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Project finance is not only one of the most popular methods of raising finance for major energy, infrastructure and transport projects, but also one of the safest kinds of structured credit for banks. This masterclass will introduce the fundamental drivers and techniques of successful project financings, and discuss how borrowers can achieve the best terms and loan pricing in the current project finance market.

About your masterclass leader:

Andrew Brydon, Managing Associate, Simmons & Simmons

Andrew joined Simmons & Simmons in 1998 and qualified as a solicitor with the firm in 2000.  He specialises in projects and general commercial work, particularly in the energy, infrastructure, defence and rail sectors.  He has acted for clients on major PFI/PPP projects and on a wide range of general commercial and corporate contracts.  His work entails advising on both the commercial and the financing aspects of transactions

Peter Wright, Managing Associate, Simmons & Simmons

Peter is a senior associate in Simmons & Simmons’ Energy and Infrastructure Group based in London.  He is an energy lawyer who has advised on a wide range of transactions, usually with a project finance element.  In particular, he specialises in advising governments, sponsors and lenders on all aspects of power and oil & gas projects. 

Simmons & Simmons is a leading international law firm with a key focus on the Energy & Infrastructure sector. Our lawyers’ experience of major transactions helps them to be industry specialists who understand the international business environment in which our clients operate.

The firm’s Energy & Infrastructure Group is located throughout the firm's global network and has nearly 100 legal staff and 30 partners. The group advises project developers, lenders and governments on the acquisition, development and financing of major energy, transport and infrastructure projects.

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Feedback from Introduction to Project Finance class December 2008:

"Good entry level training session on Project Finance.  Thank you"  -  Senior Consultant, Turner & Townsend
"Very enjoyable and useful course, great usage of examples" - Manager, SMBC
"Very useful and provided most of what I was hopeing for.  Thanks"  - Director, Turner & Townsend

Feedback from Introduction to Project Finance class July 2008:

"Excellent" - Manager, ESBI Engineering and Faculty Management Ltd.
"Extremely good, thorough & comprehensive" - Manager, Operis

Masterclass programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 OPENING REMARKS AND INTRODUCTION

9:10 WHAT IS PROJECT FINANCE?

10:00 WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME: WHY DO PARTIES PROJECT FINANCE?

10:45 Morning Coffee

11:40 THE UNIVERSE OF LENDERS AND THE FINANCE PLAN

12:20 INTRODUCTION TO ASSESSING BANKABILITY

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 PROJECT ACCOUNTS

15:00 FINANCIAL COVENANTS

15:45 Afternoon Tea

16:15 DIRECT AGREEMENTS

17:00 Final Q&A and Close of Masterclass

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‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

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There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

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The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

GLOBAL CPD

Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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