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This strategic one day conference is designed to give European based companies a reveiw of the opportunities that are available in the North American infrastructure market and, in particular, PPP's. The conference will examine the changing nature of infrastructure finance in the US & Canada, looking at what projects are happening along with dealflow elsewhere.
Topics to be discussed include:
  • The current state of the US PPP market -  a review of the infrastructure needs of the States along with projects in the pipeline
  • Roads and beyond - where will the next projects be coming from?
  • An update from Canada - how are the transport needs of the country changing and what is the future for the PPP market?
  • The future for US PPP's - which states will be next to enter the market?
  • Lessons learnt from completed projects - how is the PPP model being adapted?
  • Privatisation of US airports - what does the future hold?
  • What are the legal challenges of US PPP's? Issues and potential pitfalls to consider before getting involved
  • The investor landscape - where is the appetite coming from?
Confirmed speakers include:
  • Rob Bennett, Assistant Vice President, Partnerships BC
  • Jim Dougan, Senior Vice President, Project Development & Construction, Infrastructure Ontario
  • Arthur L Smith, President, National Council of Public Private Partnerships
  • Conor Kelly, Managing Director & Head of Infrastructure Finance Americas, DEPFA Bank Plc
  • Joel Moser, Partner & Head of US P3 Practice Group, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
  • Robert J. Gibbons, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LP
  • Ian Bendell, Foreign Legal Consultant, Davis & Company LLP
  • William Rosoff, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

James Bremen

James Bremen, Partner, Maxwell Winward

9:10 NORTH AMERICA

Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith, President, The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships

  • PPP update
  • What has hindered progress so far?
  • Dealflow and pipeline
  • Roads and beyond - where are the next projects coming from?
  • 9:50 ALTERNATIVE FINANCING AND PROCUREMENT IN ONTARIO

    Jim Dougan

    Jim Dougan, Senior Vice President, Project Development & Construction, Infrastructure Ontario

  • Characteristics of this "made in Ontario" approach
  • Update  on 40+ projects worth billions of dollars
  • Future direction and potential for expansion
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 PARTNERSHIPS BRITISH COLUMBIA

    Rob Bennett

    Rob Bennett, Assistant Vice President, Partnerships BC

  • Pipeline of projects
  • What will be the major growth areas for 2007/2008?
  • Future plans and objectives
  • 11:40 PPP'S OF THE FUTURE

    Conor Kelly

    Conor Kelly, Managing Director & Head of Infrastructure Finance, Americas, DEPFA Bank Plc

  • Why have so many states stayed out of the PPP market so far?
  • What is enticing new states to join?
  • Investment opportunities
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 LEGAL CHALLENGES IN US PPP PROJECTS

    Joel Moser

    Joel Moser, Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP

  • What makes a US PPP different?
  • Rules and regulations
  • Tax issues and considerations
  • What do European firms need to be aware of?
  • 14:30 PRIVATISATION OF US AIRPORTS

    Robert J Gibbons

    Robert J Gibbons, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LP

  • US specific conditions
  • Hallmarks of enduring public private partnerships
  • Realistic timeframes
  • How far is standardisation possible?
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 CANADIAN P3's - A NEW DELIVERY MODEL

    Ian Bendell

    Ian Bendell, Foreign Legal Consultant, Davis & Company LLP

  • Province models and players (including construction and O&M teams)
  • Province funding structures and payment mechanisms
  • Procurement methodologies and bonding requirements
  • Acheiving financial close in Canada
  • Financial markets and monoline structures
  • Key risk allocation issues
  • 16:20 PRIVATISATION OF US PORTS AND RELATED SYSTEMS

    William Rosoff

    William Rosoff, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers

  • Current ownership and operational structures of US ports
  • Recent US port privatisation transactions
  • US port growth: challenges and opportunities for investment in rail and other distribution systems
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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