UK renationalisation debate moves forward

The implications of the UK water sector being placed under government control after nearly 30 years of private ownership are complex and varied. Who would receive the better deal – bondholders or equity-holders?

The Labour Party’s plans to renationalise the UK water industry – along with the country’s electricity and gas infrastructure – are fraught with uncertainties for both equity and debt investors.

In a detailed document circulated at an invite-only event last month, ratings agency Moody’s pointed out that a Labour government with a Parliamentary majority would have...

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