It is our pleasure to invite you to Baker McKenzie`s new seminar series, “Navigating International Project Finance”.

The objective of this complimentary seminar series is to develop a comprehensive programme of industry focused financing training to help you, our clients, continue to develop, adapt and stay updated in a constantly evolving global project finance market. The seminar series provides an excellent way of sharing knowledge, insights and experience with clients, according to their needs.

The programme is designed for investors, developers, lenders, contractors and other participants in the project value chain impacted by financing considerations. Over the course of the seminar series, we will guide you through key concepts in project financing structures, risk management techniques, cash flow considerations, and financing sources as well as other key financing considerations, as they apply to the financing of projects in emerging markets.

Presented in English and Japanese over a course of 12 months (one seminar each calendar quarter) by Japanese and foreign-law qualified specialists experienced in international project finance and other relevant practices, the seminar series gives you, the client, the opportunity to shape future seminar topics through your advance input prior to seminars and feedback thereafter.


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Time Topics Speakers Language
1:15pm – 1:30pm Welcome and opening remarks on international project finance in emerging markets Stephen Clugston
Marc Fèvre
1:30pm – 2:15pm Contractual structures and security issues: key principles

  • Key finance documents and parties and how they fit together.
  • Key security concepts, realities and structural issues in emerging markets.
  • The role of the host government and state sponsors.
  • Direct agreements and why they matter.
Stephen Clugston
Marc Fèvre
2:15pm – 3:15pm Is it bankable? Risk allocation issues from a project finance perspective

  • Risk allocation patterns and considerations.
  • Political risks and role of ECAs and MDBs.
  • How to control macro economic risks.
  • Insurance as a risk mitigation tool.
Samir S. Desai
Kosuke Suzuki
3:15pm – 3:30pm Coffee Break
3:30pm – 4:30pm Dealing with finance availability and cash flow issues

  • The basic cash flow waterfall structure and considerations.
  • Use of financial covenants, reserves and cash sweeps.
  • Restrictions on distributions.
  • Dealing with foreign exchange controls and restrictions.
Marc Fèvre
Pierre Chiasson
4:30pm – 5:10pm Hedging techniques in project finance

  • Hedging of interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuation.
  • Other hedging techniques in project financings.
  • Derivatives issues in project loan documents
Seiji Matsuzoe Japanese
5:10pm – 5:30pm Q&A and Discussion and Closing Remarks


Event Details

Date Monday, 18 March 2019
Time 13:15 to 17:30 (registration opens at 12:45)
Venue BELLESALLE Onarimon Tower 3F Hall
1-1-1 Shiba Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011
Fee Complimentary
Language Japanese and English (no simultaneous translation)
Contact Tel:03-6271-9900 (Contacts: Michioka)






Baker & Mckenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)


Samir S. Desai,Pierre Chiasson,Seiji Matsuzoe,Kosuke Suzuki

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