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Conference Documentation: Benelux Infrastructure Forum

Conference Documentation: Benelux Infrastructure Forum

Recent years have seen changes to way in which large scale infrastructure projects have been financed. While many projects still largely depend on long term bank debt, with the introduction of stiffer regulations, funding is also sought from other sources including private sector investing, project bonds, pension funds, government funding and institutional investors. These all have different criteria, however without these funding sources, the rapid rise in infrastructure developments in the Benelux area could not continue.

SMi are proud to present the industry leading 14th Annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum, 23rd-24th November 2015, Amsterdam. This year’s conference will examine hot new developments in the pipeline, including new ppp projects and the increasing focus on renewable energy ventures especially in relation to offshore wind and how these are funded. There will also be a focus on new and existing projects such UK Biomass Project, PPP in maritime and road infrastructure, flood infrastructure assets and much more!

Through a series of exciting case studies, presentations and panel discussions this premier event will allow unrivalled networking allowing for a gathering of industry’s infrastructure developers, investors, financiers & government agencies as they discuss and debate latest developments in the Benelux region.

This year’s conference will look at new pipeline opportunities in areas including:-

Evaluating mechanisms to procure infrastructure projects
Project bonds – what is happening and what does the future hold?
Reviewing smaller ppp projects and what lessons can be learned from them
Developments in public transport and funding for these projects
Project life cycle, value for money and risk management…what you need to know!

Testimonials include:

‘Excellent gathering’
‘Good content, good quality of speakers’


Day 1
8:30
Registration & Coffee
9:00
Chairman's Opening Remarks
Jeroen Kies, Assistant General Manager, Structured Finance Department, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch
9:10
Key developments and market overview in selected PPP markets
Frank Schramm, Co-CEO, BBGI S.A.
9:40
Investing in the Netherlands: an equity perspective
Stephane Duhr, Director, 3i
10:10
Offshore wind projects
Jeroen Kies, Assistant General Manager, Structured Finance Department, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch
10:40
Morning Coffee
11:10
Financing the energy and infrastructure gap
Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital
11:40
UK Biomass Project
Jan Willem Van Roggen, Managing Director, NIBC Bank N.V.
12:10
PPPs – Where are PPP structures being used now
Andrew Petry, Partner, Energy & Infrastructure Finance, Simmons & Simmons
12:40
Networking Lunch
13:40
Solutions for insurance industry
Bernward Kulle, Executive Board Member, ÖPP Deutschland AG (Partnerschaften Deutschland
14:10
Managing stakeholders for PPP success
Karel Joos, Partner, Interel Belgium
14:40
Infrastructure project success… can all stakeholders be winners?
Karel Joos, Partner, Interel Belgium
15:10
Risk management in Dutch DBFM(O) projects
Joris van Papenrecht, Commercial Director, BAM PPP The Netherlands and Belgium
15:40
Afternoon Tea
16:10
New projects, new risks, new mitigations
Roeland van der Zee, Senior Consultant, Aon Global Risk Consulting
16:40
Funding competitions - Pro's and Con's and best practices
Johan Mouraux, Partner, DLA Piper
17:10
Investing in Brownfield Infrastructure: A focus on the energy sector
Bruno Candes , Partner , Infravia
17:40
New funding opportunities for the Benelux market
Han Claessens, Senior Investment Manager, PGGM Investments
17:40
New funding opportunities for the Benelux market
Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital
17:40
New funding opportunities for the Benelux market
Bert Mulders, Associate Director, Infrastructure & Renewables, NIBC Bank
18:10
Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One
Day 2
8:30
Registration & Coffee
9:00
Chairman's Opening Remarks
Andrew Petry, Partner, Energy & Infrastructure Finance, Simmons & Simmons
9:10
The Investment Plan for Europe (the 'Juncker plan')
Dominik Zunt, Policy Officer, DG Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN), Finance, coordination with EIB Group, EBRD and IFIs, Financing of Climate Change, Infrastructure Policies and Euratom (ECFIN L3),, European Commission
9:50
The Belgian market: impact of ESA 2010
Professor Dr Steven Van Garsse, Manager, Department of Public Governance and the Chancellery, Flemish Government - Cluster Flemish Justice and Regulation - Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre
10:30
Morning Coffee
10:50
Financing transport infrastructure with EU financial instruments
Ian Conlon, Financial Instruments Team, Unit B4,, DG MOVE, European Commission
11:30
Dutch Locks, not only crucial for Holland’s waterway logistics, but also part of our heritage
Paolo Geurtsen, Director Project Finance, Treasury & Finance, VolkerWessels
12:10
Networking Lunch
13:10
Flood Infrastructure assets: what can we learn from The Netherlands?
Prof. Dr. Chris Zevenbergen, Strategic Advisor Of The Executive Board, Chair Flood Resilience Group UNESCO-IHE, Dura Vermeer Group NV, UNESCO-IHE and TuDelft
13:50
PPP in maritime and road infrastructure the Netherlands so far so good?
Rob Peters, Finance Manager, Rijkswaterstaat, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
14:30
The partnerships behind a PPP
Jeroen In t Veld, Director, Rebelgroup BV
15:10
Developments in the PPP market
Dominik Zunt, Policy Officer, DG Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN), Finance, coordination with EIB Group, EBRD and IFIs, Financing of Climate Change, Infrastructure Policies and Euratom (ECFIN L3),, European Commission
15:10
Developments in the PPP market
Roeland van der Zee, Senior Consultant, Aon Global Risk Consulting
15:50
Afternoon Tea
16:10
An Institutional Investor’s view on infrastructure debt
Francois Yves Gaudeul, Director, Infrastructure Debt, Allianz Global Investors
16:50
Strengths and weaknesses of the Institutional Investors in the current financing market
Benoit Theys, Head of Real Estate and PPP Finance, BNP Paribas Fortis Bank
17:30
Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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