With less financing from the private sector, infrastructure projects are relying on different sources of investment from public financing, pension funds and international investors. PPP needs to attract money from alternative sources and may turn to international investors. With the infrastructure sector developing in and around the Benelux region, find out what challenges were faced, how these were overcome and the future outlook of the infrastructure market.

This year's Benelux Infrastructure Forum will bring together key professionals in the PPP, maintenance and infrastructure sectors to discuss the latest issues and trends in the infrastructure sector

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

• Learn about leading PPP case-studies from the Benelux region
• Expand your knowledge on institutional financing and recent developments
• Hear directly from the European Road Federation (ERF)
• Discover the latest contractual and legal developments across the region
• Understand recent funding issues closely linked to PPP
• Network with industry experts and key opinion leaders within the Benelux region

Directors of Finance; Directors of PPP/PFI projects; Vice Presidents; PPP/PFI Project Managers for Council projects; Government financial employees i.e., Chief Executive of HM Treasury; Chief Executives of finance departments; Heads of national banks; Modelling software sellers; Financial education; Law firms; Consultancies; Construction; Insurance companies

Addleshaw Goddard; Allen & Overy; Allen & Overy L L P; Allianz Global Investors; Aon EMEA North East; Arcadis; BAM PPP Nederland; Banque L B Lux S A; Banque LBLux; Barclays; Bayerische Landesbank; Belfius Bank; BNP Paribas Fortis Bank; Capita Symonds; Centrum PPP; Cross Israel Highway Ltd; Dexia Bank Belgium; DG Infra; DIF; DLA Piper; Eiser Infrastructure; European Investment Bank; European Union Road Federation (ERF); Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre; Gobierno Vasco; Houthoff Buruma; International Project Finance Association; John Laing Integrated Services; Kapsch TrafficCom; KBC Bank N.V; Laga; Lloyds Bank International; Macquarie Capital; MBIA UK Insurance Ltd ; Ministry of Finance, Netherlands; N I B Capital Bank N V; NautaDutilh; NedMobiel; NIBC; NORD/LB; NTMA; NV Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten; Oeresundsbro Konsortiet; Stibbe; Strukton Integrale Projecten; Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC); Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), Amsterdam; VINCI Concessions; VolkerInfra;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Willem Stitselaar

Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital

9:10 Bank, bond and hybrids - a market overview

Willem Stitselaar

Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital

  • Current trends in financing PPPs globally
  • Zooming into the Benelux market – recent deals
  • What can we expect in the next couple of years?
  • 9:50 The current state of PPP in the Netherlands – the authority perspective

  • An update of the PPP market in the Netherlands
  • Current and future projects
  • What measures are the Dutch Government taking
  • Erik Jan Snik

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

    Marloes Gorgels

    Marloes Gorgels, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Netherlands

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 PPP in the Flemish market

    Steven Van Garsse

    Steven Van Garsse, Manager, Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre

  • Brief overview of the most important PPP projects & pipeline
  • Current trends
  • Ex ante value for money scan
  • Ex post evaluations of ongoing PPPs
  • 11:40 Benelux funding markets from various perspectives

    Jeroen Kies

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

  • Sources of liquidity
  • Products offered
  • Varying requirements
  • Pros and Cons
  • Volatility in the markets
  • The new standard?
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Institutional financing of Infrastructure Projects: The way forward

    Jan Willem Van Roggen

    Jan Willem Van Roggen, Managing Director, NIBC Bank N.V.

  • How the Government can support institutional financing
  • What could banks do to support Institutions into this new market place
  • Main differences between traditional bank financing and institutional financing
  • 14:10 Practical issues and propositions for involving institutional investors in infrastructure finance

    Johan Mouraux

    Johan Mouraux, Partner, DLA Piper

  • Issues raised by various models ("bank-style" institutional term sheets, "bank-fronted" financing, project bonds, other models envisaged in the Benelux and elsewhere)
  • Make-whole formula's
  • Combining bank financing and institutional investor financing
  • Possible solutions for the controlling creditor issue in bond financing
  • 14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 Contractor’s position in DBFM procurement procedures

    Erik Naafs

    Erik Naafs, PPP Director, VolkerInfra

  • Risks borne by the contractor in the execution of an agreement
  • Asymmetrical position client - contractor
  • Risk of delay to execution and the consequences
  • RWS approach to risk management plans
  • 16:00 Financing a PPP project

    Thibaut Willems

    Thibaut Willems, Counsel, NautaDutilh

  • Bankability of a project
  • Bank vs. bond financing
  • Short term vs. long term
  • Recent trends in Benelux market
  • 16:40 Panel Discussion: The various financing options for new infrastructure projects in a changing funding market

    Willem Stitselaar

    Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital

    Jeroen Kies

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

    Han Claessens

    Han Claessens, Senior Investment Manager, PGGM

    Franky  De Wispelaere

    Franky De Wispelaere, Head Infrastructure Project Finance EMEA region, BNP Paribas

    17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Willem Stitselaar

    Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Christophe  Nicodème

    Christophe Nicodème, Director General, European Union Road Federation (ERF)

    9:10 Institutional Investors: some feedback on the first year of active involvement

    Benoit Theys

    Benoit Theys, Head of Real Estate and PPP Finance, AG Real Estate

  • Achievements of Institutional Investors
  • Collaboration between banks and Institutional Investors
  • How are the Institutional Investors perceived by the Sponsors?
  • Which expectations for the next year?
  • 9:50 Investing in infrastructure in Benelux: an equity perspective

    Stephane Duhr

    Stephane Duhr, Director, 3i

  • Attractions of the Benelux Social Infra market
  • Challenges for equity investors
  • Departures from other PFI markets
  • Importance of senior debt availability
  • Key equity risks
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Financial Model Audit for Benelux procurements

    Rob van Veen

    Rob van Veen, Manager Project Finance , Mazars

  • Why does model audit matter, where does it fit, and what are typical model audit requirements during a PPP procurement in the Benelux?
  • From the perspective of procurer, equity and senior funder;
  • At each stage of the procurement process
  • Comparison of approaches used by model auditors to meet these requirements
  • Suggestions for getting financial models right first time and how to get the best out of your model auditor
  • 11:40 Road Asset Management – Necessity for a long-term investment and financing policy of the road infrastructure

    Christophe  Nicodème

    Christophe Nicodème, Director General, European Union Road Federation (ERF)

  • The value of roads as an asset
  • Backlog of outstanding road maintenance and deterioration of the road network
  • Life cycle approach and road asset management solutions
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Trends and Developments in the Dutch market

    Zeeger de Jongh

    Zeeger de Jongh , Partner, Allen & Overy

  • Pipeline of projects
  • Current state of the model contracts
  • Early Contractor Involvement
  • 14:10 International School Eindhoven: Rescuing a project in default

    Errol Scholten

    Errol Scholten, Director PPP Assets, Strukton Integrale Projecten

  • Introduction to the project
  • Unique features in the structure of a locally driven PPP
  • Default of major Project Parties
  • Taking over a project in distress
  • New structure and reflection on old structure
  • 14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 Project Risk Management – approach and developments

    Roeland van der Zee

    Roeland van der Zee, Senior Consultant, Aon Global Risk Consulting

  • Major damage events and their influence on insurability
  • Uniformity in risk information / risk matrices
  • Similarities and differences in construction and infra risks
  • 16:00 P4: Public Private People Partnership – why citizens increasingly have the last word on PPP and how to cope with it

    Karel Joos

    Karel Joos, Partner, Interel Belgium

  • Stakeholder resistance: where does it come from?
  • How does it endanger the success of PPPs?
  • What can private companies do to minimise or neutralise this resistance?
  • 16:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Christophe  Nicodème

    Christophe Nicodème, Director General, European Union Road Federation (ERF)


    Managing Director
    Macquarie Capital
    Director General
    European Union Road Federation (ERF)
    Allen & Overy
    Director PPP Assets
    Strukton Integrale Projecten
    PPP Director
    Senior Investment Manager
    Coordinator Public-Private Partnerships
    Ministry of Finance, Netherlands
    Head Infrastructure Project Finance EMEA region
    BNP Paribas
    Manager Project Finance
    Senior Advisor
    Ministry of Finance, Netherlands
    Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre
    Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), Amsterdam
    Managing Director
    NIBC Bank N.V.
    DLA Piper
    Senior Consultant
    Aon Global Risk Consulting
    Interel Belgium
    Head of Real Estate and PPP Finance
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