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It is our pleasure to invite you to attend SMi’s 4th Annual Debt and Equity financing of PFI projects conference. It offers investors in PFI projects the chance to learn about the different mechanisms of financing open to them. This unique conference will explore both debt and equity funding as well as assessing lease and bond finance and taking a look at the issues associated with long term project funding. It will be informative, stimulating and focused.

As a senior industry executive, you will be aware of the importance and potential of this field. We would therefore like to invite you to register for SMi’s Debt and Equity financing for PFI projects. As you will see from the brochure, key speakers include representatives from the many banks and funders involved in the PFI/PPP market.

The conference offers you the opportunity to network with key industry experts. Attend to discover the potential and realities of debt and equity funding for PFI projects.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Hamid Yunis

Hamid Yunis, Partner, Davies Arnold Coopers


Johannes Derksen

Johannes Derksen, Managing Director, Newcourt Capital Europe

  • Where is institutional investor participation most useful - Debt; Subordinated debt; Equity
  • How do investment conditions compare with bank sources
  • How to deal with multiple institutional investors in a single transaction
  • Maturity and cash flow preferences preferred by institutional investors

    Joseph Philipsz

    Joseph Philipsz, Director, Noble and Co

  • Ensuring the demonstration of sufficient risk transfer
  • Examining who owns the asset; who owns the risk
  • The view on equity financing and the motivating role it plays
  • Examining the Public Sector Comparator and the savings gained through PFI
  • How Value For Money can be successfully achieved

    Chris O’Gorman

    Chris O’Gorman, Head of Project Finance, Dai-Ichi Kango Bank

  • Advantages to Welsh Office of using debt financing to develop DBFO Road projects through the PFI
  • Examining the benefits and shortfalls of Syndicated debt financing
  • Benefits of involving the EIB in a PFI project
  • Risk transfer in a DBFO Road Project

    Jeremy Tilford

    Jeremy Tilford, Director, Norwich Union Public Private Partnerships Fund

  • Transferring the lessons of a large projects to small projects
  • Funding issues for smaller deals
  • Utilising the expertise learnt from larger projects into harnessing smaller PFI projects
  • Traditional project financing and smaller project financing deals
  • The advantages and disadvantages of smaller projects
  • Putting theory into practice - Working with smaller projects
  • 12:40 Lunch


    David Borthwick

    David Borthwick, Consultant, Sedgwick Bank Risk Services

  • Understanding the risk profile of the PFI project
  • How can a credit rating help with the financing of PFI projects?
  • Pricing risk transfer
  • Allocation of risk between the public and private sectors
  • Handling uncertainty about the impact of future business scenarios
  • 14:40 DEBT FINANCE

    Ceri Richards

    Ceri Richards, Head of PFI and Public Sector, Paribas

  • Marrying up debt profiles to the right project
  • Capital market debt and syndicated loan funding
  • Sources of funds - subordinated debt and senior debt
  • Categories of borrowing - looking at securities and bond issues
  • Defining the best form of interest
  • IOU’s in PFI debt financing
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea


    Jo Elliot

    Jo Elliot, Chief Executive, Quayle Munro

  • Identifying the issues involved when funding a schools project
  • Six extra factors to consider with bundled schools projects
  • Examining the credit ratings and risk assessment for an education PFI project
  • Payment mechanisms and their impact on risk transfer
  • Income revenue streams from the project and constraints from the client side
  • Contract terms and the impact that they have on repayment terms and style of financing
  • 16:20 ASSET FUNDS

    Craig Pickering

    Craig Pickering, Head of Asset Finance, Finance and Leasing Association

  • Outlining the advantages of using asset finance for PFI projects
  • Advantages for using asset finance in PFI projects
  • What are the risks and rewards of using lease finance for PFI projects
  • Satisfying the value for money requirements through lease finance
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remark’s and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Stephen Levy

    Stephen Levy, Partner, Hammonds and Suddards

    9:10 CASE STUDY

    Jason Russell

    Jason Russell, Associate Director, SG

  • The Almond Valley and Seafield project; the first water UK PFI Bond
  • Structuring the transaction
  • Mezzanine debt in conjunction with a bond issue
  • Making Capital market based transactions flexible

    Shirley Smith

    Shirley Smith, Partner, Donaldsons

  • Assessing new ways of approaching the financing of PFI projects
  • Developing a PFI company - Allowing the private sector to take responsibility for capital funds
  • Taking the consortium approach further
  • Allowing financiers and contractors the ability to provide and fund multi-activity contracts
  • Added value - Gaining core skills, financial and business development
  • Gaining higher return on investment, decreased costs and better value

    Keith Martin

    Keith Martin, Director, London Financial Group

  • What drives equity finance
  • Measuring the robustness of a project
  • How to structure indexation risks
  • Mezzanine versus loan stock verses share capital
  • Who are the equity investors and what do they want?
  • Optimising risk transfer against equity pricing

    Anthony Sykes

    Anthony Sykes, Deputy General Manager, Sumitomo Bank

  • Ensuring sufficient risk transfer is passed between the public and private sector; ensure the project as viable as a PFI deal
  • Coping with investment uncertainties when developing PFI projects
  • Intercreditor issues - Who gets what when and why
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 ADVISORS

    Janet Baker

    Janet Baker, Partner, PA Consulting

  • The need for advisors and accountants for financing PFI projects
  • Finding the right advisor - Asking the right questions
  • The skills to look for in a potential advisors
  • Understanding the mechanics of deal structuring
  • Looking at funding proposals
  • Combination of advisors

    Mike Dwan

    Mike Dwan, Managing Director, North Consulting

  • The progress of funding within the PFI
  • Accelerating the funding process of the public sector using debt and equity funding
  • Assessing how the initiative has changed under Labour
  • The development of PFI companies to ensure the funding process moves effectively
  • The criteria needed from funding for infrastructure development
  • 12:40 Lunch


    Michael Davis

    Michael Davis, Group Managing Director, RCO Support Services

  • Advantages to NHS Trusts using debt and equity financing to develop healthcare through the PFI
  • Affordability issues for NHS projects
  • Examining the benefits and shortfalls of debt and equity financing
  • Examining the financing and cost issues when evaluating consortia’s bids
  • Ensuring the sufficient transferral of risk to the private sector to protected the public sector
  • Demonstrating Value for Money for NHS Trusts when using the PFI

    Ian Blake

    Ian Blake, Partner, Drivers Jonas

  • Investment characteristics of PFI property assets
  • Who is in the market and what are their objectives
  • Understanding the transaction
  • Market liquidity, how will it be achieved

    Bruce Johnston

    Bruce Johnston, Partner, Project Finance Group, Wilde Sapte

  • How does mezzanine debt work in a PFI contract
  • Why does it work as a financing method for PFI projects
  • Providing PFI projects with a halfway house between debt and equity for PFI projects
  • Limits of mezzanine finance
  • The feel of the market - how is this style of finance beginning to take hold in the market
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea


    Jimmy James

    Jimmy James, Chairman, Crosher and James Capital Ventures

  • Longer maturities -Outlining the advantages of using lease finance for PFI projects
  • Leasing finance for small and medium projects
  • Optimising capital allowances to allow leasing companies to provide competitive finance for PFI projects
  • Allowing leasing to provide competitive finance to both public and private sector
  • 16:30 THE WAY AHEAD

    Mike O' Connor

    Mike O' Connor, Joint Head of PFI, Addleshaw Booth and Co

  • The future of the capital market
  • The pros and cons of debt and equity financing
  • The emergence of PFI owner-operators
  • Understanding the best finance packages
  • The pros and cons of debt and equity financing for PFI projects
  • The current and future trends within PFI projects for funding mechanisms
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference


    The Berners Hotel

    Bernets Street
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