Agenda

Coachella

Welcome to day 2 of Proximo Europe!

Glastonbury

A spotlight on the endeavours currently being undertaken by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Sea to support international trade, accelerate climate action to ensure a net-zero future and alignment of economic recovery with the 2030 agenda and UN SDGs

António Costa Silva
Minister of Economy and Maritime Affairs, Ministry of Economy and Maritime Affairs
António Costa Silva
Minister of Economy and Maritime Affairs, Ministry of Economy and Maritime Affairs

Coachella

Now more than ever the energy transition is propelling at a ferocious rate and advances in technologies and green tools are constantly beginning to surface, join our panelists to:

- Take a fresh look at the latest innovative and exciting projects to land in Europe from Hydrogen to EV charging stations and get ahead of the curve on where the next developments in the world of project finance are progressing.

- Assess how adoption curves could vary across the continent primarily due to legislation and understand how this will influence geographical financing of these new projects.

Michael Crabb
SVP Commercial, Last Energy

Coachella

Shun the big stage for the intimate roundtable, as all guests at Proximo Europe join one of the following-country focused industry sessions, each led by expert facilitators. We will begin by covering Energy and then - after the ring of a bell - we’ll switch at the midway point to transport, social and digital infrastructure. Choose from one of our Locations:
- Portugal
- Spain
- Germany
- United Kingdom
- Italy
- France
- Greece
- Poland

Joao Macedo
Country Head, Portugal, Akuo Energy
Andre Salgado De Matos
Partner, CS’Associados
Francisco Santos Costa
Partner, Cuatrecasas
Melanie Schrader
Project Manager, Landesbank Baden - Wurttemberg (LBBW)

Coachella

Offshore Wind Case Study EFGL

Faysal Talata
Head of Finance, Ocean Wind
Marco Wiedijk
Vice President, Business Development, Principle Power
Bin Wang
Vice President Offshore Renewables, Norwegian Hull Club
Moderator
Tom Nelthorpe
Editor, TXF

Coachella

Thank you for attending Proximo Europe 2023!

Coachella - Energy Stream

Pick up your badge and grab a coffee as we get ready to start the day!

Coachella - Energy Stream

Welcome to Proximo Energy and Infrastructure Finance Lisbon 2023!

Coachella - Energy Stream

Our government keynote panel evaluates recent policy changes affecting the investment landscape for energy and infrastructure projects.

Michael Feith
InvestEU Governance - Policy Officer, European Commission
Moderator
Tom Nelthorpe
Editor, TXF

Coachella - Energy Stream

This keynote panel is a market practitioner’s perspective of the market today from the cost of capital and performance of different assets to growth prospects and obstacles, all aimed at answering one fundamental question: how do we seize the potential inherent to the financing of transition assets?

 - Taking stock: What assets are ripe for investment, and which are 5-10 years out? What are the main roadblocks to financing? 

 - Have we reached the tipping point for decarbonization? Using a multi-faceted attack plan to decarbonize


Abhijit Kulkarni
Chief Financial Officer, Indorama
Javier Huergo
Chief Investment Officer, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures
James Richards
Executive Director, Project Finance, Standard Chartered
Moderator
Michael Switt
Senior Managing Director, Manulife Financial

Coachella - Energy Stream

The EPC market is a definitely an interesting one contemporarily – developers across the continent are working to overcome rising construction costs have made it increasingly difficult to complete projects on time and on budget increasing the need for resiliency from all parties. Join our panellists as they discuss:
- Assess current EPC contract strategies to see whether they are promoting an efficient construction process.
- The negative impact of the tenders issued in the last couple of years on EPC costs.
- How to manage changes in contractor and sponsor groups during procurement and construction
- Project Pipeline & Permitting Issues

Garret Tynan
European Head of Infrastructure & Project Finance, KBRA
Guillaume Leprieur
Head of Structured Finance, France, MUFG
Juan Jimenez Perez
Project Finance Manager, ERG
Steven Barnes
Head of CEE & Middle East, Bechtel Enterprises

Coachella - Energy Stream

Coachella - Energy Stream

Offshore Wind is a critical component of Developers renewables portfolios as we strive towards our Energy Transition and Net 0 goals. Opportunities for Offshore wind are extending beyond the traditional horizions for where traditionally these projects have been situated and new emerging opportunities are arising in countries like Poland. Is now the time to capitalise and scale up?

Join our panelists as they discuss :

- Key factors in making an offshore wind transaction bankable from conception to completion.
- What lessons can be learned from projects at financial close that we can replicate for a successful scale up of this asset class
- A forecast to the future, where will be the new hotbeds of opportunity in the Offshore Wind space?

Michael Van Der heijden
CEO, Maple Power
Joao Landolt
Head of PPAs for Global Customers, Iberdrola
Moderator
Mafalda Ferreira
Partner, CS’Associados

Primavera - Infrastructure Stream

As we continue to navigate through a volatile time with interest rates making it difficult for many countries to viably finance projects – join our panellists to take a fresh look and when and where PPPs can be most effectively used and discuss how to effectively utilize these moving forward:

- Delve into the sectors with the most opportunities to benefit from PPP agreements. 

- Assess the impact of rising interest rates on the need for governments to take advantage of PPPs moving forward. 

- Analyse best in class examples of PPPs done correctly to understand how and where to most successfully implement PPPs to construct key infrastructure.

Nikos Sergis
Manager, PPP Unit, Ministry of Economy, Greece
Manuel Cary
Chief Executive Officer, Transport Infrastructure Investment Company (TIIC)
Martin Polonyi
Financial Instruments and International Institutions Unit, MoF Slovakia
Zoran Jelic
Global Project Co-ordinator, CREAM Europe PPP Alliance - ImPPPact Global Alliance
Moderator
Mariana Norton dos Reis
Partner, Cuatrecasas

Coachella - Energy Stream

In improving the efficacy of renewables and electrified assets, we look at bottlenecks to resiliency on the grid. Expanding on distributed energy resources to combat energy security risks is only one avenue of attack. In this session we explore what opportunities are there to further improve the quality and reliability of European grid systems. 

- Overview of opportunities and challenges in solar: supply chain, construction risk, and economies of scale for new projects.

- Breakdown of incentives - where are governments trending on their goals to net zero? How to tap into capital.

- Battery Storage: what future are we seeing for long duration storage 

Verena Rathgeber
Associate Director, Infracapital
Emi Takehara
CFO, Grenergy Renovables
Ezio Ravaccia
CFO, Solar Ventures
Sergio Arbelaez
Managing Director, Head of Europe & Latam, Matrix Renewables
Moderator
Chris Williams
Head of Project Finance, London, LBBW

Primavera - Infrastructure Stream

Data Centers are a critical part of European Digital infrastructure portfolios across Europe and the world. Join our panelists as they take a deep dive into how to successfully add data centers to your portfolio, the key metrics to look for when financing them and more, across 45 minutes we will address:

-  Best practice for successful financing of data centres projects through careful analysis of energy prices and trends.

- Understand how to best navigate the challenges surrounding data centre residency to mitigate risk of power cuts affecting the ability to service customers.

- Hear real life examples of how to successfully integrate all key stakeholders towards viable financial close

Aurelien Roelens
Managing Director & Head of ESG, Cube Infrastructure
Michael Scales
Director, Infrastructure, MUFG
Moderator
David Watson
Senior Underwriter, AXA XL

Coachella - Energy Stream

Coachella - Energy Stream

Even with interest rates going up banks have faced challenges due to an increased cost of funding. In a time where one might think banks may be thriving it is more critical now than ever before that banks are selective in their project undertakings:

- Understand what makes a project a viable undertaking in the contemporary environment of relative volatility.

- Assess the impact of liquidity pressure on banks funding of projects.

- Forecast for the future – what direction will project investment move to in 2023 and beyond.

- Interest rates, hedging and distribution.

Alberto Garcia
Managing Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Credit, Denham Capital
Rishin Patel
Managing Director, Head of Project Finance & Infrastructure Capital Markets, Chatham Financial
Tarik Kapetanovic
Director - Infrastructure and Energy, Deutsche Bank

Primavera - Infrastructure Stream

The Digital Infrastructure discussion continues after lunch, and the appetite amongst European investors and developers for fibre is continuing to grow across the continent. We take a look at what is driving this and how market participants must navigate legislative differences in different jurisdictions. Join our panelists as they discuss:

- Best practice for successful financing of fibre projects through analysis of energy prices and trends.
- Hear real life examples of how to successfully integrate all key stakeholders towards viable financial close

Oliver Bradley
Managing Director, Digital Infrastructure Investing, Macquarie Capital
Alberto Faraco
Director, Fitch
Moderator
Nico Grove
Managing Director, Kawikani GmbH & Co. KG

Coachella - Energy Stream

Join us for a case study of the Neuconnect Interconnector deal, a DFI/ECA backed debt packing funding the construction of an interconnector project linking Germany to the UK. Join us as unite key stakeholders in the deal to discuss key features of the deal including challenges, how they managed to reach financial close, is the deal something that could be replicated by others looking to invest in this asset class and more.

Christoph Holzer
Managing Director, Allianz Capital Partners

Primavera - Infrastructure Stream

Our case study sessions bring you as close as it is possible to get to projects in the market without actually being there! We hear from the dealmakers behind these innovative transactions on how they came together, the obstacles they had to overcome, the lessons for the future, and what next after these potentially path breaking projects.

Alex Kornman
SVP, Macquarie
Timo Hellwig
Head of Rep. Office North America, KfW IPEX-Bank

Coachella - Energy Stream

Pop over to the meeting hub during the networking break to get a quick new headshot for your linkedin from our professional photographer!

Coachella - Energy Stream

Proximo’s popular interactive gameshow session is back! We present our panel of dealmakers with three hypothetical deals that could very feasibly land on their desks, and ask them to appraise them.
- What risk appetite are you willing to contend with?
- What could potentially be changed and what would that conversation look like?
- What are the key facets for a deal being bankable in today’s market?
- Would you do the deal? The audience will also have the chance to play along, voting on the deal as well as asking the panel questions.

Bart White
Managing Director, Head of Energy Structured Finance, Santander
Isil Tanriverdi Versmissen
Executive Director , Nomura
Caroline Rouse
Vice President, Brookfield Asset Management
Caroline Rouse
Vice President, Brookfield Asset Management
Moderator
Simon Baker
Director, Texel

Coachella - Energy Stream

Join us as we celebrate the most innovative, pathbreaking, and highly-regarded deals in the energy and infrastructure market. 

Coachella - Energy Stream

Stream

Join the Proximo Intelligence team for a relaxing and informative stroll through the historic city of Lisbon. While you hustle through meetings, keynotes, networking, and awards at Proximo Europe, don’t forget to prioritise your health with our wellbeing program, brought to you by TXF Intelligence Once you’re done focusing on yourself, take some time to improve the health of your business development pipeline with Proximo Europe - a market-leading data, news, and community platform. Speak to one of the team on site for more information.

Stream

Come along and have a few drinks with your fellow attendees to kick off the event in style - sponsored by Cuatrecasas!

Stream

Ahead of Proximo Europe's official kick off next week, Proximo content manager Max Kallmeier caught up with David Watson, Senior Underwriter at Axa XL and one of the speakers at the event to discuss his perspective on current market trends, challenges and his session at Proximo Europe next week!

David Watson
Senior Underwriter, AXA XL
David Watson
Senior Underwriter, AXA XL

Pre-event bonus content

Proximo Content Manager Max Kallmeier Caught up with Proximo Europe speaker Ezio Ravaccia, CFO, Solar Ventures to discuss his perspective on the market currently, his session and why he can't wait to join us for Proximo Europe in Lisbon in two weeks time!

Ezio Ravaccia
CFO, Solar Ventures

Pre-event bonus content

Dario Liguti, Director of Sustainable Energy at the UN economic commission for Europe, and Eric Usher at UNEP Finance initiative, join Proximo's head of Trade, Treasury and Risk to discuss how government, multilateral agencies, corporates and FIs can realise emission reduction targets and climate  goals

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Pre-event bonus content

Proximo Content Manager Max Kallmeier Caught up with Proximo Europe speaker Ezio Ravaccia, CFO, Solar Ventures to discuss his perspective on the market currently, his session and why he can't wait to join us for Proximo Europe in Lisbon in two weeks time!

Ezio Ravaccia
CFO, Solar Ventures

Pre-event bonus content

Dario Liguti, Director of Sustainable Energy at the UN economic commission for Europe, and Eric Usher at UNEP Finance initiative, join Proximo's head of Trade, Treasury and Risk to discuss how government, multilateral agencies, corporates and FIs can realise emission reduction targets and climate  goals

Stream

Ahead of Proximo Europe's official kick off next week, Proximo content manager Max Kallmeier caught up with David Watson, Senior Underwriter at Axa XL and one of the speakers at the event to discuss his perspective on current market trends, challenges and his session at Proximo Europe next week!

David Watson
Senior Underwriter, AXA XL
David Watson
Senior Underwriter, AXA XL

Stream

Join the Proximo Intelligence team for a relaxing and informative stroll through the historic city of Lisbon. While you hustle through meetings, keynotes, networking, and awards at Proximo Europe, don’t forget to prioritise your health with our wellbeing program, brought to you by TXF Intelligence Once you’re done focusing on yourself, take some time to improve the health of your business development pipeline with Proximo Europe - a market-leading data, news, and community platform. Speak to one of the team on site for more information.

Stream

Come along and have a few drinks with your fellow attendees to kick off the event in style - sponsored by Cuatrecasas!

Coachella - Energy Stream

Pick up your badge and grab a coffee as we get ready to start the day!

Coachella - Energy Stream

Welcome to Proximo Energy and Infrastructure Finance Lisbon 2023!

Coachella - Energy Stream

Our government keynote panel evaluates recent policy changes affecting the investment landscape for energy and infrastructure projects.

Michael Feith
InvestEU Governance - Policy Officer, European Commission
Moderator
Tom Nelthorpe
Editor, TXF

Coachella - Energy Stream

This keynote panel is a market practitioner’s perspective of the market today from the cost of capital and performance of different assets to growth prospects and obstacles, all aimed at answering one fundamental question: how do we seize the potential inherent to the financing of transition assets?

 - Taking stock: What assets are ripe for investment, and which are 5-10 years out? What are the main roadblocks to financing? 

 - Have we reached the tipping point for decarbonization? Using a multi-faceted attack plan to decarbonize


Abhijit Kulkarni
Chief Financial Officer, Indorama
Javier Huergo
Chief Investment Officer, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures
James Richards
Executive Director, Project Finance, Standard Chartered
Moderator
Michael Switt
Senior Managing Director, Manulife Financial

Coachella - Energy Stream

The EPC market is a definitely an interesting one contemporarily – developers across the continent are working to overcome rising construction costs have made it increasingly difficult to complete projects on time and on budget increasing the need for resiliency from all parties. Join our panellists as they discuss:
- Assess current EPC contract strategies to see whether they are promoting an efficient construction process.
- The negative impact of the tenders issued in the last couple of years on EPC costs.
- How to manage changes in contractor and sponsor groups during procurement and construction
- Project Pipeline & Permitting Issues

Garret Tynan
European Head of Infrastructure & Project Finance, KBRA
Guillaume Leprieur
Head of Structured Finance, France, MUFG
Juan Jimenez Perez
Project Finance Manager, ERG
Steven Barnes
Head of CEE & Middle East, Bechtel Enterprises

Coachella - Energy Stream

Coachella - Energy Stream

Offshore Wind is a critical component of Developers renewables portfolios as we strive towards our Energy Transition and Net 0 goals. Opportunities for Offshore wind are extending beyond the traditional horizions for where traditionally these projects have been situated and new emerging opportunities are arising in countries like Poland. Is now the time to capitalise and scale up?

Join our panelists as they discuss :

- Key factors in making an offshore wind transaction bankable from conception to completion.
- What lessons can be learned from projects at financial close that we can replicate for a successful scale up of this asset class
- A forecast to the future, where will be the new hotbeds of opportunity in the Offshore Wind space?

Michael Van Der heijden
CEO, Maple Power
Joao Landolt
Head of PPAs for Global Customers, Iberdrola
Moderator
Mafalda Ferreira
Partner, CS’Associados

Primavera - Infrastructure Stream

As we continue to navigate through a volatile time with interest rates making it difficult for many countries to viably finance projects – join our panellists to take a fresh look and when and where PPPs can be most effectively used and discuss how to effectively utilize these moving forward:

- Delve into the sectors with the most opportunities to benefit from PPP agreements. 

- Assess the impact of rising interest rates on the need for governments to take advantage of PPPs moving forward. 

- Analyse best in class examples of PPPs done correctly to understand how and where to most successfully implement PPPs to construct key infrastructure.

Nikos Sergis
Manager, PPP Unit, Ministry of Economy, Greece
Manuel Cary
Chief Executive Officer, Transport Infrastructure Investment Company (TIIC)
Martin Polonyi
Financial Instruments and International Institutions Unit, MoF Slovakia
Zoran Jelic
Global Project Co-ordinator, CREAM Europe PPP Alliance - ImPPPact Global Alliance
Moderator
Mariana Norton dos Reis
Partner, Cuatrecasas

Coachella - Energy Stream

In improving the efficacy of renewables and electrified assets, we look at bottlenecks to resiliency on the grid. Expanding on distributed energy resources to combat energy security risks is only one avenue of attack. In this session we explore what opportunities are there to further improve the quality and reliability of European grid systems. 

- Overview of opportunities and challenges in solar: supply chain, construction risk, and economies of scale for new projects.

- Breakdown of incentives - where are governments trending on their goals to net zero? How to tap into capital.

- Battery Storage: what future are we seeing for long duration storage 

Verena Rathgeber
Associate Director, Infracapital
Emi Takehara
CFO, Grenergy Renovables
Ezio Ravaccia
CFO, Solar Ventures
Sergio Arbelaez
Managing Director, Head of Europe & Latam, Matrix Renewables
Moderator
Chris Williams
Head of Project Finance, London, LBBW

Primavera - Infrastructure Stream

Data Centers are a critical part of European Digital infrastructure portfolios across Europe and the world. Join our panelists as they take a deep dive into how to successfully add data centers to your portfolio, the key metrics to look for when financing them and more, across 45 minutes we will address:

-  Best practice for successful financing of data centres projects through careful analysis of energy prices and trends.

- Understand how to best navigate the challenges surrounding data centre residency to mitigate risk of power cuts affecting the ability to service customers.

- Hear real life examples of how to successfully integrate all key stakeholders towards viable financial close

Aurelien Roelens
Managing Director & Head of ESG, Cube Infrastructure
Michael Scales
Director, Infrastructure, MUFG
Moderator
David Watson
Senior Underwriter, AXA XL

Coachella - Energy Stream

Coachella - Energy Stream

Even with interest rates going up banks have faced challenges due to an increased cost of funding. In a time where one might think banks may be thriving it is more critical now than ever before that banks are selective in their project undertakings:

- Understand what makes a project a viable undertaking in the contemporary environment of relative volatility.

- Assess the impact of liquidity pressure on banks funding of projects.

- Forecast for the future – what direction will project investment move to in 2023 and beyond.

- Interest rates, hedging and distribution.

Alberto Garcia
Managing Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Credit, Denham Capital
Rishin Patel
Managing Director, Head of Project Finance & Infrastructure Capital Markets, Chatham Financial
Tarik Kapetanovic
Director - Infrastructure and Energy, Deutsche Bank

Primavera - Infrastructure Stream

The Digital Infrastructure discussion continues after lunch, and the appetite amongst European investors and developers for fibre is continuing to grow across the continent. We take a look at what is driving this and how market participants must navigate legislative differences in different jurisdictions. Join our panelists as they discuss:

- Best practice for successful financing of fibre projects through analysis of energy prices and trends.
- Hear real life examples of how to successfully integrate all key stakeholders towards viable financial close

Oliver Bradley
Managing Director, Digital Infrastructure Investing, Macquarie Capital
Alberto Faraco
Director, Fitch
Moderator
Nico Grove
Managing Director, Kawikani GmbH & Co. KG

Coachella - Energy Stream

Join us for a case study of the Neuconnect Interconnector deal, a DFI/ECA backed debt packing funding the construction of an interconnector project linking Germany to the UK. Join us as unite key stakeholders in the deal to discuss key features of the deal including challenges, how they managed to reach financial close, is the deal something that could be replicated by others looking to invest in this asset class and more.

Christoph Holzer
Managing Director, Allianz Capital Partners

Primavera - Infrastructure Stream

Our case study sessions bring you as close as it is possible to get to projects in the market without actually being there! We hear from the dealmakers behind these innovative transactions on how they came together, the obstacles they had to overcome, the lessons for the future, and what next after these potentially path breaking projects.

Alex Kornman
SVP, Macquarie
Timo Hellwig
Head of Rep. Office North America, KfW IPEX-Bank

Coachella - Energy Stream

Pop over to the meeting hub during the networking break to get a quick new headshot for your linkedin from our professional photographer!

Coachella - Energy Stream

Proximo’s popular interactive gameshow session is back! We present our panel of dealmakers with three hypothetical deals that could very feasibly land on their desks, and ask them to appraise them.
- What risk appetite are you willing to contend with?
- What could potentially be changed and what would that conversation look like?
- What are the key facets for a deal being bankable in today’s market?
- Would you do the deal? The audience will also have the chance to play along, voting on the deal as well as asking the panel questions.

Bart White
Managing Director, Head of Energy Structured Finance, Santander
Isil Tanriverdi Versmissen
Executive Director , Nomura
Caroline Rouse
Vice President, Brookfield Asset Management
Caroline Rouse
Vice President, Brookfield Asset Management
Moderator
Simon Baker
Director, Texel

Coachella - Energy Stream

Join us as we celebrate the most innovative, pathbreaking, and highly-regarded deals in the energy and infrastructure market. 

Coachella - Energy Stream

Coachella

Welcome to day 2 of Proximo Europe!

Glastonbury

A spotlight on the endeavours currently being undertaken by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Sea to support international trade, accelerate climate action to ensure a net-zero future and alignment of economic recovery with the 2030 agenda and UN SDGs

António Costa Silva
Minister of Economy and Maritime Affairs, Ministry of Economy and Maritime Affairs
António Costa Silva
Minister of Economy and Maritime Affairs, Ministry of Economy and Maritime Affairs

Coachella

Now more than ever the energy transition is propelling at a ferocious rate and advances in technologies and green tools are constantly beginning to surface, join our panelists to:

- Take a fresh look at the latest innovative and exciting projects to land in Europe from Hydrogen to EV charging stations and get ahead of the curve on where the next developments in the world of project finance are progressing.

- Assess how adoption curves could vary across the continent primarily due to legislation and understand how this will influence geographical financing of these new projects.

Michael Crabb
SVP Commercial, Last Energy

Coachella

Shun the big stage for the intimate roundtable, as all guests at Proximo Europe join one of the following-country focused industry sessions, each led by expert facilitators. We will begin by covering Energy and then - after the ring of a bell - we’ll switch at the midway point to transport, social and digital infrastructure. Choose from one of our Locations:
- Portugal
- Spain
- Germany
- United Kingdom
- Italy
- France
- Greece
- Poland

Joao Macedo
Country Head, Portugal, Akuo Energy
Andre Salgado De Matos
Partner, CS’Associados
Francisco Santos Costa
Partner, Cuatrecasas
Melanie Schrader
Project Manager, Landesbank Baden - Wurttemberg (LBBW)

Coachella

Offshore Wind Case Study EFGL

Faysal Talata
Head of Finance, Ocean Wind
Marco Wiedijk
Vice President, Business Development, Principle Power
Bin Wang
Vice President Offshore Renewables, Norwegian Hull Club
Moderator
Tom Nelthorpe
Editor, TXF

Coachella

Thank you for attending Proximo Europe 2023!