Benelux Infrastructure Forum: Exclusive Interview with Ian Conlon from the European Commission

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SMi Group recently caught up with Ian Conlon, Financial Instruments Team, Unit B4, DG MOVE, European Commission

Benelux Infrastructure Forum

The biggest challenge currently faced is how to meet the huge infrastructure needs required in the coming years...

In the run up to SMi’s 14th annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum, Ian Conlon was asked a few questions regarding the conference as well as the role of the European Commission and how they steer investment in the Benelux market.

On what he thinks are the current barriers and challenges facing investment and infrastructure projects, Ian Conlon said: "The biggest challenge currently faced is how to meet the huge infrastructure needs required in the coming years. Addressing this challenge in a sustainable way requires a careful and strategic use of public resources and reliance on some private sector finance to efficiently leverage public resources.". Download the full interview here:

Under such a volatile economic climate it is key for your business to know where new opportunities lie. Emulating on previous success, this year’s conference will give you a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in PPP markets. Learn about the latest developments in PPP in maritime and road infrastructure in the Netherlands, discover latest projects in the energy infrastructure market and much more. For the conference programme and full speaker line-up 2015, please visit

Through a series of exciting case studies, presentations and panel discussions, this premier 2-day conference will provide unrivalled networking opportunities and a chance to discuss and debate latest developments in the Benelux region with infrastructure developers, investors, financiers & government agencies.

Meet 60+ selected and senior regulatory, building and funding specialists under one roof. Confirmed companies attending in 2015 include: 3i Plc, Allen & Overy LLP, Amber/INPP, ARCADIS Nederland, Astrea Law, Bayerische Landesbank, BESIX Group, Clifford Chance, KBC Securities, Laga, M & G Group Plc, Macquarie Capital, Oresundsbro Konsortiet, Simmons & Simmons, SMBC Europe Limited, Saguapac, VINCI Concessions and many more.

In addition to the event, there will be one interactive post-conference workshop giving the attendees an opportunity to have more intimate discussions with the key opinion leaders and allow them to delve deeper into the subject matter: 'Navigating And Negotiating LMA Loan Documentation' Hosted by Gerard Kneppers, DLA Piper, this workshop will take place 25 November 2014, 08.30am - 12.30pm. To register, please visit

The Loan Market Association set of finance documentation is widely used in financing transactions of all sorts. Although these are template documents, they are complex instruments to deal with and negotiate. This workshop will provide practical guidance in navigating and negotiating the provisions of these documents, whether as a borrower, a lender or their advisors.

2-Day Conference + Interactive Workshop. For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities and to register, please visit or contact Andrew Gibbons on +44 (0) 207 827 6156 or e-mail agibbons(at)smi-online(dot)


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