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Reducing the Financing Gap for Facilitating the Development of Infrastructure and Energy Projects in Southeast Asia, Singapore

When: 08.15am – 11.00am, 3 February 2015

Where: Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore

Managing Partner, Martin Desautels spoke on the regional legal and regulatory environment and market opportunities on the infrastructure and energy projects in Southeast Asia through the breakfast talk organized by French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (“FCCS”).

Ensuring the sustainable growth of SE Asia economies is increasingly tied to the development and financing of a multi-billion dollar pipeline of greenfield infrastructure and energy projects. However, a market reality check shows that only a small fraction of this pipeline is bankable and executable. The mismatch between the commercial interest available for developing such pipeline and the market needs is a recurring issue which the industry has been trying to tackle for a long time. While a number of developing Asian countries have announced new programs to unlock infrastructure projects, often supported by multilateral organisations, the Energy/Infrastructure Committee has proposed to discuss the current market trends and outlook regarding the development of greenfield projects as well as possible improvements to reduce this financing gap going forward.

To that end, a panel of distinguished speakers have been gathered to share their expertise as per below agenda:

  • 8.15am: Introduction by Philippe Wind, Vice-President of the FCCS Energy/Infrastructure Committee
  • 8.30am: Market outlook and drivers for facilitating the financing of the pipeline of projects – Cledan Mandri-Perrott, World Bank Group
  • 8.55am: Key issues faced by an industrial sponsor when developing a  greenfield project in SEA – Denis Bonhomme, GDF Suez
  • 9.20am: Regional legal and regulatory environment and market opportunities – A practitioner perspective – Martin Desautels, DFDL
  • 9.45am: Coffee Break
  • 10.05am: Enhancing the credit profile of projects in order to facilitate access to financings – Hugo Virag-Lappas, StormHarbour Securities
  • 10.30am: Panel Discussion – monitored by Philippe Wind
  • 11am: End of the talk

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