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Financial partnerships increasingly important, say investors

Forging investment relationships with project stakeholders has become increasingly important to raise funding for waste projects, financial experts have said at the RWM Exhibition 2013.

Representatives of investment firms stressed the importance of seeking to include all of the parties involved in the development of a project in its financing.

James Watson, partner at Osborne Clarke (centre, above), said: “Innovative ways of getting finance [have emerged], for example forming relationships between the developers and the construction subcontractors.”

Such partnerships have enabled construction firms to become shareholders and allowed projects developers to seek construction finance, he said.

Alon Laniado, investment director at Eternity Capital Partners (second from right), added that operation and maintenance providers, as well as waste suppliers, could also be involved in the process.

Laniado noted that alongside new investment routes, new income models for waste projects were also emerging, for example the provision of waste to heat services.

Investors were also increasingly becoming interested in niche or specialist waste areas, he said.

On the role of the Green Investment Bank in the waste financing landscape, James Samworth, investment director at Foresight Group (second from left, above), reiterated the GIB’s aim of becoming a catalyst for investments, rather than a bank of last resort.

“The purpose of the GIB is to provide a quantity of capital that other can coalesce around, expertise and specialism that give other investors the confidence to invest alongside,” he said, “but not to push other providers of capital out of the markets, or to adopt a less risk- averse, or more risk-seeking investment approach.”

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