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SMi Group will be proudly hosting the 17th annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum in Amsterdam on the 21st and 22nd November 2018.

This year's conference will present the latest opinions on 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, the Forum will provide an unrivalled gathering of Benelux infrastructure developers, investors, financiers, and government agencies in the region.

The Forum will provide insight into the recent trends in project financing for infrastructure in the Benelux area and evaluate new mechanisms of investment such as debt financing, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), institutional investment, and refinancing projects, a detailed look at international investment into Benelux infrastructure, and exploring further investment opportunities in renewable energy sources.

This year's Forum will also include further opportunities to participate in debates and discussions. We will be hosting panels and roundtables throughout the day to encourage idea exchanges and debates regarding issues and solutions to infrastructure in the region and the opening of the market towards renewable energy.

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.

  • The only conference tailored to the specific infrastructure issues that the Benelux region faces
  • Case study updates from major projects in the region, including the Ijmuiden Sea Lock and the Borssele Wind Farm
  • Insight into the recent trends in project financing for infrastructure in the Benelux area
  • Evaluate new mechanisms of investment such as green bonds, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), institutional investment, and refinancing projects
  • A detailed look at international investment into Benelux infrastructure
  • Discover further investment opportunities in renewable energy sources
  • Exclusive networking opportunities with key investment 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

Zeeger de Jongh

Zeeger de Jongh , Partner, Allen & Overy LLP

9:10 Value Enhancement of an Offshore Wind Project

Bruno Erbel

Bruno Erbel, Investment Director, Marguerite Fund

  • Development Phase optimizations
  • Construction period improvements
  • Value enhancements throughout the operational phase
  • Example of the C-Power Offshore Wind Farm
  • 9:50 Panel Discussion: The Way Forward for Renewable Energy in the Benelux Region

  • Creating innovative solutions to renewable infrastructure challenges
  • Increasing power generation for sustainable energy flows
  • Lowering dependency on traditional energy sources
  • Lisa McDermott

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

    Bruno Erbel

    Bruno Erbel, Investment Director, Marguerite Fund

    Marie de Graaf

    Marie de Graaf, Head of Business Development, Orsted

    Jorn Leeuwendal

    Jorn Leeuwendal, Director, Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale London Branch

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Session Reserved for Allen & Overy

    11:40 Supporting Green Energy Transition in the Benelux Region

    Marie de Graaf

    Marie de Graaf, Head of Business Development, Orsted

  • Supplying renewable energy to the Netherlands: Borssele Wind Farms
  • Securing continued financing for renewable energy projects
  • Diversifying funding sources over time to minimise re-financing risk
  • Allocating excess liquidity in subsidiaries to group parent
  • Achieving the 2025 goal: 11-12GW installed offshore capacity
  • 12:20 Green Bond Financing

    Joop Hessels

    Joop Hessels, Executive Director, Head of Green Bonds, ABN AMRO Bank N.V

  • Financing large and sustainable investments in the Benelux Region
  • Overcoming challenges to green infrastructure projects
  • Refinancing sustainable real estate: mortgages for energy-efficient
  • homes and loans for solar panels
  • Increasing transparency for investment managers: increasing impact reports
  • Creating positive returns for a positive effect on sustainability
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Exploring Novel EU Financing Options for Infrastructure Projects in the Benelux Region

    Michael Feith

    Michael Feith, Policy Advisor, DG ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL AFFAIRS

  • European Fund for Strategic Investments, 2nd generation
  • Shortfalls in investment transparency
  • Strategic investments outlook
  • After 2021: EU Considerations on project funding in the next budgetary term
  • 14:30 Exploring Senior Infrastructure Debt for Social Infrastructure Projects

    Mathias Pahlke

    Mathias Pahlke, Head Of Infrastructure, Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale London Branch

  • Tailoring financial choice depending on the project variations
  • Standardising transaction reports to increase infrastructure efficiency
  • Case study (to be confirmed)
  • Support to higher risk projects with greater social returns
  • 15:00 Financing Small and Medium Sized Energy Projects

    Johan Swager

    Johan Swager, Fund Manager, Meewind

  • The difference between the champions league (offshore wind) and third class amateurs (local projects)
  • Investing in geothermal energy, heat/cold storage, green gas, local sun and wind
  • How to deal with farmers, gardeners, local energy cooperatives, cowboys and corporates without local sensitivity
  • Building local partnership and participation
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 The Growing Role of Institutional Investors in Infrastructure Debt

    Francois Yves Gaudeul

    Francois Yves Gaudeul, Director, Infrastructure Debt, Allianz Global Investors

  • Why do they invest in infrastructure debt?
  • How do they invest in that asset class?
  • Main challenges (procurement, regulation, tax, etc.) and recommendations
  • Views on the Benelux market
  • 16:30 Panel Discussion: PPP as the Main Solution to Infrastructure Financing

  • PPP to prove the most sustainable way forward?
  • Securing the energy networks of the Benelux region
  • Maximising sustainable infrastructure schemes
  • Benoit Theys

    Benoit Theys, Head of Infrastructure Debt, AG Insurance

    Francois Yves Gaudeul

    Francois Yves Gaudeul, Director, Infrastructure Debt, Allianz Global Investors

    Mathias Pahlke

    Mathias Pahlke, Head Of Infrastructure, Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale London Branch

    17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Zeeger de Jongh

    Zeeger de Jongh , Partner, Allen & Overy LLP

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Jeroen Kies

    Jeroen Kies, Assistant General Manager, SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch

    9:10 Managing Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Financing Regulations with EU and Non-EU Investors

    Benjamin Hemming

    Benjamin Hemming, Senior Investment Manager Infrastructure Debt, MEAG MUNICH ERGO Kapitalanlagegesellschaft mbH

  • Handling liquidity and fund allocation for local infrastructure projects
  • Monitoring non-EU institutional funding for regional plans
  • Korean investments into Benelux projects
  • Increasing compliance with regional regulatory controls
  • Following market trends and increasing bank-institutional investment partnerships
  • 9:40 EIB support to infra investment in Benelux

    Alessandro Izzo

    Alessandro Izzo, Head of Division, Project Finance Western Europe, European Investment Bank

    • Brief introduction of EIB
    • 2018-2019 pipeline
    • Projects expected to benefit from EIB support
    • EIB project cycle – case study
    • EIBs future role in Benelux PPP
    • EIBs future role in Benelux offshore wind
    • Other EIB project finance activities
    • Closing remarks

    10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Intercreditor Issues in the Financing of PPP Projects

    Benoit Theys

    Benoit Theys, Head of Infrastructure Debt, AG Insurance

  • More and more players in the market, alongside the banks
  • Fixed rate lenders vs floating rate lenders
  • Issues with EIB
  • Issues with the Contracting Authorities
  • 11:30 Benelux Infrastructure and Green Energy Projects

    Willem Stitselaar

    Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital

  • Views on onshore and offshore energy projects in Benelux
  • The Benelux pipeline of Green investment projects
  • A case for building out sustainable and green road maintenance PPPs
  • 12:10 Growing Potential and Trends for Infrastructure Investments in the Benelux Region

    Alistair Perkins

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

  • Exploring PPPs in the Netherlands
  • Upcoming projects Belgium
  • Project finance and business models for district heating
  • Accommodating for energy source replacements
  • Minimising regulatory control through Private Placement (PP)s
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    13:40 Green Energy Projects in the Benelux Region: the Markbygden Wind Farm

    Andrew  Petry

    Andrew Petry, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

  • Leading green energy
  • Investing in the onshore wind industry to generate further funding lead flows
  • Case study: the Markbygden On-Shore Wind Farm
  • 14:10 Offshore Wind Risk Management: How risky is it to not understand your risks?

    John MacAskill

    John MacAskill, Director, Offshore Wind Consultants Limited

  • The wide variance in how people approach risk management and contingency sizing
  • Good and bad examples we have seen on offshore wind projects
  • Recommended good practices and some tips for investors
  • Floating Wind - lessons learned
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Financing the IJmuiden for the Next 100 Years

    Willem Jansonius

    Willem Jansonius, Partner, DIF

  • Increasing accessibility to the Port of Amsterdam through updated mechanisms
  • Stimulating the local economy with more space for increasing ship numbers
  • Contracting out to construction companies to ensure expert delivery
  • Financing the new lock: combining pension funds with independent investors
  • 15:40 Panel Discussion: Increasing Performance, Managing Risks, and Lowering Costs

  • Strong financial backing from insurance partners to ease stakeholders’ minds
  • Factors used to evaluate risk and price determination for offshore wind farms
  • Cutting installation times to lower costs and risks during construction phases
  • Alessandro Izzo

    Alessandro Izzo, Head of Division, Project Finance Western Europe, European Investment Bank

    Andrew  Petry

    Andrew Petry, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

    John MacAskill

    John MacAskill, Director, Offshore Wind Consultants Limited

    Willem Jansonius

    Willem Jansonius, Partner, DIF

    16:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Jeroen Kies

    Jeroen Kies, Assistant General Manager, SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch

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

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