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Agenda - Infrastructure Finance Forum

Day One: Tuesday September 19th

8.15am Registration & morning refreshments

9.00am Chairperson’s opening remarks

9.15am Procurer’s presentations: Setting out the project pipeline in the short and medium terms
Government and procurement agency representatives from the busiest North American jurisdictions outline their plans for infrastructure development via 20 minute presentations

Duane Callender, Director, Credit Programs Office, Build America Bureau, U.S. Department of Transportation
Michael Bonini, Director, Public-Private Transportation Partnerships Office, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Judah Gluckman
, Deputy Director and Counsel, District of Columbia Office of Public-Private Partnerships (DC OP3)

10.30am Morning refreshments and breaks (sponsored by Mayer Brown)

11.15am Core asset privatisation: Can it fund the next wave of infrastructure projects?

  • Exploring privatisation as a way for authorities to subsidise non-revenue risk projects
  • What appetite is there amongst investors for privatised assets?
  • Which sectors and specific assets are most likely to see privatisation?
  • How do airports touted for privatisation in the US and Canada compare with recently privatised airports elsewhere?
  • How widespread is opposition to privatisation, and how can it be overcome?

Marie-Liesse Marc, Vice President, Acquisitions and Asset Management, Vantage Airport Group
Richard Chang
, Senior Director, Infrastructure Investments, PSP Investments
Elliott Black
, Director, Office of Airport Planning and Programming, Federal Aviation Administration
Anthony Edwards
, Managing Director, Global Infrastructure Finance, Global Investment Banking, CIBC
Kent Rowey
, Partner, Allen & Overy moderator

12.00pm Charting the continued growth of P3 utilisation in higher education

  • Mapping the development of student housing as a P3 asset class
  • What are the financing options on offer for university-procured projects? How do they compare to the options for projects procured by municipal and state governments?
  • Exploring the pipeline for secondary market activity in the student housing space
  • Expanding the use of P3s beyond privatized student housing

Christophe Petit, President & Managing Partner, Star America
Phillip A. Ray
, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, The Texas A&M University System
Daniel Feitelberg
, Principal, KPMG
Ben Djiounas
, Head of P3 & Project Finance, Public Finance, J.P. Morgan
Nicolai J. Sarad, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP moderator

12.45pm Lunch and networking break

2.15pm Fireside Chat: Political victims in P3: What’s happened to affected projects, and how can regulatory issues be overcome?

  • Examining the impact of political, community, and environmental opposition on a project’s financing and credit rating
  • What examples are there of new legislation delaying and discontinuing granted projects?
  • What impact are Federal moves to speed up approval processes expected to have in infrastructure development?
  • Accelerating project approval on a project-by-project basis: Transferable lessons in streamlining from the Tappan Zee Bridge

George Biediger, Vice President, Project Development & Investments, Fluor
John Dionisio
, Investment Director, Meridiam
Steve Dewitt, Senior Vice President, Business Development, ACS Infrastructure
Joe Seliga
, Partner, Mayer Brown moderator

2.45pm Differentiating between the investment mandates of funds in the traditional infrastructure sector

  • How do funds decide upon their mandates? What risk-return are they looking for?
  • On the senior debt side, how are funds differentiating their services from those offered by banks?
  • Distinguishing between equity-like and debt-like mezzanine lenders
  • With so much dry powder in the space, will it become a case of use it or lose it for hesitant infrastructure funds?
  • How satisfied are LPs with the clarity of funds’ mandates and investment criteria?

Paul David, Head of Americas, Infrastructure Debt, Allianz Global Investors
Filip Guz
, Investment Director, Infrastructure, InfraRed Capital Partners
Petya Nikolova, Head of Infrastructure Investments, New York City Retirement System
Tom Sumpster
, Head of Infrastructure Finance, Legal & General Investment Management
Sakshi Sharma-Malhotra
, Americas Editor, IJGlobal moderator

3.30pm Afternoon refreshments and networking break (sponsored by Mayer Brown)


Both energy and infrastructure audiences will come together to finish the first day with sessions encompassing both markets

4.05pm Cross-sector discussion on project-finance lending: Finding value in a market characterised by political change

  • Where are banks focusing their attention following Trump’s election to the White House? Where are the best returns?
  • Scrutinising the terms and tenors on offer to borrowers in different sectors
  • How are banks reacting to increased market liquidity provided by foreign entrants?
  • Where are we seeing innovation in project finance? Where is innovation needed?

Nuno Dias Andrade, Managing Director, Head of Project & Acquisition Finance, North America, Santander
Nicholas Gole
, Head of Energy and Infrastructure Financing for Macquarie Capital, Macquarie Capital
Duncan Caird
, ‎Head Infrastructure & Real Estate Group, Americas, HSBC
William Kloehn
, Chief Executive Officer, JCRA Financial moderator

4.50pm Champagne Roundtables
Led by moderators from procurement bodies across North American energy and infrastructure, the roundtables create an intimate, informal environment for delegates to engage with key industry decision makers

Moderators will spend 15 minutes at each table before moving onto the next
Morteza Farajian, Director, Office of Public-Private Partnerships, VDOT
Judah Gluckman, Deputy Director and Counsel, District of Columbia Office of Public-Private Partnerships (DC OP3)
Michael Bonini, Director, Public-Private Transportation Partnerships Office, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Gregory M. Matzat, P.E.
, Senior Advisor, Large Scale Renewables, NYSERDA
Hugh Chen, Deputy Director, Finance, Incentives, and Program Analysis – Office Of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, Department of Energy


5.50pm Chairperson’s closing remarks followed by cocktail reception (sponsored by S&P Global Ratings)


Day Two: Wednesday September 20th

8.45am Morning refreshments

9.15am Chairperson’s opening remarks

9.25am P3’s Golden State: What’s driving California’s infrastructure boom?

  • With $52 billion to spend, what’s in the pipeline for developers and investors?
  • Is P3 set to remain as the state’s preferred funding structure?
  • LAMP, APM, ConRAC, and the continuing modernisation of LAX
  • California’s historic tax legislature: Unique to the state, or a template to be replicated throughout the US?

9.55am WIFIA: How is the modernisation of the US water infrastructure sector being funded?

  • Can the WIFIA programme coexist with existing state funding programs?
  • Which public water utility projects will the U.S. EPA approve through the WIFIA programme?
  • How have water projects typically been procured to this point? Are we seeing this change?
  • Exploring opportunities for water supply projects in dry, growing states – what difficulties are faced by cross-border projects?

Andrew Kingman, Executive Vice President – Development, Poseidon Water
Jorianne Jernberg, Director, WIFIA Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Brian Nicholas
, Director Business, Development, Acciona Agua
Trevor d’Olier-Lees, Senior Director, Infrastructure – Project Finance, S&P Global Ratings

10.40am Managing and mitigating project risk: Identifying problem areas and ensuring fair transfer

  • Comparing the risks encountered between the construction and operational phases of projects across different sectors
  • How is fair risk transfer between project participants achieved throughout a project’s lifecycle? And which risks remain solely the owner’s responsibility?
  • Examining the importance rating agencies place upon different risks throughout a project’s lifecycle
  • How are project participants hedging against risk? What services are on offer to them?

Eran Golan, Head of US Operations, Shikun & Binui

11.10am Morning refreshments and networking break (sponsored by Mayer Brown)

11.40am Case-study: The FirstNet P3 – Aligning the Incentives for Broadband, Government, and Public Safety
Looking at how the P3 model has been adapted to the space, examining telecoms and broadband specific difficulties, and assessing the pipeline for more deals

James Mitchell, Senior Director, Network Program Office, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)

15 minute Q&A

Senior Representative, DBRS

12.20pm Establishing bankable transport projects in a world of rapid technological advancement

  • Set against a backdrop of Hyperloop and driverless cars, how comfortable are investors and creditors with the financing of more traditional transport assets?
  • Future proofing transport projects: Can it be done? And if so, how?
  • How are traffic forecasters keeping up with the coontinuing evolution of public transport?
  • Can project owners and developers insure against technological redundancy? How are they doing so?

Ricardo Bosch, North America Business Development Director, Cintra US
Thilo Thecklenburg
, Chief Operating Officer North America, Meridiam
Matthew Wright
, Director, Scotiabank
Morteza Farajian
, Director, Office of Public-Private Partnerships, VDOT
Eran Golan
, Deputy CEO, Shikun & Binui
Syed Ahmed, ‎Associate, Infrastructure/Project Finance, MetLife - moderator

1.00pm Chairperson’s closing remarks followed by lunch and close of conference