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Offshore wind is one of the largest utility scale forms of renewable energy, and is becoming an integral part of the energy mix. Its traditionally long term stable cash flows underpinned by solid regulatory regimes have allowed the industry to increasingly attract infrastructure capital.

The offshore wind sector, however, is developing at an unprecedented pace. Subsidy levels have dropped dramatically in recent tenders, with new and ever larger turbines being developed and deployed.

This workshop will look at how these developments impact the attractiveness of the sector to the infrastructure financing community, and how to work around some of the challenges these developments have presented.

The workshop will be led by Amsterdam Capital Partners, a leading offshore wind financial advisor whose team has successfully structured and financed some of the largest and most complex offshore wind projects in Europe, and furthermore attracted new sources of capital into the sector, be it in the form of equity, subordinated or senior debt.

 


Co-hosted by:

  • Alexandra Nilsson, Partner, Amsterdam Capital Partners
  • Jan Peter Elffers, Partner, Amsterdam Capital Partners
  • Stephen van Os, Associate, Amsterdam Capital Partners
  • Lucas Kuijken, Associate, Amsterdam Capital Partners
  • For investors new to the offshore wind sector, this workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of the industry, its potential, challenges and capital requirements.
  • For established players in the arena, the workshop will be an excellent way to investigate how to remain involved in the rapidly changing regulatory environment.

Workshop LEADER

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Michael van der Heijden

Partner, Amsterdam Capital Partners

After over 15 years in banking and 5 years of managing an offshore wind development company, Michael co-founded Amscap together with Jan-Peter and Alexandra.

While at Amscap, Michael acted as project director for Merkur Offshore and was responsible for structuring and financing this EUR 1.8 billion project. Michael also put together the equity consortium and negotiated the equity documentation for Admiraal de Ruyter Windpark and Windpark Monarch, the two 700 MW offshore wind projects that participated in the Borssele offshore wind tenders in the Netherlands.

Before founding Amsterdam Capital Partners, Michael was the Managing Director at Typhoon Offshore, where he responsible for the successful structuring and arranging of the EUR 2.8 billion Gemini financing package. This included forming an equity consortium, placing the senior debt and raising over EUR 2 billion of project debt finance.

Prior to Typhoon Offshore, Michael spent 15 years in banking with Citi, Barclays Capital and Bank of America. While in banking, Michael set up a European origination function within a financial engineering team at Barclays Capital, and in 2005 joined Bank of America as co-head of origination in a similar team in London.

Michael holds a degree in Monetary Economics from the University of Groningen, and speaks several European languages.

Amsterdam Capital Partners

Amsterdam Capital Partners is specialized in financing renewable energy assets, and offshore wind in particular. It brings together a team of financial specialists in deal management and bringing large and complex projects with multiple stakeholders to financial close.

The team successfully led the EUR 1.6 billion financing of the 396 MW Merkur Offshore wind farm in Germany. Previous transactions, combined with the team's background have provided unique expertise and experience in the offshore wind sector.
 

Workshop programme

13:00 Registration & Coffee

13:30 Opening Remarks and Introductions

13:40 Equity - Tendering: How to prepare a competitive bid

Michael van der Heijden

Michael van der Heijden, Partner, Amsterdam Capital Partners
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Alexandra Nilsson

Alexandra Nilsson, Partner, Amsterdam Capital Partners

Jan Peter Elffers

Jan Peter Elffers, Partner, Amsterdam Capital Partners

14:10 Equity - Partnering: how to build a successful equity consortium

Michael van der Heijden

Michael van der Heijden, Partner, Amsterdam Capital Partners
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Alexandra Nilsson

Alexandra Nilsson, Partner, Amsterdam Capital Partners

Jan Peter Elffers

Jan Peter Elffers, Partner, Amsterdam Capital Partners

14:50 Afternoon Tea

15:20 Debt - Corporate finance or project finance

Michael van der Heijden

Michael van der Heijden, Partner, Amsterdam Capital Partners
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Alexandra Nilsson

Alexandra Nilsson, Partner, Amsterdam Capital Partners

Jan Peter Elffers

Jan Peter Elffers, Partner, Amsterdam Capital Partners

16:00 Debt (and equity) - Financing challenges

Michael van der Heijden

Michael van der Heijden, Partner, Amsterdam Capital Partners
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Alexandra Nilsson

Alexandra Nilsson, Partner, Amsterdam Capital Partners

Jan Peter Elffers

Jan Peter Elffers, Partner, Amsterdam Capital Partners

16:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and End of Workshop

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Piet Heinkade 11
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Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre

Rewarding its guests with a spectacular view over the city and river IJ from the 408 rooms, the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre offers a unique location. It lies within walking distance of the historical city centre of Amsterdam, Central Station and cultural hotspots. The hotel is easily reached from the highway and only 20 minutes from Schiphol Airport. With its 12 flexible and state-of-the-art meeting rooms with natural daylight and free internet, the hotel offers a perfect balance between business and leisure.

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