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Have you considered Infrastructure Finance in North America?
Through a strategic one-day conference identify financing opportunities and strategies to fit your infrastructure financing goals.  Understand where Infrastructure Financing stands in
North America today and how it is likely to change in the near future.
By generating a healthy debate with updates by key experts, you will review the current deal flow and key issues that arise when getting involved in this market.  With perspectives from investors and updates on key legislative and structural changes, this event will give you the knowledge you need to harness the American Infrastructure Financing market.
Whether you are already involved, thinking of entering the North American Infrastructure
market or wish to draw the lesson learnt this event will cater for your needs.

Why attend this event?
  • Gain an insight into North America’s infrastructure needs
  • Understand the investor perspective and get updates from leading investors
  • Hear the potential in energy and utilities infrastructure development
  • Comprehend how to communicate better with North American government bodies
  • Examine the differences between North America and the UK/EU
  • Discover the developments and opportunities in North America

Session Topics Include:

  • Macroeconomic forecasts
  • North America’s needs
  • Role PPP will play
  • Credit crunch impact
  • Innovation of PPP financing
  • Investment Strategies
  • Financial structuring
  • Use of the Municipal platform
  • Issues for Governments
  • Energy Infrastructure
  • Methods of financing
  • State regulations
  • Best Practice
  • Differences with UK/EU
  • Key project risks
  • Legal challenges
  • Procurement
  • Management
  • Construction
  • Design
  • Tax issues
  • Standardization with Divergence
  • Toll roads hurdles and transactions
  • Case studies

Our excellent speaker line-up includes:
  • Henrietta Podd, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets
  • Alasdair MacPhail, Principal Consultant, PB Consult
  • Brian Howells, Director, Americas, Halcrow Group
  • Jack Finn, National Director Toll Roads, HNTB*
  • Jim Timmins, Managing Director, AIG Highstar Capital
  • James Bremen, Partner, Maxwell Winward
  • Stephen Harris, Head, International Financial Services London (IFSL)
  • Russell Zapalac, Vice President, Transportation Programs, Jacobs Carter Burgess
  • Walter Nasdeo, Managing Director, Director of Research, Head of Energy Technology, Ardour Capital Investments

The Venue

The Hatton
The Hatton is an attractive art deco building stylishly converted to provide conformable facilities.
It is situated in Hatton Garden, only 5 minutes walk from Chancery Lane tube station and Farringdon mainline and tube station.
It also has a courtyard and restaurants making it an excellent venue for networking and a relaxed environment for learning.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!
To sponsor please contact: Alia Malick- amalick@smi-online.co.uk      
Become a Media Partner:  Nikki Poolenpoole@smi-online.co.uk 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

James Bremen

James Bremen, Partner, Maxwell Winward

9:10 Changing Nature of Infrastructure Finance in the US & Canada

Alasdair MacPhail

Alasdair MacPhail, Principal Consultant, PB Strategic Consulting

  • Current state of the US/Canadian PPP market
  • Innovation of PPP financing in the US market
  • New Canadian model (funding structures and payment mechanisms, key risk allocation issues)
  • Enhancement in the funding of infrastructure projects
  • 9:50 Understanding the Investment Strategies for North American Infrastructure Market

    Henrietta Podd

    Henrietta Podd, Managing Director, R B C Capital Markets

  • Development in financing
  • Why is the market attractive?
  • Key aspects to consider
  • Lessons learnt
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Investing in Energy Infrastructure

    Walter Nasdeo

    Walter Nasdeo, Managing Director, Director of Research, Head of Energy Technology, Ardour Capital Investments

  • Examining the condition of energy infrastructure
  • Current and future expected requirements
  • Expected expenditures and methods of financing
  • 11:40 Investing in and Operating Infrastructure Assets in North America

    Jim Timmins

    Jim Timmins, Managing Director, AIG

  • Identify attractive opportunities for investment
  • Efficiently and effectively perform comprehensive due diligence
  • Navigate complex regulatory processes
  • Develop and arrange an optimal capital structures
  • Close transactions expeditiously
  • Develop and implement a value creation strategy to enhance the enterprise value of the business
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Avoiding Failure through Best Practice: Examining the Differences between North America and the UK/EU

  • Design and construction
  • Financing structures
  • Procurement process and management
  • Understanding and enhancing the procurement and management processes
  • Key project risks
  • Adrian Baxter

    Adrian Baxter, Global Director of Engineering, Halcrow Group Ltd

    Nick Harding

    Nick Harding, Head of Project Finance, Halcrow Group Ltd

    14:30 Communicating the Benefits of PPP: Key Issues for North American Government Bodies

    Stephen  Harris

    Stephen Harris, International Development Director, Tribal Group plc

    Stephen  Harris

    Stephen Harris, International Development Director, Tribal Group plc

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Issues and Potential Pitfalls to Consider Before Getting Involved in North America

    Albert Amos

    Albert Amos, Senior Planner, Jacobs Carter Burgess

  • Market Divergence - Why it is different?
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Tolling
  • Debt & Tax
  • Other Legislative & Regulatory Issues
  • 16:20 Innovative Transportation Financing and Contracting Strategies

  • Transportation Challenges
  • Transportation Public-Private Partnerships
  • Financing and contracting issues
  • Case study analysis
  • Troy  Ailshie

    Troy Ailshie , Head of Project Finance , Fluor Corporation

    Dan Stoppenhagen

    Dan Stoppenhagen, Director Transportation and Infrastructure, Fluor Corporation

    17:00 Future of PPP toll roads: Evaluating US potential

    Jack Finn

    Jack Finn, National Director Toll Roads, HNTB

  • Roads next project and issues facing the market
  • Tolling: hurdles to be overcome (shadow tolls, coverage of debt services)
  • Funding Toll Road transactions
  • Large ticket transport deals currently ongoing in Canada
  • Transportation Infrastructure Finance Investment Act (USA)
  • Case study review
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference


    The Hatton, at etc. venues

    51/53 Hatton Garden
    London EC1N 8HN
    United Kingdom

    The Hatton, at etc. venues



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