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SMi Group proudly present that the 18th Annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum is returning to Amsterdam in November! This year's meeting will bring together key professionals in the PPP, project financing and infrastructure sectors to discuss the latest issues and trends within the Benelux market.
Through discussing specific case studies and highlighting the challenges of coordinating and operating an Infrastructure project in the region from the perspective of all involved – constructers, banks, financiers, lawyers, regulators and consultants, - the event will provide insight into the new technologies and financing options available to get the best out of each project.
The Forum will have a specific focus on offshore wind and how this can be integrated with offshore solar and energy storage; and lead onto the new mechanisms of investment such as debt financing, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), refinancing projects and subsidies used to finance for geothermal projects operating in the Netherlands.
Other new topics for this year include looking at the challenges of project risk in new markets for enticing investors.
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 both the banks, constructors, institutional investors, 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 – Offshore wind, Geothermal, Offshore Solar and Digital Infrastructure.
•Explore the different financing models available for renewable projects to ensure success
•Discover what makes investments in the digital infrastructure so attractive to infrastructure investors
•Exclusive networking opportunities with key opinion leaders and decision makers at the forefront of
 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Jeroen Kies

Jeroen Kies, Executive Director Structured Finance, SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch

9:10 Future investment opportunities in the Dutch Market

Erik Jan Snik

Erik Jan Snik, Coordinator Public-Private Partnerships, Ministry of Finance, Netherlands

• Future projects in the pipeline
• New developments and Government Initiatives
• Emerging opportunities for public private partnerships and investments
Shift to renovation and maintenance PPP projects?
• Combination of design, construction, financing and maintenance contracts
• More realism from the market with regards to registration prices and risks

9:50 InvestEU – EU´s next Investment Programme

Michael Feith

Michael Feith, Policy Advisor, DG ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL AFFAIRS

• InvestEU will succeed the Juncker Fund from 2021 onwards.
• Based on an EU guarantee of € 38 billion its aims to mobilize € 650 billion of investments by 2027.
• Investments will be directed in European priority areas in the field of infrastructure, research, social investments and small enterprises.
• A good occasion for long-term investors to invest in sustainable projects.
• Implementation will be done by the European Investment Bank and other financial partners
• Comprehensive technical assistance will be provided to structure projects, if needed.
 

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Infrastructure Financing : What can go wrong?

• Construction matters
• Operational matters
• Financial matters
• Process
 

Ronald Gaultier

Ronald Gaultier, Vice President, Infrastructure Debt, Allianz Global Investors

11:20 PANEL DISCUSSION - Infrastructure: Are the stakeholders taking too much risk?

• Construction and operational risks
• Financing risks
• Stretching the definition of infrastructure

Ronald Gaultier

Ronald Gaultier, Vice President, Infrastructure Debt, Allianz Global Investors

Barney Coles

Barney Coles, Principal, Clean Energy Infrastructure, Capital Dynamics Ltd

Martijn Maandag

Martijn Maandag, Director Due Diligence, DNV GL

Jeroen Kies

Jeroen Kies, Executive Director Structured Finance, SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch

Tim De Knegt

Tim De Knegt, Strategic Finance & Treasury, Port of Rotterdam
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12:00 Offshore Wind Financing in Belgium and the Netherlands against a Global Background

Peter  Gopfert

Peter Gopfert, Director, KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

• Recent experiences in the region from a bank’s perspective
• Latest global offshore wind financing trends
• Key chances and challenges going forward

12:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 Merchant auctions: new trend or new bubble?

Jeroen Kies

Jeroen Kies, Executive Director Structured Finance, SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch

• Overview of recent merchant projects
• Overview of winning consortiums
• Comparative analysis of required bid bonds
• How was merchant risk mitigated?
• What other options are available for risk mitigation?
• What does this mean for Project Finance?
• Trend or bubble?

14:10 “Advancing a Marine Contractor’s Offshore Wind Goals via Finance”

Neal Erlenborn

Neal Erlenborn, Director Project Debt & Equity, Van Oord Finance BV

• Applying equity to support development through construction completion
• Structured vendor finance
• Financing innovation: Borssele V

14:50 Offshore wind in NL: challenges and opportunities from a regulatory perspective

Joel Meggelaars

Joel Meggelaars, Senior Regulatory Affairs & Stakeholder Manager, Orsted

- What does the NL Climate Agreement offer to the offshore wind sector?
- Revision of the offshore wind act: what will change for investors?
- A North Sea Agreement – implications on individual projects and future build-out of offshore wind
- Looking beyond the 2030 offshore wind roadmap

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 What makes investments in fiber so attractive to infrastructure investors?

Mathias Pahlke

Mathias Pahlke, Head of Infrastructure Europe, NORD/LB

• Avoiding potential pitfalls when investing in fiber
• Value creation of fiber assets
• Where are there opportunities in the digital market for infrastructure developers
• How do mergers add value to digital assets?
• How are valuations, financing and regulation changing in the sector?
• Considering the M&A pipeline in Europe and beyond
 

16:30 Overview of green hydrogen as an emerging technology within Europe

Lisa McDermott

Lisa McDermott, Executive Director, ABN AMRO Bank N.V

• Scoping of current projects and parties
• Business case and rationale
• Economics and available subsidies
• Combination with offshore wind

17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Jeroen Kies

Jeroen Kies, Executive Director Structured Finance, SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Jeroen Kies

Jeroen Kies, Executive Director Structured Finance, SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch

9:10 Energy transition: which infrastructure is required to reach the port´s ambition and what is the role of the port?

Femke Brenninkmeijer

Femke Brenninkmeijer, Director Energy, Cargo & Offshore, Port of Amsterdam

• Insight in the ambition of the Port regarding the energytransition
• What types of Investment is needed
• How to attract start-ups and scale-ups
• Ensuring diversification and innovation

9:50 Challenges in Financing Energy Transition & Circular Economy

Tim De Knegt

Tim De Knegt, Strategic Finance & Treasury, Port of Rotterdam
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- Future projects in the pipeline to meet Paris Accord in 2050
- What defines a successful energy transition project
- What are the difficulties when financing Energy Transition projects
- What are the roles of different players and how can each contribute

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) in Flanders

Johan Reynaert

Johan Reynaert, Senior Investment Manager, PMV NV

• Strategic infrastructure including digital, transport and energy
• Education, research, development and innovation
• Expansion of renewable energy and resource efficiency
• Support for smaller businesses and midcap companies

11:30 Development of a Geothermal energy project in the Netherlands

Jan Willem Rosingh

Jan Willem Rosingh, Owner, Perpetuum Energy Partners

• Geothermal energy in the Netherlands
• What is geothermal energy and what role can it play
• Income and costs
• Finance
• Risks and mitigations

12:00 Financing of Geothermal projects; the development of a new asset class.

Rutger te Grotenhuis

Rutger te Grotenhuis, Managing Partner, Rebel Finance & Transactions BV

• Geothermal projects: characteristics, scoping and developments
• Understanding the specific risk profile of Geothermal projects
• Consequences for structuring off-balance financing
• Case study Trias Westland: how to handle uncertainties in an off-balance setting?
• How realistic is the predicted multi billion pipeline for coming decades
 

12:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 Infrastructure and sustainability: not all projects are born equal

• How infrastructure investors are assessing on environmental, social and governance (ESG) qualities
• Contribution of infrastructure projects to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
• Demand for greater transparency places increased reporting obligations on sponsors and operators
• Importance of developing a standardised approach to data, measurement and reporting

Alistair Perkins

Alistair Perkins, Head of Infrastructure and Project Finance, NN Investment Partners

Rick Walters

Rick Walters, Director Infrastructure , GRESB BV

14:10 PANEL DISCUSSION - How to use PPP and other types of procurement to further ESG goals through measurable outcomes linked to the payment mechanisms

Andrew  Petry

Andrew Petry, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

Alistair Perkins

Alistair Perkins, Head of Infrastructure and Project Finance, NN Investment Partners

Mathias Pahlke

Mathias Pahlke, Head of Infrastructure Europe, NORD/LB

Rick Walters

Rick Walters, Director Infrastructure , GRESB BV

14:50 Afternoon Tea

15:20 Pro’s and Cons of public infrastructure financing models with a case study on maintenance PPP’s / bridge maintenance

Jeroen Zanders

Jeroen Zanders, Vice President, Macquarie Capital

• Different Infrastructure financing models
• Pro’s and Con’s
• New pipeline opportunities
• Case study on maintenance / bridge renewal financing
 

16:00 The challenges of coordinating and operating an Infrastructure project in the Benelux region from a sponsor’s point of view – case study - the DBFM Beatrix lock

• What is the best way to set up your project and design-team organization?
• How do you manage all your data and exchange, and how you can optimize your design workflow?
• Securing the best finance
• Project risk assessment
• Challenges during the design and construct phase (building) architecture, civil design, subcontractors, reinforcement supplier.

Johan Bel

Johan Bel, PPP Manager Europe, BESIX Group

Jeroen In t Veld

Jeroen In t Veld, Director, Rebelgroup

16:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Jeroen Kies

Jeroen Kies, Executive Director Structured Finance, SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Erik Jan Snik

Erik Jan Snik

Coordinator Public-Private Partnerships, Ministry of Finance, Netherlands
Femke Brenninkmeijer

Femke Brenninkmeijer

Director Energy, Cargo & Offshore, Port of Amsterdam
Tim De Knegt

Tim De Knegt

Strategic Finance & Treasury, Port of Rotterdam

Alistair Perkins

Head of Infrastructure and Project Finance, NN Investment Partners
Alistair Perkins

Andrew Petry

Partner, Simmons & Simmons
Andrew  Petry

Barney Coles

Principal, Clean Energy Infrastructure, Capital Dynamics Ltd
Barney Coles

Erik Jan Snik

Coordinator Public-Private Partnerships, Ministry of Finance, Netherlands
Erik Jan Snik

Femke Brenninkmeijer

Director Energy, Cargo & Offshore, Port of Amsterdam
Femke Brenninkmeijer

Jan Willem Rosingh

Owner, Perpetuum Energy Partners
Jan Willem Rosingh

Jeroen In t Veld

Director, Rebelgroup
Jeroen In t Veld

Jeroen Kies

Executive Director Structured Finance, SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch
Jeroen Kies

Jeroen Zanders

Vice President, Macquarie Capital
Jeroen Zanders

Joel Meggelaars

Senior Regulatory Affairs & Stakeholder Manager, Orsted
Joel Meggelaars

Johan Bel

PPP Manager Europe, BESIX Group
Johan Bel

Johan Reynaert

Senior Investment Manager, PMV NV
Johan Reynaert

Lisa McDermott

Executive Director, ABN AMRO Bank N.V
Lisa McDermott

Martijn Maandag

Director Due Diligence, DNV GL
Martijn Maandag

Mathias Pahlke

Head of Infrastructure Europe, NORD/LB
Mathias Pahlke

Michael Feith

Policy Advisor, DG ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
Michael Feith

Neal Erlenborn

Director Project Debt & Equity, Van Oord Finance BV
Neal Erlenborn

Peter Gopfert

Director, KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH
Peter  Gopfert

Rick Walters

Director Infrastructure , GRESB BV
Rick Walters

Ronald Gaultier

Vice President, Infrastructure Debt, Allianz Global Investors
Ronald Gaultier

Rutger te Grotenhuis

Managing Partner, Rebel Finance & Transactions BV
Rutger te Grotenhuis

Simon Eaves

Managing Director, Capital Dynamics Ltd
Simon Eaves

Tim De Knegt

Strategic Finance & Treasury, Port of Rotterdam
Tim De Knegt

Tim is a well-rounded finance professional with a track record of defining & implementing effective strategies, engaging teams and delivering transformational change. He has experience in multinational organizations, supported by excellent capabilities in cross functional / cultural cooperation and communication. As a young and dynamic senior executive he challenges and redefines the status quo. He has been very successful in several different industries and able to effectively act at different levels of the organization to stimulate a value driven culture.
He is currently responsible for a team of 15 Fte that run the Strategic Finance & Treasury activities at the Port of Rotterdam Group, these include but are not limited to Business Control, Governance and Management of subsidiaries, Investment & Portfolio Management, as well as the following Treasury functions: Payments & Cash management, Liquidity management, Corporate Finance, Investor Relations & Financial Risk Management.
He also promotes the Game Changing & Innovation community at Port of Rotterdam which stimulates internal as well as external innovation.
As Board Member for the WereldhavenDagen he is responsible for Finance & HR. Stichting WereldHavendagen organises a yearly event to promote the Port of Rotterdam, the companies in the port & industrial cluster to bring port and municipality closer together. An event to show the port to the public and allows them to take a look behind the scenes.

Specialties:
Treasury ( the full spectrum of Financial Risk Management, Cash & liquidity Management, Corporate Finance and Investor Relations), Management and Financial Control, (Strategic) Reporting & Intelligence, Governance, Investment & Portfolio Management, Large scale implementations and Innovation.
 

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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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