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Are you looking to invest in Benelux infrastructure?
Do you want to hear from the region's Government representatives?           
Are you searching for high quality expert advice on how to make the right choices?     
Do you want to network with individuals key to a successful investment?
                    

There is still plenty going on in the Benelux region and still plenty of opportunities out there. This conference is perfect for the private sector looking to get ahead in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg and for the public sector needing to know how to provide the best services in these countries and what choices are available to help them achieve their goals.

Now in its 8th year the Benelux Infrastructure Forum is derived from its hugely successful predecssor the 'Benelux PPP Forum'. This year this well established annual event has been adapted to make room for a selection of new speakers addressing timely issues and subjects which affect us all.

Topics which will be addressed include:

  • Market trends and developments in the Benelux region
  • Financing options
  • Long term and short term risks
  • The legal diemnsions of the infrastructure market
  • Effects of the financial crisis upon development
  • Healthcare and environmental projects
  • Fresh and timely case studies

HEAR from key central and local Government representatives across the Benelux region including the Dutch Ministry of Finance
NETWORK with leading members of the Benelux infrastructure community
LISTEN to a wide range of brand new case studies including Luxembourg’s first PPP schools project
LEARN about the impact of the global financial crisis upon the development of Benelux infrastructure and potential solutions to the problems
 

  • Public Sector Representatives
  • Lawyers
  • Partners
  • Consultants
  • Construction
  • Banks
  • Managing Directors
  • CEO
  • Process Engineers
  • Business Development Managers 
  • Analysts

Please see below a chart showing the delegate composition for last year's 'Benelux PPP Forum'

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Jaap Veenenbos

Jaap Veenenbos, Director, Aon EMEA North East

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: NETHERLANDS MINISTRY OF FINANCE - FINANCING LARGER PROJECTS

Pieter van Marken

Pieter van Marken, Head, PPP & Asset Management, Ministry of Finance, Netherlands

• Overview of infrastructure in the Netherlands
• Types of infrastructure being focused upon
• Special PPP funds
• Taking refinancing risk vs risk of market disruption
• Opportunities for investors in the Netherlands

9:50 CURRENT AND FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

• The challenges facing Benelux
• How to overcome the credit crisis
• Opportunities ahead

Pieter Oppermann

Pieter Oppermann, Specialist, Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten

Ferry Pankras

Ferry Pankras, Specialist, Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 CONSTRUCTION & ENVIRONMENTAL RISK MANAGEMENT

• Different phases of Construction Risk Management
• Benefits of Construction Risk Management
• Environmental risks attached to Infrastructure projects
• Appropriate risk solutions

Koenraad de Stickere

Koenraad de Stickere, Environmental Practice Leader, Marsh

Michel Schoon

Michel Schoon, Managing Consultant, Marsh Risk Consulting

Harold Penninx

Harold Penninx , Senior Consultant , Marsh Risk Consulting

11:40 OVERVIEW OF INFRASTRUCTURE MARKET TRENDS AND DEVELOPMENTS ACROSS THE BENELUX REGION

Errol Scholten

Errol Scholten, Infrastructue Partners, NIBC Bank

• The challenges facing Benelux
• How Benelux can work together to overcome the problems of the credit crisis
• Using infrastructure to strengthen relations
• Where the opportunities lie for investors
• The future
 

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:50 CLOSING THE GAP BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE FINANCING

Karoy Hornyak

Karoy Hornyak, Finance Manager, Strukton Integrale Projecten

  • Introduction 
  • Scarcity of funds and adjusted investment criteria
  • Who should be concerned? 
  • How to close this gap and measures to be taken
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Experiences and track recors
  • 14:30 RISK AND INSURANCE CHALLENGES AND MANAGEMENT

    Jaap Veenenbos

    Jaap Veenenbos, Director, Aon EMEA North East

    • Development of key risks in PPP
    • Life cycle insurance solutions, back to the basics
    • PPP Kantienberg, a typical accommodation project, key risk allocation and transfer
    • PPP Flemish School program, a landmark project setting new standards for Benelux PPP

    15:10 THE LEGAL DIMENSIONS OF THE BENELUX MARKET

    • Standardisation of the DBFM in the Netherlands and Belgium
    • Dealing with debt funding issues in the Netherlands and Belgium
    • How is the competitive dialogue for PPP projects structured in the Netherlands and Belgium
    • How to resolve disputes should they arise

    David Van Ee

    David Van Ee, Advocat, Nauta Dutilh

    Ann Blaton

    Ann Blaton, Lawyer, NautaDutilh

    15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Johan Verhaeghe

    Johan Verhaeghe, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Moodys Investors Service

    9:10 PREPARING A BENCHMARK ON PPPS IN THE FLEMISH REGION

    Steven Van Garsse

    Steven Van Garsse, Manager, Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre

    • Defining a benchmark
    • An overview on developments so far
    • Maintaining the benchmark during difficult economic times

    9:50 THE FINANCIAL CRISIS AND EQUITY PROVIDERS

    Erik Naafs

    Erik Naafs, Director, DIF

    • The effects upon equity providers
    • The impact upon the tendering of PPP transactions
    • Solutions within different Benelux countries
    • What opportunities lie for investors

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 VIA-INVEST - CONCEPT AND CASES

    Werner Decrem

    Werner Decrem, Business Unit Manager PPS, PMV

    • Standards for road projects in Flanders
    • Two concepts : DBFM & DBM+F
    • Cases and lessons learned
    • Prospects and pipeline

     

     

     

     

    11:40 CASE STUDY: PROGRESS OF LUXEMBOURG’S FIRST PPP SCHOOLS PROJECT

    Alexander Flassak

    Alexander Flassak, Partner, Ernst & Young

    • Overview of the project
    • Securing a boost from the EIB
    • Selecting a bidder
    • Success so far as a PPP Project
     

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 PPP – A RATING AGENCY PERSPECTIVE

    Johan Verhaeghe

    Johan Verhaeghe, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Moodys Investors Service

    • What do ratings mean
    • What are the main drivers for rating PPP projects
    • Debt structures concerns/issues
    • Rating trends
     

    14:30 CASE STUDY: BRABO 1

    Mario van der Zwan

    Mario van der Zwan, Director, Business Unit Public Private Partnership, Heijmans

    • Overview of the project
    • PPP-projects in a credit crunch
        -    Developments in Project Finance
        -    Additional Guarantees by the Flemish Region
        -    Impact on the Silvius consortium partners
    • Lessons learned
        -    DBFM-Contract structure
        -    Project Finance and Club Deals
     

    15:10 PPP PROJECTS IN A COMBINED HEALTHCARE/HIGH TECH ENVIRONMENT: WHY IS THIS A CHALLENGE?

    Benoit Raskin

    Benoit Raskin, Executive Director, Particle Therapy Solutions Integration, IBA

    • In our business (Particle Therapy), PPP s have created a new field of opportunities, nevertheless there are obvious limits that one needs to be aware of
    • Both Public Authorities and Private Parties want to go PPP: what’s their level of awareness about what it takes?
    • The feasibility of a PPP relies on a fair sharing of risks between the public and private sectors on the one hand, between the members of a private consortium on the other hand. IBA developed some methodology to deal with this
     

    15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    16:00 Afternoon Tea and Close of Conference

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    Workshops

    Operational Issues in PPP Projects
    Workshop

    Operational Issues in PPP Projects

    Marriott Brussels
    25th November 2009
    Brussels,, Belgium

    Marriott Brussels

    Rue Auguste Orts 3-7/Grand Place
    Brussels, 1000 Belgi
    Belgium

    Marriott Brussels

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