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In an increasingly volatile market with oil prices impacting liquidity across the world, industry experts are anticipating significant renovation of the project financing market. Now more than ever before it is of paramount importance that project owners and sponsors come together to share thoughts and ideas of how we can implement robust and lucrative financing structures and strategies.

SMi is delighted to announce the return of their 3rd annual Project Financing in Oil and Gas conference. This meeting will offer all parties involved in financing oil and gas projects the perfect platform to dissect key challenges and latest developments in the industry. This 2-day conference will provide in-depth analysis surrounding effective financing strategies oil and gas projects spanning from upstream to downstream. Not only will it provide attendees with an outlook of projects in the pipeline but it will also explore the financial security of existing projects and how this can be maximised. Special focus will be on due diligence, gas infrastructure financing, and the expanding and evolving LNG and FLNG markets.

 

 

 

  • Understand how the tumbling oil price will affect the Project Financing Market
  • Appreciate the different risks associated with different streams and how to prepare for them
  • Hear about other financing structures including private equity funding
  • Learn about the pros and cons of the LNG and FLNG markets
  • Network with Leading professionals and understand what the project owners and the lenders want to see

Head of Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals, Project Finance
Associate Director
Business Development Manager
Chief Financial Officer
Director of Commercial and Gas
Directors of LNG
Economics and Strategic Planning Advisors
Legal Directors
Managers of Corporate Finance
Country Operations Managers
Project Directors
Sr. Business Directors
Technical Directors of Development and Planning
Treasury Managers

Banks
Private Equity Firms
Lawyers
Due Diligence service companies
Developers
 

ABM AMRO; Aluko & Oyebode; Banca IMI; CAAH OIL COMPANY LIMITED; CEPSA SAU; Commonwealth Bank of Australia; Companhia Moçambicana de Hidrocarbonetos, S.A.; CREDIT AGRICOLE CIB HOLDINGS LIMITED; Debtwire CEEMEA; Dentons; Deutsche Bank; DLA Piper; Eland Oil and Gas PLC; ENTSOG AISBL; EON UK; Genie ; Grant Thornton; ing bank; Interfax ; JKX Oil & Gas plc; Kallanish Energy; Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC); Kuwait Petrolium Corp.; Macquarie; Macquarie Bank; Mart Resources Inc.; Menol oil and gas ltd; Moorgate Group; Moscow Branch of Limited Liability Company “GPB Neftegaz Services B.V.” ; Natixis; Navigant; Oil, Gas and Energy Law Portal; Rand Merchant Bank; Royal Bank of Canada; RPS Group; RPS Group Plc; Scotiabank; Shell; Siemens; SMBC Europe Division; SNR Denton; Societe Generale; Standard Chartered Bank; Technip France; tema oil refinery limited; Transgaz S A; UK Export Credit Finance;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Tim Pipe

Tim Pipe, Partner, Dentons

9:10 CASE STUDY: Financing a major gas project in a challenging climate

Tom  Tildesley

Tom Tildesley, Chief Finance Officer, Maersk Oil

• Capital development: Methods used by Maersk Oil
• Working with the government and minimising political risk
• Overcoming the challenge of a constrained supply chain

9:50 Panel discussion: How does the economic cycle give rise to new opportunities?

Tim Pipe

Tim Pipe, Partner, Dentons

Christian Svendsen

Christian Svendsen, Head of Strategy & Planning , DONG E&P UK

Sven De Veij

Sven De Veij, head of global O&G, NIBC Bank N.V.

Charles Lesser

Charles Lesser, Managing Director, Oil and Gas Corporate Finance, Macquarie Group

• What are the recent economic developments in the oil and gas sector and how do they effect project financing?
• What is the current state of market in the oil and gas sector?
• Where is the market going and what can realistically be predicted?

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Case study: Downstream project financing in turbulent times

Caroline  Smith

Caroline Smith, Head of Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals PF Execution , SMBC Europe Division

• Structuring a project in a low oil price environment
• Approach of ECAs to oil price risk
• Impact of sanction on multi-ECA projects

11:40 Financing domestic gas projects in emerging markets

Ignacio de Calonje

Ignacio de Calonje, Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation

• How to structure transactions to reduce credit risk
• What needs to be put in place for transactions to work out
• Taking a look at relevant case studies in the Middle East

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 The role of capital markets for energy projects

Martin  McAspurn-Lohmann

Martin McAspurn-Lohmann, Managing Director, Head of Oil & Gas , Santander

• Assessing debt and equity market access
• Long term alternatives to bank funding
• Taking a look at relevant case studies

14:00 Risk management in challenging environments

Ben Monaghan

Ben Monaghan, Chief Financial Officer, Genel Energy
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• Developing a world scale gas project
• Managing market communications
• Navigating regional political risk

14:40 Rating oil and gas companies in a volatile climate

Jelena Babajeva

Jelena Babajeva, Director, Infrastructure and Project Finance, Fitch Ratings Ltd

• Fitch’s approach: Rating through the cycle
• Achieving investment grade
• Case studies of interest

15:20 Afternoon Tea

15:50 Challenges for export credit agencies and risk appetite in tumbling markets

David  Craig

David Craig, Head, Project and Structured Finance Branch, UK Export Finance

• How do Export Credit Agencies asses and manage their risk capacity – especially in emerging markets?
• Correlations between oil/gas price and project financing risk capacity
• Looking towards future developments in ECA financing

16:30 Project financing for new technologies

Malcolm Wells

Malcolm Wells, Director, Malwell Corporate Projects Ltd

• Understanding perspectives from a non-project team point of view
• Establishing technology/project credibility
• Socialising the risk to lenders

17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Raj Kulasingam

Raj Kulasingam, Senior Counsel, Dentons

9:10 Bank considerations for project financing in Africa

Brian Marcus

Brian Marcus, Director, Oil and Gas Project and Export Finance, Standard Chartered Bank

• Key oil and gas industry themes
• The corporate landscape and funding challenges
• Key risk considerations
• Key enablers to financing

9:50 Opportunities and threats in the Iranian energy sector

Humphrey Douglas

Humphrey Douglas, Partner, Dentons

• Taking a look at new upstream regime
• Undertaking effective business in Iran
• Overcoming financing issues

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Deciding on the best structure when financing oil and gas projects

Ian Cogswell

Ian Cogswell, Managing Director - Global Infastructure & Projects, Natixis

• What are the main financing structures?
• Comparison of relevant case studies
• How to decide which is most appropriate

11:40 PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the key considerations for project finance?

Raj Kulasingam

Raj Kulasingam, Senior Counsel, Dentons

Lukasz Dziekonski

Lukasz Dziekonski, Chairman of the Management Board, Marguerite Adviser

Brian Marcus

Brian Marcus, Director, Oil and Gas Project and Export Finance, Standard Chartered Bank

Ian Cogswell

Ian Cogswell, Managing Director - Global Infastructure & Projects, Natixis

• What are the best ways to calculate bankability and allocate risks?
• What are the key construction risks and how can these be mitigated?
• What are the supply, operating and offtake risks to be considered?

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 An examination of finance structures for the gas sector

Lukasz Dziekonski

Lukasz Dziekonski, Chairman of the Management Board, Marguerite Adviser

• Equity investments in the gas sector
• Role of the infrastructure funds in the gas transmission and generation projects
• Example of the ‘Latvia Gas’ investment

14:00 Investment opportunities for infrastructure funds in the oil and gas sector

Edward Winter

Edward Winter, Senior Vice President, Macquarie Capital

• Opportunities created by the drop in oil price
• Emerging opportunities in investing in energy-related assets
• What infrastructure funds are seeking from an investment in the oil and gas sector

14:40 Afternoon Tea

15:10 Mitigating financial risk for LNG projects

Hugo Diogo

Hugo Diogo, Head of ECT Europe, ABN AMRO BANK N.V.

• Similarities between traditional FPSO finance and FLNG?
• Is FLNG a more bankable option than onshore LNG?
• Gaining confidence in realistic forecasts of capital and operating costs
• Examining what the industry needs in order to restore confidence in investment

15:50 LNG Projects in the Nordic countries

Laura Huomo

Laura Huomo , Editorial Assistant, Oil, Gas and Energy Law Portal

• Trends and regulation affecting the financing LNG terminals
• Natural gas as part of the energy mix in the Nordic countries
• Third party access to off grid and on grid LNG terminals
• Risk matrix in Nordic LNG terminal projects

16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Ben Monaghan

Ben Monaghan

Chief Financial Officer, Genel Energy
Ian Cogswell

Ian Cogswell

Managing Director - Global Infastructure & Projects, Natixis
Martin  McAspurn-Lohmann

Martin McAspurn-Lohmann

Managing Director, Head of Oil & Gas , Santander
Tom  Tildesley

Tom Tildesley

Chief Finance Officer, Maersk Oil

Ben Monaghan

Chief Financial Officer, Genel Energy
Ben Monaghan

Ben Monaghan joined Genel Energy as CFO in 2015. Prior to joining the Company he was Head of European Oil and Gas Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan in London, where he worked for 20 years raising equity and debt capital and advising on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures in the global energy sector. Ben also has two years’ experience as an auditor with Arthur Andersen in the UK, Russia and France, and holds an MA degree from Cambridge University.

Brian Marcus

Director, Oil and Gas Project and Export Finance, Standard Chartered Bank
Brian Marcus

Caroline Smith

Head of Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals PF Execution , SMBC Europe Division
Caroline  Smith

Caroline joined SMBCE in 2007 and in 2013 was appointed Head of Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals Execution Team, managing a multi-disciplinary team working across the natural resources value chain. She is currently financial advisor to OMPET, after advising on the $6.4bn Liwa Plastics project (Oman) and the $8.1bn Rabigh Phase II project (Saudi Arabia).

Caroline previously worked in infrastructure project finance at Société Générale, acting as advisor on numerous roads project and gaining significant arranging experience throughout the EMEA. She started her career at Operis, gaining extensive experience in financial modelling and model due diligence in a wide variety of sectors.
 

Charles Lesser

Managing Director, Oil and Gas Corporate Finance, Macquarie Group
Charles Lesser

Christian Svendsen

Head of Strategy & Planning , DONG E&P UK
Christian Svendsen

David Craig

Head, Project and Structured Finance Branch, UK Export Finance
David  Craig

David is the head of the project and structured finance team in UK Export Finance (ECGD in old money). He has been in that role
since 2008. Prior to that he has held a wide range of roles in UKEF. Whilst UKEF is involved in various project financings, both in
terms of size and sector, the oil and gas sector has been the predominant source of enquiries, and UKEF was pleased to provide
its largest ever participation for the Sadara project in 2013.

Edward Winter

Senior Vice President, Macquarie Capital
Edward Winter

Edward joined Macquarie Capital in Melbourne in February 2006 and relocated to London in February 2015 to lead Macquarie Capital’s European Midstream team. Edward has focussed on a range of public markets mergers and acquisitions, trade sales, recapitalizations, financings and equity capital markets transactions across the natural resources, energy and infrastructure sectors

Edward is currently Macquarie’s representative Director of Navigator Terminals, the UK’s largest independent bulk liquid storage company. He recently led the establishment of Navigator Terminals which acquired Vopak’s operating terminals in the UK and Greenergy’s North Tees terminal in March 2016. He also recently advised the under bidder on the Koole Terminals transaction.
 

Hugo Diogo

Head of ECT Europe, ABN AMRO BANK N.V.
Hugo Diogo

Hugo has 16 years of banking experience and is currently responsible for the EMEA Energy team at ABN AMRO. For the vast majority of the last 11 years Hugo has been almost exclusively involved in transactions within the oil & gas industry, with particular focus on FPSO projects. Before joining ABN AMRO, Hugo worked for BPI on the alternative investments area. Hugo graduated from Universidade Catolica Portuguesa with a master in Finance.

Humphrey Douglas

Partner, Dentons
Humphrey Douglas

Humphrey Douglas is an energy partner with Dentons, the World's largest law firm. He previously acted as a General Counsel for a Middle Eastern national energy company.
His experience spans European, Middle Eastern, and African jurisdictions including: Upstream - conventional and unconventional oil and gas field asset and corporate sale and purchases, joint ventures, re-structuring, corporate finance, and commercial contracts; Midstream - sale of major European gas pipelines and acquisition, structuring and development of gas storage projects, Downstream - refining, power generation and development transactions.
Humphrey has a particular focus on the Iranian market, having negotiated a substantial upstream and downstream project over a number of years in Iran.
 

Ian Cogswell

Managing Director - Global Infastructure & Projects, Natixis
Ian Cogswell

Ignacio de Calonje

Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation
Ignacio de Calonje

Ignacio de Calonje is Chief Investment Officer in IFC’s Infrastructure and Natural Resources Department. He is responsible for managing IFC's Western European based clients in the oil, gas and mining sectors. Prior to his posting in London, Ignacio was based in Istanbul, Cairo and Washington DC for IFC. During his nearly 12 years at IFC, Ignacio has worked on numerous equity and debt investments in the natural resources space in emerging markets. Before joining IFC, he worked for Lehman Brothers’ investment banking division (1997-2002) in London and Madrid advising Spanish and UK corporate clients in mergers, acquisitions and debt capital market transactions. Ignacio has a Bsc in Business Administration from Universidad San Pablo-CEU (Madrid) and a Masters Degree from Columbia University (New York).

Jelena Babajeva

Director, Infrastructure and Project Finance, Fitch Ratings Ltd
Jelena Babajeva

Jelena is a director in Fitch Ratings' London office and member of the Global Infrastructure and Project Finance Group, working on energy projects in the EMEA region. Jelena joined Fitch Ratings in 2011. Jelena is responsible for public and private ratings of a wide range of energy projects, including oil&gas, renewables, thermal power and energy transportation and distribution infrastructure.

Prior to this, Jelena worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for over 5 years, focusing on structuring and execution of loans and equity investments in the power sector in Eastern Europe and Russia. Jelena also spent 2 years as an analyst within International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) energy efficiency finance program in Central and Eastern Europe.

Jelena holds a master’s degree from Norwegian School of Economics and Business and a BSc in Economics from Stockholm School of Economics in Riga.
 

Laura Huomo

Editorial Assistant, Oil, Gas and Energy Law Portal
Laura Huomo

Laura Huomo advises clients on international equity and debt capital offerings as well as structured finance transactions focusing on energy transactions and energy regulation. Laura holds a Ph.D. from the University of Helsinki Faculty of Law. She was a specialist secretary in the committee of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy preparing the new Finnish Natural Gas Market Act proposal. She is also a Member of the Nordic Council of the International Project Finance Association (IPFA). She is recognized as a rising star by IFLR1000 Energy & Infrastructure.

Lukasz Dziekonski

Chairman of the Management Board, Marguerite Adviser
Lukasz Dziekonski

Malcolm Wells

Director, Malwell Corporate Projects Ltd
Malcolm Wells

Malcolm Wells joined the energy sector from film and TV, as campaign manager for the UK oil and
gas industry in 1998. After three successful campaigns, he joined Sasol Chevron in 2002 as
Communications Manager. In this role he won several awards, including the Petroleum Economist’s
‘Communications Team of the Year’ for his work in promoting Gas to Liquids technology (GTL). He
became General Manager, Corporate Affairs before leaving to set up his own consultancy, Malwell
Corporate Projects, providing Corporate Affairs and Marketing support to a range of clients ranging
from the energy, engineering and defence sectors to the tourist and environmental sectors. Malcolm
has worked with or for every one of the world’s commercial-scale GTL projects and was on the
management team of EGTL for five years. He has written and presented widely on the subject and
was one of the instigators of the Alliance for Synthetic Fuels in Europe. In 2010 he was made a
Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society for his work in combining the promotion of advanced fuels
with high profile conservation programmes, the highlight of which was to persuade international
rugby star Bryan Habana to race a cheetah in front of the world’s press.

Martin McAspurn-Lohmann

Managing Director, Head of Oil & Gas , Santander
Martin  McAspurn-Lohmann

Raj Kulasingam

Senior Counsel, Dentons
Raj Kulasingam

Raj grew up in Malaysia and currently lives in London where he trained as a barrister (Grays Inn) and re-qualified as a solicitor. He has spent the last 25 years working in the City of London advising on private equity/infrastructure and utility projects in the oil and gas, power, transport (road and rail), water and waste sectors in UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa. He has a real passion for the African continent and its development and has been involved in providing legal and strategic advise on African transactions for more than 10 years. He has seen all sides of the transaction rubrix having advised corporates, PE houses, developers, sponsors, lenders and governments. His experience in Africa includes advising on power, oil and gas, rail, road, PPP and private equity transactions in Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia and Mozambique. He has also advised on transactions in Russia and the CIS, He is a frequent speaker/moderator/panellist on Africa related matters including on private equity and energy and infrastructure/PPP projects in Africa. He writes a monthly column for Financial Nigeria/Nigeria Development Finance Forum on a variety of subjects relating to the development of the African continent.

Sven De Veij

head of global O&G, NIBC Bank N.V.
Sven De Veij

Tim Pipe

Partner, Dentons
Tim Pipe

Tim is a partner in Dentons' banking department, based in London. He specialises in the energy sector and has advised lenders, borrowers, commodity traders, sponsors and governments on a range of structured oil & gas and commodity finance transactions, with a particular focus on reserve based lending and prepayment facilities.

Tom Tildesley

Chief Finance Officer, Maersk Oil
Tom  Tildesley

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WHAT IS CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

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