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Benelux Infrastructure Forum 2011


Following on from the outstanding success of last year’s event SAE Media Group’s Benelux Infrastructure Forum 2011 returns to provide an unmissable opportunity to analyse the key developments in the Benelux infrastructure sector and what they mean for your organisation.

Key case studies, expert insight and an unmissable opportunity to network with the leading industry figures, as well as perspectives and analysis from every aspect of infrastructure will be covered; from legal and insurance to construction and financing as well as Government opinion on the key issues.

The conference has established itself as the industry-leading event for the Benelux region, providing an unparalleled opportunity to learn and network from the most senior level delegates across all aspects of the infrastructure community.  



Key Topics Covered:

·         The prospects of infrastructure financing in 2012


·         The developments of PPP projects in the current economic climate


·         What is the future for Public Private Partnerships in the Benelux region?


·         Numerous case studies and firsthand accounts on the largest PPP projects in the region


·         The state of Design, Build, Fiannce and Maintain (DBFM) and the importance of new model contracts





Heads, Managers & Directors of:



Construction Companies

Law Firms


PPP Investment Funds

Infrastructure Maintenance Companies

Insurance Companies



Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Refreshments

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Bartosz Mysiorski

Bartosz Mysiorski, PPP Specialist, Centrum PPP

9:10 An update of the PPP market in the Netherlands

Erik Jan Snik

Erik Jan Snik, Coordinator Public Private Partnerships, Ministry of Finance, Netherlands

  • What is the PPP climate in the Netherlands in these times of economic crisis
  • How the new Dutch Cabinet views PPP and which measures it will take
  • How can pension funds play a role in the financing of PPP
  • 9:50 Future Infrastructure Financing

    Willem Stitselaar

    Willem Stitselaar, Associate Director, Macquarie Capital

  • PPPs
  • Energy Networks
  • Hybrids
  • 10:30 Morning Refreshments

    11:00 An update of the Flemish and Belgian PPP Market

    Steven Van Garsse

    Steven Van Garsse, Manager, Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre

  • How the Belgian governments' view PPP
  • Legislative changes and other government initiatives to facilitate PPP
  • Overview of projects
  • 11:40 Long term financing for Infrastructure Projects: Constraints and Solutions

    Benoit Theys

    Benoit Theys, Director, BNP Paribas Fortis Bank

  • Evolution of the market
  • Changes bought in by Basle III
  • Solutions to the problems of financing long term projects
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Alternative forms of financing for PPPs in Belgium

    14:00 Solutions to facilitate Bond Financing for investment grade infrastructure

    Francois Gaudeul

    Francois Gaudeul, Director, MBIA UK Insurance

  • Solutions to the difficulties faced by institutional investors in the analysis and due diligence of the projects, and in the negotiation of the documentation
  • Regulatory treatment of project bonds, with a particular focus on Solvency 2
  • Issues arising from the tendering processes, and recommendations on how projects should be tendered in order to facilitate the implementation of bond solutions
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 PPP Prisons

    Philippe Rapin

    Philippe Rapin, PPP Technical Advisory, Mott MacDonald Ltd

  • Belgium prisons
  • Justice
  • Risk sharing compared to other countries
  • 15:45 The Emerging PPP Market

    Tomasz  Korczynski

    Tomasz Korczynski, Attorney at Law - Senior Associate, Wierzbowski Eversheds

  • The nature of emerging markets
  • Converting opportunities to Contracts
  • Case Study- the emerging Polish Market
  • 16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    16:30 Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Refreshments

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Bartosz Mysiorski

    Bartosz Mysiorski, PPP Specialist, Centrum PPP

    9:10 Bankability of PPP Projects Post-Credit Crunch

    Ernst Janzen

    Ernst Janzen, Associate Director, Infrastructure and Renewables, NIBC

  • Perceived quality of the Benelux PPP contacts
  • The need for additional structural features following the credit crunch
  • Government guarantees and other forms of government support
  • Participation of authorities in the funding of projects
  • Impact on the tender process
  • 9:50 Infrastructure and the Search for Yield

    Chrisbert Van Kooten

    Chrisbert Van Kooten, Investment Director, DG Infra

  • Investor focus on yield
  • Development of infra dept funds
  • Alignment of fund structures to yield
  • 10:30 Speed Networking

    10:50 Morning Refreshments

    11:10 Changing Infrastructure Investors Appetites

    Yves Brosens

    Yves Brosens, Partner, D L A Piper UK

  • Development of the infrastructure market
  • Sector Focus
  • Country Focus
  • Limited partner's behaviour
  • Fund Managers new world
  • 11:50 The New Model DBFM

    Jeroen in 't Veld

    Jeroen in 't Veld, Managing Director , RebelGroup Advisory

  • A brief overview of the most important PPP projects
  • Current trends
  • Lessons to learn
  • Issues to consider
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Benelux public and private market trends seen from an international lender's perspective

    Jeroen Kies

    Jeroen Kies, Manager, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), Amsterdam

  • Relevant market trends in the public and private sector
  • Look at the Netherlands and Belgium in the DBFM (O) PPP sector
  • Comment on these trends from an international market lenders perspective
  • 14:05 What is an Energy Service Company (ESCo)

    Rutger Beekhof

    Rutger Beekhof, Financial Manager , Strukton Integrale Projecten

  • Background and contract structure Energy Service Company project
  • Energy savings and maintenance
  • Saving energy in three steps
  • How to finance an ESCo?
  • Case Study- Municipality of Rotterdam: Sustainable and durable swimming pools
  • Future initiatives and applicability of the ESCo concept
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Project Finance in the Renewable Sector

    Koen Panis

    Koen Panis, Senior Associate, Loyens & Loeff

  • What can regulators do to ensure that the Energy 2020 targets are achieved?
  • Financing Solar Projects
  • Financing Offshore Wind projects in Belgium
  • 15:45 The Legal Dimension to the Benelux Market

  • Understanding the legal issues
  • A legal Project Finance update
  • Utilizing the equity and debt capital techniques
  • Bart  Wilton

    Bart Wilton, Attorney at Law - Senior Associate , Nautadutilh

    Thibaut Willems

    Thibaut Willems, Attorney at Law - Senior Associate , NautaDutilh

    16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    16:30 Close of Day Two


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