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The UK Infrastructure Summit: The New Delivery Model (Son of PFI) and Attracting Institutional Investors

Start Date:25 Sep 12 

This timely summit will give delegates an early opportunity to discuss with HM Treasury and leading experts from the infrastructure industry how new approaches to funding infrastructure investment in the UK are likely to work in practice and what their implications are for both the public and private sectors.

We are delighted that Geoffrey Spence of the Treasury will give the keynote address.

The Government is increasingly viewing infrastructure investment as an important tool for its agenda for growth. As a first step in its attempts to re-launch the UK infrastructure market, the Government has recently announced that it will use its balance sheet to support infrastructure projects. In addition to providing short-term loans to existing PPP deals that are struggling to raise finance in the current market, the Government will also underwrite £40bn of private finance for infrastructure schemes. The guarantees will see the government underwriting the construction risk on a project, or the risk of future revenue streams, in a move designed to encourage more institutional investors to come into the market. Eligible projects will have to be: nationally significant; ready to begin construction in the next twelve months; financially credible; not otherwise financeable; and good value for money. This initiative is separate from the Government's ongoing review of the PFI model.

Among the topics that will be covered by the faculty of expert speakers are the following:
• The Government's new initiative to utilise its balance sheet to provide £40bn of guarantees to new infrastructure projects
• Which projects will be eligible for HM Treasury underwriting?
• How will the new structure work in practice?
• Will institutional investors now re-enter the infrastructure market?
• Which projects can apply for the new short-term loans that the Government is making available?
• Progress on the Government's PFI review
• Project bonds
• Developing debt structures that will appeal to insurance companies
• Attracting institutional investors into greenfield infrastructure - getting the structure and risk-return profile right
• Proposed platform to facilitate increased pension fund investment in infrastructure - progress to date and remaining challenges
• Energy infrastructure – delivering the targets set out in the National Infrastructure Plan
• Transport infrastructure – developing a viable RAB/concession structure for the road network

A 15% discount is available for Low Carbon Economy users. To book your place at the special discounted rate please send an enquiry to Paul Hooper with your full contact details, dietary requirements and chosen payment method. Please also quote LCE to gain the 15% discounted rate.

Time: 08.30–16.30
Venue: Central London venue to be confirmed
Cost: Standard private sector: £545 + VAT. There are a limited number of free public sector places that can be applied for. Please contact us to apply for your place.

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