Following the outstanding success of our 2009 event, SAE Media Group are proud to bring you:

Benelux Infrastructure Forum 2010


"Recovering from recession with severely restricted public finances it is crucial for the public and private sectors to establish an efficient and profitable partnership in order to overcome the shortfall whilst still providing workable infrastructure projects."             


SAE Media Group’s Benelux Infrastructure Forum 2010 provides an unmissable opportunity to learn from the leading industry expert s about the latest developments alongside key case studies to illuminate the issues in an informative and interactive environment.


Perspectives and analysis from every aspect of infrastructure will be covered; from legal and insurance to construction and financing as well as Government opinion from the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport & Public Works.

Keynote addresses from the European Investment Bank and World Bank as well as a selection of the most current and relevant  case studies complete an unmissable line-up that will ensure you stay ahead of the curve. Book now to avoid missing out!

Key Topics Covered:


·         The status of infrastructure financing in the Benelux region and beyond

·         The continuing effect of the financial crisis and the impact on PPP projects

·         The future of PPP post-recession

·         The most interesting and relevant case studies from those directly involved

·         Analysing the state of DBFM as well as the new model contracts

·         Update your knowledge on the Benelux Infrastructure market and all the key developments over the last 12 months   

·         Learn through firsthand accounts and unmissable case studies the key to developing a successful Infrastructure Project   

·         Evaluate the latest trends and developments in the industry   

·         Discover what the future holds post-recession and with reduced public sector budgets   

·         Network with all the key personnel in the Benelux Infrastructure market   




Heads, Managers & Directors of:



Construction Companies

Law Firms


PPP Investment Funds

Infrastructure Maintenance Companies

Insurance Companies



Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Steven Van Garsse

Steven Van Garsse, Manager, Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre


Erik Jan Snik

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

  • What is the PPP climate in the Netherlands in these times of economic crisis?
  • How the new Dutch cabinet views PPP and which measures it will take
  • How can pension funds play a role in the financing of PPP?


Michiel Engelaar

Michiel Engelaar, Project Finance, European Investment Bank

  • Reflecting on Coentunnel and Liefkenshoek
  • Comparing projects planned for close this and next year that EIB is involved in.
  • Reflecting on typical trends we see on infrastructure PPPs in the Netherlands and Belgium, particularly Flanders, against other European markets

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 PPP Renovation; Ministry of Finance

Rogier Joosten

Rogier Joosten, SPC Director, Strukton Integrale Projecten

  • First large government accommodation PPP in operation
  • Main contract structure
  • M&O organisation
  • Results of two years of operation

11:40 Hands-On Experiences on PPPs in the Benelux Region

Marco Schweer

Marco Schweer, Structured Finance Department, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

  • Lessons learnt from closed deals
  • What are the key challenges during construction/operation?
  • Based on experiences made do deal structures for future projects need to be revised

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:50 Second Coentunnel Project - Creating Capacity

Gerard Minten

Gerard Minten, CFO, Coentunnel Company

  • Changed roles of Contractor and Contracting Authorities
  • The tunnel safety law in the Netherlands
  • Planning & Organisation
  • Money flow
  • Payment mechanism


Wim Leendertse

Wim Leendertse, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Transport & Public Works

  • An overview of the actual development of PPP in the Netherlands
  • DBFM: ongoing
  • The combination of infrastructure and area development: the new perspective
  • Case: Amsterdam Zuidas development and reconstruction of infrastructure
  • Case A2 Maastricht

15:10 Afternoon Tea

15:40 2010 from a PPP Equity Perspective

Gijs Voskuyl

Gijs Voskuyl, Associate Director, DIF

  • PPP Developments 2010 versus 2009
  • Benelux PPP market highlights
  • Changing risk profile in PPP projects:
    • Counter party risk – governments
    • Counter party risk – contractors and financiers
    • Equity liquidity and funds developments

16:20 Changing Infrastructure Investors Appetites

Errol Scholten

Errol Scholten, Investment Director – NIBC European Infrastructure Fund, NIBC

·         Development of the infrastructure market

·         Sector focus

·         Country focus

·         Limited partner’s behaviour

·         Fund managers new world

17:00 Risk Pricing and Transfer in DBFMO Contracting

  • Put the risk where it belongs
  • Process of determining transferable risks
  • Quantifying / pricing of risks (costs and delays)
  • Cooperation of financial, technical, juridical and risk management
  • Political and market aspects
  • Case Study: Belgian infrastructure project
Roeland van der Zee

Roeland van der Zee, Senior Consultant, Aon EMEA North East

Sonja  Janicijevic

Sonja Janicijevic, Senior Risk Consultant , Aon Global Risk Consulting

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

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Charles - Antoine Leunen

Charles - Antoine Leunen, Solicitor, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


Steven Van Garsse

Steven Van Garsse, Manager, Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre

  • A brief overview of the most important PPP projects
  • Current trends
  • Lessons to learn
  • Issues to consider

9:50 Why Can Belgium Not Yet Be Considered A Mature PPP Market?

Benoit Theys

Benoit Theys, Director, BNP Paribas Fortis Bank

·         Political will versus legal backlog;

·         Is the "value for money" principle the real driver for PPP?

·         The overall use (and abuse) of the "PPP" label

·         The profile and experience of the players on the market

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Infrastructure Case Study

Bert Hofstee

Bert Hofstee, Managing Director, Amber Infrastructure

  • Diabolo PPP project
  • History
  • Overview
  • Structure
  • Involvement in the project
  • Status of the project and operation of the assets
  • Learned
  • 11:40 The Road Infrastructure Challenge in Europe 2011 – 2020

    Christophe Nicodème

    Christophe Nicodème, Director General, International Road Federation

    ·         Lessons from the past

    o    Socio-economic aspects

    o    Safety

    o    Economic

    ·         Challenges ahead

    o    Ageing population

    o    Better Mobility

    o    Performance

    o    Sustainability

    o    Financing

    ·         Proposals for the future

    o    The proposals of the Road Infrastructure Sector

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Government Stimulus Plan as a Driver to the EU PPP Pipeline

    Julien Touzot

    Julien Touzot, Director, DEPFA Bank

    ·         What are the new considerations/constraints post Lehman for closing a PPP

    ·         Co-financing tools and limits

    ·         An example: French Measures and outcome so far 


    14:00 Financing and Building of the Belwind Offshore Windpark

    Jan Van De Voorde

    Jan Van De Voorde, Senior Investment Manager, PMV

    ·                     Belgian offshore wind fundamentals

    ·                     The take-over of the Belwind project out of the Econcern bankruptcy

    ·                     Non-recourse financing during the financial crisis

    ·                     Building progress, incidents & uncertainties

    14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 Measures Enhancing the Bankability of PPP Projects Post-Credit Crunch

    Charles - Antoine Leunen

    Charles - Antoine Leunen, Solicitor, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

    • The need for additional structural features following the credit crunch
    • Government guarantees and other forms of government support
    • Participation of authorities in the funding of projects
    • Impact on the tender process

    15:40 Project Insurance Program Design

    • Introduction on the Benelux PPP insurance market practice
    • The challenges;
    • The advantages of multi-line multi-year insurance programs (cradle-to-grave approach);
    • Key ingredients for success.


      The Position of Lenders:
    • The importance of PPP insurance for the protection of the interests of the lenders (the project insurance program forms a vital part of the lenders' security);
    • Lenders clauses
    • The non-vitiation clause 


    Leonie Ebbekink

    Leonie Ebbekink, Advocaat (member of the Dutch Bar), Zurich Insurance, Netherlands Branch

    Edwin Birkhoff

    Edwin Birkhoff, Team Leader, Underwriter Engineering Lines, Zurich Insurance, Netherlands Branch

    16:20 PPP in Belgium – The Birth of an Investment Government

    Karel Joos

    Karel Joos, Director, Interel Belgium

    ·         Introduction

    ·         PPP in Belgium prior to  2004

    ·         PPP in Belgium since 2004

    ·         PPP in Belgium today

    ·         PPP in Belgium tomorrow

    ·         Conclusions

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference


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