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Following on from the huge success of our latest infrastructure event, Infrastructure Financing in India, SMi presents its first conference on Infrastructure Funds taking place on 21st and 22nd April 2008 in London.  Bringing together funds, developers, banks and a number of other industry stakeholders, this event will provide a timely opportunity to hear from some of the leaders in the field on the issues facing the sector today. 


Topics covered will include

  • Infrastructure - Where Next?
  • The impact of 7/7 on Infrastructure Financing
  • Comparing Infrastructure Investments in Emerging versus Developing Markets 
  • Developers and Infrastructure Funds – Perspective from both
  • Structuring Global Infrastructure Funds and Asset Acquisitions
  • Driving Value from Infrastructure Investments
  • Floating of Funds
  • Infrastructure Investments - Legal Considerations and Pitfalls

Confirmed speakers include

  • Hans Meissner, Chief Executive Officer, ABN Amro Infrastructure Group
  • Luis Abraira, Partner, Santander Infrastructures - II
  • Mathias Burghardt, Head of Infrastructure Group, AXA Private Equity
  • Karl Pfeffer, Global Head of Corporate, Structured and Project Finance, Porr Infrastruktur
  • Pierre Nicoli, Managing Director, Infrastructure Group, BNP Paribas
  • Andy Matthews, Managing Director, Barclays Private Equity 
  • Charles Berkeley, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets
  • Ed Clarke, Director, Project Infrastructure and Equity Products, Prudential M&G
  • Debbie Payne, Director of Global Infrastructure Fund Structuring and Infrastructure Acquisitions, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Frank Schramm, Finance Director, Bilfinger Berger
  • Tom Murley, Head of Renewable Energy Team, HG Capital
  • Andrew Wallace, Senior Manager, Specialist Fund Market, London Stock Exchange
  • Mike Wilkins, Magaing Director, Infrastructure Finance Ratings, Standard & Poors
  • Robert Gross, Partner, Infrastructure Funds, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Ian Moore, Partner, Corporate Finance, Norton Rose LLP
  • Mel Zuydam, Finance Director, Highways Agency
  • Maciej Firla-Cuchra, Senior Consultant, Oxera


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Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Maciej Firla-Cuchra

Maciej Firla-Cuchra, Managing Consultant, Oxera Consulting

9:10 Infrastructure - Where Next?

Charles Berkeley

Charles Berkeley, Managing Director, Financial Sponsors, RBC Capital Markets

  • A fast moving asset class
  • Challenges and challengers
  • Will winners emerge?
  • Where next?
  • 9:50 Regulated Infrastructure Assets

    Jostein Kristensen

    Jostein Kristensen, Senior Consultant, Oxera Consulting

  • Sources of value and risk in regulated assets
  • Cost of capital determinations: outlook for the future
  • Financeability considerations: regulatory and market perspectives
  • Drivers of market premia in regulated sectors
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Infrastructure Funds as an Asset Class Relative to Other Vehicles

    David Webster

    David Webster, Investment Director, ABN AMRO Infrastructure Capital Management

  • What makes an asset an infrastructure asset?
  • What are the appropriate risks versus rewards?
  • Inter-play between primary and secondary markets
  • Understanding and taking development risk
  • 11:40 Comparing Infrastructure Investments in Emerging Versus Developing Markets

    Luis Abraira

    Luis Abraira, CEO, Santander Private Equity

  • Risks
  • Opportunities
  • Types of transactions: Privatisations, Secondaries
  • Financing the deal
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 The Changing Face of Infrastructure Finance: Increased Appetite Driving Up Credit Risk

    Paul Lund

    Paul Lund, Director and Team Leader for Corporate Securitisation , Standard & Poor's

  • The rise of infrastructure funds
  • Credit issues following M&A boom of last two years
  • Dangers of leveraged hybrid acquisition loans
  • Case studies: where does leveraged finance end and infrastructure finance begin?
  • 14:30 Structuring Global Infrastructure Funds and Asset Acquisitions

  • Product Development Directions: the global infrastructure fund market
  • Making your infrastructure fund attractive to the institutional investors from the worlds major pension fund markets
  • Asset acquisitions in major markets: consortium-specific tax, finance, and regulatory issues
  • Regional specific infrastructure funds and investments
  • John Fickling

    John Fickling, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Debbie Payne

    Debbie Payne, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Delivering Renewable Energy Targets

    Tom Murley

    Tom Murley, Head of Renewable Energy Team, HG Capital

  • Scope of the market
  • Key players and financing trends
  • Issues in scaling deployment
  • Which technologies are ready for the market
  • 17:00 Credit Markets Overview & Implication for Infrastructure

    Emmanuel Deblanc

    Emmanuel Deblanc, Director, Infrastructure Group, BNP Paribas

  • What was possible before but is no longer deliverable (at least for now)
  • Who will be prepared to take underwriting risk and for which sponsor/project?
  • Liquidity issues and pricing (wording of market flex)
  • Recent case studies
  • Concluding remarks: will infrastructure financing come back to pre-crisis levels
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Maciej Firla-Cuchra

    Maciej Firla-Cuchra, Managing Consultant, Oxera Consulting

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Martin Harman

    Martin Harman, Chairman, Pinsent Masons

    9:10 Developers and Infrastructure Funds

    Mathias Burghardt

    Mathias Burghardt, Head of Infrastructure Group, AXA Private Equity

  • Why mix talents: pros and cons
  • Achieve alignment of interest (return, risk allocation, exit strategy)
  • Governance and contractual arrangements
  • Case studies: SANEF, SAUR & HOLDING DI INVESTIMENTO IN SANITA ED INFRASTRUCTURE
  • 9:50 Developers and Infrastructure Funds

    Frank Schramm

    Frank Schramm, Finance Director, Bilfinger Berger AG

  • Equity providers or just operators/contractors?
  • Current market conditions - primary and secondary
  • Entering partnerships with infrastructure funds on primary deals
  • Selling individual assets to the secondary market vs. selling a share in the portfolio
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 CEE and SEE Deals Finally Hitting the Market

    Karl-Maria Pfeffer

    Karl-Maria Pfeffer, Global Head of Corporate, Structured and Project Finance, Allgemeine Baugesellschaft - A. Porr AG.

  • Experiences up to date
  • Current CEE & SEE status
  • Challenges ahead
  • 11:40 Driving value from Infrastructure Investments

    Ed Clarke

    Ed Clarke, Director, Project and Infrastructure Finance, Prudential M&G

  • More than financial engineering
  • Active management of investee companies
  • Working with partners and funders
  • Portfolio optimisation
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 The Specialist Fund Market

    Andrew Wallace

    Andrew Wallace, Senior Manager, Specialist Fund Market, London Stock Exchange

  • Background to the development of the market
  • Benefits to the fund industry
  • Why London?
  • 14:30 Floating of Funds

    Ian Moore

    Ian Moore, Partner, Corporate Finance, Norton Rose

  • The opportunity
  • Method and process
  • Relevant issues to consider
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Case Study: Forward Infrastructure Strategies at the Highways Agency

    Mel Zuydam

    Mel Zuydam, Finance Director, Highways Agency

  • What will demand be going forward?
  • New approaches to funding and financial models in the M25 PFI
  • PFI refinancing and the government
  • 16:20 Infrastructure Investments - Legal Considerations and Pitfalls

    Robert  Gross

    Robert Gross , Partner, Project Finance and Infrastructure, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

  • Structuring issues
  • Preliminary documentation
  • Due diligence
  • Closing and post-closing
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Martin Harman

    Martin Harman, Chairman, Pinsent Masons

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