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2018 Agenda

Connecting GREs, corporates and project sponsors with investors, banks and ECAs

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2018 Agenda

*The order and content of this agenda may be subject to change. 

Day 1: Tuesday 6th November 2018

08.00 Registration and coffee

08.50 Chairman’s opening remarks
Thomas Waterhouse, Managing Director, Head of Corporate and Project Finance, SMBC

09.00 Financing CAPEX and projects in a brand-new world: How are GREs and Off-takers financing themselves?

  • The new oil norm: How are GCC governments adjusting to oil price volatility? How is this impacting the way GREs and off-takers approach the financial markets? 
  • How are GREs and off-takers diversifying their funding sources? What markets are they looking to target for capital?
  • Price-takers or price-makers: What are the financing requirements GREs and off-takers? What pricing are they willing to accept from the markets? 

Michele Fiorentino, Chief Investment Officer, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)
Loay Ghazaleh, Advisor, Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tom Koczwara, Director, Debt Management, Department of Finance, Sharjah
Rajit Nanda, Chief Investment Officer, ACWA Power
Moderated by: Sarah Pirzada Usmani, Managing Director - Head of Asset & Export Finance, First Abu Dhabi Bank

09.45 The Structured Capital Markets journey: A road map from bilateral loans to accessing long term USD funding

  • How are private developers adjusting their funding sources and strategies in response to changing macroeconomic conditions and market dynamics?
  • Going from loan-dominated portfolios to incorporating capital markets: What preparation and reorganisation of finance functions is required? What does the process of being rated involve? 
  • Establishing a relationship banking group for the journey – what is their long-term purpose? What skill-sets and capabilities should companies be looking for in their relationship banks? 
  • The business case for accessing the capital markets: Diversifying the funding base, extending maturities and attracting liquidity

Alexandre Clar, General Manager, Treasury, Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum (ORPIC)
Samer Jumean, Head of Financing and Capital Markets, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)
Daniel Tromans, Head of Corporate Finance & Group Treasury, SENAAT General Holding Corporation
Kashif Raza, Head of Capital Markets & Syndications, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB)
Moderated by: Ashley Blows, Managing Director, Global Infrastructure and Projects, Head of Infrastructure, Natixis

10.30 How to structure financings for MEGA projects and large CAPEX programmes

  • Analysing market liquidity: How are local and regional banks managing their assets and liabilities? How much capacity is there to support mega projects and large capex programmes? 
  • International bank capacity to lend large amounts for long duration: Why appetite is finite and diminishing
  • Why multi-source financing and incorporating a capital markets strategy is essential to successfully financing large CAPEX programmes and mega-projects (Examples from the O&G and Power sectors) 
  • Transitioning from project finance loans to capital markets financing: Structuring, packaging and marketing project bonds/sukuk
  • Increasing project bankability by incorporating capital market elements in the structure – key considerations and requirements

Charlie Seymour, Financial Advisor, Department of Energy, Abu Dhabi
Yunhe Lu, Director, Acquisition & Project Finance, ACWA Power
Tarek Al-Amad, Chief Executive Officer, European Jordanian Renewable Energy Projects
El Mehdi Ben Maalla, Senior Financial Advisor, Engie
Duncan Allison, Managing Director, Head of Power & Infrastructure, SMBC
Moderated by: James Simpson, Partner, Co-Chair Global Project Finance, Winston & Strawn LLP

11.30 Coffee and networking

12.00 Public-Private Partnership and structured capital markets: How much capital is required to support the region’s PPP aspirations and where will this capital be raised?

  • How are PPP programmes going to be financed once they are put in place? 
  • How are the private and public sectors going to come up with the funding that they pledged? How and where are they going to raise the funds from? 
  • Can PPPs be used to finance infrastructure projects? How does the revenue generation risk need to be distributed between the private and the public sector to make PPPs economically viable as an infrastructure financing tool?
  • Using PPPs to finance small-scale infrastructure projects: Can the UK’s PFI model be replicated across the MENA region to attract international lenders?

Vishal Rander, Director, Project & Infrastructure Finance, Deloitte
Francois Xavier Boul, Chief Development Officer, Tabreed
Matthew Nathan, Chief Investment Officer, ABG Investments
Moderated by: Tim Armsby, Partner, Pinsent Masons

12.45 Project bonds: Evolving the structure beyond a capital markets take-out of a mini-perm

  • The current project bond model and how it works – but where does the structure not work? What are the capital markets alternatives for projects that can’t easily roll-out of an existing project finance loan? 
  • Beyond O&G and power: How to finance IWPPs and infrastructure projects in the Project Bond Market 
  • Green (project) bonds and project sukuk demand - is there a local buyer-base for Islamic and sustainable structures? 
  • Opportunities beyond USD Bonds: How and where to raise capital in alternative currencies 

Charlie Seymour, Financial Advisor, Department of Energy, Abu Dhabi
Anil Vijayachandran, Executive Manager APF team, ACWA Power
Franck Nowak, Senior Analyst, MENA Fixed Income and Global Sukuk, Franklin Templeton Investments
Michela Bariletti, Senior Director, Infrastructure Ratings. S&P Global
Fabrizio Baicchi, Executive Director, Structured Finance, SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited
Moderated by: Sean Johnson, Partner, White & Case

13.30 Networking lunch hosted by ACWA Power

15.00 ECA Financing vs. Capital markets: Which market should CFOs pick?
Export Credit Financing and Debt Capital markets transactions have experienced record volumes in recent years. For a CFO considering which market to finance their operations – which market offers the best solution?
This session will pit ECAs against bond/sukuk investors, Export Finance bankers against DCM bankers, and CFOs who have opted for ECA against CFOs who have opted for bonds; to argue the case of which market offers the best pricing, tenor and terms.
Neeraj Agrawal, Group CFO and Board Member, Crescent Petroleum
John Joseph, Vice President – Finance, Dubai World Trade Centre
Alexei Rybakov, Director, Infrastructure & Real Estate Group, Export & Specialised Finance, HSBC
Naoki Tamaki, Chief Representative, Middle East, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Moderated by: Alexander Malahias, Partner, White & Case

15.45 Banking GCC: How are lenders approaching the market in light of volatile oil price and historically low interest rates?

  • Gauging banks’ appetite to lend: How liquid are the loan markets? Who is ready to lend?
  • Project, ECA-backed, general corporate loans: Where are the banks’ sweet-spots away from high-grade and GRE lending?
  • Risk and refinancing: What has changed in 12 months for companies to be able to refinance loans with banks at better rates and/or without financial covenants today?

Ali Ayub, Director, Acquisition & Project Finance, ACWA Power
Jan von Allwörden, Director, International Business Development, Euler Hermes Aktiengesellschaft
Véronique de Blic, Head of Export Finance Europe, Middle East & Africa, BNP Paribas
Yusuf Ali Khan, Managing Director & Head of Trade for Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and Turkey, Citi
Moderated by: Sohail Barkatali, Partner, Hogan Lovells

16.30 IPOs and Equity capital markets: Private vs. public, international vs. local – assessing the options and evaluating where liquidity can be tapped

  • Why, how and what is driving demand and market activity in the region’s IPO and equity markets? 
  • Cost/benefit analysis: What is the real cost of IPO/ECM deal versus a debt capital markets deal? 
  • How to structure and package a regional IPO, part-listing or an ECM deal? 
  • Selecting a market: Local vs. international, public vs. private equity: Where is the demand? How are local/regional deals different to international listings? 

Reem Al Anbari, Chief Financial Officer, ADNOC Gas Processing
Abu Bakar Chowdhury, Chief Financial Officer, ASMA Capital
Moderated by: Campbell Steedman, Managing Partner, Middle East, Winston & Strawn LLP

17.15 Chairman’s closing remarks followed by networking cocktail reception

18.30 Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East Awards Ceremony



Day 2: Wednesday 7th November 2018


09.15 Chairman’s opening remarks
Tim Armsby, Partner, Pinsent Masons

09.20  Middle East Deals of the Year Case Study Roadshow

The session reviews the leading transactions from the past year.  The Winners of the Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East Deals of the Year will present their transactions, and by analysing the borrowers’ objectives, deals’ structure, market response and investor sentiment, highlight what made them so innovative and ground-breaking.  For borrowers, this is your opportunity to hear about accessing new markets to secure financing.  Deals to be presented include Winners of:

  • Structured Loan Deal of the Year
    Raju Vasudevan, Senior Manager Treasury & Projects, Bee’ah
  • Investment Grade Corporate Bond/Sukuk Deal of the Year
    Narayanan Seshan, General Manager Treasury, Omantel
  • Trade & Export Finance Deal of the Year
    Nishit Kumar, Senior Director, Corporate Finance, Mashreqbank
  • Project Finance Deal of the Year
    Senior executive, ACWA Power

11.20   Coffee and networking

11.50  A South African renaissance? Opportunities in the power and infrastructure sectors in the post-Zuma era

  • Reawakening South Africa’s REIPPP programme: What opportunities is the renewed commitment to diversify the power mix creating for GCC developers and sponsors?
  • A new role for the private sector – how is the government planning to attract investment into South Africa’s water infrastructure?

Lena Mangondo, Head of Legal, IPP Office, South Africa

12.20  ESG, green finance and renewables: Why Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) is a core criterion for borrowers looking to secure sponsorship from international investors

  • International investors are increasingly looking at ESG as a core criterion in their investment process: What do GCC sponsors, corporates and developers need to do to improve ESG scores? What are the expectations and the realities?
  • Corporate responsibility in Emerging markets: What are companies doing to improve transparency?
  • Preparing to go Green: What do issuers need to do before launching a Green bond?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for the development of the green bond market in the Middle East?
  • MENA Renewable energy and Green finance: The next major evolution of the market…

Dr. Ahmed Badr, Executive Director, The Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)

12.50   Chairman’s closing remarks and close of conference followed by Networking lunch hosted by ACWA Power



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