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With less financing from the private sector, infrastructure projects are relying on different sources of investment from public financing, pension funds and international investors. PPP needs to attract money from alternative sources and may turn to international investors. With the infrastrucutre sector developing in and around the Beneux region, find out what challenges were faced, how these were overcome and the future outlook of the infrastructure market.

This year's Benelux Infrastructure Forum will bring together key professionals in the PPP, maintenance and infrastructure sectors to discuss the latest issues and trends in the infrastructure sector

The conference 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.
 

  • Learn about leading PPP case-studies from the Benelux region
  • Expand your knowledge on pension funds and the pros and cons
  • Hear directly from the International Project Finance Association (IPFA)
  • Discover the latest contractual and legal developments across the region
  • Understand recent funding issues closely linked to PPP
  • Learn how to attract and secure international investors
  • 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

 

 Last year's attendess include representatives from:

  • Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten
  • Addleshaw Goddard
  • Allen & Overy
  • Aon EMEA North East
  • APG
  • Ballast Nedam Beheer B.V.
  • BAM PPP Nederland
  • Banque L B Lux S A
  • Bayerische Landesbank
  • BESIX Group
  • Dawasa
  • Deka Bank Deustche Girozentrale
  • Dexia Bank Belgium
  • DIF
  • Egis Projects
  • Eiser Infrastructure
  • Ernst & Young
  • European Investment Bank
  • Houthoff Buruma
  • Infra Red Capital Partners Ltd.
  • ING
  • KBC Bank N.V
  • Ministry of Finance, Netherlands
  • Mott Macdonald
  • N I B Capital Bank N V
  • NedMobiel
  • NORD LB
  • NV Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten
  • PriceWaterHouseCoopers
  • SMBC Europe Division
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)
  • VolkerInfra

 

Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten ; Addleshaw Goddard; Allen & Overy; Aon EMEA North East; APG; Ballast Nedam Beheer B.V. ; BAM PPP Nederland; Banque L B Lux S A; Bayerische Landesbank; BESIX Group; BNP Paribas Fortis Bank; Centrum PPP; D L A Piper UK ; Dawasa; Deka Bank Deustche Girozentrale; Dexia Bank Belgium; DG Infra; DIF; Egis Projects; Eiser Infrastructure; Ernst & Young; European Investment Bank; Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre; Houthoff Buruma; Infra Red Capital Partners Ltd.; ING; KBC Bank N.V; Loyens & Loeff; Macquarie Capital; MBIA UK Insurance; Ministry of Finance, Netherlands; Mott Macdonald; N I B Capital Bank N V; NautaDutilh; NedMobiel; NIBC; Nord LB; NV Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten; PriceWaterHouseCoopers; RebelGroup Advisory; SMBC Europe Division; Struckton Railinfra BV; Strukton Integrale Projecten; Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC); Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), Amsterdam; VolkerInfra; Wierzbowski & Szubielska;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Willem Stitselaar

Willem Stitselaar, Director, Macquarie Capital

9:10 Innovative financing structures for PPP

Willem Stitselaar

Willem Stitselaar, Director, Macquarie Capital

  • Traditional PPP Financing in Belgium and the Netherlands
  • Recent trends globally vs Benelux
  • Institutional debt and equity
  • The future of infrastructure capital markets
  • 9:50 An overview of PPP in the Netherlands – the authority perspective

    Erik Jan Snik

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

  • An update of the PPP market in the Netherlands - the authority perspective
  • Current and future projects
  • Bank financing and alternatives
  • What measures have been taken by the Dutch government
  • Post-elections: what this mean for the PPP market?
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 An overview of PPP in the Netherlands – the banking perspective

    Jan Bausch

    Jan Bausch, Assistant General Manager, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), Amsterdam

  • An update of the PPP market in the Netherlands
  • Current and pilot projects
  • Bank financing and alternatives
  • Post-elections: what this mean for the PPP market
  • 11:30 New developments in the Belgian PPP market

    Dominique de Wilde d'Estmael

    Dominique de Wilde d'Estmael , Head of Project Finance Infrastructure, Belfius Bank

  • Overview of current projects
  • New entrants
  • Looking for standardisation
  • Lessons learned from closed deals
  • PPP financing in the challenging financial environment
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:10 Pension fund investment in PPP schemes

    Chrisbert Van Kooten

    Chrisbert Van Kooten, Investment Director, DG Infra

  • Case studies so far
  • Advantages of pension funds
  • Developing a long-term partnership
  • Overcoming challenges
  • 13:50 Contracting PPPs in the Benelux: new challenges facing the same projects’

    Erik Naafs

    Erik Naafs, PPP Director, VolkerInfra

  • Dutch PPP flavour of the month for lenders, pension funds and sponsors alike?
  • Value for money?
  • Some thoughts on risk management plan
  • Future developments and hurdles to be taken
  • 14:30 Road Asset Management

    Konstandinos Diamandouros

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

  • A total road network of more than 5,000,000 km
  • Risk of losing this asset as a result of chronic underfunding
  • Need for alternative financing mechanisms
  • State of play in the EU and national countries
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 International Project Finance Association (IPFA)

    Geoff Haley

    Geoff Haley, Chairman, International Project Finance Association

     

    ·  Update of regulations  
    ·  What projects are in the pipeline
    ·  Current approaches and concerns in project development and finance
    ·  Future outlook for the Benelux region

    16:20 Insurable Risk Management for lenders convenience in PPP

  • Impact of insurable risk
  • Overlap / difference interests of involved parties 
  • Insurance market and lenders clauses
  • Risk mitigating after Contract Close
  • Roeland van der Zee

    Roeland van der Zee, Senior Consultant, Aon EMEA North East

    Sonja Janicijevic

    Sonja Janicijevic, Senior consultant, Aon EMEA North East

    17:00 An institutional investor's view on the Benelux

    Francois Yves Gaudeul

    Francois Yves Gaudeul, Director, Infrastructure Debt, Allianz Global Investors

  • Allianz Global Investors: A lead investor in infrastructure debt
  • Appetite and targets
  • Structural requirements
  • The way forward
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Andrew Petry

    Andrew Petry, Partner and Head of Energy & Infrastructure Finance, Addleshaw Goddard

    9:10 New sources of finance

    Jan Willem Van Roggen

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

  • Dealing with multitude of financial structures and funding sources
  • Bridging the gap between the public and the private side
  • Managing a volatile tender environment
  • 9:50 Bankability of PPP projects

    Thibaut Willems

    Thibaut Willems, Counsel, NautaDutilh

  • Contract Close, Financial Close and Swap Fixing
  • Permits : risk allocation and timing
  • Guarantees and other forms of support
  • Refinancing
  • Alternative forms of financing
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 An institutional investor view of the PPP & Infrastructure financing

    Benoit Theys

    Benoit Theys, Head of Real Estate & PPP Finance (Former Director, BNP Paribas Fortis), AG Real Estate

     

    ·         Banks reluctance to lend on long term 
    ·         Hard mini-perm structures and refinancing risks    
    ·         Institutional investors in Belgium  

    11:40 Creating a sustainable PPP business at a Dutch Contractor

    Errol Scholten

    Errol Scholten, Director Business Unit Assets, Strukton Integrale Projecten

  • The Dutch market: a rocky ride
  • Adding value as a Contractor to PPP’s
  • Investment from the perspective of a Contractor
  • SPV management: a new business?
  • A Contractor/investor asset vehicle in practice

     

  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Polish market: PPP in Poland

    Bartosz Mysiorski

    Bartosz Mysiorski, Chief Specialist in PPP, Centrum PPP

  • Case study: the emerging Polish PPP market
  • Bite of PPP history in Poland
  • Current situation on the Polish PPP market
  • Future PPP prospects and opportunities in Poland
  • 14:00 EU proposals for new public procurement & concessions directives

    Steven Van Garsse

    Steven Van Garsse, Manager, Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre

  • Key changes
  • Impact of current PPP practice
  • Looking to the future
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Future outlook

    Isabel Liu

    Isabel Liu, Investment Director, Eiser Infrastructure

  • Policy and regulatory developments
  • Sector trends
  • Financing market pressures
  • Areas for improvement
  • 15:50 The legal dimensions of the Benelux market

    Johan Mouraux

    Johan Mouraux, Partner, DLA Piper

  • Understanding the legal issues
  • Utilising the equity and debt capital techniques
  • Lessons learned from recent deals
  • Local precedents vs. International standards
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Benoit Theys

    Benoit Theys

    Head of Real Estate & PPP Finance (Former Director, BNP Paribas Fortis), AG Real Estate
    Erik Jan Snik

    Erik Jan Snik

    Coordinator Public-Private Partnerships, Ministry of Finance, Netherlands
    Erik Naafs

    Erik Naafs

    PPP Director, VolkerInfra
    Errol Scholten

    Errol Scholten

    Director Business Unit Assets, Strukton Integrale Projecten
    Francois Yves Gaudeul

    Francois Yves Gaudeul

    Director, Infrastructure Debt, Allianz Global Investors
    Willem Stitselaar

    Willem Stitselaar

    Director, Macquarie Capital

    Andrew Petry

    Partner and Head of Energy & Infrastructure Finance, Addleshaw Goddard
    Andrew Petry

    Bartosz Mysiorski

    Chief Specialist in PPP, Centrum PPP
    Bartosz Mysiorski

    Benoit Theys

    Head of Real Estate & PPP Finance (Former Director, BNP Paribas Fortis), AG Real Estate
    Benoit Theys

    Chrisbert Van Kooten

    Investment Director, DG Infra
    Chrisbert Van Kooten

    Dominique de Wilde d'Estmael

    Head of Project Finance Infrastructure, Belfius Bank
    Dominique de Wilde d'Estmael

    Erik Jan Snik

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

    Erik Naafs

    PPP Director, VolkerInfra
    Erik Naafs

    Errol Scholten

    Director Business Unit Assets, Strukton Integrale Projecten
    Errol Scholten

    Francois Yves Gaudeul

    Director, Infrastructure Debt, Allianz Global Investors
    Francois Yves Gaudeul

    Geoff Haley

    Chairman, International Project Finance Association
    Geoff Haley

    Iain Barbour

    Managing Director, MBIA UK Insurance Ltd
    Iain Barbour

    Isabel Liu

    Investment Director, Eiser Infrastructure
    Isabel Liu

    Jan Bausch

    Assistant General Manager, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), Amsterdam
    Jan Bausch

    Jan Willem Van Roggen

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

    Johan Mouraux

    Partner, DLA Piper
    Johan Mouraux

    Konstandinos Diamandouros

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

    Roeland van der Zee

    Senior Consultant, Aon EMEA North East
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    Sonja Janicijevic

    Senior consultant, Aon EMEA North East
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    Steven Van Garsse

    Manager, Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre
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    Thibaut Willems

    Counsel, NautaDutilh
    Thibaut Willems

    Willem Stitselaar

    Director, Macquarie Capital
    Willem Stitselaar

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