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Recent years have seen changes to way in which large scale infrastructure projects have been financed. While many projects still largely depend on long term bank debt, with the introduction of stiffer regulations, funding is also sought from other sources including private sector investing, project bonds, pension funds, government funding and institutional investors. These all have different criteria, however without these funding sources, the rapid rise in infrastructure developments in the Benelux area could not continue.

 

SMi are proud to present the industry leading 14th Annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum, 23rd-24th November 2015, Amsterdam. This year’s conference will examine hot new developments in the pipeline, including new ppp projects and the increasing focus on renewable energy ventures especially in relation to offshore wind and how these are funded. There will also be a focus on new and existing projects such UK Biomass Project, PPP in maritime and road infrastructure, flood infrastructure assets and much more!


Through a series of exciting case studies, presentations and panel discussions this premier event will allow unrivalled networking allowing for a gathering of industry’s infrastructure developers, investors, financiers & government agencies as they discuss and debate latest developments in the Benelux region.

 

This year’s conference will look at new pipeline opportunities in areas including:-

 

 


• Evaluating mechanisms to procure infrastructure projects
• Project bonds – what is happening and what does the future hold?
• Reviewing smaller ppp projects and what lessons can be learned from them
• Developments in public transport and funding for these projects
• Project life cycle, value for money and risk management…what you need to know!


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This premier networking event will review recent developments in infrastructure projects in the Benelux region.

• Hear cutting edge presentations from key players and opinion leaders in the industry
• Review case studies on closed deals and lessons learned from them
• Hear from presenters from outside of the region to see what they are doing and what can be shared
• A high level conference attracting the movers and shakers in the 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

3i; ABN AMRO Bank N.V; AG Real Estate; Allen & Overy L L P; Allen & Overy LLP; Allianz Global Investors; Aon EMEA North East; ARCADIS Nederland; Bayerische Landesbank; BDO Stoy Hayward; Belfius Bank; BNP Paribas ; Credit Agricole Indosuez; Dawasa; Deloitte; DEME; DG Infra; DIF; DLA Piper; EIB/ EPEC ; Embassy of Colombia in The Netherlands; European Investment Bank; European Union Road Federation (ERF); Fitch Ratings Ltd; Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre; Infranode; InfraRed Capital Partners; ING Investment Management Europe; KBC; KBC Securities; KPMG Advisory; Macquarie Capital; Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited; Ministry of Finance, Netherlands; NautaDutilh; Nederlandse Waterschapsbank N.V.; NIBC Bank N.V.; NIBC Bank NV; NIBC Infrastructure Partners; Nord LB; NORD/LB; Norwegian Public Roads Administration; Operis Group plc; Oresundsbro Konsortiet; PGGM Investments; PMF Infrastructure Fund; Rijkswaterstaat; Simmons & Simmons; SMBC Europe Division; SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch; SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Ltd.; Steer Davies Gleave; Strukton Integrale Projecten; Van Oord Finance BV; VINCI Concessions; VolkerWessels;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Jan Bausch

Jan Bausch, AGM, SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch

9:10 Investing in the Netherlands: An equity perspective

• An equity perspective on PPPs
• The Dutch market: attractions and challenges
• Trends and food for thought
 

Stephane Duhr

Stephane Duhr, Director, 3i

Antoine  Matton

Antoine Matton, Associate Director, 3i

9:40 Key developments and market overview in selected PPP markets

Frank Schramm

Frank Schramm, Co-CEO, BBGI S.A.

• Standardization in PPP Markets – opportunity or risk
• Market overview Europe, North America, Australia/NZ
 

10:10 Offshore wind projects

Sacha Kamp

Sacha Kamp, Assistant General Manager , SMBC Europe Division

• Understanding why and how offshore wind projects are booming in Belgium
• Reviewing the Dutch government’s offshore wind energy programme
• How are these projects being financed?
 

10:40 Morning Coffee

11:10 Financing the energy and infrastructure gap

Willem Stitselaar

Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital

• Recent trends
• Benelux and other European PPPs
• Offshore wind projects 

 

11:40 UK Biomass Project

Jan Willem Van Roggen

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

• Overview of the project
• Funding structure (equity & debt)
 

12:10 PPPs — Latest developments in PPPs in Africa.

Andrew  Petry

Andrew Petry, Partner, Energy & Infrastructure Finance, Simmons & Simmons

The talk will focus on looking at where new PPP opportunities are arising in Africa and look at the factors that allow them to succeed or cause them to fail

12:40 Networking Lunch

13:40 Solutions for insurance industry

Bernward Kulle

Bernward Kulle, Executive Board Member, ÖPP Deutschland AG (Partnerschaften Deutschland

• Different possible roles (Equity, Dept, Funds / ) Bond vs. Dept
• Essential project size, project-pooling, project rating
• Planned structures and solutions within different markets
 

14:10 Managing stakeholders for PPP success

Karel Joos

Karel Joos, Partner, Interel Belgium

• Mapping
• Understanding interests
• Assessment the influence
• Outreach and engagement
 

14:40 Infrastructure project success… can all stakeholders be winners?

What is the impact of (external) stakeholders on project success? How do they influence project risks?

Are PPPs too focused on internal stakeholders thereby neglecting the interest and influence external stakeholders?   

Where does one draw the line between internal and external?

How can PPPs minimize the risk of external stakeholders blocking or slowing down the project?

 

 

Karel Joos

Karel Joos, Partner, Interel Belgium

Willem Stitselaar

Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital

Rob Peters

Rob Peters, Finance Manager, Rijkswaterstaat, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

Francois Yves Gaudeul

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

15:10 Risk management in Dutch DBFM(O) projects

Joris van Papenrecht

Joris van Papenrecht, Commercial Director, BAM PPP The Netherlands and Belgium

• How successful are the Dutch DBFM(O) projects in terms of risk management
• What can we learn from other jurisdictions to improve the risk management in future Dutch DBFM(O) projects
 

15:40 Afternoon Tea

16:10 New projects, new risks, new mitigations

Roeland van der Zee

Roeland van der Zee, Senior Consultant, Aon Global Risk Consulting

• quantification of liability risks and business interruption risks
• risk management for financed projects
• the similarities and differences between different types of projects (housing, roads, public transport and locks)
 

16:40 Funding competitions - Pro's and Con's and best practices

Johan Mouraux

Johan Mouraux, Partner, DLA Piper

• Pro's and con's of funding competitions from various perspectives - authority, sponsors and lenders
• Different formats and timing for funding competitions
• Best practices and how to best manage funding competitions from an authority and private sector perspectives
 

17:10 Investing in Brownfield Infrastructure: A focus on the energy sector

Bruno Candes

Bruno Candes , Partner , Infravia

• Focus on recent market trends and M§A in energy infrastructure
• Adapting to lower Oil and Gas Prices: Infrastructure carve outs from E§P companies
• Case study of industrial energy infrastructure
• Perspectives going forward

 

17:40 New funding opportunities for the Benelux market

• What new projects are expected for the future?
• Creating sustainable and affordable solutions for all stakeholders
• What are the legal implications
 

Han Claessens

Han Claessens, Senior Investment Manager, PGGM Investments

Willem Stitselaar

Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital

Jan Willem Van Roggen

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

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

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Andrew  Petry

Andrew Petry, Partner, Energy & Infrastructure Finance, Simmons & Simmons

9:10 The Investment Plan for Europe (the 'Juncker plan')

Dominik Zunt-Radot

Dominik Zunt-Radot, Policy Officer, DG Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN), Finance, coordination with EIB Group, EBRD and IFIs, Financing of Climate Change, Infrastructure Policies and Euratom (ECFIN L3),, European Commission

• The Financing strand of the Investment Plan for Europe, the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) is expected to mobilize EUR 315bn of investment in the EU over its three year deployment period
• Reviewing how the EFSI will be deployed by the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund in order to encourage more private and public investment and more risk taking from private investors
• Presenting the other two important strands of the Investment Plan: the European Investment Advisory Hub – a technical assistance one-stop shop for market participants and the European Investment Project Portal – a publicly accessible webpage making project  information easily available to investors
• Understanding what overall impact the Investment Plan will have on Benelux infrastructure investment

 

9:50 The Belgian market: impact of ESA 2010

Professor Dr Steven Van Garsse

Professor Dr Steven Van Garsse, Manager, Department of Public Governance and the Chancellery, Flemish Government - Cluster Flemish Justice and Regulation - Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre

• Market update
• ESA 2010
• Challenges
 

10:30 Morning Coffee

10:50 Financing transport infrastructure with EU financial instruments

Ian Conlon

Ian Conlon, Financial Instruments Team, Unit B4,, DG MOVE, European Commission

• The size of the infrastructure deficit means sources other than public funds are needed to invest in infrastructure
• The EU has dedicated funds for financial instruments to support private finance investment in infrastructure
• There will be a growing focus on how these instruments can be used over the coming years
 

11:30 Dutch Water Infrastructure

Paolo Geurtsen

Paolo Geurtsen, Director Project Finance, Treasury & Finance, VolkerWessels
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  • Importance of Dutch Water Infrastructure and its role in Dutch heritage.
  • Taking over existing assets and taking on patronage of heritage landscapes
  • Ensuring operation of existing assets well beyond their design life
  • Private sector best placed to manage risk. Or is it?
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:10 Flood Infrastructure assets: what can we learn from The Netherlands?

    Prof. Dr. Chris Zevenbergen

    Prof. Dr. Chris Zevenbergen, Strategic Advisor Of The Executive Board, Chair Flood Resilience Group UNESCO-IHE, Dura Vermeer Group NV, UNESCO-IHE and TuDelft

    • Prevention pays
    • Towards a broader and integrated appreciation of infrastructure
    • Tradeoffs and synergies 
     

    13:50 PPP in maritime and road infrastructure the Netherlands so far so good?

    Rob Peters

    Rob Peters, Finance Manager, Rijkswaterstaat, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

    • The current status of PP procurement in the Netherlands
    • Deal flow of  PPP projects
     

    14:30 The partnerships behind a PPP

    Jeroen In t Veld

    Jeroen In t Veld, Director, Rebelgroup BV

    • Where are contracts bringing out the worst in the partners?
    • Dealing with the need for flexibility
    • Options for the future
     

    15:10 Developments in the PPP market

    • When is PPP appropriate
    • What are the costs, risks and benefits to all parties involved?
    • What are the potential social benefits?
        
     

    Dominik Zunt-Radot

    Dominik Zunt-Radot, Policy Officer, DG Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN), Finance, coordination with EIB Group, EBRD and IFIs, Financing of Climate Change, Infrastructure Policies and Euratom (ECFIN L3),, European Commission

    Roeland van der Zee

    Roeland van der Zee, Senior Consultant, Aon Global Risk Consulting

    Andrew  Petry

    Andrew Petry, Partner, Energy & Infrastructure Finance, Simmons & Simmons

    15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 An Institutional Investor’s view on infrastructure debt

    Francois Yves Gaudeul

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


    • Why invest in infrastructure debt
    • How to invest in infrastructure debt
    • Main challenges (procurement, regulation, tax and legal) and recommendations
    • Views on the Benelux market
     

    16:50 Strengths and weaknesses of the Institutional Investors in the current financing market

    Benoit Theys

    Benoit Theys, Head of Real Estate and PPP Finance, BNP Paribas Fortis Bank

    • Competitive market conditions
    • What are the expectations of the candidates to PPP projects on the financing aspects?
    • What are the expectations of the granting authorities of PPP projects on the financing aspects?
    • What are the answers of the Institutional Investors to these needs?

    17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    Dominik Zunt-Radot

    Dominik Zunt-Radot

    Policy Officer, DG Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN), Finance, coordination with EIB Group, EBRD and IFIs, Financing of Climate Change, Infrastructure Policies and Euratom (ECFIN L3),, European Commission
    Jan Willem Van Roggen

    Jan Willem Van Roggen

    Managing Director, NIBC Bank N.V.
    Jeroen Kies

    Jeroen Kies

    Assistant General Manager, Structured Finance Department, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch
    Joris van Papenrecht

    Joris van Papenrecht

    Commercial Director, BAM PPP The Netherlands and Belgium
    Willem Stitselaar

    Willem Stitselaar

    Managing Director, Macquarie Capital

    Andrew Petry

    Partner, Energy & Infrastructure Finance, Simmons & Simmons
    Andrew  Petry

    Benoit Theys

    Head of Real Estate and PPP Finance, BNP Paribas Fortis Bank
    Benoit Theys

    Bernward Kulle

    Executive Board Member, ÖPP Deutschland AG (Partnerschaften Deutschland
    Bernward Kulle

    Bruno Candes

    Partner , Infravia
    Bruno Candes

    Dominik Zunt-Radot

    Policy Officer, DG Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN), Finance, coordination with EIB Group, EBRD and IFIs, Financing of Climate Change, Infrastructure Policies and Euratom (ECFIN L3),, European Commission
    Dominik Zunt-Radot

    Francois Yves Gaudeul

    Director, Infrastructure Debt, Allianz Global Investors
    Francois Yves Gaudeul

    Frank Schramm

    Co-CEO, BBGI S.A.
    Frank Schramm

    Han Claessens

    Senior Investment Manager, PGGM Investments
    Han Claessens

    Ian Conlon

    Financial Instruments Team, Unit B4,, DG MOVE, European Commission
    Ian Conlon

    Jan Willem Van Roggen

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

    Jeroen In t Veld

    Director, Rebelgroup BV
    Jeroen In t Veld

    Jeroen Kies

    Assistant General Manager, Structured Finance Department, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch
    Jeroen Kies

    Johan Mouraux

    Partner, DLA Piper
    Johan Mouraux

    Joris van Papenrecht

    Commercial Director, BAM PPP The Netherlands and Belgium
    Joris van Papenrecht

    Karel Joos

    Partner, Interel Belgium
    Karel Joos

    Paolo Geurtsen

    Director Project Finance, Treasury & Finance, VolkerWessels
    Paolo Geurtsen

    Paolo Geurtsen is a director in the treasury & finance department of VolkerWessels, here he is mostly responsible for arranging financing for VolkerWessels’ large scale tenders.
    Paolo joined VolkerWessels in November of 2013. He has over 16 years of experience in project finance and asset finance. During which time his involvement ranged from structuring and arranging financing to providing financial advisory to investing equity in both national and international infrastructure, accommodation and renewable energy type projects.
     

    Prof. Dr. Chris Zevenbergen

    Strategic Advisor Of The Executive Board, Chair Flood Resilience Group UNESCO-IHE, Dura Vermeer Group NV, UNESCO-IHE and TuDelft
    Prof. Dr. Chris Zevenbergen

    Professor Dr Steven Van Garsse

    Manager, Department of Public Governance and the Chancellery, Flemish Government - Cluster Flemish Justice and Regulation - Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre
    Professor Dr Steven Van Garsse

    Rob Peters

    Finance Manager, Rijkswaterstaat, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
    Rob Peters

    Roeland van der Zee

    Senior Consultant, Aon Global Risk Consulting
    Roeland van der Zee

    Stephane Duhr

    Director, 3i
    Stephane Duhr

    Willem Stitselaar

    Managing Director, Macquarie Capital
    Willem Stitselaar

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    Website: http://www.smi-online.co.uk Email: events@smi-online.co.uk
    Registered in England No: 3779287 VAT No: GB 976 2951 71




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