SAE Media Group’s 7th annual Benelux PPP Forum conference will update you with the latest developments and current projects across Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg, conversely with the future prospects of the industry. As the markets develop and mature and PPP becomes a viable funding method the need for an informative event is growing and our Benleux PPP Forum will deliver a comprehensive update on the current outlook and future PPP prospects.  
This conference gathers experts and is led by key professionals in the PPP sector covering a selection of topics including case studies on accommodation and transport. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to network with fellow specialists and benchmark your business against your peers.

Benefits of attending include:
  • Learn about leading PPP case-studies from those directly involved
  • Expand your knowledge and understanding of PPP projects in the Benelux region
  • Hear sector updates from education, accommodation, transport and infrastructure
  • Discover the latest contractual and legal developments across the region
  • Understand recent funding issues closely linked to PPP

Exclusive presentations from industry experts including:

  • Pieter van Marken, Head of Department PPP & Asset management, Ministry of Finance - Netherlands
  • Dr Steven Van Garsse, Manager, Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre – Vlaams Kenniscentrum PPS
  • Wim Leendertse, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Transport - Netherlands
  • Christophe Nicodeme, Director General, European Road Federation (ERF)
  • Kees van Oosteren, Project Manager, Strukton Integrale Projecten
  • Roel Scholten, Director, NedMobiel
  • Hans Claessens, Managing Director, Infrastructure Finance and Advisory, ING Bank
  • Marco Schweer, Manager, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  • Cheryl Fisher, Deputy head of Division, European Investment Bank
  • Bert Hofstee, Senior Executive, Babcock & Brown
  • Yves Brosens, Bart Koolhaas, Partner, DLA Piper

You will benefit from attending this event if you have a key interest in the Private Public Partnership sector. Typical job titles of attendee delegates at  last years conference included:
  • Project Director
  • Partner
  • Managing Director
  • Manager
  • Consultant
  • Lawyer
  • Director of Marketing
  • Investment Manager

Last years delegates included:

  • Allen & Overy L L P
  • International Road Federation
  • Deloitte Enterprise Risk Services
  • Bank of Ireland    
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • FSA
  • Banque LBLux
  • BNG
  • Colas Rail
  • Dexia B I L
  •  VINCI Concessions
  •  Aon Risk Consultants
  •  Rijksgebouwendienst (Government Buidling Agency)
  •  I K B Deutsche Industriebank A G

For Speaking opportunities please contact Dulween Bal at dbal@SAE Media Group-online.co.uk

For Sponsorship opportunities please contact Michael Knowles at mknowles@SAE Media Group-online.co.uk

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Martin  van der Does de Bye

Martin van der Does de Bye, Director RebelGroup Advisory / PPP Project Leader, Project Mainportcorridor South (PMZ)

9:10 Overview: The PPP market in The Netherlands region

Pieter van Marken

Pieter van Marken, Head of Department PPP & Asset Management, Ministry of Finance

  • Key Projects Overview
  • Key PPP Developments
  • Conclusion
  • 9:50 Flemish market Overview: Trends, Projects and Framework

    Steven Van Garsse

    Steven Van Garsse, Manager, Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre

  • Flemish PPP introduction
  • What projects are in the pipeline
  • Types of PPP
  • New standards for PPP-projects
  • DBFM handbook
  • The use of market consultations
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Market developments in The Netherlands

    Roel Scholten

    Roel Scholten, Managing Director, Nedmobiel

  • The use of unsolicited proposals in the PPP market
  • Overview and present state of some of the more concrete projects we are involved in
  • Opportunities from incorporating the M&R risk in the SPV
  • 11:40 PPP & The wider Infrastructure market

    Errol Scholten

    Errol Scholten, Investment Director, NIBC European Infrastructure Fund

  • Comparison between PPP and other infrastructure assets
  • Infrastructure funds' criteria
  • Different countries and different approachs
  • Changing investment landscape
  • Changing risk-reward trade off

  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Benelux projects in a European context: A lenders view

    Han Claessens

    Han Claessens, Managing Director, Infrastructure Finance and Advisory, ING Bank

  • Dutch transportation projects
  • Dutch accommodation projects
  • Standard PPP projects in Belgium
  • Non standard PPP projects in Belgium
  • 14:30 Deal flow and Current projects

    Marco Schweer

    Marco Schweer, Manager, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

  • SMBC's involvement with PPP’s in the Benelux region
  • Current deal flow in Benelux
  • Case Study: Rotterdam Detention Centre
  • 15:10 TEN –T Infrastructure Financing

    Christophe  Nicodème

    Christophe Nicodème, Director General, International Road Federation

  • Completing the TEN-T
  • Financing the TEN-T
  • Investing in our road network
  • PPP strategy for road infrastructure
  • Long term financing of road maintenance
  • User’s charging
  • 15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 Public Private Partnership in the pre-transaction phase of Project Mainportcorridor South (PMZ)

    Martin  van der Does de Bye

    Martin van der Does de Bye, Director RebelGroup Advisory / PPP Project Leader, Project Mainportcorridor South (PMZ)

  • Objective of Project Mainportcorridor South
  • Joined Fact Finding: public private co-operation in an early phase
  • Market Consultation: objectives, process, results
  • Critical Success factors from the public and private sector’s point of view:
  • Opportunities and Threats related to early market involvement: financial, economical and political
  • Benchmarking other projects Benelux: lessons learned
  • 17:00 The Infrabel PPP-Project Liefkenshoek Rail

    Marc Smeets

    Marc Smeets, General Manager, Finance & Admin, Infrabel

  • Economic importance for the harbour
  • The financing of the project
  • The allocation of risks
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Rob Oudman

    Rob Oudman, Senior Executive, Babcock & Brown Ltd

    9:10 CASE STUDY: Northern Diablo Project, Belgium

    Bert Hofstee

    Bert Hofstee, Senior Executive, Babcock & Brown Ltd

  • Project history and Overview
  • Project structure
  • Babcock & Brown's involvement in the project
  • Current status
  • Construction and operation of asset
  • 9:50 Ministry view: Use of PPP's to deliver Dutch Infrastructure

    Wim Leendertse

    Wim Leendertse, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Transport & Public Works

  • Government policy
  • Experiences in general
  • The Afsluitdijk case
  • Lesson’s learned
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 CASE STUDY: Amsterdam Coentunnel Project (II)

    Frank Keizer

    Frank Keizer, Project Director, Coentunnel Company

  • Coentunnel Introduction/Background
  • Tender procedure: competitive dialogue
  • Where the project is now: start-up issues
  • Looking to the future: the next steps for Coentunnel Company and the client
  • 11:40 Infrastructure and Acquisitions

    Erik Naafs

    Erik Naafs, Director, Dutch Infrastructure Fund

  • Project Investments in PPP (Current Infrastructure Funds)
  • Infrastructure Acquisition
  • Flemish PMV developed DBM+F model for smaller road schemes
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 CASE STUDY: PPP Housing - IB Groep and Regional Tax Office Groningen

    Kees van  Oosteren

    Kees van Oosteren, Project Director, Strukton Integrale Projecten BV

  • One of the first large accommodation projects for government buildings that is being procured through a Public Private Partnership (PPP).
  • A landmark building for the city of Groningen.
  • The project includes an underground parking garage, a large public city garden with pond and a multifunctional pavilion for commercial use
  • How is sustainability incorporated integrally in the design?
  • How is the vulnerable ecology in the nearby forest taken into consideration?
  • How can you offer high quality, sustainable solutions within budget?
  • 14:30 Legal Overview Benelux Market

  • Benelux PPP market overview
  • Belgium projects -  Diabolo, Oosterweel, Brabo I, Schools
  • The Netherlands projects -  Second Coentunnel, N 31, Schools, Barracks
  • Standardisation and legal elements affecting the market
  • What the future holds for PPP projects
  • Yves Brosens

    Yves Brosens, Partner (Brussels), DLA Piper

    Bart Koolhaas

    Bart Koolhaas, Senior Associate (Amsterdam), DLA Piper

    15:10 European Defence Industrial Strategy

    Ulf Hammarström

    Ulf Hammarström, Director of Industry and Market, European Defence Agency

  • Identifying key industrial capabilities
  • Supporting small and medium-sized Enterprises
  • Developing competition in the European defence   
  • Equipment Market (EDEM)
  • Level playing field and offsets in the EDEM
  • 15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of conference

    16:00 Afternoon Tea



    Risk Management of Public Private Partnerships

    Risk Management of Public Private Partnerships

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - Le Palace
    26th November 2008
    Brussels, Belgium

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - Le Palace

    Rue Gineste, 3
    Brussels 1210

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - Le Palace



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