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Q&A: Allianz Global Investors’ Head of Infrastructure Debt and CIO

The type of investors using infrastructure debt in their portfolios could soon change, and this development could have the effect of boosting the proportion of Scandinavian investors in the asset class. AMWatch asked Claus Fintzen about valuations, risks and investment criteria for his debt portfolio — and for some Nordic examples.

Claus Fintzen joined Allianz Global Investors in 2012. Formerly, he was at asset management advisory firm Trifinium and Citigorup. | Photo: PR: Allianz Global Investors

Infrastructure — such as regulated utilities, airports and roads — is essential for sustainable economic development. This type of asset is difficult to replicate and often has a monopoly-like character, which can create stable cash flows that are less sensitive than those of other sectors to the ups and down of the wider economy.

However, banks' capital adequacy requirements have tightened under Basel III, and some institutional investors have stepped in to fill the financial gap left by the banks. One of these is Allianz Global Investors.

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