Chinese state-owned groups lead Trility buyout contest

Three Chinese state-owned enterprises have joined a clutch of Australian private equity firms in the race to buy water treatment plant operator Trility. The need to secure approval from BOT clients – and rising protectionism in politics – could make for a long negotiation.

Beijing Enterprises Water Group (BEWG), China Everbright Water, and CITIC Group – all powerful Chinese state-owned enterprises with strong existing water platforms – are participating in a Morgan Stanley-led auction for Australian water project developer Trility, GWI has learned. Australian private equity firms Morrison & Co., Infrastructure Capital Group, AMP Capital, and...

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