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“Interesting forum and well organised!”
- Carolien van Delft, Strukton Integrated Projects, past delegate Benelux PPP Forum 2006

“Very interactive”
- Matthew van der Horst, Associate, NIBC Bank, past delegate Benelux PPP Forum 2006

Interest in PPP projects is increasing significantly in the Benelux states.  After a successful event in 2006, SMi has identified further need to provide a platform for debate dedicated to Benelux PPP developments where critical issues and opportunities will be addressed.

SMi's annual Benelux PPP Forum 2007 will cover the emerging market in Belgium, road pricing and toll roads in the Netherlands, bankability issues and different financial solutions for this region.  It will assess how the market is progressing and will offer guidance on issues such as funding, risk and value for money.

Plus, gain insight on lessons learnt and operational issues in the associated pre-conference workshop that will highlight how the Benelux region can apply British PFI expertise into it’s own economically vibrant market!

Book on now to secure your place in the discussion - your business will benefit!


This year's exceptional Benelux PPP Forum 2007 will allow you to:


  • ACQUIRE first hand knowledge of the newly reformed policies concerning real estate in the Dutch healthcare system

  • LEARN lessons from projects like the Groene Hart Ziekenhuis, the Ministry of Finance in The Hague, TEN-T, the Flemish PPP sports projects, road pricing in the Netherlands and more

  • UNDERSTAND opportunities available to SME companies and assess how your business can help shape the evolving industry

  • IMPROVE your PPP business model with the latest updates on the use of secondary funds, risk allocation in contracts, equity investments and procurement strategies across sector


    • Our impressive speaker list includes:
    • Fred Bisschop, Head, Department for Real Estate Policy and Mapping, Netherlands Board of Health Care Institutions
    • Dr Steven Van Garsse, Manager, Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre – Vlaams Kenniscentrum PPS
    • Erik Naafs, Director, Dutch Infrastructure Fund
    • Tom Antonissen, Director of Policy & Institutional Affairs, European Union Road Federation (ERF), Brussels Programme Centre, International Road Federation (IRF)
    • Ulf Hammarström, Director of Industry and Market, European Defence Agency
    • Marco Cerritelli, Head of Legal, Structured Finance, Banca OPI S.p.A. (Intesa Sanpaolo Group)
    • Vincent Detemmerman, Director, European and International Affairs, Confédération Construction
    • Franky De Wispelaere, Global Head of PPP, Infrastructure Finance, Fortis Bank
    • Guy Hardy, Director, Infrastructure Finance and Advisory, ING
    • Willem de Boer, Fund Manager, Sequoia NM Fund
    • Errol Scholten, Infrastructure Partners, NIBC Bank
    • Hans van Rossum, Commercial Director, OVG Infrastructure Development
    • Dino Gaya Walters, Manager, Commercial Affairs, ProRail
    • Dick Spinder, Managing Director, Delfluent
    • Lieuwe de Boer, Partner, NautaDutilh NV
      • Conference programme

        8:30 Registration & Coffee

        9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

        Manu Vandenbulcke

        Manu Vandenbulcke, Managing Partner, DG Infra+

        9:10 PPP IN THE NETHERLANDS

        Hans van Rossum

        Hans van Rossum, Commercial Director, OVG Infrastructure Development BV

      • The stalemate of the (Dutch) PPP market
      • The (dis) advantages of the current PPP contracts
      • Combining infrastructure and urban planning opportunities
      • New partnerships, a new approach
      • Pros and cons for the client
      • 9:50 PPP IN THE FLEMISH MARKET

        Dr Steven Van Garsse

        Dr Steven Van Garsse, Manager, Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre – Vlaams Kenniscentrum PPS

      • Policy and legal framework
      • Facilitating measures
      • Different examples of PPP
      • The Flemish PPP sports projects

        Other current projects

      • Prospects of PPP
      • 10:30 Morning Coffee

        11:00 OVERVIEW OF THE PPP BELGIAN MARKET

        Vincent Detemmerman

        Vincent Detemmerman, Director, European and International Affairs, Confédération Construction

      • Acting as observers of the market
      • Looking at major projects
      • 11:40 THE USE OF PPPS WITHIN THE FINANCING OF THE TRANS-EUROPEAN TRANSPORT NETWORKS (TEN-T)

        Tom Antonissen

        Tom Antonissen, Director of Policy & Institutional Affairs, International Road Federation

      • Historical background & policy framework
      • Priority projects
      • The extension to neighbouring countries
      • EC Financial Guidelines & sources of funding
      • Innovative financing instruments
      • 12:20 Networking Lunch

        13:50 PPP IN DUTCH HEALTH CARE

        Fred Bisschop

        Fred Bisschop, Head, Department for Real Estate Policy and Mapping, Netherlands Board of Health Care Institutions

      • Explanation of the health care system
      • Movement toward a competitive market
      • Other experiences in health care – examples from the UK and Australia
      • Overcoming difficulties experience elsewhere
      • Dutch health care thus far
      • PPC of the Groene Hart Ziekenhuis – a living building concept

      • Expectations for the future
      • Real estate parties

        Role of facilities management

        Insturment of life cycle costing

        14:30 THE SEINE-NORD EUROPE CANAL

        Laurence Van Prooijen

        Laurence Van Prooijen, Head of Financing, Voies Navigables de France

      • The European scope of Canal Seine-Nord Europe
      • The economic background of the project
      • The financial scheme
      • Project resources
      • The financial contributors
      • Why a PPP for the Seine-Nord Europe canal?
      • Implementation schedule
      • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

        15:40 EUROPEAN DEFENCE TECHNOLOGIES AND INDUSTRIAL BASE

        Ulf Hammarström

        Ulf Hammarström, Director of Industry and Market, European Defence Agency

      • A common European strategy to strengthen technology and industry
      • The code of conduct for governmental procurement
      • Transparency and competition down the supply chain
      • 16:20 CONSTRUCTING PROJECTS

        Dick Spinder

        Dick Spinder, Managing Director, Delfluent

      • Introduction to the projects
      • Organisation
      • Quality assurance
      • Progress control
      • Risk management
      • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One followed by Networking Drinks Reception sponsored by Dexia Bank

        8:30 Registration & Coffee

        9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

        Peter Vermeiren

        Peter Vermeiren, Head of Corporate Structured Finance, Dexia Banque Belgique S A

        9:10 BANKABILITY ISSUES IN PPP

        Franky De Wispelaere

        Franky De Wispelaere, Global Head of PPP, Infrastructure Finance, Fortis Bank

      • Applying a knowledge of the local market
      • Particular conditions

      • Financing the marketplace
      • 9:50 INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE IN BENELUX

        Marco Cerritelli

        Marco Cerritelli, Head of Legal Department, Structured Finance, Banca OPI

      • The roles of banks in infrastructure financing
      • Current PPP/PFI deal flow

        Tradition “and” innovation: the rise of financial investors

      • Major criteria for credit assessment:
      • Risk allocation and sustainable financial planning

        Contractual structure

        Financial documentation and security issue for financiers

      • The concession agreement
      • Bankability requirements for concession agreements

        Termination issues and solvency of the awarding authority

      • Distinctive features through international operational examples
      • Growing standardisation to reduce time and cost

        Lessons learnt: a comparison with the Italian PPP market

        10:30 Morning Coffee

        11:00 PROJECT INVESTMENT IN PPP PROJECTS

        Erik Naafs

        Erik Naafs, Director, Dutch Infrastructure Fund

      • Buying shares the new way
      • Particulars to Benelux
      • Transport

        Schools

        Hospitals

        Government accommodation

        Prisons

        Water Purification

      • Making solid decisions
      • 11:40 SECONDARY FUNDS IN THE NETHERLANDS

        Guy Hardy

        Guy Hardy, Director, Infrastructure Finance and Advisory, ING Structured Finance

        12:20 Networking Lunch

        13:50 THE NEXT GENERATION?

        Lieuwe de Boer

        Lieuwe de Boer, Partner, NautaDutilh

      • Do current PPP contracts create best value?
      • How to better align the diverse stakeholders objectives and interests
      • Recent trends in the construction industry:

      • Towards a non-adversarial approach and collaborative working
      • From the allocation and transfer of risk to sharing and reward – the concept of alliancing and partnering
      • Would this work in PPP contracts and would it be bankable?
      • 14:30 PROCUREMENT IN RAILWAYS

        Dino Gaya Walters

        Dino Gaya Walters, Manager, Commercial Affairs, ProRail

      • Procurement strategy of ProRail
      • Views on partnership models 
      • Examples of projects
      • Updates on new developments
      • Using PPP contracts
      • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

        15:40 PPP AND INFRASTRUCTURE

        Errol Scholten

        Errol Scholten, Infrastructue Partners, NIBC Bank NV

      • Government needs versus procurement and project structure
      • Financial investor requirements
      • Matching investor requirements to type of project
      • The equity investors dilemma
      • 16:20 DUTCH MARKET FOR PPP EQUITY INVESTMENTS

        Willem de Boer

        Willem de Boer, Fund Manager, Sequoia NM Fund

      • Introduction of the fund and participating organisations
      • Our approach to the market (early involvement, combining juridical, financial and project management skills)
      • Some projects and unsolicited proposals
      • Benelux PPP infrastructure market (including introduction of road pricing in the Netherlands)
      • Benelux PPP accommodation market (including health care real estate)
      • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

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        Workshops

        Managing an Operational PPP Scheme - Lessons Learned
        Workshop

        Managing an Operational PPP Scheme - Lessons Learned

        Crowne Plaza Hotel - Le Palace
        20th November 2007
        Brussels, Belgium

        Crowne Plaza Hotel - Le Palace

        Rue Gineste, 3
        Brussels 1210
        Belgium

        Crowne Plaza Hotel - Le Palace

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