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Athens Ring Road (Attiki Odos)
Eades, Kenneth M.; Allayannis, George (Yiorgos); Terlidis, Minas Case F-1576 / Published December 3, 2008 / 19 pages.
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Product Overview

The case examines one of the most significant infrastructure projects in southeastern Europe during a time when the legal and financial environment for project financing was in its infancy (early to mid-1990s). Athens needed a ring road to support its bid to host the 2004 Olympic Games. The road was technically—as well as logistically—complex, involving 33 municipalities and construction that involved a major metropolitan area (Athens) populated by more than 3.5 million inhabitants. The case examines the economics of the project, how private-public partnerships (PPPs) are structured, and the broader field of infrastructure finance.

Learning Objectives

The case could be used to pursue the following objectives: • To introduce infrastructure funds, what they are, what kinds of assets they invest in, and what their key characteristics are. • To examine the economics of a specific infrastructure project, such as the Athens ring road, a complex construction project of a toll-road bypass of Athens. • To examine types of alternative ownership structure (private finance, public-private partnerships, etc.) and the advantages and disadvantages of each in managing the risks associated with project financing.

  • Overview

    The case examines one of the most significant infrastructure projects in southeastern Europe during a time when the legal and financial environment for project financing was in its infancy (early to mid-1990s). Athens needed a ring road to support its bid to host the 2004 Olympic Games. The road was technically—as well as logistically—complex, involving 33 municipalities and construction that involved a major metropolitan area (Athens) populated by more than 3.5 million inhabitants. The case examines the economics of the project, how private-public partnerships (PPPs) are structured, and the broader field of infrastructure finance.

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    The case could be used to pursue the following objectives: • To introduce infrastructure funds, what they are, what kinds of assets they invest in, and what their key characteristics are. • To examine the economics of a specific infrastructure project, such as the Athens ring road, a complex construction project of a toll-road bypass of Athens. • To examine types of alternative ownership structure (private finance, public-private partnerships, etc.) and the advantages and disadvantages of each in managing the risks associated with project financing.