The objective of the workshop is to provide practical experience in the process of planning and procuring PPP infrastructure projects in Belgium and the Netherlands.



  • An invaluable opportunity to explore legal, regulatory and institutional issues, including the role of governmental stakeholders and differences between Belgium and the Netherlands
  • Maximise your opportunity to exchange best practice and identify the key issues relevant for PPP projects through interactive, small group discussion
  • Utilise practical insight to navigate the difficult and complex task of successful managing public and private partnerships
  • The workshop will be of particular interest to those involved in implementing PPP projects, such as policy makers, public officials and private sector service providers, funders and professional advisers in EU Member States.

This workshop would also be very suitable for the following groups:

Directors, VPs, Heads, Managers and Analysts of:

Project finance
Infrastructure and renewables
Structured finance
Real estate
Global investment
Public communications and affairs


Workshop LEADER


Ciska Servais

Partner, Astrea Law

Cisa is a Co-founder and practising partner at Astrea since its foundation in 2006, prior to this she has worked as a practicing partner at Lawfort, Van Passel, Servais and Vennoten (which later became Lexeco. Cisca is fluent in 3 languages and is a member of the Antwerp Bar and also Guberna, the Association of Public Law Practitioners and the International Bar Association (IBA)

Astrea Law


Astrea is an independent law firm with more than 35 lawyers, each with their own area of specialization. Together, they provide assistance in any area of law that might be required by private companies, entrepreneurs or public authorities. Our firm's broad-based composition allows us to offer a comprehensive approach. Based on the individual client's needs and the specific issues at hand, we assign a customised team of specialist lawyers to each case. This enables us to consider every relevant area of law and provide the most efficient solution. A unique blend of passion and respect is the strength of the Astrea team. The approach of every team member is always client-oriented and client-driven. We respond quickly, and we are proactive and pragmatic. Quality is essential, but we also aim to be as cost-efficient as possible.

Workshop programme

13:00 Registration and Coffee

13:30 Opening remarks and introductions

13:40 How to deal with governments

  • Government as stakeholder
  • Government as regulator
  • Government as risk factor
  • Financial risk
  • Legal risk
  • Political risk
  • Organisational risk
  • Guidelines for risk management


  • Dieter Veestraeten

    Dieter Veestraeten, Partner, Astrea Law
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    Ciska Servais

    Ciska Servais, Partner, Astrea Law
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    14:10 The impact of local stakeholder resistance on infrastructure projects

  • Why citizens are increasingly having the last word on PPP projects
  • How to cope with this
  • How does it endanger the success of PPP projects
  • What can private companies and investors do to minimize or neutralize any resistance
  • Do local governments have a greater responsibility?


  • Dieter Veestraeten

    Dieter Veestraeten, Partner, Astrea Law
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    Ciska Servais

    Ciska Servais, Partner, Astrea Law
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    14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 Cultural differences – a comparison between Belgium and the Netherlands

  • Politics in Belgium and the Netherlands
  • Different procedures have impact on timing of decision making
  • Communication with governments, other stakeholders and their advisors
  • Understanding differences avoids frustration


  • Ciska Servais

    Ciska Servais, Partner, Astrea Law
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    Dieter Veestraeten

    Dieter Veestraeten, Partner, Astrea Law
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    16:00 Guidelines for a successful PPP

  • Project identification
  • Structuring of the PPP
  • Managing the tendering process
  • Execution phase and management
  • Ciska Servais

    Ciska Servais, Partner, Astrea Law
    View Bio

    Dieter Veestraeten

    Dieter Veestraeten, Partner, Astrea Law
    View Bio

    16:40 Closing Remarks and End of Workshop


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    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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