My name's René Lavanchy. I'm a freelance journalist specialising in infrastructure, particularly financing, funding, procurement and policy. This blog parades a little of what I know (more here).
I've written about infrastructure for The Guardian, Total Politics magazine, Private Eye magazine and Modern Railways magazine amongst others. I also help out a certain corporate entity with it. Previously I was a senior reporter at Infrastructure Journal and a political/industrial/policy reporter at Tribune magazine.
I'm always interested in hearing about freelance writing and other opportunities. You can contact me at rene dot lavanchy at googlemail dot com.
Category Archives: Institutional investors
How are pension funds in the UK to be inveigled into investing in much-needed infrastructure? It’s a question that has been on the minds of politicians and policy wonks for a while, as this blog has observed. And we might have … Continue reading
If (as I keep saying on this blog) now is such a good time to be investing in infrastructure, why has one of the world’s biggest private equity firms pulled out of investing in it altogether?
Hopes that the British government might have a coherent plan for infrastructure were dashed when chancellor George Osborne delivered his Budget speech a couple of weeks ago. It didn’t go entirely unnoticed that his reform of the pensions system – loosening … Continue reading
Alex Salmond, omnifighting first minister of Scotland, may take heart from what his transport authority has achieved in signing contracts for the upgrade of motorways in the central belt last week. They’ve cut the project’s budget, achieved a notable first, … Continue reading
As this blog notes from time to time, a lot of governments are looking for new private investors to invest in infrastructure projects. They are particularly interested in attracting institutional investors, that is insurers and pension funds, since their liabilities … Continue reading
The UK has considerable infrastructure needs for the next two or three decades which aren’t set to be paid for by the taxpayer – not unless one of the two main political parties decides to take on massively more public … Continue reading
It’s nice to have your prejudices confirmed; not least because if it happens long enough, they stop being prejudices and become firm, evidence-based conclusions. With every passing month and every passing year, we are seeing that investment in infrastructure is … Continue reading