastructure Deal of the Year: Tours-Bordeaux (France) High-Speed Rail Line
Most Innovative Strategy for Infrastructure Development (Region or Country): Brazilian Airport Privatization and Infrastructure Concessions
North America
Financial Adviser Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Legal Adviser Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy
Arranger Mizuho Financial Group
Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway
Most Innovative Strategy for Infrastructure Development (State/Province or Municipality): New York City’s Economic Development Corporation for Cornell NYC Tech (“Silicon Island”).
Western Europe
Financial Adviser Société Générale
Legal Adviser Linklaters
Arranger BNP Paribas
Sponsor DP World
Most Innovative Strategy for Infrastructure Development (State/Province or Municipality): London 2012 Olympics
Nordic Region
Financial Adviser Nordea
Legal Adviser Lindahl
Arranger SEB
Sponsor Skanska Infrastructure Development
Most Innovative Strategy for Infrastructure Development (State/Province or Municipality): City of Copenhagen’s North Harbor.
Asia
Financial Adviser Maybank
Legal Adviser Clifford Chance
Arranger State Bank of India
Sponsor Adani Group
Most Innovative Strategy for Infrastructure Development (State/Province or Municipality): Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province zone for urban development
CEE
Financial Adviser Garanti Bank
Legal Adviser White & Case
Arranger UniCredit
Sponsor SunEdison
Most Innovative Strategy for Infrastructure Development (State/Province or Municipality): Polyce Project for Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague and Vienna
Latin America
Financial Adviser Banco Santander
Legal Adviser Machado Meyer Sendacz Opic
Arranger Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Sponsor Pan-Pacific Copper
Most Innovative Strategy for Infrastructure Development (State/Province or Municipality): Rio Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Middle East/Africa
Financial Adviser Samba Financial Group
Legal Adviser Shearman & Sterling
Arranger Arab Bank
Sponsor Citadel Capital
Most Innovative Strategy for Infrastructure Development (State/Province or Municipality): Princess Noura Bint AbdulRahman University for Women, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia