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With less financing from the private sector, infrastructure projects are relying on different sources of investment from joint private-public financing, pension funds and institutional investors. With the infrastructure sector rapidly developing in and around the Benelux region, find out what challenges are faced, how they were overcome and key project funding structures from exclusive case studies by leaders of the industry that are currently influencing the market.

Delegates will not only be able to build relationships with key investors and decision makers but also gain competitive advantage having learnt how to avoid issues faced from previous projects discussed and how to acquire funding from the investors that you have networked with.

Benefit from more roundtable and panel discussions than ever before as the Benelux Infrastructure Forum takes a more interactive approach allowing delegates and speakers to engage in healthy discussions shared with fellow attendees. Popular topics that will be explored further are Institutional Financing, Alternative Sources of Finance, Procurement and Infrastructure Debt. New topics include Credit Ratings, Benelux Secondary Markets and SME's.

The Benelux Infrastructure Forum has established itself as the industry-leading event for the Benelux region, providing an unparalleled opportunity to learn and network from the most senior level delegates across all aspects of the infrastructure community. Be sure sure not to miss out!

 

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• Learn about leading Renewables PPP projects in the Benelux region and how they are funded
• Expand your knowledge on institutional financing and recent developments
• Hear case studies from outside of the Benelux region on waterways projects
• Discover the latest contractual and legal developments across the region
• Understand recent funding issues closely linked to PPP
• Network with industry experts and key opinion leaders within the Benelux region

 

Directors of Finance; Directors of PPP/PFI projects; Vice Presidents; PPP/PFI Project Managers for Council projects; Government financial employees i.e., Chief Executive of HM Treasury; Chief Executives of finance departments; Heads of national banks; Modelling software sellers; Financial education; Law firms; Consultancies; Construction; Insurance companies; Chief Finance Officers; Partners; Loan officers

Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten ; 3i; Allen & Overy; Amber/INPP; Aon EMEA North East; Arcadis; BAM PPP Nederland; Banque L B Lux S A; Banque LBLux; Bayerische Landesbank; Belfius Bank; BNP Paribas ; BNP Paribas Fortis Bank; Capita Symonds; CESKA SPORITELNA A.S.; Deloitte; DIF; DLA Piper; Ernst & Young Accountants LLP; European Investment Bank; European Union Road Federation (ERF); Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre; Interel Belgium; KBC Bank N.V; Loyens & Loeff; Macquarie Capital; Mazars; Ministry of Finance, Netherlands; N I B Capital Bank N V; N.V. Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten; NautaDutilh; NORD/LB; NV Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten; NWB Bank; PGGM; SMBC Europe Division; Steer Davies Gleave; Strukton Integrale Projecten; Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC); Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), Amsterdam; VolkerInfra;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Alistair Perkins

Alistair Perkins, Head of Project Finance, ING Investment Management Europe

9:10 Dutch Government Overview: The Current State of PPP in the Netherlands

Erik Jan Snik

Erik Jan Snik, Coordinator Public-Private Partnerships, Ministry of Finance, Netherlands

9:50 New Funding Ways of Infrastructure

Willem Stitselaar

Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital

10:30 Networking Coffee Break

10:50 An Institutional Investor’s View on Infrastructure Debt

Paul David

Paul David, Director, Infrastructure Debt, Allianz Global Investors

·          Why invest in infrastructure debt
·          How to invest in infrastructure debt
·          Structural, regulatory, tax and accounting challenges
·          Views on the Benelux market

11:30 Institutional Investors Perspective

Alistair Perkins

Alistair Perkins, Head of Project Finance, ING Investment Management Europe

·          Current observations & trends
·          Regional/national variations across Europe
·          Regulatory requirements
·          Market outlook

12:10 Networking Lunch

13:10 PANEL DISCUSSION: Benelux PPP Market for Institutionals

 

 

·          What do you think explains the increased level of activity in Dutch PPP recently?
·          Will the recent delays to some projects have an effect on the upcoming pipeline?
·          What do you think the advantages and potential pitfalls of increased standardisation are?
·          Is there enough bank liquidity for larger projects without recourse to alternative funding structures?
·          Which type of financing structure is best suited for harnessing institutional investors to senior debt?
Han Claessens

Han Claessens, Senior Investment Manager, PGGM Investments

Guy Hardy

Guy Hardy, Senior Investment Director , DIF

13:50 Investing in the Netherlands: an equity perspective

Stephane Duhr

Stephane Duhr, Director, 3i

• Recent 3i infrastructure experience in the Netherlands
• Our perspective on the Dutch market
• Food for thought

14:20 CASE STUDY: A11 Brugge-Knokke Highway

15:00 CASE STUDY: Gemini Offshore Windfarm

·          Overview of project
·          Financing structure
·          Lessons learned
Jeroen Kies

Jeroen Kies, Assistant General Manager, SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch

Coen van Campen

Coen van Campen, Project Finance Officer, Van Oord Finance BV

15:40 Afternoon Tea

16:00 CASE STUDY: Mersey Project

Sylvain Delion

Sylvain Delion, Senior Vice-President, Macquarie Capital

·         Overview of project
·         Financing structure
·         Challenges faced and lessons learned

16:40 PANEL DISCUSSION: Evaluating Value for Money

·          How to evaluate value for money for different funding solutions
·          What market solution offer most value
·          How authorities can facilitate the market to make use of all possible funding strategies for their bids to offer most value for money, but still be able to evaluate bids? 
·          How do you discriminate between a fully committed bank bid vs. a public bond placement?
Karoy Hornyak

Karoy Hornyak, Investment Director, TDP

Erik Jan Snik

Erik Jan Snik, Coordinator Public-Private Partnerships, Ministry of Finance, Netherlands

Guy Hardy

Guy Hardy, Senior Investment Director , DIF

Willem Stitselaar

Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital

17:20 Strategies to Achieve the “Right” Credit Rating

Alvaro Gutierrez Botero

Alvaro Gutierrez Botero, Minister Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Colombia in The Netherlands

• National Agency of Infrastructure Offer
• The most ambitious Program in Colombia’s History - 4G Concessions
• Project Financing

18:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Alistair Perkins

Alistair Perkins, Head of Project Finance, ING Investment Management Europe

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Andrew  Petry

Andrew Petry, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

9:10 2014: The Year the Pendulum Swung Back

Michiel Engelaar

Michiel Engelaar, Senior Loan Officer, European Investment Bank

·          Market observations in The Netherlands and Belgium
·          EIB involvement and role as catalyst for project funding
·          What is in and out in Project Finance?
·          What’s next: another crisis or a sustainable market?

9:50 Are Pebble, PBCE and Index Linked Bonds All Benelux One-Offs?

Andrew  Petry

Andrew Petry, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

  • Benelux PPP – an international success story
  • An outline of some of the alternative funding structures used in the Benelux.
  • Will bond investors get used to taking construction risk?
  • Has the European funding landscape irrevocably changed?

10:30 Networking Coffee Break

10:50 New EU Directive for Public Procurement: Opportunities for the Road Sector

Konstandinos Diamandouros

Konstandinos Diamandouros, Head of Office , European Union Road Federation (ERF)

·          Introduction of environmental criteria in public procurement
·          Shift from cheapest option to best-value for money
·          Green practices of the road infrastructure sector
·          Putting theory into practice

11:30 Project Bonds

Emmanuel Arnould

Emmanuel Arnould, Executive Director , SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Ltd.

Fabrizio Baicchi

Fabrizio Baicchi, Executive Director, SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Ltd

12:10 Project Lifecycle Risk: A Credit Rating Perspective

Ade Bamford

Ade Bamford, Director, Global Infrastructure & Project Finance, Fitch Ratings Ltd


•Overview of project lifecycle profiles
•Introduction to Fitch's rating methodology

12:50 Networking Lunch

13:50 Alternative Financing Structures for the Dutch PPP Pipeline

Jan Willem Van Roggen

Jan Willem Van Roggen, Managing Director, NIBC Bank N.V.

·          How banks and institutional investors can team up to finance PPP’s
·          Creative structuring
·          Market getting overheated?

14:30 A Contractor’s Perspective on Diversification of Financing Structures for PPP in the Benelux

Errol Scholten

Errol Scholten, Director PPP Assets, Strukton Integrale Projecten

·          Strukton at a glance
·          Development of the F-component over time
·          Opportunities and Threats of different financing structures
·          Examples in practice

15:10 PANEL DISCUSSION: The Various Financing Options for New Infrastructure Projects in a Changing Funding Market

·          Weighing the various financing options on basis of input from various speakers and the audience
·          Discussion on the new standard
·          Is solvency II sufficiently PPP-friendly?
·          Will the deal flow be sufficiently large enough for institutional investors to continue to follow the market?
·          Is LT-financing by banks ‘back in town’?
Franky  De Wispelaere

Franky De Wispelaere, Head Infrastructure Project Finance EMEA Region, BNP Paribas

Sylvain Delion

Sylvain Delion, Senior Vice-President, Macquarie Capital

Michiel Engelaar

Michiel Engelaar, Senior Loan Officer, European Investment Bank

Errol Scholten

Errol Scholten, Director PPP Assets, Strukton Integrale Projecten

Alistair Perkins

Alistair Perkins, Head of Project Finance, ING Investment Management Europe

15:50 Afternoon Tea

16:10 Dynamics of Working in Consortia

Erik Naafs

Erik Naafs, Director Project Finance, VolkerWessels

·          The forming of consortia
·          Tendering requirements and consortium partners
·          Formal cooperation
·          Informal cooperation and cultural aspects

16:50 Benelux Secondary Markets for Infrastructure Projects

Johan Mouraux

Johan Mouraux, Partner, Finance & Projects, DLA Piper UK LLP

·          What opportunities are upcoming for secondary market investors?
·          The fit between secondary market investors and contractors seeking to exit after completion
·          Issues and opportunities in secondary market transactions

17:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: The Secondary Market in the Benelux - Market Outlook and Opportunities

·          Opportunities created by projects closed in the early years of PPP in the Benelux
·          Is it a time to purchase/sell assets?
·          Is there a match between current investor appetite and industrial players seeking to free up equity?
·          Residual liability and other deal terms
Erwan Fournis

Erwan Fournis, Director, Infrastructure , InfraRed Capital Partners

Johan Mouraux

Johan Mouraux, Partner, Finance & Projects, DLA Piper UK LLP

Mark Hillewaere

Mark Hillewaere, Fund Manager, PMF Infrastructure Fund

18:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Andrew  Petry

Andrew Petry, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Alistair Perkins

Alistair Perkins

Head of Project Finance, ING Investment Management Europe
Erik Jan Snik

Erik Jan Snik

Coordinator Public-Private Partnerships, Ministry of Finance, Netherlands
Errol Scholten

Errol Scholten

Director PPP Assets, Strukton Integrale Projecten
Franky  De Wispelaere

Franky De Wispelaere

Head Infrastructure Project Finance EMEA Region, BNP Paribas
Jan Willem Van Roggen

Jan Willem Van Roggen

Managing Director, NIBC Bank N.V.
Jeroen Kies

Jeroen Kies

Assistant General Manager, SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch
Karoy Hornyak

Karoy Hornyak

Investment Director, TDP
Konstandinos Diamandouros

Konstandinos Diamandouros

Head of Office , European Union Road Federation (ERF)
Willem Stitselaar

Willem Stitselaar

Managing Director, Macquarie Capital

Ade Bamford

Director, Global Infrastructure & Project Finance, Fitch Ratings Ltd
Ade Bamford

Alistair Perkins

Head of Project Finance, ING Investment Management Europe
Alistair Perkins

Alvaro Gutierrez Botero

Minister Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Colombia in The Netherlands
Alvaro Gutierrez Botero

Andrew Petry

Partner, Simmons & Simmons
Andrew  Petry

Coen van Campen

Project Finance Officer, Van Oord Finance BV
Coen van Campen

Emmanuel Arnould

Executive Director , SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Ltd.
Emmanuel Arnould

Erik Jan Snik

Coordinator Public-Private Partnerships, Ministry of Finance, Netherlands
Erik Jan Snik

Erik Naafs

Director Project Finance, VolkerWessels
Erik Naafs

Errol Scholten

Director PPP Assets, Strukton Integrale Projecten
Errol Scholten

Erwan Fournis

Director, Infrastructure , InfraRed Capital Partners
Erwan Fournis

Fabrizio Baicchi

Executive Director, SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Ltd
Fabrizio Baicchi

Franky De Wispelaere

Head Infrastructure Project Finance EMEA Region, BNP Paribas
Franky  De Wispelaere

Guy Hardy

Senior Investment Director , DIF
Guy Hardy

Han Claessens

Senior Investment Manager, PGGM Investments
Han Claessens

Jan Willem Van Roggen

Managing Director, NIBC Bank N.V.
Jan Willem Van Roggen

Jeroen Kies

Assistant General Manager, SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch
Jeroen Kies

Johan Mouraux

Partner, Finance & Projects, DLA Piper UK LLP
Johan Mouraux

Karoy Hornyak

Investment Director, TDP
Karoy Hornyak

Konstandinos Diamandouros

Head of Office , European Union Road Federation (ERF)
Konstandinos Diamandouros

Mark Hillewaere

Fund Manager, PMF Infrastructure Fund
Mark Hillewaere

Michiel Engelaar

Senior Loan Officer, European Investment Bank
Michiel Engelaar

Paul David

Director, Infrastructure Debt, Allianz Global Investors
Paul David

Stephane Duhr

Director, 3i
Stephane Duhr

Steven Van Garsse

Manager, Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre
Steven Van Garsse

Sylvain Delion

Senior Vice-President, Macquarie Capital
Sylvain Delion

Takashi Fueno

Managing Director, SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Ltd.
Takashi Fueno

Willem Stitselaar

Managing Director, Macquarie Capital
Willem Stitselaar

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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.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

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Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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