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Australians Set Up $408 Million Mexico Investment

12 September, 2012

Australian investment fund,Macquarie Group,announced yesterday the launch of
its new $408 million fund which will make massive Mexico investment in
infrastructure.

Macquarie said they had launched the "Macquarie Mexican
Infrastructure Fund" with $59 million of their own money,together with another
$81 million from the Mexican government and $268 million from Mexican pension
funds.

In what is the first managed fund in Latin America,the focus is
on investment opportunities in Mexican infrastructure projects. Macquarie said
the Mexico investment fund will target opportunities across roads and rail,
airports and ports,water and wastewater,energy and utilities as well as social
and communications infrastructure.

Mark Ramsey,Executive Director and
President of Macquarie Capital in Mexico,said: "[the new fund] is an attractive
investment opportunity that provides Mexican and international institutions with
a vehicle to invest in a domestic infrastructure portfolio and contribute to the
nation building goals set out in the government's infrastructure
plan.”

Macquarie expects the fund could swell to as much as $1.2 billion
and said that the amount of domestic Mexico investment,from the Mexican
government and pension funds,shows confidence in the fund's concept and in
Mexico's infrastructure development plans.

Ramsey said the fund should
give annual returns of 13-17%,and represents a relatively low-risk option for
pension funds looking for stable long-term investments.

The commitment of
Mexico investment capital from Australia is just the latest in a rush
of foreign companies
committing to business and investments in Mexico.
As the Mexican economy comes back from the financial crisis of 2009 it is fast
becoming one of the most desirable emerging market economies for foreign
investors to target.

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