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Risk management is an essential part of the succesful progress of PPP projects.  The analysis of potential risk elements throughout the process from bidding to operational projects is one of the most important elements to maximising profit and functionality while minimalising potential difficulties that may arise from contractual issues through the course of the scheme.

SMi's 2nd Understanding Risk Management In PPP Projects conference will take you through the risk analysis process from the bidding stage through to post-financial close and operational phases, with case studies demonstrating the practical application of solutions to real life problems.  The risks from the auditors' perspective will provide a balanced view of the importance of risk analysis, while the examples of existing projects will show how to effectively manage risk in a live PPP environment.  Private investors would also benefit from attending this event, with presentations on equity, refinancing and insurable risks covering the essential components to be considered by those interested in funding PPP projects.

Areas such as the fair regulation of facilities management operators in operational projects will take a look at the risks involved with contracting to the private sector both from the public and private perspective.  How to implement a fair benchmarking process will also be a topic of discussion at this event, as more PPP projects than ever are a few years into the operational stage, making this a timely subject to study.

Our Understanding Risk Management In PPP Projects conference will provide a comprehensive overview and update of the important elements for risk management throughout a PPP project, giving you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the processes and regulations involved so you can apply this new knowledge to your project. 


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  • EXPAND your knowledge of risk management within PPP projects
  • DISCOVER the risks and benefits involved for private finance
  • HEAR presentations from leading industry experts and case studies from those who have experience of live PPP environments
  • DISCUSS key issues with key figures in the PPP field
  • LEARN new approaches to risk management and how they can be applied to your project
  • ADVANCE your professional learning with this CPD accredited course
  • Risk and audit analysts
  • Risk consultants
  • Directors of PPP/PFI projects
  • PPP/PFI Project Managers for Council projects
  • PPP advisors for County Councils and local government
  • Government financial employees
  • Chief Executives of finance departments
  • Equity consultants
  • Lawyers
  • Financial consultants
  • Hedge fund executives
  • Private investors

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Oliver Scholz

Oliver Scholz, Director EMEA, Corporate Investigations, Control Risks Group

9:10 Case Study: Managing Contracts During The Implementation Phase For Dorset Police - The Client's Perspective

  • Managing clients' internal resources
  • Ensuring delivery of output specifications
  • Staff preparation - cultural change
  • Monitoring performance
  • Jacqui Matthews

    Jacqui Matthews, Business Development Manager, Dorset Police

    Duncan Johnston

    Duncan Johnston, General Manager / Director of PFF (Dorset), Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd.

    9:50 When a Sweetener Turns Sour - How The Impact Of The Proposed New Anti-Bribery Legislation Could Impact Your Business

    Colin Johnson

    Colin Johnson, Senior Manager, Grant Thornton UK Llp

    Details to be confirmed - this talk will discuss the NEW Draft Bribery Bill announced only at the beginning of April.  This will cover the details of the bill and how even innocent gifts etc could mean you fall foul of this new legislation.  Not to be missed!

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Managing Risk In A Live PPP Environment

    Diarmaid O'Tuathail

    Diarmaid O'Tuathail, Director of Health, Safety & Environment, Tube Lines

  • Managing risk in a live PPP environment
  • Effective management of joint risks
  • Driving performance to reduce risk
  • Role of insurance in risk management within a PPP project
  • Responding to a changing agenda
  • 11:40 Identifying PPP Capital Project Risks

  • Context and uncertainty of risk - when is a 'risk' not a risk?
  • Methods to identify risk
  • Understanding risks and their consequences
  • Risk pricing and risk management
  • Increasing value for money from project risk management
  • Man Cheung

    Man Cheung, Principal Consultant & Service Leader, Modelling and Analysis Dept , Marsh Ltd

    Tracy Hazell

    Tracy Hazell, Practice Leader, Marsh Ltd

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Identifying Trends, Unfair Competition and Fraud Vulnerabilities

    Oliver Scholz

    Oliver Scholz, Director EMEA, Corporate Investigations, Control Risks Group

    14:30 Securing Lender Commitment In The Current Climate - A Technical Risk Perspective

    Dominic Leadsom

    Dominic Leadsom, Director and Head of Funding Advisory Services , Turner & Townsend

  • Overview of what has changed in the last 12 months
  • When do lenders need to be involved?
  • What are the main technical risks that lenders are focussing on?
  • What will help secure lender commitment?
  • Case study - Islington BSF



    15:10 The Impact Of Market Turmoil On The Availability Of Financing Options And Refinancing Risk

    Alexander Ugryumov

    Alexander Ugryumov , Senior Consultant , Oxera

  • Do variations provide an opportunity for profit?
  • How do variations affect private investors?
  • Lessons learned from an active case study
  • 15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    Oliver Scholz

    Oliver Scholz, Director EMEA, Corporate Investigations, Control Risks Group

    16:00 Afternoon Tea and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Steve Gladwin

    Steve Gladwin, Managing Director, HOCHTIEF Facility Management UK Ltd.

    9:10 Key Risk Issues For The Public Sector

    David Finlay

    David Finlay, Director of PFI Development, National Audit Office

  • Portfolio management
  • Risk allocation in individual projects
  • Contract management
  • Dealing with change
  • Financing issues
  • 9:50 Panel Discussion: The Impact Of The Credit Crisis On Project Markets

  • A panel discussion to cover the hottest topics on the impact of the credit crisis on project markets
  • Have your say and take this opportunity to ask questions
  • Discuss with leading experts the current state of the project markets and what the future may hold
  • Gavin  Bowden-Hall

    Gavin Bowden-Hall, Consultant, Symbia

    Jeffery Barratt

    Jeffery Barratt, Senior Banking Partner, Norton Rose

    Roland Shaw

    Roland Shaw, Development Director, HOCHTIEF Facility Management UK Ltd.

    10:30 Case Study: Risk Management In The Waste Sector

    Tim Judson

    Tim Judson, Director of Procurement, North London Waste Authority

  • Procurement processes and timetable
  • Technology and performance
  • Collection and disposal interface
  • Sites, planning and design
  • Markets for outputs
  • Solid recovered fuel and use
  • 11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:40 Case Study: The South Coast Street Lighting PFI - From A Southampton County Council Perspective

    Nick Johnson

    Nick Johnson, Streetlighting PFI Manager, Southampton City Council

  • Joint working
  • Benefits and risks of joint working
  • Approaching the Competitive Dialogue Process
  • Delivering to a changing agenda
  • The Technology Risk
  • 12:20 Unnecessary Risk Equals Unneccesary Cost - Taking Risk Out Of A Joint Lighting Project

    Darien Goodwin

    Darien Goodwin, Head Of Transport, London Borough of Lewisham

  • Background to two boroughs - and a brief history of lighting
  • LIghting as a comodotised product
  • Identifying risks from the bidder's perspective: Major risks - Croydon central system, connection charges; other risks - mediation between the two Boroughs
  • Risks from the authorities point of view - bidder lack of interest, pricing up risks, affordability, technical obsolescence, changing agenda and hence inappropriate decisions
  • Allocation of risk between bidder and authority
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 FM Risks And Approach To Managing

    Roland Shaw

    Roland Shaw, Development Director, HOCHTIEF Facility Management UK Ltd.

  • Staff transfer/employee issues
  • Performance/availability
  • Malicious damage and vandalism
  • Maintenance, life cycle and handback
  • Security and access issues
  • Problems and solutions regarding utilities
  • 14:40 Challenges of Measuring Risk In PPP

    Ramani Ramachandran

    Ramani Ramachandran, Engagement Manager, Moodys Investors Services

  • Where risks are most likely to arise
  • Tools to implement in order to avoid common pitfalls
  • Poor contract management - sidestepping problems by pre-empting difficulties within the contract
  • Risks specific to the public authorities
  • Risks specific to private investors
  • 15:20 Managing The Risks To Both Client and SPV

    Kelvin Smith

    Kelvin Smith, Senior Risk and Opportunity Manager, Mace

  • Establishing the right local authority management structure at the right time
  • Understanding which risks have really been transferred and what can be done about those retained
  • Creating an effective means of managing service performance specified as an output specification
  • Managing the trade-off between service failure and penalty
  • Driving decisions through risk analysis
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    Steve Gladwin

    Steve Gladwin, Managing Director, HOCHTIEF Facility Management UK Ltd.

    16:10 Afternoon Tea and Close of Day Two



    Understanding PPP Risk Elements Through The Project Life Cycle

    Understanding PPP Risk Elements Through The Project Life Cycle

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