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SMi Group Reports: New Fund for Strategic Investment from the European Commission

SMi Group reports: Hear about the new fund for strategic investment from expert speakers of the European Commission at the 14th Annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum, taking place 23-24 November 2015 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Amsterdam, Netherlands, August 07, 2015 --( Last month, EIB President Werner Hoyer, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Vice President Jyrki Katainen signed a series of technical agreements between the European Investment Bank and European Commission including new investment for strategic infrastructure across Europe and around the world*.

Building on this, SMi is pleased to be hosting its 14th Annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum taking place on 23rd - 24th November 2015 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Join Ian Conlon and Dominik Zunt from the European Commission and hear about the Investment Plan for Europe (the ‘Juncker plan’) and what EU financial instruments can be used over the coming years.

Attendees will also get an insight in the other two important strands of the Investment Plan: the European Investment Advisory Hub – a technical assistance one-stop shop for market participants and the European Investment Project Portal – a publicly accessible webpage making project information easily available to investors.

2015 Expert Speaker Line-up includes:

Frank Schramm, Co-CEO, BBGI S.A.
Han Claessens, Senior Investment Manager, PGGM Investments
Jeroen Kies, Assistant General Manager, Structured Finance Department, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe
Rob Peters, Finance Manager, Rijkswaterstaat, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital
Jan Willem Van Roggen, Managing Director, NIBC Bank
Francois Yves Gaudeul, Director, Infrastructure Debt, Allianz Global Investors
Benoît Theys, Real Estate & PPP Finance Manager, AG Real Estate
Johan Mouraux, Partner,DLA Piper
Dr. Chris Zevenbergen, Strategic Advisor Of The Executive Board, Chair Flood Resilience GroupUNESCO-IHE, Dura Vermeer Group NV, UNESCO-IHE and TuDelf
Joris van Papenrecht, Commercial Director, BAM PPP The Netherlands and Belgium
Karel Joos, Partner, Interel
Roeland van der Zee, Senior Consultant at Aon Global Risk Consulting
Bernward Kulle, Executive Board Member, ÖPP Deutschland AG

Through a series of exciting case studies, presentations and panel discussions this premier event will allow unrivalled networking allowing for a gathering of industry’s infrastructure developers, investors, financiers & government agencies as they discuss and debate latest developments in the Benelux region. To read the complete conference programme please visit

Key Benefits of Attending:

-Hear cutting edge presentations from key players and opinion leaders in the industry
-Review case studies on closed deals and lessons learned from them
-Hear from presenters from outside of the region to see what they are doing and what can be shared
-A high level conference attracting the movers and shakers in the region

Attendees to the Benelux Infrastructure Forum 2015 include, but are not limited to Directors of Finance, Directors of PPP/PFI projects, Vice Presidents, PPP/PFI Project Managers for Council Projects, Government Financial Employees i.e. Chief Executive of HM Treasury, Chief Executives of Finance Departments, Heads of national banks, Modelling software sellers, Financial education, Law firms, Consultancies, Construction, Insurance companies, Chief Finance Officers, Partners and Loan officers.

This year’s event will also include an interactive half-day past-conference workshop entitled Navigating and Negotiating LMA Loan Documentation led by Gerald Kneppers, DLA Piper on Wednesday 25th November.

Early Bird Discount:
Book by 30th September and receive £100 off the conference price!

For more information on the event, please visit or contact Andrew Gibbons on +44 (0) 207 827 6156 or email

About SMi Group:
Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at

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