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SMi proudly introduces the 16th Annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum in November 2017!

This year's conference will present the latest opinions within the infrastructure market from key professionals in PPP, project financing and future market sectors such as renewable energy ventures. Through discussions on the latest infrastructure projects in the region, informative presentations and networking opportunities, this premier event will provide an unrivalled gathering of industry’s infrastructure developers, investors, financiers & government agencies in the Benelux region.

The Forum will provide insight into the recent changes of project financing for infrastructure in the Benelux area and evaluate the new mechanisms of investment such as debt financing, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), refinancing projects and subsidies such as the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Other new topics for this year include looking at the challenges of project risk in new markets for enticing investors; issues of increasingly greener regulations on slowing progress for projects; lessons learnt from outside of Benelux such as from the Calais Harbour expansion project; a look into future markets and where investment could be heading such as energy storage, offshore wind and geothermal energy projects; and a detailed look at international investment into Benelux infrastructure. 

The conference has established itself as the industry-leading event for the Benelux region and will provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn and network amongst senior executives in this thriving industry. The Benelux Infrastructure Forum is the only place to meet the major players within this industry from banks, constructors and institutional investors to the lawyers and the regulators.

•Join the only conference tailored to the specific issues that the Benelux region faces

Case study updates from major projects in the region including; the Port of Antwerp and Calais Harbour
•Explore the different financing models and mitigate various risks for mega projects to ensure success
•Benchmark against other major EU infrastructure projects for best practice and optimal model
Discover what investors are looking for and what the future infrastructure market could look like
Exclusive networking opportunities with key opinion leaders and decision makers at the forefront of the Benelux region

 

Previous Attending Organisations: 

3i; Abn Amro Bank; ABN AMRO Bank N.V; Allen & Overy L L P; Allen & Overy LLP; Allianz Global Investors; ALTIUS - Law Firm; Aon EMEA North East; BAM PPP; Bayerische Landesbank; Bilfinger; Bouwfonds Investment Management; Credit Agricole Indosuez; Deka Bank; DEME; DG ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL AFFAIRS ; Diepenhorst de Vos en Partners (DVP); Dura Vermeer Groep N.V.; EIB/ EPEC ; Ejigbo Local Counci Development Area; Equator; Green Investment Bank; Gulermak Heavy Industries; IIFS; KBC; KBC Bank N.V; KPMG Advisory; Liedekerke ; Macquarie Capital; Marguerite Fund; Mazars; Ministry of Finance, Netherlands; NautaDutilh N.V.; Nord LB; Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale; Norton Rose; Norton Rose Fulbright LLP; NWB Bank; Oresundsbro Konsortiet; ParkWind; PMV ; Port of Rotterdam; Rabobank; SMBC Europe Division; SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch; Van Oord; VolkerWessels

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Willem Stitselaar

Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Head of Energy and Infrastructure Benelux, Macquarie Capital
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9:10 Opening Address

Willem Stitselaar

Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Head of Energy and Infrastructure Benelux, Macquarie Capital
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  • Major trends and the latest developments in the Benelux market
  • Developments in renewable projects in the Benelux
  • New territories for offshore wind
  • Asia and the United States
  • Trends in new technologies
  • Floating wind and Tidal
  • Project financing for alternative energy
  • Battery Storage
  • The future for Benelux project development
  • 9:40 Panel Discussion

  • Recent increase in deployment of grid-connected batteries that should reduce fossil-fuel reliance
  • Energy Storage Systems (ESS) are the missing link from wind and solar energy infrastructure
  • Challenges of innovating ahead of regulator expectations
  • Advantages of subsidies and the future battle to maintain these
  • A consequence of meeting increasing energy demand and decarbonisation of economies
  • Lessons from current and past ESS and the bankability and profitability of these as examples of financial models for the future
  • Andrew  Petry

    Andrew Petry, Partner, Simmons & Simmons
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    Lisa McDermott

    Lisa McDermott, Executive Director, Structured Debt, ABN Amro Bank N.V
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    Gerard Reid

    Gerard Reid, Founder, Alexa Capital
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    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Achieving optimal profitability and project success from alternative infrastructure projects outside Private-Public Partnerships (PPP)

    Mathias Pahlke

    Mathias Pahlke, Head of Infrastructure , Nord LB
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  • Outline of viable developments in the infrastructure sector and prospective investment opportunities through upcoming asset classes
  • Energy storage
  • Data centres
  • Fibre networks
  • Practical advice on mitigating niche-market risks by acknowledging risk profiles and allocation
  • Comparison of these markets and considering if these are alternative investments
  • Considerations for the future outlook of infrastructure projects outside of PPP by highlighting the challenges of improving awareness and information for alternative market entry
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    11:40 Project Finance markets other than Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and offshore wind

    Jeroen Kies

    Jeroen Kies, Head of Project Finance Benelux, SMBC Europe

  • Considerations of what are alternative markets
  • What alternative markets do we see outside of Benelux?
  • Which of these alternative markets would be suitable for the Benelux market?
  • What are the major trends for the upcoming years?
  • Summary of which way alternative markets are expected to develop
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Optimal use of funding regulations and avoiding regulatory disincentives

    Alistair Perkins

    Alistair Perkins, Head of Project Finance, NN Investment Partners B.V
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  • Regulations often create barriers that constrain long-term investment
  • Failure to appropriately tailor regulations can close off opportunities
  • Regulations can be an effective tool for creating financial stability and restoring and maintaining confidence in the financial markets and not always seen as negative
  • When it functions to enable long-term investment, it can pave the way for citizens to meet their future financial needs
  • Need for standardization in the Benelux to create positive impact
  • Rules should be tailored to the investor
  • Decision-makers should avoid unduly burdensome regulations
  • Discussion on Solvency II
  • 13:40 The Dutch Authorities "wants and needs" for PPP projects

    Zeeger de Jongh

    Zeeger de Jongh , Partner, Allen & Overy LLP
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    14:00 Project financing of wind parks that cannot rely on subsidies

    Marinus Winters

    Marinus Winters, Counsel, Allen & Overy LLP
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    14:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 Discussing green financing for green investment portfolios

    Edwin van Veenhuizen

    Edwin van Veenhuizen, Business Manager Structure Finance and Public Sector, BNG bank
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  • Facilitating the transition to renewable energy
  • Supporting green investments in energy transitions with subordinated debt
  • Common standards and issuing principles
  • 15:30 Institutional investor favourability of 'built assets' and project refinancing

    Benoit Theys

    Benoit Theys, Real Estate PPP Finance Manager, AG Real Estate
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  • Restraints for institutional investors in taking new project risks
  • Competition in the market
  • Freezing of decisions on large-scale road, rail and energy projects by governments since the financial crisis
  • Decreasing margins on projects
  • Liquidity of assets
  • Not only quantity of projects, but equally quality
  • Built assets such as airports and toll roads deliver steady income streams, providing investment insurance
  • Outlining alternative market strategies for institutional investors to succeed against a harsher infrastructure climate
  • 16:00 Case-study: Bond financing of the Calais Harbour Expansion

    Francois Yves Gaudeul

    Francois Yves Gaudeul, Director, Infrastructure Debt, Allianz Global Investors
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  • Calais Harbour Expansion: an essential project for a strategic port
  • Discussion on the few challenges that needed to be addressed
  • Solutions to some of the challenges:
  • A project structure based on a balanced relationship between the stakeholders
  • A robust and innovative financing through bond issuance through the Project Bond Credit Enhancement (PBCE) scheme 
  • 16:30 Managing equity investments in infrastructure

    Guy Hardy

    Guy Hardy, Senior Investment Director, DIF

  • Funding sources
  • Equity cycles
  • Market trends
  • New markets
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Willem Stitselaar

    Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Head of Energy and Infrastructure Benelux, Macquarie Capital
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    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Zeeger de Jongh

    Zeeger de Jongh , Partner, Allen & Overy LLP
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    9:10 Keynote Address

    Nick Gardiner

    Nick Gardiner, Head of Offshore Wind, Green Investment Bank
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  • How offshore wind has developed into a mature sector for the investment market
  • Factors that have already heralded the strong and enduring growth in offshore wind
  • The changing face of the investor market in offshore wind
  • Perspectives from the privatization process of the Green Investment Bank on transitioning into the global market
  • Outlining the inward and outward flow of offshore wind projects funded by foreign investment, including Canada and Japan
  • What conditions do you need to improve the appeal of the Benelux to attract and engage foreign investment
  • Adjusting investment strategies for a world in transition
  • 9:50 Panel Discussion

  • Addressing the importance of offshore wind to the energy future and energy security of Europe
  • Good auction design and implementation are vital to the allocation of tracts and to the ultimate success of wind energy policy
  • Effects of network constraints and grid stability
  • Water depth; wind quality; bottom conditions; location; system integration costs
  • Competitive bidding phenomenon
  • Need to encourage diversification through the current momentum of SME's (small and medium-sized enterprises)
  • Lessons learnt: case studies of recent offshore wind tender systems and auction processes
  • Boris Balan

    Boris Balan, Vice President, Europe, Northland Power
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    Martin In de Braekt

    Martin In de Braekt, Lawyer, Stibbe
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    Werner Runge

    Werner Runge, Partner, Allen & Overy LLP
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    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 An update on the status of offshore wind tenders and perspectives on the market outlook

    Niels Jongste

    Niels Jongste, Managing Director, Green Giraffe
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  • General market update on recent tendering processes
  • Assessing the results of present tender rounds
  • Expectations for the next round of offshore wind tenders, considering recent developments
  • Opinions of the long-term outlook for the offshore wind market in the Benelux region and wider-European region
  • 11:30 Public-private partnership (PPP) in wind

    Karoy Hornyak

    Karoy Hornyak, Director Project Finance, Ventolines
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  • Introduction to the Windfarm Fryslan (WPF) project
  • Participation of the Dutch Province of Fryslan in WPF
  • Public, private lending considerations for the project
  • Further financing and development options for WPF
  • Weighing the options for more public investments in wind to follow
  • 12:00 Challenges and opportunities for investors in the Belgian PPP and Renewable market

    Mark Hillewaere

    Mark Hillewaere, Fund Manager, PMV Fund Management

  • Infrastructure needs provided through Government actions
  • Solvency II
  • New vehicles in infrastructure
  • From project pipelines to realization
  • Challenges for projects
  • ESA (European System of Accounts) neutrality
  • Public support mechanism in renewables
  • Beyond the traditional opportunities in the infrastructure market
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Investing in Benelux: An equity investors perspectives on PPP

    Stephane Duhr

    Stephane Duhr, Director, 3i
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  • 3i's experience in projects and core infrastructure
  • Secondary PPP market
  • Lessons learnt from projects gone wrong
  • Opportunity to promote PPP in new Dutch sectors
  • 13:50 Major infrastructure project developments: Challenges and opportunities from a global contractor point of view

    Steven Bouckaert

    Steven Bouckaert, Deputy General Manager, DEME
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  • Different risk profiles and different models
  • PPP or concession
  • Key challenges
  • Key success factors
  • Practical cases
  • 14:25 Case Study: Amsterdam Court House

    Benjamin Hemming

    Benjamin Hemming, Senior Investment Manager Infrastructure Debt, MEAG MUNICH ERGO Asset Management GmbH
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  • Innovative PPP financing scheme including long-term institutional loans next to construction-related bank loans and public sector operational financing
  • MEAG's assessment of construction risks from a re-insurance perspective
  • Benefits and challenges of hybrid financing solutions
  • The financing scheme
  • Is this a template for future PPP deals in the Netherlands?
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:15 Update on the Investment Plan for Europe

    Michael Feith

    Michael Feith, Policy Officer, Directorate-General Economic and Financial Affairs
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  • Update on the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and case studies of supported projects
  • Assistance for project promoters: the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH)
  • Solutions for reaching investors worldwide: the European Investment Project Portal (EIPP)
  • EFSI 2.0
  • Focus more on sustainable investments in all sectors to contribute to meeting COP21 (Paris Climate Conference) targets
  • Enhancement of geographical coverage and ways to reinforce take-up in less-developed regions
  • Transparency of investment decisions and governance procedures
  • Reinforcing the social dimension by means of additional financial instruments under the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) window
  • 15:55 Initial findings from the European Union's High-Level Task Force (HLTF) on European financing policy in the social infrastructure sectors

    Stephen Wright

    Stephen Wright, Research Director, Integrate Think Tank
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  • Outlining the need for the Task Force and addressing the context of social infrastructure issues
  • Details of the stakeholders involved and the set-up of the Task Force
  • Structure of the HLTF's research
  • Explanations of the findings from the research to date
  • Recommendations for the next steps for key players in the infrastructure industry as a result of the findings
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Zeeger de Jongh

    Zeeger de Jongh , Partner, Allen & Overy LLP
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Andrew  Petry

    Andrew Petry

    Partner, Simmons & Simmons
    Boris Balan

    Boris Balan

    Vice President, Europe, Northland Power
    Martin In de Braekt

    Martin In de Braekt

    Lawyer, Stibbe
    Niels Jongste

    Niels Jongste

    Managing Director, Green Giraffe

    Alistair Perkins

    Head of Project Finance, NN Investment Partners B.V
    Alistair Perkins

    Alistair joined NN Investment Partners in 2013 as Head of the Infrastructure and Project Finance Team. Previously, he held positions as Head of Debt Restructuring and a Member of the Executive Committee at Dexia UK following five years as a Director of Dexia’s Global Project Finance Group. Prior to that, Alistair headed the infrastructure advisory team at NIBC Bank and also held project finance positions with CIT in New York and Newcourt Capital in London. Alistair started his career in the mid-1990s as a Civil Engineer with John Mowlem & Company plc (now part of Carillion) and worked on several of the early PPP schemes in the UK, as well as many power, energy and renewables projects across North America and Europe. Alistair holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering (BEng) and an MBA from the University of Nottingham.

    Andrew Petry

    Partner, Simmons & Simmons
    Andrew  Petry

    Andrew Petry is a partner and finance specialist at the law firm Simmons & Simmons based in London. He has a broad range of experience in the Energy and Infrastructure sectors, with particular emphasis on banking, project finance and PPPs in the renewables, PPP, waste, power, transport, accommodation and LNG sectors. Andrew's clients are financiers, project sponsors, borrowers, public sector entities and infrastructure funds. He built up a finance practice in The Netherlands when he was based here between 2001 and 2006 and continues to act for Benelux clients both domestically and abroad. In recent years he has worked increasingly on renewables transactions including on and off-shore wind, PV solar, hydro, waste to energy and biomass.

    Benjamin Hemming

    Senior Investment Manager Infrastructure Debt, MEAG MUNICH ERGO Asset Management GmbH
    Benjamin Hemming

    Benjamin joined MEAG’s Infrastructure Debt Team as a Senior Investment Manager in October 2014 and is responsible for the coordination of all core European Markets within the team. Benjamin has more than 12 years’ experience in originating and structuring infrastructure project finance transactions and held senior positions at Siemens Bank and BayernLB in Munich, London and Paris previously.

    Benoit Theys

    Real Estate PPP Finance Manager, AG Real Estate
    Benoit Theys

    He is graduated as Master in Applied Economic Sciences at the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL) and is a certified Financial Analyst at the Belgian Association of Financial Analysts. In 1989, he joined Fortis Bank’s Corporate and Investment Banking department as Financial Analyst. In 1993, he joined the Global Export and Project Finance department as Account Manager and became successively Head of Financial Analysis and Research, and Head of PPP Finance on the Belgian market. In October 2012, he joined AG Real Estate as Head of PPP and Real Estate Finance, with the responsibility to develop the activity of debt financing in PPP & Infrastructure and Real Estate projects. Since then, his team successfully closed numerous projects in the euro zone for more than EUR 2 bln.

    Boris Balan

    Vice President, Europe, Northland Power
    Boris Balan

    Boris Balan is Vice President, Europe at Northland Power. He is responsible for representing Northland in its European development activities and assists in overseeing the company’s offshore wind projects —Gemini (600MW) in the Netherlands and Nordsee One (332MW) in Germany.
     

    Boris has been with Northland since 2001. He was the lead developer responsible for Northland's first onshore wind project in 2004 and oversaw the company’s expansion into Saskatchewan before assuming responsibility for the company’s European development efforts. In addition to the Nordsee complex of three offshore projects, he was involved in Northland’s acquisition of the 252 MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind project in Germany and Northland’s bids in the 2017 German offshore wind auction.
     

    Prior to joining Northland, Boris worked at the Harvard University and the University of Toronto. He then spent several years in Ukraine working on technical assistance projects assisting in the transition to a market economy and democratic political system.
     

    Edwin van Veenhuizen

    Business Manager Structure Finance and Public Sector, BNG bank
    Edwin van Veenhuizen

    Edwin van Veenhuizen (1968) graduated from Groningen University, Strategic Financial Management, in 1993 and received a MBA degree from University of Phoenix in 2006. At BNG Bank he is Head of the Public Sector and Structured Finance department including the Infrastructure Finance/PPP Portfolio. Before joining BNG Bank in 2005, he worked for the ING Group. He was responsible for the syndication of several PPP Projects (a.o. HSL-Zuid the first PPP in the Netherlands).

    N.V. Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten (BNG Bank) is the bank of and for local authorities and public sector institutions. BNG Bank’s specialised financial services help to minimise the cost of social provisions to the public. In this regard, the bank plays an essential role in the public sector.

    Francois Yves Gaudeul

    Director, Infrastructure Debt, Allianz Global Investors
    Francois Yves Gaudeul

    François-Yves Gaudeul joined Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI) as a Director in 2012, where he invests in infrastructure debt on behalf of the Allianz group and other European institutional investors. He has extensive experience in transaction origination and structuring. Recent transactions closed by Francois-Yves in France include the financings of the L2 by-pass in Marseille (€163 million), the Seine Musicale PPP (€127 million), and the Calais harbor expansion (€504 million), as well as the refinancings of Transport et Infrastructure Gaz France - TIGF (€350 million), the A28 motorway in Normandy (€850 million), and the A66 motorway in Spain (€185 million).
    Before joining AllianzGI, François-Yves worked 10 years at MBIA and 8 years at UBS and Citibank in London and Paris.
    François-Yves graduated from HEC Business School (Paris), where he specialized in Finance, and holds a Master Degree in Transportation from Sorbonne University (Paris).
     

    Gerard Reid

    Founder, Alexa Capital
    Gerard Reid

    Gerard Reid has over two decades’ experience in equity research and fund management. He is also a leading energy expert as well as lecturer, author and monthly columnist for Biz Energy Today, the German energy industry publication. Prior to founding Alexa Capital, he was Managing Director and Head of European Cleantech Research at Jefferies & Co.
     

    Before joining Jefferies Mr. Reid managed a renewable energy fund. Prior to this he was Head of Research at First Berlin where he expanded the equity research operation to cover 50 companies. Gerard Reid has broad relationships across the institutional and private investor communities as well as amongst government policy makers, utilities and technology providers to the energy area. He has developed a reputation as a leading global expert in renewable energy and the wider energy space through his work in the wind, solar, biofuels, natural gas, utility and European industrials sectors.
     

    Mr. Reid is an Adjunct Professor at Imperial College, London and lecturer at the University of Applied Science in Berlin, where he has been lecturing in international business for over a decade. Mr. Reid holds a Higher Diploma in Education and MA Business & Economics from Trinity College, Dublin.
     

    Guy Hardy

    Senior Investment Director, DIF
    Guy Hardy

    Jeroen Kies

    Head of Project Finance Benelux, SMBC Europe
    Jeroen Kies

    Karoy Hornyak

    Director Project Finance, Ventolines
    Karoy Hornyak

    Karoy Hornyák (1975) is director project finance at Ventolines.
    Ventolines offers complete project management for the development of windfarms, from early stage development, permitting & subsidy processes, contracting & financing, construction & asset management. Projects include Westermeerwind (144MW, EUR 400mln, COB 2016) and Windfarm Fryslân (300-350MW, EUR 600-800mln, FC expected in 2018H2)
     

    In addition to his current position, Karoy holds several board positions at PPP project companies, including Via A11 and Brabo 1 tram in Belgium and the Beatrix lock project in the Netherlands.
     

    Prior to joining Ventolines in 2016, Karoy worked a.o. six years at TDP/TINC in Belgium as investment director and four years within Strukton’s PPP department. He holds a MSc degree in econometrics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
     

    Lisa McDermott

    Executive Director, Structured Debt, ABN Amro Bank N.V
    Lisa McDermott

    Lisa has almost 20 years’ experience in structured transactions. She currently specialises in project financing within the Structured Finance division of ABN AMRO where she has worked since 2013.

    Lisa’s specific focus is on energy projects with a particular focus on renewable energy generation and power. She has been heavily involved in all of ABN AMRO’s wind financings executed to date as well as a number of liquid storage/terminal (acquisition) project financings.

    Lisa started her career as a lawyer at Clifford Chance, specialising in tax, M&A and fund structuring and, since 2004, has held a number of senior origination, structuring and management roles within a number of different structured finance disciplines.

    Lisa holds a joint honours degree in Common and Civil Law with French from Queen’s University Belfast and Sciences Politiques Bordeaux and a post-graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
     

    Marinus Winters

    Counsel, Allen & Overy LLP
    Marinus Winters

    Marinus specialises in EC and Dutch competition law and regulation. He has in-depth experience of advising on energy law, competition law, and the regulatory aspects of the electricity and gas markets. Marinus has acted for several energy and petrochemical companies in civil and administrative procedures relating to almost every aspect of the energy sector, such as tariff regulation for grid operators, access to the grid, unbundling issues, stranded costs, subsidies for renewables, REMIT and CO2 emission allowances. In addition he often advises on the regulatory aspects of the construction of power plants, gas storages, and (offshore) wind farms.

    Mark Hillewaere

    Fund Manager, PMV Fund Management
    Mark Hillewaere

    Martin In de Braekt

    Lawyer, Stibbe
    Martin In de Braekt

    Martin heads the Energy & Industry group of the Amsterdam office and is listed in various publications as one of the leading energy lawyers in the Dutch energy sector. During the period 2005-2017 Martin has been involved in all major developments in the offshore wind sector in the Netherlands.

    Mathias Pahlke

    Head of Infrastructure , Nord LB
    Mathias Pahlke

    Mathias Pahlke heads the European infrastructure business for NORD/LB Structured Finance.

    Mathias brings many years of experience in advising and arranging structured finance of equity and debt capital for project financing of all kinds, but with a special focus on the infrastructure / PPP & PFI sector (transport and social infrastructure projects).

    Over the years he has structured and closed projects in a variety of sectors such as education, transportation, environmental / waste, health, accommodation, public lighting and defence. These projects were mainly located in Northern and Western Europe.

    His team comprises twelve infrastructure origination specialists at the locations London and Hanover. They work with 25 infrastructure experts on project mandates for NORD/LB’s clients in Europe.

    Mathias has completed training as a banker and holds degrees in business administration. He put his expertise and more than 20 years of experience to the test in various lectures and courses as well as a speaker at conferences.
     

    Michael Feith

    Policy Officer, Directorate-General Economic and Financial Affairs
    Michael Feith

    Michael Feith is Policy Officer at the European Commission, where he deals with financing programmes for infrastructure, in particular in the social/urban sector. He is also involved in the implementation of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and other parts of the Investment Plan. He joined the European Institutions in 1999, working for the European Parliament, Berlin Office. He changed to the European Commission in 2001. He dealt there initially with financial instruments to the support SMEs. Michael Feith holds a Master's degree in European Politics.

    Nick Gardiner

    Head of Offshore Wind, Green Investment Bank
    Nick Gardiner

    Nick Gardiner joined the Green Investment Bank in September 2014 from BNP Paribas. As Head of Offshore Wind, Nick is responsible for the Bank's principal investment activities - both equity and debt - in the UK offshore wind sector.
     

    Nick first worked on wind financings in 1997. He joined BNP Paribas (formerly with Fortis Bank) in 1999, having previously worked at NatWest Bank. At BNP Paribas, Nick led the London project finance team, with responsibility for all UK power project financings, including renewables, and European offshore wind projects.
     

    To date, the Green Investment Bank has invested in eleven UK offshore wind projects totalling over 3.3GW of gross capacity, deploying nearly $3bn of capital.

    Niels Jongste

    Managing Director, Green Giraffe
    Niels Jongste

    Niels Jongste is founder and managing director of Green Giraffe and has a strong track record of bringing complex transactions to financial close across different markets and circumstances
     

    Over the past 6 years, Niels has led and supervised transaction teams on projects in the renewable energy sector in multiple countries including most recently Sunport (31 MW, the Netherlands, 2016), Norther (370 MW, Belgium, 2016) or Gemini (600 MW, the Netherlands, 2014), while at the same time managing the growth of the company from 10 people over 2 offices to 60 people over 4 offices
     

    Previously, Niels was at at Econcern, where he led the development and financing of the Belwind project (330 MW, Belgium, 2009), and before that at Rabobank for 4 years where he led the financing (senior debt and mezzanine) of the Q7 offshore wind project (120 MW, the Netherlands, 2006) and played an active role in the negotiations for the C-power phase 1 offshore wind project (30 MW, Belgium, 2007), the first two to ever be project-financed
     

    He started his career as assistant auditor at a predecessor of Deloitte and left auditing shortly after obtaining his degree when, at that time, working for KPMG
     

    Niels graduated from Nyenrode University
     

    Stephane Duhr

    Director, 3i
    Stephane Duhr

    Stéphane is a Director in 3i's Infrastructure team in Paris, which he joined in November 2013,
    following 3i’s acquisition of Barclays Infrastructure Funds Management Limited. He joined
    BIFM in 2005 to set up the business and originate investment opportunities in France.
    He is currently involved in origination, execution and value creation across all Greenfield /
    PPP sectors in France, Benelux and Central Europe. Stéphane is also in charge of the
    management of existing investments in France such as INSEP, the 1st PPP contract signed
    with the French Government, Saint Nazaire Hospital, Lorraine schools, Condorcet University
    in North Paris as well as La Santé, a French prison. Stéphane has also conducted investments
    abroad such as a leisure Centre in Rotterdam, A12, A9 and A27/A1, 3 motorways in the
    Netherlands. He is a Director on 15 SPV boards.
    Previously, Stéphane spent two years in the Strategy department of Barclays Capital, helping
    the bank's product and country management grow their businesses. Before this, he was a
    consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in Paris and also worked in M&A for Morgan
    Stanley in London.
    Stéphane holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD, an MSc in Engineering from Ecole
    Centrale Paris and an MSc in Finance & Economics from the London School of Economics.

    Stephen Wright

    Research Director, Integrate Think Tank
    Stephen Wright

    Born 1953, British, geography and economics degrees. Professional career in academia, energy industries, banking and consultancy.

    From 1987, European Investment Bank, on energy, industry, health and education.

    Steering Committee of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, including editor and co-author of books. Many papers on health care planning, finance and PPP. Regularly speaking in and organization of conferences.

    Set up a research and strategic advisory organization (“ECHAA”). Subsequently, apart from regular consulting assignments, have established a think-tank (“INTEGRATE”), with a major research and policy initiative on European policy in social infrastructure funding.
     

    Steven Bouckaert

    Deputy General Manager, DEME
    Steven Bouckaert

    Steven Bouckaert is Deputy General Manager with DEME Concessions, part of the DEME Group, an international market leader for complex marine engineering works. Mr. Bouckaert specializes in Infrastructure projects with a focus on DBFM projects, Private Development/BOT and Channel Concessions. Mr. Bouckaert has a long experience in the maritime sector and marine infrastructure. He started his career at the leading Antwerp based stevedoring company Hessenatie. Following the take-over of Hessenatie by PSA International, Mr. Bouckaert became responsible for Business development at PSA Europe. Before joining the DEME Concessions team, he was director at Maritime and Transport Business Solutions, an international finance and strategy advisory firm in the ports and maritime sector.

    Werner Runge

    Partner, Allen & Overy LLP
    Werner Runge

    Werner heads the Amsterdam Energy, Projects and Infrastructure group and is a financing partner within the Project & Real Estate department of Allen & Overy Amsterdam. He specialises in project financing and other structure financing transactions. His areas of experience are project financing, structured real estate transactions, CMBS transactions, non-recourse and limited-recourse asset financing transactions, PPP/PFI projects, public-private partnership, leveraged and secured financing and other structured financing transactions, acting for lenders, borrowers, project companies and sponsors. In 1999 and 2000 he worked in the Projects group of Allen & Overy London office. Werner teaches project finance at the prestigious postgraduate Grotius Academy and the University of Utrecht.

    Willem Stitselaar

    Managing Director, Head of Energy and Infrastructure Benelux, Macquarie Capital
    Willem Stitselaar

    Willem Reitze Stitselaar is a Dutch national and joined Macquarie in 2005, prior to which he worked at ABN AMRO BANK's Infrastructure Capital team, bidding for a range of infrastructure/PPP projects as both equity sponsor and financial advisor. Willem is a Managing Director at Macquarie responsible for Benelux PPPs and has advised and worked for the last 15 years on infrastructure projects in many sectors, Greenfield and M&A including: PPP, (toll) roads, utilities, energy, waste/water, property, and transportation. Willem also worked 4 years as an advisor for PwC's Corporate Finance Transport Team in London bidding for a wide range of projects such as the Irish Toll road programme. And 3 years at DePfa (Project finance and PFI as a lender/arranger). In this previous role he undertook a variety of international arranging and underwriting assignments in a diverse range of industry sectors incl. roads, rail and accommodation PPPs.

    Zeeger de Jongh

    Partner, Allen & Overy LLP
    Zeeger de Jongh

    Zeeger is a financing partner within the Project & Real Estate department of Allen & Overy Amsterdam. His areas of expertise are financing and banking law, in particular, public private partnerships (both the finance documents and the project documents), project financing, property financing and secured lending. He has acted for lenders, monoline insurers on wrapped bond financing, borrowers, project companies and sponsors.
    Zeeger has advised and headed the teams on many project financings, particularly PPP/PFI projects.

    “Zeeger de Jongh provides first class service. He has deep specialist knowledge, is dedicated to and interactive with the client, and fully solution oriented.”
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    21st November 2017
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

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    Movenpick Hotel Meeting Centre 2

    Piet Heinkade 27, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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    The European Sting is the new online, Brussels based, European media that was born to bring a different critical and truly independent angle to European News and Affairs. The Sting is giving every day the fierce fight for a better and stronger European Union through constructive criticism and unique insights. We are treating daily in a unique way European Politics, Economics, Foreign Affairs, Business and ICT Agenda. We are committed to bridge the gap between Brussels and the EU member states by freely voicing the views of every European citizen. Tired of reading the basics? Visit http://www.europeansting.com and be part of the Hive that disrupts European Media.


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    The European Procurement and Public Private Partnership Law Review (EPPPL) is a peer-reviewed journal that provides detailed coverage on EU and national legislation and regulation governing Public Procurement and PPPs, the major legal and policy instrument of public sector management. EPPPL authors offer their insight, analysis, and interpretation of the latest in Public Procurement and PPP, including: the implementation of EU rules in the Member States, the interpretation of EU and national policy initiatives, and the interaction of Procurement mechanisms with the award and formation of PPPs. More information about EPPPL is available on www.lexxion.eu/epppl


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    Movenpick Hotel Meeting Centre 2

    Piet Heinkade 27
    Amsterdam 1019
    Netherlands

    Movenpick Hotel Meeting Centre 2

    The conference will be organized in Meeting Centre 2, which is located in the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. When you enter the PTA, take the escalator upstairs and turn right.
    Or take the elevator to the 2nd floor and turn right.
     

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘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.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    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.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    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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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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