SAE Media Group proudly introduces the 16th Annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum in November 2017, returning to Amsterdam!

This year's conference will present the latest opinions within the infrastructure market from key professionals in PPP, project financing and future market sectors such as renewable energy ventures. Through discussions on the latest infrastructure projects in the region, informative presentations and networking opportunities, this premier event will provide an unrivalled gathering of industry’s infrastructure developers, investors, financiers & government agencies in the Benelux region.

The Forum will provide insight into the recent changes of project financing for infrastructure in the Benelux area and evaluate the new mechanisms of investment such as debt financing, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), refinancing projects and subsidies such as the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Other new topics for this year include looking at the challenges of project risk in new markets for enticing investors; issues of increasingly greener regulations on slowing progress for projects; lessons learnt from outside of Benelux such as from the Calais Harbour expansion project; a look into future markets and where investment could be heading such as energy storage, offshore wind and geothermal energy projects; and a detailed look at international investment into Benelux infrastructure. 

The conference has established itself as the industry-leading event for the Benelux region and will provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn and network amongst senior executives in this thriving industry. The Benelux Infrastructure Forum is the only place to meet the major players within this industry from banks, constructors and institutional investors to the lawyers and the regulators.

•Join the only conference tailored to the specific issues that the Benelux region faces

Case study updates from major projects in the region including; the Port of Antwerp and Calais Harbour
•Explore the different financing models and mitigate various risks for mega projects to ensure success
•Benchmark against other major EU infrastructure projects for best practice and optimal model
Discover what investors are looking for and what the future infrastructure market could look like
Exclusive networking opportunities with key opinion leaders and decision makers at the forefront of the Benelux region


Previous Attending Organisations: 

3i; Abn Amro Bank; ABN AMRO Bank N.V; Allen & Overy L L P; Allen & Overy LLP; Allianz Global Investors; ALTIUS - Law Firm; Aon EMEA North East; BAM PPP; Bayerische Landesbank; Bilfinger; Bouwfonds Investment Management; Credit Agricole Indosuez; Deka Bank; DEME; DG ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL AFFAIRS ; Diepenhorst de Vos en Partners (DVP); Dura Vermeer Groep N.V.; EIB/ EPEC ; Ejigbo Local Counci Development Area; Equator; Green Investment Bank; Gulermak Heavy Industries; IIFS; KBC; KBC Bank N.V; KPMG Advisory; Liedekerke ; Macquarie Capital; Marguerite Fund; Mazars; Ministry of Finance, Netherlands; NautaDutilh N.V.; Nord LB; Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale; Norton Rose; Norton Rose Fulbright LLP; NWB Bank; Oresundsbro Konsortiet; ParkWind; PMV ; Port of Rotterdam; Rabobank; SMBC Europe Division; SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch; Van Oord; VolkerWessels

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Willem Stitselaar

Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Head of Energy and Infrastructure Benelux, Macquarie Capital
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9:10 Opening Address

Willem Stitselaar

Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Head of Energy and Infrastructure Benelux, Macquarie Capital
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  • Major trends and the latest developments in the Benelux market
  • Developments in renewable projects in the Benelux
  • New territories for offshore wind
  • Asia and the United States
  • Trends in new technologies
  • Floating wind and Tidal
  • Project financing for alternative energy
  • Battery Storage
  • The future for Benelux project development
  • 9:40 Panel Discussion

  • Recent increase in deployment of grid-connected batteries that should reduce fossil-fuel reliance
  • Energy Storage Systems (ESS) are the missing link from wind and solar energy infrastructure
  • Challenges of innovating ahead of regulator expectations
  • Advantages of subsidies and the future battle to maintain these
  • A consequence of meeting increasing energy demand and decarbonisation of economies
  • Lessons from current and past ESS and the bankability and profitability of these as examples of financial models for the future
  • Andrew  Petry

    Andrew Petry, Partner, Simmons & Simmons
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    Lisa McDermott

    Lisa McDermott, Executive Director, Structured Debt, ABN Amro Bank N.V
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    James Adams

    James Adams, Managing Director, Alexa Capital
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    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Achieving optimal profitability and project success from alternative infrastructure projects outside Private-Public Partnerships (PPP)

    Mathias Pahlke

    Mathias Pahlke, Head of Infrastructure , Nord LB
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  • Outline of viable developments in the infrastructure sector and prospective investment opportunities through upcoming asset classes
  • Energy storage
  • Data centres
  • Fibre networks
  • Practical advice on mitigating niche-market risks by acknowledging risk profiles and allocation
  • Comparison of these markets and considering if these are alternative investments
  • Considerations for the future outlook of infrastructure projects outside of PPP by highlighting the challenges of improving awareness and information for alternative market entry

    11:40 Challenges and opportunities for investors in the Belgian PPP and Renewable market

    Mark Hillewaere

    Mark Hillewaere, Fund Manager, PMV Fund Management

  • Infrastructure needs provided through Government actions
  • Solvency II
  • New vehicles in infrastructure
  • From project pipelines to realization
  • Challenges for projects
  • ESA (European System of Accounts) neutrality
  • Public support mechanism in renewables
  • Beyond the traditional opportunities in the infrastructure market
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Optimal use of funding regulations and avoiding regulatory disincentives

    Alistair Perkins

    Alistair Perkins, Head of Project Finance, NN Investment Partners B.V
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  • Regulations often create barriers that constrain long-term investment
  • Failure to appropriately tailor regulations can close off opportunities
  • Regulations can be an effective tool for creating financial stability and restoring and maintaining confidence in the financial markets and not always seen as negative
  • When it functions to enable long-term investment, it can pave the way for citizens to meet their future financial needs
  • Need for standardization in the Benelux to create positive impact
  • Rules should be tailored to the investor
  • Decision-makers should avoid unduly burdensome regulations
  • Discussion on Solvency II
  • 13:40 The Dutch Authorities "wants and needs" for PPP projects

    Zeeger de Jongh

    Zeeger de Jongh , Partner, Allen & Overy LLP
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    14:00 Project financing of wind parks that cannot rely on subsidies

    Marinus Winters

    Marinus Winters, Counsel, Allen & Overy LLP
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    14:30 Discussing green financing for green investment portfolios

    Edwin van Veenhuizen

    Edwin van Veenhuizen, Business Manager Structure Finance and Public Sector, BNG bank
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  • Facilitating the transition to renewable energy
  • Supporting green investments in energy transitions with subordinated debt
  • Common standards and issuing principles
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Institutional investor favourability of 'built assets' and project refinancing

    Benoit Theys

    Benoit Theys, Real Estate PPP Finance Manager, AG Real Estate
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  • Restraints for institutional investors in taking new project risks
  • Competition in the market
  • Freezing of decisions on large-scale road, rail and energy projects by governments since the financial crisis
  • Decreasing margins on projects
  • Liquidity of assets
  • Not only quantity of projects, but equally quality
  • Built assets such as airports and toll roads deliver steady income streams, providing investment insurance
  • Outlining alternative market strategies for institutional investors to succeed against a harsher infrastructure climate
  • 16:00 Case-study: Bond financing of the Calais Harbour Expansion

    Francois Yves Gaudeul

    Francois Yves Gaudeul, Director, Infrastructure Debt, Allianz Global Investors
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  • Calais Harbour Expansion: an essential project for a strategic port
  • Discussion on the few challenges that needed to be addressed
  • Solutions to some of the challenges:
  • A project structure based on a balanced relationship between the stakeholders
  • A robust and innovative financing through bond issuance through the Project Bond Credit Enhancement (PBCE) scheme 
  • 16:30 Managing equity investments in infrastructure

    Willem Jansonius

    Willem Jansonius, Partner, DIF

  • Funding sources
  • Equity cycles
  • Market trends
  • New markets
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Willem Stitselaar

    Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Head of Energy and Infrastructure Benelux, Macquarie Capital
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    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Zeeger de Jongh

    Zeeger de Jongh , Partner, Allen & Overy LLP
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    9:10 Keynote Address

    Nigel Slater

    Nigel Slater, Managing Director, Green Investment Group

  • How offshore wind has developed into a mature sector for the investment market
  • Factors that have already heralded the strong and enduring growth in offshore wind
  • The changing face of the investor market in offshore wind
  • Perspectives from the privatization process of the Green Investment Bank on transitioning into the global market
  • Outlining the inward and outward flow of offshore wind projects funded by foreign investment, including Canada and Japan
  • What conditions do you need to improve the appeal of the Benelux to attract and engage foreign investment
  • Adjusting investment strategies for a world in transition
  • 9:50 Panel Discussion

  • Addressing the importance of offshore wind to the energy future and energy security of Europe
  • Good auction design and implementation are vital to the allocation of tracts and to the ultimate success of wind energy policy
  • Effects of network constraints and grid stability
  • Water depth; wind quality; bottom conditions; location; system integration costs
  • Competitive bidding phenomenon
  • Need to encourage diversification through the current momentum of SME's (small and medium-sized enterprises)
  • Lessons learnt: case studies of recent offshore wind tender systems and auction processes
  • Boris Balan

    Boris Balan, Vice President, Europe, Northland Power
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    Martin In de Braekt

    Martin In de Braekt, Lawyer, Stibbe
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    Werner Runge

    Werner Runge, Partner, Allen & Overy LLP
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    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 An update on the status of offshore wind tenders and perspectives on the market outlook

    Frank Janse

    Frank Janse, Associate, Green Giraffe

    11:30 Public-private partnership (PPP) in wind

    12:00 Project Finance markets other than Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and offshore wind

    Jeroen Kies

    Jeroen Kies, Head of Project Finance Benelux, SMBC Europe

  • Considerations of what are alternative markets
  • What alternative markets do we see outside of Benelux?
  • Which of these alternative markets would be suitable for the Benelux market?
  • What are the major trends for the upcoming years?
  • Summary of which way alternative markets are expected to develop
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Investing in Benelux: An equity investors perspectives on PPP

    Stephane Duhr

    Stephane Duhr, Director, 3i
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  • 3i's experience in projects and core infrastructure
  • Secondary PPP market
  • Lessons learnt from projects gone wrong
  • Opportunity to promote PPP in new Dutch sectors
  • 13:50 Major infrastructure project developments: Challenges and opportunities from a global contractor point of view

    Steven Bouckaert

    Steven Bouckaert, Deputy General Manager, DEME
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  • Different risk profiles and different models
  • PPP or concession
  • Key challenges
  • Key success factors
  • Practical cases
  • 14:25 Case Study: Amsterdam Court House

    Benjamin Hemming

    Benjamin Hemming, Senior Investment Manager Infrastructure Debt, MEAG MUNICH ERGO Asset Management GmbH
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  • Innovative PPP financing scheme including long-term institutional loans next to construction-related bank loans and public sector operational financing
  • MEAG's assessment of construction risks from a re-insurance perspective
  • Benefits and challenges of hybrid financing solutions
  • The financing scheme
  • Is this a template for future PPP deals in the Netherlands?
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:15 Update on the Investment Plan for Europe

    Michael Feith

    Michael Feith, Policy Officer, Directorate-General Economic and Financial Affairs
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    15:55 Initial findings from the European Union's High-Level Task Force (HLTF) on European financing policy in the social infrastructure sectors

    Helmut von Glasenapp

    Helmut von Glasenapp, Secretary-General, European Long-Term Investors Association
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  • Outlining the need for the Task Force and addressing the context of social infrastructure issues
  • Details of the stakeholders involved and the set-up of the Task Force
  • Structure of the HLTF's research
  • Explanations of the findings from the research to date
  • Recommendations for the next steps for key players in the infrastructure industry as a result of the findings
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Zeeger de Jongh

    Zeeger de Jongh , Partner, Allen & Overy LLP
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    Head of Project Finance
    NN Investment Partners B.V
    Simmons & Simmons
    Senior Investment Manager Infrastructure Debt
    MEAG MUNICH ERGO Asset Management GmbH
    Real Estate PPP Finance Manager
    AG Real Estate
    Vice President, Europe
    Northland Power
    Business Manager Structure Finance and Public Sector
    BNG bank
    Director, Infrastructure Debt
    Allianz Global Investors
    Green Giraffe
    European Long-Term Investors Association
    Managing Director
    Alexa Capital
    Head of Project Finance Benelux
    SMBC Europe
    Executive Director, Structured Debt
    ABN Amro Bank N.V
    Allen & Overy LLP
    Fund Manager
    PMV Fund Management
    Head of Infrastructure
    Nord LB
    Policy Officer
    Directorate-General Economic and Financial Affairs
    Managing Director
    Green Investment Group
    Deputy General Manager
    Allen & Overy LLP
    Managing Director, Head of Energy and Infrastructure Benelux
    Macquarie Capital
    Allen & Overy LLP

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    An Interview with Secretary General of the European Investors Association


    Past Presentation 2016


    Benelux Infrastructure Forum - Past Attendee List


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    Movenpick Hotel Meeting Centre 2

    The conference will be organized in Meeting Centre 2, which is located in the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. When you enter the PTA, take the escalator upstairs and turn right.
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