A full week of dialogue in Paris
on the main challenges of financing infrastructures in the World

Responsible Infrastructure Finance for Sustainable Growth


Paris EUROPLACE, the organisation in charge of promoting and developing the Paris financial financial centre, will organise between October 8th and 12th, with the support of the French Ministry of  Economy and Finance and of various French and international financial institutions and professional associations, a full week of must-attend events dedicated to Infrastructure Finance.



About Paris EUROPLACE

Paris EUROPLACE is the professional body which supports the France-based financial services industry and promotes Paris as an international financial center. Paris EUROPLACE gathers and expresses positions of market players as it seeks to strengthen the attractiveness of the Paris financial marketplace, establish constructive relations with European Institutions in a global financial context, stimulate research and financial innovation, and promote these objectives internationally.



Timeline

Oct 08

Paris EUROPLACE / LTIIA International Infrastructure Forum Paris EUROPLACE / LTIIA International Infrastructure Forum

Oct 09

PRI / AFG McKinsey Natixis Infraday Inframation EIFS

Tuesday, October 09

Oct 10

Inframation EIFS HSBC Santander Inframation EIFS

Wednesday, October 10

Oct 11

Inframation EIFS Ardian & Fabernovel Standard Chartered Linklaters Finance For Tomorrow

Oct 12

Institut de la Gestion Déléguée SIF-Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation

Which content ?

Starting Monday Oct. 8, will take place in Paris:  

Which objective ?

The Paris InfraWeek 2018 aims at bringing together the most influential players of the infrastructure investment industry worldwide for an open, thorough dialogue on recent developments and key trends in Infrastructure Finance. They will get a unique opportunity to meet and discuss with representatives of all main European and international institutions active in Infrastructure Finance.

During the first Paris InfraWeek in 2017, over 2.000 people from over 30 nationalities registered for one or some of the 12 events. An even larger number of events in 2018 should attract a higher number of participants. Business contacts will be organised to make participants' stay in Paris for part or for the whole week as fruitful as possible.

Who should attend ?

Major international institutional investors, fund managers, lenders, arrangers, multilaterals as well as government and EU officials, infrastructure developers, lawyers and financial consultants, academia, and other players of the infrastructure finance community from all around the world, should benefit from the various conferences and workshops, business meetings and other networking opportunities.

Why convene to Paris ?

Paris has a long history of proven success in infrastructure finance thanks to the presence of some of the most prominent international sponsors, top-ranking banking groups, leading infrastructure funds, a strong community of legal and financial services, and a favourable and innovative regulatory environment. France benefits from a strong local market for infrastructure financing and has been a very active platform for overseas infrastructure investment, in developed as well as emerging areas, particularly Africa. Additionally, Paris has a very specific experience in Green Finance as demonstrated by the succes of its Finance for Tomorrow initiative and the two editions of the Climate Finance Day.

Which topics ?

The InfraWeek aims at providing a stimulating abundance of topics for a global and vibrant discussion for a global progress in Infrastructure Finance for the benefit of sponsors, investors, and other stakeholders.

All players involved in Infrastructure Finance should thus have an interest in one or all events to take place during the week:

  • a global update on recent developments in Infrastructure Finance will be provided in the Paris EUROPLACE Forum, as well as the European Infrastructure Finance Summit
  • the most recent evolutions of financing structures will be detailed in various events during the week, such as the Paris EUROPLACE Forum, the Natixis Infraday and the EIFS
  • infrastructure investment opportunities in some selected developed and emerging countries (Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America) will be presented in specific road-shows in the Paris EUROPLACE forum and the Santander conference
  • a macro view on infrastructure needs will be provided in the McKinsey workshop
  • a discussion on ESG aspects in infrastructure finance will take place in the session to be organised by PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment), jointly with AFG
  • a focus on emerging markets will be part of the Paris EUROPLACE Forum, with a discussion on specific risks and and risk management strategies and tools in developing environments
  • sector specific evolutions (energy, telecom, smart cities, …) will be presented in the introductory forum, the EIFS, the HSBC conference as well as in the Natixis Infraday
  • digital transformation will be discussed in the round table co-organized by Ardian & Fabernovel
  • a focus on green infrastructures and the contribution of infrastructures to the 2° climate objective for climate change will take place in the inaugural forum and the IGD workshop
  • legal aspects of the various modes of infrastructure financing will be detailed in Linklaters’ law forum
  • a presentation of the SOURCE support system for infrastructure project preparation and development will be made in a specific workshop
  • many other market, technical, legal, … features in Infrastructure finance will also be covered.

Why the InfraWeek ?

The InfraWeek 2018 aims at organising an open dialogue on all main issues of Infrastructure Finance to contribute to adressing the above-mentioned challenges, through capitalising on the unrivalled expertise of the Paris financial center in arranging and financing infrastructure projects.

As evidenced by the latest McKinsey Global Institute’s Report on « Bridging Global Infrastructure Gaps », the world invests some $2.5 tn a year in the transportation, power, water and telecom systems on which business and populations depend. Yet this amount continues to fall short of the world’s ever-expanding needs, which results in lower economic growth and deprives citizens of essential services. The world needs to invest $3.3 tn annually in economic infrastructure just to meet growth forecasts to 2030, with emerging countries accounting for 60 % of that need. Additional sources indicate that, including social infrastructure and additional investment required to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as much as $9 tn of capital expenditures ought to be engaged yearly by 2025.

There is now a clear need for strengthening expenditures in infrastructure an all regions of the world through a combination of public investment, corporate capex and public-private partneships to meet the needs of the populations for basic infrastructure or more developed services. The key challenge is to improve matching investors with projects on the basis of a better pipeline of bankable projects.

How better identify a pipeline of bankable projects ? How make infrastructure spending more effective ? How identify the impediments that restrict the flow of financing ? How further integrate in bank and insurance regulation the specific nature of the infrastructure asset class ? How bring together public officials, corporates, equity providers, banks and multilaterals to structure, build and finance efficient and vialuable projects ? And finally how finance to-morrow’s infrastructures ? These are some of many questions to be adressed during the InfraWeek 2018.

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