Financial Models for PPP/PFI need to be more robust than ever and yet continue to retain flexibility and reliability. SAE Media Group’s 12th annual conference will offer you critical insights into how models are used and perceived by all project players.

With the economy heading towards growth, financial institutions have never been under greater scrutiny to provide the most efficient and cost effective models possible. With this added pressure in mind the conference will assist and direct you in making the right decisions, at the right time - for you. By considering the expectations of the key stakeholders this event will offer an invaluable look into the next generation of financial models and will be an unmissable conference for the industry. 

No other conference offers such a comprehensive overview of financial modelling for the sector; accompanied by two associated workshops offering technical lessons in modelling skills, this event will truly provide a thorough and invaluable insight into the modelling industry.


HEAR from key project stakeholders on their successful use of financial models


LEARN how the modelling industry is adapting and evolving to cope with new challenges


DISCUSS your expectations of you financial model with other industry figures


GAIN modelling skills and decision making techniques


NETWORK with leading industry figures

This conference is ideal for those involved in all stages of PPP/PFI development projects and need to develop their understanding of getting the most out of a financial model. Attendees should include:

  • Council Rperesentaives including Heads of PPP and Project Finance Officers
  • Project Developers
  • PPP/PFI Lenders
  • PPP/PFI Investors
  • Financial Modellers
  • Financial Advisory firms

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Kenny Whitelaw-Jones

Kenny Whitelaw-Jones, Director, Financial Mechanics

9:10 Keynote Address

Hugo Teixiera

Hugo Teixiera, Director, Credit Analysis & Decision Structure Finance, WestLB AG

·                 Brief summary of recent events (credit crunch, liquidity, ...)

·                 Increased complexity of financing structures (e.g. "Soft" mini-perms)

·                 Increased focus of decision makers on robust financial models

·                 Financial models to adapt to new requirements

9:50 Time to Grow Up, Time to Raise Modelling Standards

Morten Siersted

Morten Siersted, CEO, F1F9

·          Current generally accepted best practice

·          The case for a more prescriptive modelling approach

·          The FAST modelling method

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Financial Model Audit

Jerome Brice

Jerome Brice, Partner, Project Finance, Mazars

·          What is a model audit, and what does the auditor do?

·          What is the current thinking on best approaches to ensuring financial model accuracy?

·          What is the role of the model auditor post financial close?

·          How can the public as well as private sector can best benefit from a model audit?

11:40 Choosing Your Model Auditor

Andy  Hucknall

Andy Hucknall, Associate Director, PKF (UK) LLP

·          Assurance rather than insurance;

·          Understand their methodology;

·          Do they provide the full service you require?

·          Agreeing the right scope for you.

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 A Lenders Expectation of a Model

Gurjit Orjela

Gurjit Orjela, Project Financier, Bank of Ireland

·                 Clear

·                 Comprehensive

·                 Flexible

13:50 Project Developers Expectation of Their Financial Model

Mzia Makharadze

Mzia Makharadze, Advisory, ECA & Environmental Projects, SMBC Europe Limited

·          Financial model - clear, concise, flexible tool for analyses and decision making



·          Reflecting requirements of each project sponsor in the model

·          Running reference case and sensitivity analyses

·          Communicating results effectively with sponsors

14:30 Afternoon Tea

15:00 What do Lenders do with Financial Models?

15:30 Case Study – Applying a Model to Different Projects

Maggie  Rafalowicz

Maggie Rafalowicz , Assistant Director, Strategy & Regeneration , Brent London Borough Council

·                 Overview of London Borough of Brent’s aims for future projects

·                 Non HRA housing

·                 Leisure

·                 Street lighting

16:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Morten Siersted

Morten Siersted, CEO, F1F9

9:10 Keynote Address

Kenny Whitelaw-Jones

Kenny Whitelaw-Jones, Director, Financial Mechanics

  • Bad design is everywhere
  • Financial Modelling: comparison of design approaches
  • Structure factors of the Financial Modelling industry
  • 9:50 Modelling tax and accounting for PPP/PFI Projects

    Stewart  Rolls

    Stewart Rolls, Associate Director, Corporate Finance, KPMG

    ·          Tax and accounting principles that apply to PPP/PFI

    ·          Approach to modelling and common errors

    ·          Differences across sectors

    ·          IFRS vs. GAAP – implications for bidders

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Optimising Models

    Penelope Anne Lynch

    Penelope Anne Lynch, Senior Consultant, Lynch Financial Modelling

    ·                 What can optimisation achieve

    ·                 Understanding the targets and constraints

    ·                 Handling circularity

    ·                 Looking for the simplest solution

    ·                 How clever can it get?

    ·                 Is there a downside to highly optimised bids?

    11:40 Project Optimization through Financial Models and Tailor-made User Interfaces

    Yann  Pleindoux

    Yann Pleindoux , , RebelGroup Advisory

    ·          Different type of models at different project stages, going from input-based to output-based models

    ·          Identifying the critical parameters for optimization

    ·          Designing and ergonomic and flexible user interface = the “Cockpit”

    ·          The key of efficient Cockpit structure

    ·          How to build optimizers

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Operational Models

    David  Scrivens

    David Scrivens, Director , Clubfinance Ltd

  • The need for operational models
  • The benefits of operational models
  • Common issues for operational contracts
  • Implementing operational models
  • 14:00 Modelling Power Markets

    Nazim Osmancik

    Nazim Osmancik, Head of Energy Analytics, IPA Economics

  • Power Market Modelling
  • Challenges and Issues
  • The ECLIPSE® Platform
  • Sample Outputs
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 Critical Review of Models for PPP

    Colin Ratcliffe

    Colin Ratcliffe, Senior Auditor, National Audit Office

    ·                 Where has modeling gone wrong?

    ·                 Can we get back on track?

    ·                 Will confidence be restored to modeling tools?

    ·                 What does the future hold?

    15:40 Avoiding Project Collapse

    Jimmy McGuinness

    Jimmy McGuinness, PPP Project Manager, East Lothian Council

    ·         Consequences of project collapse

    ·         Developing trusting partnerships

    ·         Implementing greater diligence earlier

    ·         Money matters

    16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Afternoon Tea



    PFI / PPP Financial Modelling For Bids

    PFI / PPP Financial Modelling For Bids

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James
    2 March 2010
    London, United Kingdom

    Optimisation of PPP and PFI models

    Optimisation of PPP and PFI models

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James
    2 March 2010
    London, United Kingdom

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

    Buckingham Gate 45/51
    London SW1E 6AF
    United Kingdom

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James



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