SAE Media Group proudly presents the 15th Annual Benelux infrastructure Forum in November 2016! This year's meeting will bring together key professionals in the PPP, project financing and infrastructure sectors to discuss the latest issues and trends within the Benelux market. New topic areas for 2016 include contract management, due diligence and learning how to meet financial close. There will also be brand new case studies including the Brabo 2 Antwerp Tram PPP project and updates on the A11 Brugge-Knokke Highway project and the Haren DBFM prison project. Other topic areas that will be built upon would be Institutional and insurance investors, alternative sources of finance, future risks, procurement and infrastructure debt.

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 both the banks, constructors, institutional investors, lawyers and the regulators.

Testimonials from 2015:

‘Excellent and varied discussions’
‘Very interesting’
‘High quality presentations and audience

  • Join the only conference tailored to the specific issues that The Benelux region faces
  • Case study updates from major projects in the region including; renewables, maritime, public transport and social infrastructure schemes
  • 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
  • Exclusive networking opportunities with key opinion leaders and decision makers at the forefront of the Benelux region
  • Discover how to achieve financial close and successfully manage infrastructure project

Directors, VPs, Heads, Managers and Analysts of:

  • Finance
  • PPP/ PFI
  • Projects
  • Project finance
  • Infrastructure and renewables
  • Structured finance
  • Risk management
  • Insurance
  • Real estate
  • Global investment

From; Banks, Institutional Investors, Construction Companies, Regional/Local Councils, Government, Law Firms, Legal, Consultancy

3i; ABN AMRO Bank N.V; AG Real Estate; Allen & Overy L L P; Allen & Overy LLP; Allianz Global Investors; Aon EMEA North East; ARCADIS Nederland; Bayerische Landesbank; BDO Stoy Hayward; Belfius Bank; BNP Paribas ; Credit Agricole Indosuez; Dawasa; Deloitte; DEME; DG Infra; DIF; DLA Piper; EIB/ EPEC ; ; European Investment Bank; European Union Road Federation (ERF); Fitch Ratings Ltd; Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre; Infranode; InfraRed Capital Partners; ING Investment Management Europe; KBC; KBC Securities; KPMG Advisory; Macquarie Capital; Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited; Ministry of Finance, Netherlands; NautaDutilh; Nederlandse Waterschapsbank N.V.; NIBC Bank N.V.; NIBC Bank NV; NIBC Infrastructure Partners; Nord LB; NORD/LB; Norwegian Public Roads Administration; Operis Group plc; Oresundsbro Konsortiet; PGGM Investments; PMF Infrastructure Fund; Rijkswaterstaat; Simmons & Simmons; SMBC Europe Division; SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch; SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Ltd.; Steer Davies Gleave; Strukton Integrale Projecten; Van Oord Finance BV; VINCI Concessions; VolkerWessels

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Jeroen Kies

Jeroen Kies, Assistant General Manager, SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch

9:10 Major trends and current developments with the project financing market

Jeroen Kies

Jeroen Kies, Assistant General Manager, SMBC Europe Limited Amsterdam Branch

·          Insight into the typically closed Benelux market

o    Market snapshot

o    Where should investment be directed?

·          Looking at PPP and offshore wind

·          A view into adjacent sectors and the subsequent impacts on the project financing market

·          Conclusions and future projections  


9:30 Dutch government overview: The current state of PPP in the Netherlands

Erik Jan Snik

Erik Jan Snik, Coordinator Public-Private Partnerships, Ministry of Finance, Netherlands
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·          Outline of recent developments

·          An update on the PPP market in the Netherlands

·          Current and future projects

·          What measures have the Dutch Government taken to ensure the best deals for all parties


10:00 Exploring PPP in the Belgian market

Simon Verhoeven

Simon Verhoeven, Attorney, Equator

·          Brief overview of the most important PPP projects in financial close or construction

·          The current trends of the Belgian market

o    What are the obstacles preventing new infrastructure projects?

o    How can these be overcome?

·          Updates on legislation and process and evaluating their impacts on the PPP market


10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Risk Impact and lessons from SolvencyII

Roeland van der Zee

Roeland van der Zee, Senior Consultant, Aon

Solvency guidelines helpful for large projects
• Governance framework
• Financial plan and risk profile
• Stress testing and conclusions

Project Risk Management approach
• Methods of risk profiling
• Project Risks and Insurances
• Scenario Analysis for high impact risks 

11:40 Roundtable Discussion: Assessing the future role of renewables in the Benelux market

Nick Gardiner

Nick Gardiner, Managing Director and Head of Offshore , Green Investment Bank

·          What do you think explains the increased level of activity in the renewables market?

·          Will the recent delays to some projects have an effect on the upcoming pipeline?

·          What do you think the advantages and potential pitfalls of increased standardisation are?

·          How long will the rise of renewables last?

o    Could new areas of this sector take centre stage anytime soon?

o    Is there potential in tidal infrastructure?


12:20 Networking lunch

13:30 Portfolio management & investment Strategies in a world in transition

Tim De Knegt

Tim De Knegt, Strategic Finance & Treasury, Port of Rotterdam
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·          How to accommodate portfolio management for new- & old economy?

·          Use portfolio management to pursue strategic goals

·          Low rate environment: How we use the benefits?


14:10 Nobelwind, the second phase of the Belwind offshore park

Mathias Van Steenwinkel

Mathias Van Steenwinkel, Senior Business Development Analyst, ParkWind

·          Overview of project

o    Procurement procedures and compliance with directives

·          Financing structure

o    A look into the credit enhancement schemes

·          Challenges faced and how they were overcome

o    Insight in to the project bond solution

·          Lessons learned


14:50 Afternoon Tea

15:20 Limmel Lock PPP project + Beatrix lock PPP project: Update of the projects, now in financial close

Philip Van Ginderachter

Philip Van Ginderachter , Head of Project Finance, KBC Bank N.V

·          Comparison of the projects

o    Financing structure

o    Challenges faced and how they were overcome

o    Lessons learned

·          The current state of PPP procurement in the Netherlands

·          Tailoring in an evolving standardised approach


16:00 IJmuiden sea lock expansion under PPP: Managing stakeholders for PPP success

Ewout Krijger

Ewout Krijger, Executive Director for Infrastructure Project Finance, Rabobank

·           Overview of project

o    Financing structure

o    Challenges faced and how they were overcome

o    Lessons learned

·          The wants and needs of the different stakeholders

·          Defining success: What does this mean to each party involved


16:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Willem Stitselaar

Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital

9:10 The investment plan for Europe: Update on the Juncker plan

Giorgio Chiarion Casoni

Giorgio Chiarion Casoni , Head of Unit, DG ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
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·          European Fund for Strategy Investments (EFSI) – €315 billion of investment

·          Overview of the first 18 months of the Juncker plan

·          How to encourage more risk taking from investors

o    Assessing the opportunities available to investors

·          The overall impact of the investment plan


9:50 EIB involvement and their role as catalyst for project funding

Steef Thomassen

Steef Thomassen , Investment Manager, EIB

• EFSI - practical implementation

• Changes to the European funding landscape

• Assessing whether the steady market will continue: Benelux pipeline


10:30 The various project financing options available: Is the European funding market changing?

Lisa McDermott

Lisa McDermott, Executive Director, Structured Debt, ABN AMRO Bank N.V
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  • Overview of current non-recourse financing structures used 
    - Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of classic PF structures, bond structures, Holdco financing,etc.
    - An outline of various alternative funding structures
  • Financing trends - focus on reducing costs and improving returns
    - What are the key impacts on the financing terms and conditions of the latest funding structures
    - Evaluating variations in pricing and tenor
    - Latest innovations


    11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:40 Renewables / Offshore wind deals

    Willem Stitselaar

    Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital

    • Emerging trends

    • Recent case studies - offshore wind / biomass

    • Financing new technologies

    • Renewables in the Benelux

    • Future pipeline


    12:10 Stakeholder management in PPP contracts

    Daphne Broerse

    Daphne Broerse, Managing Partner , Norton Rose
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  • Overview UK, Germany and the Netherlands
  • Market experiences
  • Added value of risk allocation
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Contract management: Keeping everybody happy

    Bruno Erbel

    Bruno Erbel, Investment Director, Marguerite Fund
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    ·          The dynamics of working in a consortium

    o    The different wants and needs of each group

    o    Tendering requirements and consortium partners

    ·          The various mechanisms in place to mitigate the risk for each party

    ·          Opportunities and threats of different financing structures


    14:30 Project risk management: Approach and developments

    Remco Van Duuren

    Remco Van Duuren, Finance Manager , Dura Vermeer Groep N.V.

    ·          Design, Build, Finance, Maintain and Operate (DBFMO) contracts

    o    Will we see an increase in these type of projects?

    o    How will the various risks associated with them be managed?

    ·          Division of risk between procuring authority and contractor

    ·          Strategic partnerships


    15:10 Exploring the opportunities within the refinancing of PPPs

    Laurens-Jan Sipma

    Laurens-Jan Sipma, Project Finance Manager, NWB Bank

    ·          A look into when and why refinancing can be an attractive option for investors

    ·          An exploration into the various structures available

    ·          Comparing advantages and disadvantages for Sponsors related to these structures


    15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 The structuring process from a sponsors’ view

    Paolo Geurtsen

    Paolo Geurtsen, Director Project Finance, VolkerWessels
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    ·          Financial Institutions moving towards becoming niche players (either long term or short term lending)

    ·          Cherry picking, ‘I’ll have some of that…, but please play nice with my other lenders’

    ·          Roles of relationship banks

    ·          Refinancing gains? Should they play a role in structuring?


    17:00 What are the global drivers for TMT assets (such as fibre networks and data centers)

    Eelco Holst

    Eelco Holst, Director Infrastructure Debt, Abn Amro Bank

    ·          Why we are comfortable with the stable low risk economics of these assets on the long run?

    ·          How these projects offer investors interesting infrastructure risk/returns?

    ·          What are the key risks in these projects?

    o    In depth case studies

    ·          How to finance TMT projects (such as data centres, fibre networks etc)


    17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two



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    Preliminary List of Attending Organisations 2016


    Benelux Infrastructure Forum 2015 List of Attendees by organisation, job title and country



    Norton Rose Fulbright


    Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have 3800 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare.

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    European Sting

    Official Online Media Partners

    The European Sting is the new online, Brussels based, European media that was born to bring a different critical and truly independent angle to European News and Affairs. The Sting is giving every day the fierce fight for a better and stronger European Union through constructive criticism and unique insights. We are treating daily in a unique way European Politics, Economics, Foreign Affairs, Business and ICT Agenda. We are committed to bridge the gap between Brussels and the EU member states by freely voicing the views of every European citizen. Tired of reading the basics? Visit http://www.europeansting.com and be part of the Hive that disrupts European Media.

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    Property Funds World


    Property Funds World is the property fund industry’s leading portal on news and topical features, including updates on new fund launches, investment trends, regulatory news and distribution strategies, and a regular series of market surveys and fund manager interviews. Property Funds World produces a free weekly and a daily newsletter covering essential news and features within the property fund industry as well as an extensive special reports series.

    Click here to access www.propertyfundsworld.com

    Resource Investing News


    Resource Investing News is the part of the Investing News Network that focuses on the world of resource exploration and mining. We bring you unbiased, independent news and information for investors, miners and end users interested in resources. The Investing News Network® (INN) is a rapidly growing network of focused publications. Our mission is to become the world’s number one source of independent, unbiased news and education helping investors realize their financial goals. To be internationally respected for our integrity, our people and our commitment to excellence. And to create an environment where sophisticated investors can understand and connect directly with trusted organizations and businesses. Questions? Contact info@investingnewsnetwork.com or call 604-688-8231 http://resourceinvestingnews.com

    International Comparative Legal Guides


    The International Comparative Legal Guides (ICLG) provide current and practical comparative legal information on 39 practice areas, including project finance, insurance and real estate. The Guides follow a Q&A format to ensure thorough coverage of each topic within different legal systems worldwide - www.iclg.co.uk

    The Strategic View


    The Strategic View series provides expert perspective and insight from leading international lawyers, covering topical issues in a range of practice areas through an accessible and engaging interview-style format - www.strategicview.co.uk



    Hedgeweek is the hedge fund industry’s leading portal on news and topical features = including updates on new fund launches, investment trends, regulatory news and distribution strategies, and a regular series of market surveys and fund manager interviews. Hedgeweek produces a free weekly and a daily newsletter covering essential news and features within the Hedge Fund industry.

    Click here to access www.hedgeweek.com

    Institutional Asset Manager


    Institutionalassetmanager is a news and information and fund data service for institutional investors and institutional asset managers focusing on the traditional asset management sector worldwide. Institutionalassetmanager offers a daily newsletter service and a full web site.

    Click here to access www.institutionalassetmanager.co.uk

    Commercial Dispute Revolution News


    Commercial Dispute Resolution (CDR) is a unique magazine for litigation and arbitration professionals worldwide. CDR provides critical business intelligence with strategy and analysis on the latest trends and developments in dispute resolution practice - www.cdr-news.co.uk

    International Comparative Legal Guides


    The ICLG series provides current and practical comparative legal information on a range of practice areas. Our comprehensive guides follow a question and answer format to ensure thorough coverage of each topic within different legal systems worldwide. Each guide draws together the collective expertise of our contributors to provide a valuable and convenient resource, updated annually. The ICLG series provides a practical insight for general counsel, government agencies and private practice lawyers keeping them abreast of law and policy globally.

    ETF Express


    ETF Express is the ETF’s industry’s leading portal on news and topical features, including updates on new fund launches, investment trends, regulatory news and distribution strategies, and a regular series of market surveys and product profiles. ETF Express produces a free daily newsletter covering essential news and features within the exchange traded funds industry and a series of special reports.

    Click here to access www.etfexpress.com



    Wealthadviser offers investment fund news and information, research and fund data for wealth advisers and private banks working in the advisory industry around the world. Wealthadviser offers a daily newsletter service and a full web site with fund data designed to help wealth advisers.

    Click here to access Wealthadviser.co

    Private Equity Wire


    Private Equity Wire is the private equity industry’s leading portal on news and topical features, including updates on new fund launches, investment trends, regulatory news and distribution strategies, and a regular series of market surveys and product profiles. Private Equity Wire produces a free daily newsletter covering essential news and features within the private equity industry and a series of special reports.

    Click here to access www.privateequitywire.co.uk

    Centrum PPP


    Centrum PPP is a non-profit NGO launched in 2008 by public and private entities – including: banks, law firms, consulting companies, construction firms, regional development agencies, foundations, associations, chambers and business agencies – in order to create and develop polish PPP market.

    FAM Fuerzas Militares


    Ikonos Press is a international publishing company dedicated to Defence Communication. We work with the main international defence companies and MoD around the world, participating in the main internacional defence fairs. We publish the next magazines:

    FAM-Fuerzas Militares: the best selling defence magazine in Spanish language. Distributed in Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

    FAM-World Naval Forces: Special edition magazine in English to be distributed in the main international naval fairs.

    FAM-World Military Forces: Special edition magazine in English to be distributed in the main international air/defence fairs. WWW.FUERZASMILITARES.COM

    EPPPL – European Procurement and Public Private Partnership Law Review


    The European Procurement and Public Private Partnership Law Review (EPPPL) is a peer-reviewed journal that provides detailed coverage on EU and national legislation and regulation governing Public Procurement and PPPs, the major legal and policy instrument of public sector management. EPPPL authors offer their insight, analysis, and interpretation of the latest in Public Procurement and PPP, including: the implementation of EU rules in the Member States, the interpretation of EU and national policy initiatives, and the interaction of Procurement mechanisms with the award and formation of PPPs. More information about EPPPL is available on www.lexxion.eu/epppl

    Global Banking and Finance Review


    Global Banking & Finance Review is a leading Online and Print Magazine, which has evolved from the growing need to have a more balanced view, for informative and independent news within the financial community. Our experienced contributors provide this quality and in-depth insight in a clear and concise way, providing leading players and key figures with up to date information within the finance sector.. Read in over 200 different countries and ranked below 15,000 globally by Alexa across billions of websites. To find out more, visit us at http://www.globalbankingandfinance.com

    Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre

    Piet Heinkade 11
    Amsterdam 1019 BR

    Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre

    Rewarding its guests with a spectacular view over the city and river IJ from the 408 rooms, the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre offers a unique location. It lies within walking distance of the historical city centre of Amsterdam, Central Station and cultural hotspots. The hotel is easily reached from the highway and only 20 minutes from Schiphol Airport. With its 12 flexible and state-of-the-art meeting rooms with natural daylight and free internet, the hotel offers a perfect balance between business and leisure.



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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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