When AEI moved to sell off its Latin American power and gas
distribution business and focus only on power generation, the
unloading of 80% of its assets, worth some $4.7 billion, was
not an easy task. Several decisions needed to be made against a
complicated market backdrop, making the sale, known as project
Amapola, one of last year’s most complex.
Executives decided on the strategy shortly after the group,
formerly known as Ashmore Energy International, attempted an
initial public offering of shares in October 2009. Facing
markets in turmoil and analyst concerns about
AEI’s debt load and its exposure to political and
operational risks in...
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