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UBS to acquire 50% of Northern Star Generation
UBS announced today that its Infrastructure Asset Management (IAM) business has agreed to acquire a 50% stake in Northern Star Generation LLC from AIG Highstar Generation LLC, a subsidiary of AIG Highstar Capital II L.P. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2007, subject to regulatory approvals.
IAM is a business unit of UBS Global Asset Management that aims to create a top-tier alternative investment business in the growing infrastructure sector. IAM manages both listed infrastructure securities and direct investment funds globally.
Northern Star Generation LLC is an unregulated electric generation holding company, with ownership interests in 13 electric generation facilities in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania. The remaining 50 percent interest in Northern Star Generation is held by OTPPB US Power LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board (OTPPB).
Steve Jacobs, Global Head of IAM at UBS, commented: "We are excited about acquiring this 50% interest in NSG, as it represents a company with a strong management team focused on developing a platform of assets that comprise stable, long-term cash flows principally with investment grade rated counterparties. We look forward to working with OTPPB in this investment."
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New York, May 9, 2007
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