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With the EU recently making Wastewater a priority, the opportunity for Private Finance in this sector has increased dramatically. As a professional with a vested interest in the Public Private Partnership arena you’ll want to make sure you attend SMi’s International Project finance in Water, Waste and Sewage. This is a two day forum examining the latest Water, Waste and Sewage issues.

For councils seeking investments, this conference is the ideal forum for networking. For investors such as financiers and looking to invest, this is a cost-effective method of acquiring first hand information needed to formulate investment strategies.

The conference will cover key issues including:

· How to avoid potential mistakes and learn new tactics with indepth case studies of UK & European partnerships in the waste water sector.

· Key bank considerations when financing waste water projects.

· A detailed insight into legal and regulatory issues.

· How to use PPP/PFI’s efficiently to develop water, waste and sewage facilities.

· Strategic insights on how to finance a PPP water project.

Some of the Key speakers include: Eddie Lewis, Principal Officer, Irish Department of Environment and the Regions Cathy Loughead, Waste Strategy Manager, Leicester City Council Tom Miller, North Scotland Water Association Bruce Johnston, Head of Project Finance, Weil Gotshal & Manges Duncan Jordan, Assistant Director, Project & Contract Management, East Sussex County Council Luigi de Pierris, Chief Executive, PFI Taskforce, Italian Treasury Nick Prior, Assistant General Manager, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) Doug Strong, Director, Head Infrastructure & Mining, ANZ Investment Bank Fabrizio Pagani, Head of Structured Finance, Dexia Crediop SpA Robin Clark, Project Finance Team, Halcrow Neil Tindall, PFI Unit, Walker Morris

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Geoff Haley

Geoff Haley, Chairman / Consultant, International Project Finance Association / K-Legal

9:10 FINANCING WATER, WASTE AND SEWAGE PROJECTS

Nick Prior

Nick Prior, Assistant General Manager, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporations (SMBC)

  • The key principals of project financing
  • Characteristics of senior debt finance
  • Lender objectives and risk allocation
  • Senior debt finance options
  • 9:40 REGULATING WATER FINANCING

    Keith Mason

    Keith Mason, Director of Regulatory Finance, Office of Water Services

  • The purpose of regulation
  • OFWAT’s role in the regulation of financing
  • Case studies: How can we learn from OFWAT’s experiences?
  • Economic considerations and perspectives
  • What place do PPP/PFI’s have in water projects?
  • How will their role develop in the future?
  • 10:20 THE IRISH PPP PERSPECTIVE

    Edward Lewis

    Edward Lewis, Head of PPP Unit, Department of Environment and Local Government

  • The National Development Plan and PPP
  • Programme mobilisation - progress to date
  • The Policy Framework for the implementation of PPP projects
  • Risk allocation and contract documentation
  • Challenges for the future
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE ITALIAN PERSPECTIVE

    Luigi de Pierris

    Luigi de Pierris, Chief Executive, PFI Taskforce, Italian Treasury

  • Key Issues in water and wastewater projects in Italy
  • Italian approach to PPP/PFI’s
  • Examples of specific projects
  • Dealing with risks
  • Future of PPP’s in Italy
  • 12:00 CASE STUDY – PPP WASTE TO ENERGY IN ITALY

    Fabrizio Pagani

    Fabrizio Pagani, Head of Structured Finance, Dexia Crediop SpA

  • The waste sector
  • Criteria for successful consortia
  • Critical issues
  • Success in Italy
  • Examples of practical experience
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 THE BALTIC REGION

    John Nelson

    John Nelson, Independent PFI/PPP Advisor,

  • A spectrum of requirements
  • The socio-economic needs of the region
  • Project drivers on a municipal and national level
  • Does the legal structure favour development
  • What is the future for PFI/PPP and outsourcing?
  • 14:40 DESIGN BUILD AND OPERATE IN PRACTICE

    Neil Morrison

    Neil Morrison, Partner and Head of Banking and Projects, Rowe and Maw

  • The development of the DBO strategy
  • The Environmental Public Consultation Issues
  • Procurement Procedures
  • Allocation of risk
  • Legal and regulatory issues
  • Raising finance
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 PREPARING CONTRACT TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    Tom Day

    Tom Day, Partner, Norton Rose

  • The Contractual matrix
  • Public sector risks
  • Force Majeure
  • Contractual issues for the project company
  • Termination and compensation
  • 16:20 CURRENT LEGAL ISSUES IN WASTE, WATER AND SEWAGE PROJECTS

    Neil Tindall

    Neil Tindall, Partner, Walker Morris

  • Procurement and competition considerations
  • Sector specific key risk issues
  • Addressing change - legal, regulatory and other change influences
  • Securing value for money over the life of the project
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Bruce Johnston

    Bruce Johnston, Head of Project Finance, Weil Gotshal and Manges

    9:10 STRUCTURING FOR A SUCCESSFUL FINANCIAL CLOSE

    Doug Strong

    Doug Strong, Director, ANZ Investment Bank

  • Demand for Development
  • Requirements of project sponsors
  • Water infrastructure psp
  • Finance
  • 9:40 STRUCTURING AND FINANCING CONSIDERATIONS

    Michael Adams

    Michael Adams, , Babcock and Brown

  • Alternative Methods of private sector involvement
  • Regulatory issues: tariffs and payment mechanisms, operating flexibility, changes in law
  • Determining the appropriate contractual and financing structure
  • Common bankability issues
  • 10:20 PPP WASTEWATER PROJECTS IN NORTH SCOTLAND

    Tom Miller

    Tom Miller, Head of PPP, North of Scotland Water Authority

  • Traditional procurement methods
  • Legislative drivers for change
  • The role of private finance in NOSWA
  • Allocation of project risk
  • The PPP programme: From Dundee to Highland
  • Lessons learned and future opportunities
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 INTEGRATED WASTE MANAGEMENT PROJECT

    Cathy Loughead

    Cathy Loughead, Waste Strategy Manager, Leicester City Council

  • Meeting the challenge of waste recycling and recovery targets through PPP/PFI
  • Defining requirements by the use of output specifications and negotiated procurement
  • Balancing risk and finance – identifying/assessing risk and developing principles of risk allocation and risk sharing
  • Legal and contractual issues
  • 12:00 EAST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL

    Duncan Jordan

    Duncan Jordan, Assistant Director, Transport & Environment, East Sussex County Council

  • Outline of the problem
  • The challenge of New Targets
  • Projected costs
  • Public/Private Partnership
  • Are PFI credits still worth pursuing?
  • 12:40 Lunch

    13:40 PROJECT AQUATRINE

    Raj Kulasingam

    Raj Kulasingam, Partner, Energy and Infrastructure, Denton Wilde Sapte
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  • Denton Wilde Sapte’s role in this project
  • Extent and scope of the project
  • Assessing and accounting for risks
  • Legal and regulatory issues
  • Transferring this information to other projects
  • 14:20 CASE STUDY – PPP/PFI IN THE WATER AND WASTEWATER INDUSTRY

    Robin Clark

    Robin Clark, Principal Consultant, Halcrow Group

  • Why PPP?
  • Ingredients for a successful outcome
  • The role of regulation
  • Lessons from UK, Europe and South America
  • 15:00 DEVELOPING WATER RE-USE PROJECTS:

    Christian Mavet

    Christian Mavet, Senior Vice President, International Marketing and Sales, ENEL.Hydro

  • The specifics of water re-use projects (3-way risk allocation: the public authority that grants the concession to treat the waste water, the private company that treats, markets and sells it, the industrial clients that buy it;
  • How to project finance the project...; the win/win situation)
  • Drawing upon our knowledge of such projects in South Africa and Mexico.
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 EXAMINING THE KEY AREAS FOR FINANCING AND CONTRACT AWARDS IN AFRICAN WATER PROJECTS

    Neil Upton

    Neil Upton, Partner, Wragge and Co.

  • Concession arrangements
  • Regulatory issues
  • Legislative provisions
  • Commercial risk transfer
  • Financial bankability
  • 16:40 PPP Water Projects: Key Issues

    Simon Tudor-Price

    Simon Tudor-Price, Solicitor, Simmons and Simmons

  • European Legislative Framework
  • Financing
  • Demand Risk and Quality Risk
  • Environmental and Regulatory Issues
  • Frustration Delay and Force Majeure
  • 17:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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