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Agenda Overview

Day 1: Monday, March 11, 2019

7:45AM Registration & Morning Networking
8:30AM IJGlobal Welcome Address & Business Card Icebreaker
8:45AM Chair’s Opening Remarks
8:50AM Setting the scene: IJGlobal’s welcome address and analysis of the Latin American & Caribbean renewables market

To open the conference, a senior member of our editorial team will provide a detailed analysis of the global energy and infrastructure finance market, based on IJGlobal’s exclusive data to frame and contextualise the following discussions.

Angus Leslie-Melville, Editorial Director, IJGlobal
9:10AM Ministerial Keynote: Deputy Minister of Colombia Updates The Industry on the State of Play Within Colombia's Renewable Energy Plans
Diego Mesa, Deputy Minister of Energy, Government of Colombia
9:35AM FIRESIDE CHAT: Ask Questions and Learn How The Colombian Governments Moves Forward with their Renewable Energy Strategy
Diego Mesa, Deputy Minister of Energy, Government of Colombia
10:00AM Ministerial Keynote Panel: Regulatory & Public Policy Overview

Hear from the Ministry of Energy’s key development in the most lucrative regions in Latin America. Learn how regulatory and public policy will shape the renewables market for 2019.

Sebastian Kind, Undersecretary, Ministry of Energy, Argentina
Leonardo Beltrán, Former Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition, Independent
Diego Mesa, Deputy Minister of Energy, Government of Colombia
10:35AM Morning Networking Refreshments
11:05AM INDUSTRY OVERVIEW: Defining the renewable energy power landscape in the context of record low prices
  • How soon will we reach a tipping point in pricing?
  • With auctions across the region establishing an arguably aggressive market rate, how confident are we that the majority of these projects can ultimately be financed?
  • Are low prices sustainable? What power sources will be most competitive in the new pricing environment?
  • To what extent are low returns impacting the investment appetite of project sponsors?
  • Determine the evolving integration C&I market: how much will integrated storage and demand for management services affect the industry going forward?
Carlos Barrera, Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Renewable Energy
Julyana Yokota, Director & Sector Lead, Infrastructure Ratings, S&P Global Ratings
Daniel Garrido, Commercial Director, Aela Energía
11:45AM Case Study: Cerro Dominador CSP Plant

Key participants involved in this deal will outline the journey to financial close, including some of the key challenges and learns they took from the experience. This is a landmark deal for the region, as the first CSP plant to be approved in Latin America, and has been impressively brought to financial close after EIG Global Energy Partners took over ownership of this project in late 2016.  

Fernando Gonzalez, CEO, Cerro Dominador
12:15PM INTERACTIVE PANEL: The rise of bilateral PPAs in Latin America: New opportunities for developers and corporates
  • To what extent are corporate PPAs a more complex proposition for developers, and how can we speed up the process of finalising these agreements?
  • How much appetite is there from lenders to finance these deals?
  • Educating corporates on the benefits of bilateral PPAs: Which corporates are best suited to embrace the benefits of signing bilateral PPAs?
  • Assessing the length of bilateral PPAs to best meet the needs of sellers and consumers of energy
Moderator: Federico Santacruz Gonzalez, Partner, Ritch Mueller
Jésus Salinas, CFO, Acciona Energía Chile SpA
Alberto Villegas, Investment Director, John Laing
Pablo Otin, CEO, Powertis
1:00PM Networking Lunch
2:00PM INTERACTIVE PANEL: Developer perspective: Delving into sponsors’ ideal financing strategies and their outlook on the Latin American market in 2019
  • How has deal flow been effected by the 2018 elections?
  • In a competitive market with lower margins characterising new deals, how challenging are sponsors finding negotiations at the financing table?
  • New technology and falling prices of equipment: Which trend are developers most excited by and what opportunities are these trends opening up?
  • Understanding the drivers behind assertive bidding in auctions across the region: Confidence from sponsors in yielding long term returns on investment 
  • Where are developers looking to target to penetrate the market most effectively?
Moderator: Thiago Alfaia, Director, Marathon Capital
Marcos F. Meireles, Chief Executive Officer, RioEnergy
Senior Representative, Zuma Energía
Brian Schmidly, CEO, Rio Grande Renewables
2:45PM INTERACTIVE PANEL: Lender & Financing perspective: View on 2018 and outlook on LAC markets in 2019
  • How are financing structures changing in the renewable space?
    • Availability of Long Term Capital in Commercial banks, Multilaterals, development banks, Institutional Investors and ECAs
    • Mini Perms versus Long Term financing
    • Can Capital Markets solutions via Project Bonds compete with traditional Project Finance for Greenfield projects or are they only there for refinancing. Availability of delayed draws and ability to take construction risk by Institutional Investors
  • What are the best financing strategies for commercial banks operating in the region? 
  • Diving into the role of DCM financing and the swelling appetite of institutional investors for renewables in Latin America in their search for new investment opportunities
  • Will ECA and Multilaterals continue to be the key lenders in the more challenging jurisdictions like Argentina and Central America?
  • Will commercial banks/Institutional Investors increase their presence in the non-Investment grade countries through ECA guarantees, insurance or other financial instruments that help them manage risk in riskier jurisdictions?
  • Will local commercial banks be up to the challenge in local currency denominated jurisdictions like Colombia or in less liquid markets like Argentina
  • How are competing lenders looking to pool their resources to empower sponsors to access more long term financing options?
  • Where are the areas of focus multilaterals looking to stimulate investment? How are they evolving their offerings to suit the market’s evolved financing needs?   
Moderator: Jeannine Acevedo, Partner, White & Case
Cristhyan Rey, Director – Latin America, SMBC
Adrian Garza, Moody’s Investors Service
Jean-Valery Patin, Managing Director, Head of Project Finance Latin America , BNP Paribas
Stuart Barrowcliff, VP & Senior Underwriter Political Risk, Credit & Bond, AXA XL
3:30PM Afternoon Networking & Refreshments
4:00PM OXFORD STYLE DEBATE: REFF LatAm’s Big Debate!

Two expert speakers will take to the stage to argue for and against the following motion:

“Will wind or solar be the biggest winner in the Latin American renewables sector?”

Pro-Solar: Alejandro Moreno, General Manager – Latin America, Canadian Solar
Pro-Wind:
Moderator:
Carlos St. James, Director Strategic Development, Wood Clean Energy, Latin America & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE)

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this debate by both sides are not necessarily the views held by those participating or the institutions they represent.

Carlos St. James, Director, Strategic Development, Wood Clean Energy, Latin America & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE)
Alejandro Moreno Benitez, General Manager, Head of BD for LatAm, Canadian Solar Inc.
4:30PM Regional-Focused Roundtables

Following on from the success of last year, The Networking Hub will return to give you the opportunity to develop the day’s conversation in a more interactive setting. A series of senior hosts will head up their own individual roundtable discussions, each with their own geographical focus, for you to dip in and out of as you see fit.


Topics include but not limited to:

  • Hemispheric policy – Mexico under AMLO, Brazil returns? Argentina in recession? Colombia an up and comer? Caribbean & resilience
  • The evolving integrated C&I Market (behind the meter, integrating storage, demand management services, etc.)
  • Innovation in Finance & deal structuring – role of green bonds, etc.
  • The Free market / Private PPAs

There will also be dedicated meeting zones, designed for you to have the opportunity to organise meetings ahead of time or take the chance to dive into impromptu consultations to further your specific business interests. This session presents a real opportunity to network and have quality face-time with some of the most important industry leaders in Latin America.

5:20PM LAC-CORE Clean Energy Award

LAC-CORE will present their annual Clean Energy Award to a public figure who has done significant work towards the advancement of renewable energies in the region.

5:40PM Chair’s Closing Remarks
5:45PM IJLATAM Welcome Reception sponsored by Allianz

Location: 1 Hotel South Beach, Rooftop Pool