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Over the last couple of years Ireland has seen several PPP projects shelved due to cutbacks related to changes in the economy and the recession. With new investment deals and sources of finance from the European Investment Bank, the PPP market within Ireland is set to improve.

The Infrastructure Finance Forum Ireland will give delegates an overview of the most recent developments in PPP, exploring alternative sources of finance for infrastructure finance such as the use of pension funds and institutional financing. Case studies on infrastructure projects like the grangegorman PPP project will provide insight in to how recent investments are progressing and the bidding process in obtaining such funding. Key focuses also include pipelined PPP projects, contracts and contractors, risk management, the future outlook for infrastructure finance in Ireland, best practice methods and different perspectives on financing projects i.e. bankers, legal and contractors perspectives. 

This conference creates the perfect platfrom for both private and public sectors to discuss current issues and recent developments as well as creating great networking opportunities, meanwhile helping infrastructure finance continue to move forward within Ireland. 

  • Educate yourself with the latest developments surrounding PPP in Ireland
  • Hear from leading Benelux region investment bankers
  • Understand alternative sources of finance for infrastructure
  • Discover the latest funding issues and problems facing Irish PPP's

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


3DReid; Affordable home partnerships; Anshen & Allen; BAM Contractors Ltd; BAM PPP Ireland ; Bank Of Ireland Treasury; Davis Langdon PKS ; DBFL Consulting Engineers; Dublin Transport Office; European Investment Bank; Fingal County Council; Helaba Dublin; Herbert Smith; Hochtief; HOCHTIEF Facility Management UK & Ireland; Hochtief PPP Solutions; Indaver; Institute of Public Health; Irish Rail; John Sisk & Son ltd; Kajima Partnerships Ltd; KBC BANK ; KBC Bank Ireland plc; Keppie Design; Mazars; Metro North; MottMac Donald Pettit; National Development Finance Agency; Northern Ireland Audit Office; Northern Ireland PPP Education service; Ocean Publishing; Parsons; Philip Lee Solicitors; PPP Centre; Repak; RMJM; SMBC Europe Division; STRABAG; Toysan; Tughans; Western Health and Social Care Trust;


Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Aidan Walsh

Aidan Walsh, Partner - Corporate Finance, PricewaterhouseCoopers

9:10 Keynote Address: The current state of PPP in Ireland

Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy, CEO, National Development Finance Agency

  • Infrastructure stimulus plan - recent investments
  • Restoring financial stability
  • Future outlook for PPP in Ireland
  • Pipelined projects  
  • New PPP projects – Education/Transport/Healthcare/ Justice
  • 9:50 EIB’s role in facilitating a changing funding environment

    Peter Jacobs

    Peter Jacobs, Head of Division , European Investment Bank

  • EIB, A short introduction
  • EIB, a versatile lender in the PPP market
  • Some market observations
  • 10:30 Driving Ireland’s Recovery: Unlocking non-exchequer funded stimulus

    Fergal O'Brian

    Fergal O'Brian, Chief Economist, Head of Policy, Ibec

  • Rationale for continued infrastructure investment
  • Infrastructure investment to support long-term needs of the economy
  • Ambitious in availing of external sources of finance
  • Improve Ireland’s attractiveness for international investment
  • 11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Investing in Infrastructure

    Michael Flynn

    Michael Flynn, Partner, Deloitte Corporate Finance

  • Benefits of investing in Irish infrastructure
  • Existing infrastructure vs. new projects
  • Can we afford it?
  • How will we pay for it?
  • 12:10 Insurance Solutions in PPP Risk Management

    Mark Courtneidge

    Mark Courtneidge, Director PFI Unit, Aon Limited

  • The Risk Management Model
  • Insurance solutions to mitigate risk:
    o    Damage and Revenue
    o    Design and Workmanship
    o    Liabilities
    o    Contractor Default
    o    Operational Risks 
  • Risks around insurance
  • Lessons from various global models



  • 12:50 Grangegorman PPP project – Dublin Institute of Technology

    Michael Hand

    Michael Hand, CEO, Grangegorman Development Agency

  • Introduction to the Grangegorman project
  • The SDZ Planning process
  • How to find the right partner
  • Ways of building trust with stakeholders
  • Lessons learned
  • 13:30 Networking lunch

    14:50 Innovation, Value for Money and Accountability: The story of PPP Hospitals in the UK

    Jonathan Wilson

    Jonathan Wilson, Principal and Sector Leader Healthcare, Stantec

  • The process, best practice and lessons learned
  • Working with local and international contractors
  • South West Acute Hospital case study
  • 15:30 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
  • 16:10 Alternative Finance Structures for Infrastructure

    Andrew  Petry

    Andrew Petry, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

  • What solutions are on offer?
  • Old wine in new bottles or genuinely new structures?
  • What has been working to date and what has not?
  • 16:50 Afternoon Tea

    17:10 Ireland Strategic Investment Fund as an alternative source of finance and as a catalyst for other investors

  • Mandate to invest commercially to support economic activity in Ireland
  • Challenges and how to overcome them
  • Developing long-term partnerships
  • Nick Ashmore

    Nick Ashmore, Deputy Director , National Pensions Reserve Fund

    17:50 Panel Discussion: The various financing options for new infrastructure projects

  • Summary of the day (i.e. weighing the various financing options on basis of input from various speakers and the audience)
  • Discussion on the new standard
  • Will institutional investors dominate the market of project finance?
  • Is solvency II sufficiently PPP-friendly?
  • Gerard Cahillane

    Gerard Cahillane, Head of Operations and Finance, National Development Finance Agency

    Peter Jacobs

    Peter Jacobs, Head of Division , European Investment Bank

    Andrew  Petry

    Andrew Petry, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

    18:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Aaron Boyle

    Aaron Boyle, Partner, Arthur Cox Solicitors

    9:10 Keynote Address: How to attract long term financing in the future

    Neil Collins

    Neil Collins, Director, KPMG

  • Making projects more attractive
  • Using insurance companies to provide tenor by investing directly
  • Ensuring structure of projects is deliverable and will close
  • Guarantee required security package is deliverable
  • 9:50 Recent Reforms to EU Procurement Directives

    Patrick McGovern

    Patrick McGovern, Partner, Arthur Cox Solicitors

  • Key changes
  • Codification of major cases
  • Practical implications
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Investing in Irish Infrastructure: An equity Perspective

    Faraidon Saheb-Zadha

    Faraidon Saheb-Zadha, Director, 3i

  • Attractions of investing in Ireland
  • What equity investors want
  • Challenges for equity investors
  • Procurement: lessons learned
  • Delivering the pipeline
  • 11:30 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
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Stakeholder Engagement – the bidding process

    Morton Corbitt

    Morton Corbitt, Head of Development, Kajima Partnerships Ltd

  • Difference between local and international bidding processes
  • How to find the right partner
  • Ways of building trust with stakeholders
  • 14:10 Financial Model Audit for Irish procurement

    Kate Bostock

    Kate Bostock , 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 Ireland?
  • 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
  • 14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 The capacity, output and characteristics of the Irish construction industry in relation to delivery of infrastructure projects

    John O'Regan

    John O'Regan, Director, Davis Langdon

  • Industry output
  • Sector analysis
  • Challenges facing the industry
  • Opportunities available to the industry
  • 15:50 Initiatives being developed to reduce time and costs

    Steven  Burgess

    Steven Burgess, Head of Project Management, National Development Finance Agency

  • Partial bid cost reimbursement (project cancellation & unsuccessful bidders)
  • Target reduction in procurement process
  • Fewer stage submissions
  • Reduction in volume of bid documents
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Patrick McGovern

    Patrick McGovern, Partner, Arthur Cox Solicitors



    Project Finance Masterclass

    Project Finance Masterclass

    The Westbury Hotel
    3rd December 2013
    Dublin, Ireland

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