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Port Investments in Emerging Markets Forum (London) 2017

21-22 November 2017



Early Bird Rate: 930
Book before 21 October 2017

Standard Rate: €

10% discount for 2 or more delegates from the same company when booked at the same time.

For more information please contact:
E: sacha@portfinanceinternational.com

PFI is returning to London on 21 - 22 November 2017 to examine foundations for growth in emerging market, port infrastructure, project finance and delivery. These especially complex and challenging markets require the financial resources and practical expertise that the private sector can offer.

PFI London 2017 will discuss the position of Emerging markets as the driving force of economic growth, and will investigate where positive frameworks have been developed for strong and collaborative private-sector participation, and what are the incentives and likely outcomes of these investments.

The conference will bring leading port and terminal operators, port project consortia, finance, maritime, transport, infrastructure and industrial experts together, to assess and discuss the key challenges and opportunities in some of the world's key emerging markets, with a focus on the developments in Africa, the Middle East, South America and India.

We will be inviting market experts and leaders from these markets, and those with a role or interest in these areas, to share their experiences and outlook with the audience. With an emphasis on learning, networking and market outlook, PFI London 2017 will be sure to provide inspiration and action for those already active and for those considering investigating port infrastructure and opportunity in these sectors.

Across 2 days, key topics to be covered will include:

• Reviewing infrastructure investment demands in emerging markets and developing economies
• The impact of shipping trends and developments on port projects
• Overview of existing and upcoming port development projects in emerging markets
• Innovative PPP models for successful ports investments
• Striking the balance between public and private infrastructure provision
• Opportunities for port investments: port terminals or hinterland transport chains?
• The mechanisms of infrastructure finance
• The role of institutional investors
• How to overcome entry barriers in emerging markets
• Managing evolving project risk
• How to ensure bankability of large scale port projects
• The future role of the terminal operator: Heading towards consolidation / M&A
• Spotlight on key developing markets; Africa, South America, South East Asia and the Mediterranean
• Plus – case studies, C-level panel discussions, roundtable sessions and networking functions

Where: HFW, Friary Court, 65 Crutched Friars, London EC3N 2AE
When: 21 – 22 November 2017, with a site visit to London Gateway post-lunch on 22 November
Who: We invite all those involved in port and terminal projects, especially with an interest in emerging markets such as Africa, Middle East, South America and India to join us. Discounts are available for group bookings and partners.

If you have a project or product that you would like to share with this audience, or if you would like to use this event to talk to 100+ leading port experts, please get in touch.
For more information please contact:

Cathy Hodge,
Director, Port Finance International


Matthew Gore
Matthew Gore

Matthew Gore is a Partner at HFW. He focuses on transactional corporate and commercial law with a particular emphasis on the ports, transport and logistics sectors. He has experience of a wide range of high value international corporate and commercial transactions, including share acquisitions and disposals; business and asset transfers; corporate and operational joint ventures; sector specific corporate, commercial and regulatory advisory work; and commercial contracts. He has worked on high profile international port & terminal projects including Port development, privatisation, restructuring, concessions management and operation.

Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster is a Partner at JLT and is responsible for business development focused in and around the marine liability sector. He is primarily responsible for Ports & Terminals.

After a degree in Geography, Andrew began his career as a shipbroker in London concentrating on towage and salvage. After obtaining membership of the institute of chartered shipbrokers he then worked overseas, based in Geneva and Singapore, as a trader for CRC Cargo Recovery Consultants, and specialised in damaged commodities.

On returning to London in 1995, Andrew joined UK P&I Club dealing with Russian and Romanian owners' claims. 1996 saw a transfer to ITIC where he became an account executive dealing with Members in the Middle East and South America. At the end of 1999, he transferred to the TT Club, where he went to Dubai in 2000 to take over as General Manager at TTMS (Gulf) dealing with TT and ITIC Members in the Middle East and Indian Sub-Continent.

In 2002, Andrew returned to London to take up the role of TT Clubs Loss Preventi on director – a role that he held prior to making the move to UKTI on secondment as the International Business specialist – ports working with the International Sector team in the London headquarters. Secondment ended in June 2008 and a position with Savi Performance Logistics (a Lockheed Martin company) became open. Inchcape Shipping Services beckoned at the end of 2008 and waved goodbye at the end of 2009. A brief spell of independent consulting gave way to Jardine Lloyd Thompson.

Anthony van der Hoest
Anthony van der Hoest
Senior Manager Commerce

Mr. van der Hoest is Senior Manager Commerce at MTBS and responsible for business development, project delivery And management. He has over 13 years of experience in the ports and maritime sector and holds a Civil Engineering degree from Delft University of Technoplogy. He has significant experience in various senior management and business development roles at Port of Amsterdam, Terminal Investment Ltd (TIL) and Samskip.

Mr. van der Hoest has gained a profound knowledge of, inter alia, container and breakbulk trade & shipping, terminal and port development & operation and terminal valuation & finance.

Edson Dalto
Edson Dalto


Biography pending.

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Chantal McRoberts
Senior Consultant


Chantal McRoberts is a senior consultant in Drewry Maritime Advisors team based in London. Chantal has worked within the ports and maritime environment for 18 years. Chantal’s previous roles include trade and operations management within leading container lines (Maersk, APL & P&O Nedlloyd) and consultancy positions within Moffatt & Nichol and URS. Chantal holds a Geography Degree from Leicester University and she is qualified Project Manager with the Association of Project Managers. Chantal’s consultancy experience is diverse, having project managed numerous commercial & technical due diligence projects and market & feasibility studies for a variety of clients, including port operators, lenders, financial institutions and development banks, across all maritime sectors. Recent projects have included acting as project manager for a due diligence on a UK ferry company and the commercial advisor for the Cosco acquisition of Noatum Valencia.

Nik Delmaire
Nik Delmaire
Secretary General, European Shippers’ Council

Biography pending.

Richard Nicholson
To be announced
To be announced

Biography Pending

Jasbir Singh Solanki
Jasbir Singh Solanki
Head- Critical Infrastructure Group
Mahindra Special Services Group

Biography Pending

Guy Wilkes
Guy Wilkes
Nectar Group

Mr. Wilkes holds a degree in Maritime Business and Law.

Prior to joining Nectar Group in 2003, he spent 7 years within the Liner Industry gaining invaluable shipping experience, particularly in West Africa.

Nectar Group handles in excess of 9 million tons of bulk cargo per annum and has a worldwide staff approaching 400 personnel.

In recent years the Group’s focus has been on establishing a stronger presence with its Terminals business.

We have 3 terminals - In East Africa the Group manages and operates a Bulk Coal Terminal and has interests in a Grain Terminal. In Asia, the Group has built a new Bulk Terminal at Bataan in Manila Bay. In West Africa Nectar operates the Bulk Terminal in Sierra Leone.

The Group has been present in West Africa for almost 30 years and has a number of subsidiary companies along the coast providing handling and logistics services to the Bulk Industry.

Firat Yemeniciler
Firat Yemeniciler
General Manager

Biography Pending

Daniel van Tuijl
Daniel van Tuijl
Maritime Specialist
World Bank Group

Biography Pending

Gavin Dow
Gavin Dow
Breakthrough Group

Biography Pending

Jamie Simpson
Jamie Simpson

Biography Pending

Chris Borha
Chris Borha
Head Analyst
C.A. Bohra (Management and Economic Services)
Former General Manager

Biography Pending

Johny M. Smith
Johny M. Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Walvis Bay

Biography Pending

With many more to be announced



Agenda Day 1
21 November 2017


Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee

09:30 Opening Notes from Conference Chair
Jamie Simpson, Economist
Session 1: Appraising the Market: Trends and Developments Leading Global Ports Investments
09:45 Opening Address - Global Investment in Ports and Terminals
  • Increasing role for private investment
  • Key investors
  • Investment types
  • Where is the growth coming from?
  • What operators can offer
  • Key challenges
  • What's next?

Matthew Gore, Partner, HFW


Criteria for Investment in Emerging Market Ports

Speaker to be announced, Macquarie Capital Funds


Innovative PPP Models for Successful Global Ports Investments

Anthony van der Hoest, Senior Manager Commerce, MTBS

11:15 Tea/Coffee Break

Port Infrastructure Investment for Economic Development

  • Infrastructure investment for economic development
  • Recent issues that have arisen in the construction insurance world
  • Economic impact of risk management

Andrew Webster, Partner, JLT Specialty


The Economic, Market and Commercial Appraisals of Port Developments, Expansions and Acquisitions

Chantal McRoberts, Senior Consultant, Drewry


The Shippers Role in Supply Chain Investments

  • Flexible supply chains to meet economic and political fluctuations
  • Integrated or dynamic solutions to respond to localised demands

Nik Delmaire, Secretary General, European Shippers' Council

13:15 Lunch

Session 2: Market Drivers for Ports Investors – Surveying the Landscape
This session will look at opportunities across key global markets and provide insight into what these markets can offer potential investors and developers


Investment Opportunities in Brazilian Logistics Infrastructure

Edson Dalto, Manager - Department of Logistics & Transport, BNDES


Turkey's Ports and the Economy

  • Turkish Economy, still the largest in Europe, IMF revised its estimate for Turkey from 2,5% to 5,1% for 2017
  • Seaborne trade, 5th in Europe, growing over 9% fuelled by energy products
  • Energy corridor creating a major energy hub in the region, floating LNG storage will expand the capacity
  • Leading ports of Turkey, Kocaeli Port is the pioneer
  • Successful investment stories paving the way for capital markets and strategic investors

Firat Yemeniciler, General Manager, POLIPORT


Creating an Investment Enabling Environment in the Port Sector: A Case Study of Indonesia

  • The 2008 shipping law reform and the opportunities this creates for private sector participation
  • Causes why private sector participation has been weak in Indonesia up till now
  • Key areas of reform the government is currently addressing to drive investments in the port sector
  • Redefining the public role in port development and need to create more bankable projects

Daniel van Tuijll, Maritime Specialist, World Bank Group


Tea/Coffee Break

16:15 Protecting Critical Infrastructure: Challenges & Solutions for the Ports & Terminals Sector
Jasbir Singh Solanki,
Head- Critical Infrastructure Group, Mahindra Special Services Group

Shaking Up the Economic Order: China's Seaport Shopping Spree

  • The Rise of Chinese Port Operators, Belt and Road and their Combined Impact on Emerging Markets Developments

Gavin Dow, Director, Breakthrough Group

17:30 Summary Notes Followed by Networking Reception to 19:30, hosted by HFW

Agenda Day 2
22 November 2017

09:00 Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee

Opening Notes from Conference Chair
Jamie Simpson, Economist

Session 3: A Global Perspective


Opening Discussion Panel: Different Perspectives: A Global View
This executive level panel session will focus on the criteria and rationale for investing in a port or terminal in an emerging market. What are the incentives, and how to avoid the pitfalls?
Moderated by: TBA
Panellists include: TBA

11:00 Tea/Coffee Break

Session 4: Case Studies – the Operator's View
This session will provide case studies from those who have invested or been invested in. What did this investment mean and what challenges were overcome on the way. We will review innovative financing solutions and discuss the future of global port investments.


Investment Challenges for a Terminal Operator in West Africa
Guy Wilkes, Director, Nectar Group


Developing a Global Supply Chain Ecosystem - A Walvis Bay Perspective
Johny M. Smith,
Chief Executive Officer, Walvis Bay

12:30 Conference Conclusions, Followed by Lunch
13:30 Site Visit to DP World London Gateway.
Transport provided by PFI, return around 1800.


*Certain speakers, topics, titles and content may be subject to alteration. The organiser reserves the right to make changes to the programme as necessary

Site Visit

DP World London Gateway is the UK's most integrated logistics hub; a state-of-the-art, globally connected deep-sea port and rail terminal, on the same site as an expansive land bank for the flexible and fast development of logistics facilities and warehouses. DP World London Gateway provides the most efficient link between deep-sea shipping and the largest consumer markets in the UK - accelerating UK growth, now.

The visit will include a presentation about the Port and Logistics Park, followed by a tour of this outstanding facility.


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Media Partners

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Delegate Info

Conference Venue: 
Friary Court, 65 Crutched Friars, London EC3N 2AE, United Kingdom

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Early Bird Rate*
Book before 21 October 2017

  • Port Investments in Emerging Markets Forum                               €930
  • Port & Terminal Concessions Course                                            €2095
  • Combine London week ticket (Forum + Course)                           €2268

Standard Rate*

  • Port Investments in Emerging Markets Forum                              €1095
  • Port & Terminal Concessions Course                                            €2695
  • Combine London week ticket (Forum + Course)                           €2842

*An extra 10% discount for 2 or more delegates from the same company when booked at the same time.
Members of our partners are entitled to a special 25% discount on the delegate price.
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PAYMENT POLICY: Payment is due in full at the time of registration and includes lunches, refreshments and conference materials.

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PROGRAMME CHANGES: For reasons beyond the control of Port Finance International, it may be necessary to alter the content, the speakers and/or the timing of the sessions. In the unfortunate event of a cancellation, Port Finance International is not liable for any cost incurred by delegates in connection with their attendance.

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