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This is the second annual conference of Public Private Partnerships in France. Although a very small number of PPP has been undertaken to date in France a number of project finance deals have been closed. France is also interested in the possibility of procuring prison buildings and facilities under the PPP/PFI scheme.

With French construction companies and French banks actively involved in PFI/PPP projects in other countries, project finance has seen limited application in France itself. This appears to be due to a combination of economic, political and cultural reasons. The typical sectors project finance is applied to in other developed and emerging countries is often under state control or controlled by state monopolies.

Market liberalisation does enjoy support from some quarters including the renewable energy sector, autoroute concessions and prison services. It is also likely that the public finance policies will have to be reassessed as the French demographic profile changes and private pension plans are uncommon.

Benefits of attending this event:
· FIND out about recent changes to the legislative framework
· UNDERSTAND the obligations as a consortium
· LEARN about delivering the operational results – deadlines and cost control in PPP initiatives
· HEAR about the future position of the contractor in Public Private Partnership schemes
· DISCOVER French PPPs in action

Major contributions from senior representatives:
· Patrick Vieu, Head of the Toll Highways and Infrastructures Department, Ministry for Infrastructure, Transport, Housing, Tourism and the Sea, France
· Jean-Yves Leclercq, Head of Transport & Urbanism, Ministry of Economy, Finance & Industry, France
· Paul Freiermuth, Controleur Général des Armeés, Ministry of Defence, France
· Michel Zulberty, Président, Agence de Maîtrise d'Ouvrage des Travaux du Ministère de la Justice (Building Management Agency of the Ministry of Justice), France
· Adrian Montague, Senior Adviser to Societe Generale and Deputy Chairman, Network Rail
· Gilles Le Chatelier, Commissaire du Gouvernement au Conseil d'Etat, Chargé de mission à l'Institut de la Gestion Déléguée
· Matthias Woitok, Senior Loan Officer, European Investment Bank
· Jerome Fleury, Technical Director, ALIS

“Good mix of legal, technical and financial initiatives” Previous SMi delegate: Michael Polkinghorne, Avocat à la cour, Coudert Frères

Conference Language: English

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Corinne Namblard-Bouverot

Corinne Namblard-Bouverot, Managing Director, Galaxy Fund Management

9:10 PPP ACCEPTANCE AND OVERALL PROGRESS

Gilles Le Chatelier

Gilles Le Chatelier, Commissaire du Gouvernement au Conseil d'Etat, Chargé de mission à l'Institut de la Gestion Déléguée

  • Present government policy towards PPP
  • Overcoming the barriers to PPP
  • Current progressions taking place
  • Acceptance of PPP as a solution
  • Future of PPP in the long term
  • 9:40 THE ROLE OF EIB IN THE FINANCE AND PROVISION OF PUBLIC SERVICES

    Matthias Woitok

    Matthias Woitok, Senior Loan Officer, European Investment Bank

  • Which sector is a priority for EIB involvement in France?
  • The EIB experience with PPP projects in France
  • Approach to financing
  • 10:20 DEVELOPING RAIL PPPS IN FRANCE

  • The regulatory framework and industry background
  • Special challenges of cross-border projects
  • Financing constraints
  • Lessons learnt from projects in other EU countries
  • Adrian Montague

    Adrian Montague, Senior Adviser to Societe Generale and Deputy Chairman, Network Rail

    Bertrand Heysch de la Borde

    Bertrand Heysch de la Borde, Director, Infrastructure Project Finance, Société Générale

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE USE OF PPP AND PFI IN TRANSPORT PROJECTS

    Jean-Yves Leclercq

    Jean-Yves Leclercq, Head of Transport & Urbanism, Ministry of Economy, Finance & Industry, France

    12:00 THE HEAVY GOODS VEHICLE TOLL COLLECTION SYSTEM IN GERMANY

  • ETC and interoperability in France
  • Cofiroute’s involvement in GPS based ETC systems
  • Future applications for GPS based ETC systems to PPP projects in France and in Europe
  • Gérard Charpentier

    Gérard Charpentier, Senior Executive Vice-President for Business Development, Cofiroute

    Guy Fremont

    Guy Fremont, Research and Development Manager, Cofiroute

    12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 ISSUES OF RISK AND ALLOCATION OF RISK

    Patrice Vabre

    Patrice Vabre, Executive Vice President Structured Finance, Dexia Crédit Local

  • Risk identification, assessment and quantification
  • Risk allocation
  • Contractual arrangements
  • 14:40 THE A28 MOTORWAY

    Jérôme Fleury

    Jérôme Fleury, Technical Director, ALIS

  • New initiatives 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 TAILORING PPP TO A FRENCH MODEL

  • The traditional concession model
  • Recent changes to the legislative framework
  • UK PFI - lessons learnt
  • French PPPs in action
  • An innovative financing challenge
  • Noël Chahid-Nourai

    Noël Chahid-Nourai, Head of Public Law, Allen & Overy

    Tim Scales

    Tim Scales, Senior Associate, Allen & Overy

    16:20 PPP IN FRENCH PRISONS

    Michel Zulberty

    Michel Zulberty, Président, Agence de Maîtrise d'Ouvrage des Travaux du Ministère de la Justice, (Building Management Agency of the Ministry of Justice), France

  • Does PPP in French prisons exist?
  • Financing and management issues
  • How do public and private sectors benefit?
  • What effects will the new law have?
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Pierre Coindreau

    Pierre Coindreau, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

    9:10 LESSONS LEARNT FROM PAST PROJECTS

    Patrick Vieu

    Patrick Vieu, Head of the Toll Highways and Infrastructures Department, Ministry for Infrastructure, Transport, Housing, Tourism and the Sea

  • Overview of the awarding process
  • What are the goals of the State?
  • What is a good candidate?
  • What is a good bid?
  • What is a good concession contract?
  • What is a good partnership?
  • 9:40 BOND VS COMMERCIAL DEBT

  • Fixed or floating interest rates
  • Allowing project sponsors increased financial flexibility
  • Costs, rates and loan duration
  • Assessing the competition between these two sources of finance for project funding
  • Benefiting from more competitive rates and growing tenors
  • Widening the lender profile
  • Stéphane Rainard

    Stéphane Rainard, Structured and Acquisition Finance, Project Finance, Senior Project Manager, Crédit Lyonnais

    Anne-Sophie Morel

    Anne-Sophie Morel, Head of Fixed Income Origination, Crédit Lyonnais

    10:20 PPP IN DEFENCE

    Paul Freiermuth

    Paul Freiermuth, Controleur Général des Armeés, Ministry of Defence, France

  • French acquisition strategy
  • Implementation of modernisation reforms
  • Provision of defence related services by the private sector
  • The way ahead
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 PPP IN DEFENCE

    Frank Patalong

    Frank Patalong, Associate, Wragge & Co

  • The scope of the project
  • Workable, appropriate and economic?
  • Defence specific teams
  • Building a team
  • Getting the process right
  • Key issues -Output specification -Payment regime -Remedies

    Lessons learnt

  • 12:00 CASE STUDY LOCAL AUTHORITY

    Martine Vullierme

    Martine Vullierme, Adjoint au Directeur des Relations Contractuelles, Compagnie Générale des Eaux (Vivendi Environment Group)

  • General structure of the water distribution services in France
  • Different types of private sector participation in the operation of water services - Provision of partial services to a public operator - Operating the water service as a "delegated" operator - The current situation - The trends - The benefits for populations
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES’ PERCEPTION OF PPP

    Michel Lyonnet du Moutier

    Michel Lyonnet du Moutier, Professeur, Paris 10 - Nanterre University, ENPC

  • Project finance and the importance of the constructor
  • 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 PANEL DISCUSSSION

    Gilles Le Chatelier

    Gilles Le Chatelier, Commissaire du Gouvernement au Conseil d'Etat, Chargé de mission à l'Institut de la Gestion Déléguée

    Paul Lignières

    Paul Lignières, Lawyer & Head of the PPP/Public Economic Law Department, Landwell

    Paul Lignières

    Paul Lignières, Lawyer & Head of the PPP/Public Economic Law Department, Landwell

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 PPP AND THE FRENCH LEGAL FRAMEWORK

    Emmannuel Fontaine

    Emmannuel Fontaine, Partner, Gide Loyrette Nouël

  • Overview of different law concepts
  • What impact does this have on PPP projects in France?
  • What improvements have to be made?
  • 16:20 PPP WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES

  • Decentralisation: new opportunities?
  • Experimentation and pilot projects
  • Experimentation: the lessons learnt from railway projects
  • Local infrastructure and public services
  • New fields of intervention for local authorities (ports, airports)
  • Paul Lignières

    Paul Lignières, Lawyer & Head of the PPP/Public Economic Law Department, Landwell

    Paul Lignières

    Paul Lignières, Lawyer & Head of the PPP/Public Economic Law Department, Landwell

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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