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Find out how you can benefit from new opportunities being created in France. SMi’s two day conference will provide you with insights into all aspects of PPP and how PPP can be applied to sectors including construction, energy and transport.

Packed with case studies and interactive presentations, this conference will give you the rare networking opportunity, its also your chance to find out about market expansion and forecasts to help shape your business strategy.

Our key industry and government speakers include:

  • Patrick Vieu, Directorate of Roads, Motorway Concession Department, The Ministry of Public works
  • A Representative of the French Ministry of Economy, Finance & Industry
  • Bruno Vergobbi, Managing Director, Dunkirk Port Authority
  • Henry Marty-Gauquié, Director of Communications, European Investment Bank
  • Thierry Deau, Head of Project Finance, Egis Projects
  • Gilles Breem, Managing Director of Road Infrastructures, Vinci Concessions a division of VINCI
  • Laurent Detrie, Head of Financial Engineering, Sodexho Alliance
  • Antoine Bresolin, Vice-President Finance & Investment Systems, Alstom Transport
  • Jean-Marc Armitano, Chief Executive Officer, EOLE-RES
  • Lionel Walter, Head of Project Finance, CIC
  • Patrice Vabre, Head of Structured Finance, Dexia Credit Local

We have a limited number of places available for this event so I strongly advise you to register today. I look forward to seeing you in Paris in October.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Laurent Vandomme

Laurent Vandomme, Partner, Herbert Smith

9:10 PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

Christian Bettinger

Christian Bettinger, Director of Publication, Revue des Concessions et des Délégations de Service Public

  • What are public private partnerships?
  • The jargon: BOT’s, BOO’s, concession, PFI…, distinctions which it is necessary to know how to recognise
  • What sectors and areas are more involved in PPP finance
  • The place within project finance for delegated management
  • How can PPP projects be utilised to benefit the public?
  • PPP’s potential in the European Union
  • 9:40 THE USE OF PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS AND PROJECT FINANCE IN TRANSPORT AND URBANISATION PROJECTS

    A Representative of the French Ministry of Economy, Finance & Industry

    A Representative of the French Ministry of Economy, Finance & Industry, ,

  • Experience in France
  • Different examples of PPP in France
  • Future perspectives
  • 10:20 FINANCING A PPP DEAL

    Patrice Vabre

    Patrice Vabre, Head of Structured Finance, Dexia Credit Local

  • Reasons for investing in the public private partnership sector
  • Project selection - the most attractive areas within the public sector for investment
  • Different approaches to private finance involvement and varying roles – how it differs from the UK PPP system
  • The future of PPP in France
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 HISTORICAL ORIGIN & LEGAL SITUATION OF FRENCH PPP CONTRACTS

    Xavier Bezancon

    Xavier Bezancon, Delegue General, EGF BTP

    12:00 TURN KEY PROJECTS IN FRENCH TRANSPORT

    Antoine Bresolin

    Antoine Bresolin, Vice-President Finance & Investment Systems, Alstom Transport

  • Reasons for using private finance in the railway industry
  • Different roles a private company/organisation can take within the public rail industry in France
  • Examples of French and European PPP projects
  • Success and lessons learnt
  • Strategies to further develop the French rail industry
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 RISK ALLOCATION

    Bertrand Andriani

    Bertrand Andriani, Partner, and Simon Ratledge, Managing Associate, Linklaters & Alliance

  • The transference of risk from the public to the private
  • The roles – the concessionaire and the authority
  • Claiming compensation – the Fait du Prince doctrine
  • Concessionaire protection – the law principle of Imprevision
    The Force Majeure principle explained
  • The concessionaire’s obligation to ensure ‘Service Public’
  • Comparison with Uk PFI practise
  • 14:40 PPP IN FRENCH INFRASTRUCTURE

    Thierry Deau

    Thierry Deau, Head of Project Finance, Egis Projects

  • A new approach to motorway concessions in France
  • A28: project description
  • An innovative financing challenge
  • A benchmark for future projects in France?
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 PRIVATE FINANCE IN THE FRENCH PUBLIC SECTOR – THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK

    Tim Scales

    Tim Scales, Partner, Allen & Overy

  • The concept of ‘service public’
  • The concession
  • Allocation of risk
  • The contractual framework
  • Examples of concession-based financing in France
  • 16:20 PROJECT FINANCE AND PUBLIC PROCUREMENT RULES

    Gautlier Martin

    Gautlier Martin, Lawyer, and Jacques Bertran de Balanda, Partner, Lovells

  • What is covered by the new regime?
    Entities concerned
  • Public procurement as distinct from delegations of public services
    How does this new regime operate?
    Thresholds and procedures of award
  • Substantial innovations (pre-contractual procedures, terms of payments)
  • Where does this leave us with respect to the legal environment for PPP projects?
  • No real change to the regime of typical PPP contracts
  • The remaining specifics of administrative contracts
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Michael Polkinghorne

    Michael Polkinghorne, Partner, Coudert Brothers

    9:10 THE EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK

    Henry Marty-Gauquie

    Henry Marty-Gauquie, Director of Communications, European Investment Bank

  • The role of the EIB in financing PPP projects
  • How EIB can help to optimise the financing of projects – for example infrastructure
  • Key sectors involving PPP
  • PPP’s potential in the European Union
  • Thoughts and predictions for PPP in France
  • 9:40 SCOPE FOR FUTURE PROJECT FINANCE AND PPP IN FRANCE

    Lionel Walter

    Lionel Walter, Head of Project Finance, CIC

  • Project finance & public private partnerships in France : where do we come from?
  • A comparison between French and international markets
  • Key sectors for future developments
  • Barriers to be overcome
  • A case study
  • 10:20 PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS IN PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE

    Patrick Vieu

    Patrick Vieu, Directorate of Roads, Motorway Concession Department, The Ministry of Public Works

  • The concession of Toll-Highways
  • Overview of the French experience
  • A short presentation and history of the French experience
  • The major evolution of the last decade
  • A new approach of the public-private partnerships
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS IN FRANCE AND SODEXHO ALLIANCE

    Laurent Detrie

    Laurent Detrie, Head of Financial Engineering, Sodexho Alliance

  • Central kitchens
  • Prison mixed management
  • 12:00 PORTS AND HARBOURS

    Bruno Vergobbi

    Bruno Vergobbi, Managing Director, Dunkirk Port Authority

  • An overview of PPP opportunities in ports and harbours
  • The reasons behind the Dunkirk harbour west heavy goods quay partnership
  • How the partnership was initiated and managed
  • Different methods of introducing public-private partnerships into port management
  • The responsibility of the port authority and the concession to the public
  • Ports - an expanding opportunity for public private partnerships?
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 PROJECT FINANCE IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

    Gilles Breem

    Gilles Breem, Managing Director Road Infrastructures, Vinci Concessions a division of VINCI

  • The role of the constructor in project finance
  • Understanding the obligations as a consortium
  • Bidding for a project – providing what the public wants, what makes a project worth bidding for
  • Delivering the operational results - deadlines and cost control in PPP initiatives
  • The future position of the contractor in public private partnership schemes
  • 14:40 THE ALLOCATION OF RISK

    Michael Elland-Goldsmith

    Michael Elland-Goldsmith, Co-Head of Paris Projects Practice, Clifford Chance

  • Allocation by law of external risks: fait du prince, imprévision, force majeure
  • Unilateral termination and modification: the principle of mutabilité
  • Modification by contract of the legal allocation of risks
  • How does French practice in risk allocation measure up to UK PFI practice?
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 PROJECT FINANCE AND PPP IN THE RENEWABLE ENERGY INDUSTRY

    Jean-Marc Armitano

    Jean-Marc Armitano, Chief Executive Officer, EOLE-RES

  • An overview of the former wind power programme ‘EOLE 2005’
  • How the project tender was initiated, managed and won
  • Completing the project – how the project was financed on a ‘non-recourse’ basis
  • An overview of the new French legal framework to promote renewable energies
  • 16:20 HOW PPP DIFFERS IN FRANCE FROM THE UK

    Jean L’Homme and Nicholas Bliss

    Jean L’Homme and Nicholas Bliss, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

  • Key differences between the French and UK PPP concepts
  • The governmental structure in France and how this affects the use of PPP in France
  • Important differences in French legal framework and practise sensitivity
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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