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SMi's inaugural 'Private Financing of Airports' conference will give attendees a comprehensive review of the airport privatisation market, both in the UK and globally. Specifically designed for representatives from financial institutions, airports and airlines, this targeted two day event will deliver a  focused analysis of where the investment opportunities lie, how the sector will develop over the coming months and where the new players entering the marketplace are coming from.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Airport investment - where is the funding coming from and is there enough business to go round?
  • Pricing and liquidity - delivering appropriate returns
  • How to structure the deal - new and innovative techniques
  • Regional airports - where do the opportunities lie and how do their needs differ?
  • Airport management - sourcing good managers
  • Country focus - India - investment update

Our expert speaker line up will include:

  • Alexandre De Lestrange, Associate Director, Infrastructure Finance, Standard & Poor's
  • John Mantzavinatos, Associate Director, Macquarie Airports Advisory  Europe
  • Doug Andrew, Consultant, World Bank
  • Raymond Beven, Partner, Ashurst
  • Graeme Power-Hosking, Director of Aviation, Capita Symonds Ltd
  • Peter Forbes, Director, Alan Stratford & Associates
  • Dr Constantin von Alvensleben, Director, Hochtief Airports GmbH
  • Alan Robinson, CEO & Chairman, CIAO (Convergence International Airports Organisation) & CEO, Coventry Airport
  • Mike Toms, Director, Oxera Consulting & formerly planning director BAA plc
  • Richard Tollis, Partner, Ernst & Young
  • Andy Lomax, Partner, Drivers Jonas
  • Dietrich Stiller, Partner, Clifford Chance
  • Simon Morris, Director, Jacobs Consultancy
  • Professor P.S Senguttuvan, Head, Manager (Economic Planning & Research), Delhi International Airports Ltd
  • Peter Lockley, Head of Transport Policy, WWF

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:10 PRICING & LIQUIDITY

Richard Tollis

Richard Tollis, Partner, Ernst & Young

9:50 AIRPORT INVESTMENT OF THE FUTURE

John Mantzavinatos

John Mantzavinatos, Associate Director, Macquarie Airports Advisory Europe

  • Why has this model worked so well
  • Future plans
  • Where next globally?
  • Case study
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 RATING AIRPORTS

    Alexandre de Lestrange

    Alexandre de Lestrange, Associate Director, Standard & Poor's

    11:40 STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS IN AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY

    Graeme Power-Hosking

    Graeme Power-Hosking, Director of Aviation, Capita Symonds

  • How can long term partnerships between airports and their suppliers provide successful growth?
  • What is the current extent and future model for a successful relationship?
  • Why does the benefit of long term partnership still not exclude commercial competitiveness for airports?
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 INNOVATIVE STRUCTURING OF AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

    Constantin von Alvensleben

    Constantin von Alvensleben, Director, HOCHTIEF AirPort

  • What type of privatisation approach is required for airport developments projects in Eastern Europe?
  • Successful project structuring and implementation - The Tirana Airport Project
  • 14:30 FUTURE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON AIRPORTS

  • What effect can this have on airport expansion?
  • Specific regional airport issues
  • Prospects for the future - how long can airport growth continue?
  • Peter Lockley

    Peter Lockley, Policy Development, Aviation Environment Federation

    Peter Lockley

    Peter Lockley, Head of Transport Policy, WWF

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 EVALUATING THE RISKS IN AIRPORT FINANCING

    Mike Toms

    Mike Toms, Director , Oxera Consulting & formerly planning director, BAA plc

  • Traffic risk
  • Regulatory risk
  • Construction risk
  • Risk to retail venues
  • Security
  • 16:20 EVALUATING THE OPPORTUNITY, SECURING THE ASSET AND DELIVERING ENHANCED PERFORMANCE

    Simon Morris

    Simon Morris, Director, Jacobs Ltd

  • The value and appropriate use of benchmarking
  • Assessing the key business drivers
  • Scenario testing and bid strategy
  • Governance structure and deliverability
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:10 REVIEW OF DEALFLOW IN THE UK - HOW DO THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS MEASURE UP?

    Andy Lomax

    Andy Lomax, Partner, Drivers Jonas

  • Analysis of recent transactions
  • Review of the purchasers
  • Consideration of possible pipeline
  • 9:50 WILL THE PRIVATISATION TREND CONTINUE?

    Peter Forbes

    Peter Forbes, Director, Alan Stratford & Associates

  • Projected dealflow
  • The evolving nature of infrastructure requirements
  • Establishing a healthy competition in the marketplace - are there now too many players?
  • Can the market become too mature?
  • Will airports become overpriced?
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 CHANGE MANAGEMENT

    Peter Langridge

    Peter Langridge, Head of Change Management, Vector Management Limited

  • Staffing issues
  • Management expectations
  • Equipment & technology
  • Performance monitoring
  • Long term change management
  • 11:40 COVENTRY AIRPORT

    Alan Robinson

    Alan Robinson, CEO & Chairman, Convergence International Airports Organisation

  • Project overview
  • Lessons learnt so far
  • Plans for the future
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 AIRPORT COMMERCIALISATION

    Doug Andrew

    Doug Andrew, Consultant, World Bank

  • What is needed from governments?
  • What can a commerical airport contribute?
  • Recent experiences and future challenges
  • 14:30 INDIA: INVESTMENT UPDATE

    Raymond Beven

    Raymond Beven, Partner, Ashurst

  • Why invest in India?
  • Airport project progress so far
  • Where is the risk coming from?
  • Future prospects
  • 15:10 FUNDING AIRPORTS THROUGH A BOT

    Dietrich Stiller

    Dietrich Stiller, Partner, Clifford Chance

  • Private financing vs public funds
  • Deal structures and negotiations
  • Risk allocation and bankability
  • The implementation phase
  • 15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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