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Currently, interest in PPP projects is increasing significantly in the Benelux States. With the second wave of projects announced in the Netherlands, as well as Belgium road & rail projects in operation, and future schemes planned in social housing and schools, SMi has identified the need to provide a forum where critical issues and opportunities in PPP and PFI are addressed.

SMi's annual 'PPP in the Benelux' conference will cover the latest deals and the upcoming new projects in the region, including case studies from key public organisations and private companies. It will assess how the market is progressing and will offer guidance on issues such as funding, risk and value for money

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Richard Dyton

Richard Dyton, Head of PPP/PFI, Simmons & Simmons

9:10 PPP IN BENELUX

Guy Hardy

Guy Hardy, Vice President, ING Amsterdam

  • Lessons learnt
  • Deal flow
  • Standardisation
  • Tender process
  • Appetite
  • Dutch market aspects
  • Belgian market aspects
  • 9:50 THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PFI IN THE NETHERLANDS

    Marleen  Hermans

    Marleen Hermans, Innovation Manager, Dutch Government Buildings Agency

  • Establishing a deal flow
  • Organisational issues
  • Knowledge & product development
  • Current projects
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 SECURITISATION OF PFI/PPP LOANS

  • Experiences, outcomes and lessons learned
  • Impact of securitisations on the PPP lending market
  • Securitisation opportunities for other lenders and alternative strategies
  • Kees  Van Kalveen

    Kees Van Kalveen, Associate Director, NIBC BANK NV

    Christian Kepel

    Christian Kepel, Securitisation & Fund Development, NIBC Bank NV

    11:40 EMERGING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PPPs IN NEW MARKETS IN THE EUROPEAN REGION

    Geoffrey  Hamilton

    Geoffrey Hamilton, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

  • Legal and institutional issues
  • Good governance
  • Sector interest (social housing, transport, etc.)
  • Sustainable development
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 AREA DEVELOPMENT PPP IN THE NETHERLANDS UNDER EU SCRUTINY

    Jos  Vandervijver

    Jos Vandervijver, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

  • A short outline of the Dutch PPP - practice for area development
  • The aspects of EU rules with respect to the Dutch PPP practices on competition, procurement and state aid
  • The Vathorstcase and the position of the Dutch Government 
  • 14:30 IS PPP THE RIGHT PROCUREMENT STRATEGY FOR THE BENELUX REGION?

    Anthony Sykes

    Anthony Sykes, Deputy General Manager, SMBCE

  • Benefits of PPP
  • Disadvantages associated with some projects
  • Ensuring the right arrangement
  • Other options available
  • The benefits of not choosing PPP
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 BENELUX INVESTORS AND INFRASTRUCTURE

    Erik Naafs

    Erik Naafs, Director, Dutch Infrastructure Fund

  • Benelux PPP projects - the start of a secondary market?
  • Coming from the Benelux - how to compete with the ‘UK funds galore’?
  • PPP related issues from an institutional investor’s perspective
  • 16:20 HOUSING AND PRISONS

    Erik Hermsen

    Erik Hermsen, Director, Strukton Integrale Projecten BV

  • A contractor's perspective
  • Developments within Dutch Government
  • Dilemmas around PPP
  • Future possibilities
  • 17:00 TOPIC TO BE CONFIRMED

    17:40 CHAIRMAN'S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF DAY ONE

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Steven Ducatteeuw

    Steven Ducatteeuw, Advisor, Flemish Centre of PPP

    9:10 PPP PROJECTS IN GERMANY

    Regina Cablitz

    Regina Cablitz, Member of PPP Task Force North Rhine-Westphalia, Ministry of Finance North Rhine Westfalia

  • Framework and network for PPP
  • Structure of a PPP transaction
  • Current status of ongoing tasks
  • Pilot projects and risk profile
  • 9:50 BUILDING PUBLIC SECTOR PPP CAPACITY

    Thomas Barrett

    Thomas Barrett, Director, European Investment Bank

  • Building a strong organisational and policy environment for PPPs
  • Sharing of PPP experience between public and private sectors
  • EPEC; European PPP Centre of Expertise
  • Governance and performance of PPPs
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 RISK AND COST EFFECTIVE PROJECTS

    Alberto Germani

    Alberto Germani, Uinta Tecnica Finanza di Progetto, PFI Taskforce - Italian Treasury

  • Modernising procurement rules
  • Cost-benefit analysis and feasibility studies
  • Best practises in allocating project risks
  • Issues for the near future
  • 11:40 MAINTENANCE IN PPP PROJECTS

  • After the initial project
  • Things to consider when beginning a PPP
  • Maintenance issues in current projects
  • How to resolve responsibility issues
  • Outsourcing maintenance to other companies
  • Steven Steppe

    Steven Steppe, Advisor,

    Steven  Steppe

    Steven Steppe, Project Manager, Egis Projects S A

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 WHY DO BENELUX PPP PROJECTS DIFFER TO THE ONES IN THE REST OF EUROPE

    Steven Ducatteeuw

    Steven Ducatteeuw, Advisor, Flemish Centre of PPP

  • History and international situation of PPP/PFI
  • History of big PPP projects in Belgium
  • Actual approach and main drivers to PPP in Flanders
  • Stand alone projects combined with developing investment programmes
  • Opportunities and threats to PPP in Flanders
  • 14:30 LEGAL AND REGULATORY ISSUES RELEVANT TO FINANCING INFRASTRUCTURE IN BELGIUM

    Charles - Antoine Leunen

    Charles - Antoine Leunen, Lawyer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

  • Overview of existing PPP specific legislation and project specific legislation
  • Bankability issues in the legislation on concessions
  • How to structure the security package
  • Government guarantees, direct agreements and step-in rights under Belgian law
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 CRITICAL FACTORS FOR ACHIEVING SUCCESSFUL PPP

    Harbert  Van de Wildt

    Harbert Van de Wildt, Director, Ballast Nedam Concessions NV

  • Critical success factors based on hands on experience
  • PPP contracts currently underway
  • DBFM Contract Highway N31
  • 16:20 PPP-projects for the Belgian Railway Infrastructure

    Marc  Smeets

    Marc Smeets, General Manager, Infrabel

  •  Context of Infrabel and its Infrastructure investments
  •  The Diabolo Project
  •  The Liefkenshoek railway tunnel Project
  •  The PPP-procurement process
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

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