PortlandPortland

By Nick Flitterman

Ian Cogswell joins the annual Proximo Festive Trends Round-up – Listen Live on 17th December!

Join Portland’s Ian Cogswell for the annual Proximo Festive Trends Round-up on 17th December

What a year 2020 has been.  An unforeseen pandemic, economic collapse, and likely changes to business models for many energy and infrastructure players are just the highlights, if that is the right word.  For sponsors and banks struggling to keep businesses operating smoothly, lockdown will not have meant a slower pace of life.  But the market has continued to absorb transactions (and banks process to waivers!).  In some respects, the world has changed immensely.  In others, life goes on as before.  Some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century – mitigating climate change and ensuring the world’s infrastructure supports continued development – remain.

To try and make sense of the year, and think about where 2020’s events might lead us, Proximo is inviting back its longest-serving regulars, including Portland’s Ian Cogswell, to talk through the last 12 months and ponder where the next 12 months might take us.  Joining the panel alongside Ian will be Tom Nelthorpe, contributing editor of Proximo (moderator); Michael Whalen, managing director at Berkeley Research Group; and Jonathan Yellen of Yellen & Co.

Tune in at 3pm (UK) on Thursday 17th December.  More details can be found at

Proximo Festive Trends Round-up – 17th Dec 2020

For further information, contact Ian at ian.cogswell@portlandadvisers.com or +44 20 7183 8214

By Nick Flitterman

Cogswell joins Proximo’s Weekly Podcast – an oil and gas sector Covid-19 special

Ian Cogswell joins Proximo’s Weekly Debrief to discuss the oil and gas sector in relation to Covid-19

The Proximo Weekly Debrief provides the latest news from the global infrastructure and energy finance sectors. This week, Portland’s Ian Cogswell was asked to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the oil and gas sector.  Topics included the greatest challenges the industry has faced as a result of the pandemic; how the sector has tried to adapt; forecast for a recovery in 2021; and highlighting the most significant deals of 2020.  Listen to the podcast at

Proximo Weekly Podcast 30 Nov 2020 – Ian Cogswell

For further information, contact Ian at ian.cogswell@portlandadvisers.com or +44 20 7183 8214

By Nick Flitterman

Cogswell Discusses Current Developments in the LNG Sector on the Proximo Weekly Webinar

Cogswell Discusses Current Developments in the LNG Sector on the Proximo Weekly Webinar

Portland’s newest recruit, Ian Cogswell, participated in Proximo’s live webinar on 2nd April to discuss current developments in the LNG market, alongside the distinguished independent LNG consultant, Richard Pratt and Encap Consulting’s Sailesh Patel.  Following a discussion on topics that ranged from the demise of the oil price-linked offtake contracts with Asian utilities; the development of LNG-to-Power being increasingly central to new liquefaction developments; and how the debt markets for LNG Projects have evolved in recent years, Ian and the panel answered questions from the online webinar audience.

Hosted by Proximo’s Tom Nelthorpe, the webinar is available on demand at the link below.

https://www.proximoinfra.com/articles/7878/Webinar-LNGs-next-generation-developers-and-markets

For further information, contact Ian at ian.cogswell@portlandadvisers.com or +44 20 7183 8214

By Nick Flitterman

Flitterman joins the Proximo weekly podcast for Satellite Finance Special

Flitterman joins the Proximo weekly podcast for Satellite Finance Special

 

Portland’s Head of Telecoms, Nick Flitterman, joined up with Berkeley Research’s Michael Whalen to chat with Tom Nelthorpe at Proximo Infra to discuss all things satellite finance for the Proximo weekly podcast. You can listen using the link below.

For further information, contact Nick at nick.flitterman@portlandadvisers.com or +44 7973 481330

https://www.proximoinfra.com/articles/7857/Satellite-finance-Learning-from-launch-failures

 

By Nick Flitterman

Portland Advisers demonstrates thought leadership in Next Generation Broadband

Portland Advisers has been appointed by the Fibre to the Home Council (Europe) to undertake a study into potential financing stimulus packages for Next Generation Broadband rollout on the basis of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP).

The results of this study will be presented by Jacek Krauze of Portland Advisers and Stefan Stanislawski of Ventura Team, our consortium colleagues, at the FTTH Council’s headline event of the year in Munich in February.

Details of the Conference can be found by clicking here. For discounted admission to the FTTH Council Europe Conference please use the discount code MUFTTH22 to buy places at €390 plus €3 green donation (instead of the usual €490).

For further details, please contact Jacek at jacek.krauze@portlandadvisers.com or on +44 20 71 83 83 98.

By Nick Flitterman

O3b Closes New $137m financing

On 31st October 2011, O3b Networks, advised by Portland Advisers and HSBC, achieved Financial Close on a $137m incremental financing round for the construction of four additional satellites that will boost both capacity and redundancy its MEO satellite constellation.

Nick Flitterman, Portland’s Head of Telecoms and lead advisor to O3b said: “This is another great achievement for O3b and a testament to the strong support of its core investors and lenders for the company’s plan to bring high speed internet connectivity to those Other Three Billion people around the world. Despite continuing difficulties in the financial markets, and increasing pressures on US Dollar liquidity, we have succeeded in structuring the financing in a way that benefits all stakeholders and enables O3b to almost double its capacity over the emerging markets – a win-win for its investors, lenders and customers.”

The additional financing comprises an US$85m Coface-backed Senior Debt Facility provided by HSBC, ING, CA-CIB and Dexia and an additional $52m of equity provided by a group of the existing shareholders and a new investor, Luxempart.

O3b’s shareholders include leading  satellite operator SES, Google, the global cable operator Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, the Development Bank of South Africa, Sofina and Satya Capital, with SES now the largest minority shareholder.

For more information on this transaction, or on related topics, please contact Nick directly on nick.flitterman@portlandadvisers.com or +44 20 71 83 83 85.  Also see the Case Study describing the role Portland Advisers.

Press coverage of the financing can be find by clicking on the links below.

www.o3bnetworks.com

https://www.sys-con.com/node/2058566

Ian Cogswell joins the annual Proximo Festive Trends Round-up – Listen Live on 17th December!
Cogswell joins Proximo’s Weekly Podcast – an oil and gas sector Covid-19 special
Cogswell Discusses Current Developments in the LNG Sector on the Proximo Weekly Webinar
Flitterman joins the Proximo weekly podcast for Satellite Finance Special