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Benelux Infrastructure Forum

SMi proudly presents the 15th Annual Benelux infrastructure Forum in November 2016! 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. New topic areas for 2016 include contract management, due diligence and learning how to meet financial close. There will also be brand new case studies including the Brabo 2 Antwerp Tram PPP project and updates on the A11 Brugge-Knokke Highway project and the Haren DBFM prison project. Other topic areas that will be built upon would be Institutional and insurance investors, alternative sources of finance, future risks, procurement and infrastructure debt.

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.

Testimonials from 2015:

‘Excellent and varied discussions’
‘Very interesting’
‘High quality presentations and audience


Day 1
8:30
Registration & Coffee
9:00
Chairman's Opening Remarks
Jeroen Kies, Assistant General Manager, SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch
9:10
Major trends and current developments with the project financing market
Jeroen Kies, Assistant General Manager, SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch
9:30
Dutch government overview: The current state of PPP in the Netherlands
Erik Jan Snik, Coordinator Public-Private Partnerships, Ministry of Finance, Netherlands
10:00
Exploring PPP in the Belgian market
Simon Verhoeven, Attorney, Equator
10:30
Morning Coffee
11:00
Financing the energy and infrastructure gap
Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital
11:40
Assessing the future role of renewables in the Benelux market
Nick Gardiner, Managing Director and Head of Offshore , Green Investment Bank
12:20
Case Study: A6 DBFM Project
Stijn Welage, Senior Investment Manager, John Laing
13:00
Networking lunch
14:00
Portfolio management & investment Strategies in a world in transition
Tim De Negt, Strategic Finance & Treasury, Port of Rotterdam
14:40
Nobelwind, the second phase of the Belwind offshore park.
Francois Vanleeuw, CEO, ParkWind
15:20
Afternoon Tea
15:50
Limmel Lock PPP project + Beatrix lock PPP project: Update of the projects, now in financial close
Philip Van Ginderachter , Head of Project Finance, KBC Bank N.V
16:30
IJmuiden sea lock expansion under PPP: Managing stakeholders for PPP success
Ewout Krijger, Executive Director for Infrastructure Project Finance, Rabobank
17:10
Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One
Day 2
8:30
Registration & Coffee
9:00
Chairman's Opening Remarks
Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital
9:10
The investment plan for Europe: Update on the Juncker plan
Giorgio Chiarion Casoni , Head of Unit, DG ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
9:50
EIB involvement and their role as catalyst for project funding
Peter Jacobs, Head of Project Finance Western Europe, European Investment Bank
10:30
The various financing options available: Is the funding market changing? : Roundtable Discussion
Lisa McDermott, Structured Debt, ABN AMRO Bank N.V
11:10
Morning Coffee
11:40
Investing in the Netherlands: An equity perspective
Stephane Duhr, Director, 3i
12:10
Stakeholder management in PPP contracts
Daphne Broerse, Managing Partner , Norton Rose
12:50
Networking Lunch
13:50
Contract management: Keeping everybody happy : Roundtable Discussion
Bruno Erbel, Investment Director, Marguerite Fund
14:30
Project risk management: Approach and developments
Remco Van Duuren, Finance Manager , Dura Vermeer Groep N.V.
15:10
Exploring the opportunities within the refinancing of PPPs
Laurens-Jan Sipma, Project Finance Manager, NWB Bank
15:50
Afternoon Tea
16:20
The structuring process from a sponsors’ view
Paolo Geurtsen, Director Project Finance, VolkerWessels
17:00
What are the global drivers for TMT assets (such as fibre networks and data centers)
Eelco Holst, Director Infrastructure Debt, Abn Amro Bank
17:40
Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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