22 May 2024
Plenary

Networking Breakfast & Registration

Networking breakfast sponsored by Assured Guaranty

Plenary

Zone of Convergence: Energy as a Service

Reed Singer
Managing Director,
Ullico Infrastructure Management Co.
Anthony Phillips
Senior Managing Director,
John Laing
Mark Schneider
President - East Region,
Cordia Energy
Moderator
Maura Murphy
Head of Production,
Proximo

Energy as a Service has come to encompass much of all non-generation, energy- and power- related infrastructure. Transmission, Battery Storage, District Heating, and wider applications of electrification of transportation across the country. 

- What assets in this space are seeing the most activity and interest? 

- What opportunities are there for active projects to capitalize on updating to include electrification infrastructure? 

Plenary

Taking a Different Road: EV Charging

Andrew Lin
Senior Director, Project Finance & Infrastructure,
KBRA
Sameera Gadiyaram
Associate Director,
Igneo Infrastructure Partners
Cathy Basquel
Vice President,
Tiger Infrastructure Partners
Samuel Drummond
Vice President,
Ares Management
Moderator
Emeka Chinwuba
Partner,
Cahill

With over 2 million electric vehicles on the road in the US, the demand for charging infrastructure has grown exponentially across the country; presenting a huge opportunity for investors willing to take the risk.

  • What levels of financing are developers seeking? What qualities are they looking for in lenders? Corporate vs project structures.
  • At what scale do chargers generate returns for developers? 
  • What are common hazards with deal structures for EV charging?

Plenary

Networking Break

📷 LinkedIn Headshot Photobooth! 📷

When was the last time you updated your LinkedIn headshot? What better time  to get an updated one than at an event where you are already dressed to impress! Our photographer will be taking headshots in the main networking area during the break

Sponsored by ING Bank

Plenary

M&A in Digital Infrastructure

Matt Chambliss
Senior Vice President, Finance,
Aligned Data Centers
Mehdi Khalili
Investment Strategist,
Legal & General Retirement America
Aman Sareen
Vice President,
Brookfield
Moderator
Fritz Lark
Partner,
McDermott Will & Emery

Our panel of top operators and funds will explore key features of Digital Infrastructure assets that appeal to investors interested in getting long duration exposure and looking to capitalize on the opportunities this market presents

  • Will the traditionally dominant first tier markets continue to attract the most investment or will we see more appetite for M&A activity in second and third tier markets?
  • Do any digital assets/ regions pose conflicts with funds’ investment mandates or provide opportunities for insurance/pension funds?
  • Have specialist digital funds enjoyed an advantage over generalist infrastructure funds in competing for assets?

Plenary

Getting Online: Digital Infra and the Power Conundrum

Brad Hardin
President,
Diode Ventures
Steven Carlini
Vice President, Innovation and Data Centers,
Schneider Electric
Brett Lindsey
Chief Executive Officer,
InVolta
Jeff Ferry
Board Member,
Elea Digital
Moderator
Ayo Ayodele
Private Infrastructure,
Partners Group

Access to reliable, affordable power is the most significant block that data centers face in the business plans. Hyperscalers average around 10 kWh per sq foot, something that is likely to at least double with the addition and demand for AI infrastructure. Today's panel discusses

  • Battling capacity: what markets are able to support new data center infrastructure needs? 
  • Best practices in enhancing data center energy consumption efficiency
  • Opportunities for renewable power and assuring against intermittency challenges
Plenary

End of Event

Lunch is served

21 May 2024
Core Infrastructure Forum

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Networking breakfast sponsored by: Assured Guaranty

Core Infrastructure Forum

Opening Remarks & Data Presentation

Maura Murphy
Head of Production,
Proximo
Tom Nelthorpe
Editor at large,
Proximo
Core Infrastructure Forum

Welcoming remarks & Opening Keynote

Butch Eley
Commissioner,
Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)

Our keynote speaker will be joined by Bill Lee, Governor of Tennessee for a quick interlude and to address the audience

Core Infrastructure Forum

X Marks the Spot

Marlon Smith
Managing Partner,
JLC Infrastructure
Neha Jatar
Managing Director,
EQT Partners
Benjamin Krause
Partner, North America,
3i Group
Moderator
Thomas Hopkins
Deputy Editor,
TXF

Our opening panel spotlights the largest financial sponsors in the industry, discussing top trends affecting financing the full scope of infrastructure assets in North America. 

  • How is inflation-based uncertainty expected to play out in 2024?

  • What is the current risk tolerance level for construction delays, cost of capital considerations, and market volatility? 

  • How is private credit driving value throughout the infrastructure sector?

Core Infrastructure Forum

Inside the Treasure Chest: Debt Markets in Focus

Charles-Henry Lecointe
Head of Infrastructure Debt, North America,
Legal & General Investment Management
Nanda Kamat
Managing Director - Project Finance,
MUFG
Saavan Gatfield
Managing Director, Business Development,
Fitch Ratings
Mansi Patel
Senior Managing Director, Head of Infrastructure Debt,
Principal Asset Management
Moderator
Tom Nelthorpe
Editor at large,
Proximo

The current interest rate environment continues to squeeze the markets' availability for new projects. This panel of top lenders evaluates risks and identifies opportunities for new infrastructure, from transportation to digital infrastructure assets. We will cover:

  • Is this market crowded in liquidity in comparison to the available opportunities?
  • The growing role of Private Placement versus 144A
  • Growth of private credit - is private credit a threat to the Private placement market? 
Core Infrastructure Forum
Core Infrastructure Forum

Pipeline Update

Toks Omishakin
Secretary,
CalSTA - California State Transportation Agency

Representative from State Grantor  joins us in Nashville to discuss top priorities for new build, highlight successes across the state and answer questions in regards to new opportunities upcoming. 

Core Infrastructure Forum

Using the Map: IIJA and IRA update

Beau Memory
President,
Transurban - North America
Morteza Farajian
Executive Director,
U.S. DOT - Build America Bureau
Nicolas Rubio
Partner, Chief Executive Officer, Americas,
Meridiam
Stephen Brich
Commissioner,
Virginia Department of Transportation
Moderator
Maura Murphy
Head of Production,
Proximo

Two years in, we are starting to see some of the initial benefits of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act. However with an economy facing inflation, high interest rates, and a potential new political landscape within the year end, there is still some skepticism of the bill reaching full potential. 

  • What have been the main successes of the bill? Have those successes changed as the opinions of the bill matured? 

  • With how much inflation has increased the cost of new construction, is the IIJA robust enough to still be a benefit? 

  • Accessing federal dollars takes a lot of people power and time; how should states and developers look to demystify the pathway?

Digital Infrastructure Forum

Drivers and Disruptors in Digital Infrastructure

Lawrence Cyrlin
Managing Director,
KKR Capital Markets
Michael Obhof
Senior Managing Director,
Ardian
Daniel Seltzer
Managing Director,
MUFG
Varun Sablok
Director,
Igneo Infrastructure Partners
Joel MacMillan
Chief Financial Officer,
Boldyn Networks
Moderator
Dolly Mirchandani
Partner,
White & Case LLP

Top digital infrastructure funds join together to dissect and explore the core drivers and factors that influence the investment landscape for digital infrastructure in North America and globally. 

  • What main global trends are disrupting or expected to disrupt this market? Can they also provide opportunities for the sector?

  • Are the best opportunities for new projects within the US, or overseas? 

  • Importance of long term financial partners versus need for fast access to capital

Core Infrastructure Forum

It’s Not the Years, It’s The Mileage: Procurement and Alternative Delivery

Sia Kusha
Senior Vice President, Group Head Business Development & Partnering,
Plenary Americas
Neil Shah
Executive Vice President - Major Projects,
Keolis
Noah Jolley
Director - Advisory,
HNTB
Ricardo Bosch
VP NA,
Cintra
Moderator
Steven DeWitt
SVP BD,
ACS Infrastructure Development

Procurement agreements are the control center of the entire project, and not getting it right with your project partner from the outset can be catastrophic. Our panel of experts walks us through:

  • What delivery models for what assets?

  • What opportunities are there for blending of progressive models with more structured procurement styles?

  • Best practices in transparency and accountability throughout your project lifespan

Digital Infrastructure Forum

Planning for Capacity: Plans for the next generation of data centers

Bob DeSantis
Chief Executive Officer,
365 Data Centers
Ryan Mallory
Chief Operations Officer,
Flexential
Roelof Steenekamp
Managing Director - Global Infrastructure and Project Finance,
Fitch Ratings
Jeremy Wolfe
Managing Director Technology, Media & Telecom Finance,
First Citizens Bank
Moderator
Gregory Tan
Partner,
Paul Hastings

The stakes have never been higher for data center operators to be able to answer to new demand from their customers. Our panel of top operators and sponsors reveals:

  • How are operators responding to the need for more energy to power increasingly higher demand for data capacity?

  • What main capital sources are operators looking towards?

  • How does the overall unpredictability of revenue - affordable energy accessibility,, supply chain issues, inflation, delays in construction, etc. - affect financing?

Core Infrastructure Forum
Core Infrastructure Forum

Georgia Takes the Stage

Russell McMurry
Commissioner,
Georgia Department of Transportation

Commissioner Russell McMurry joins us in Nashville to discuss top priorities and pipeline across Georgia, and answer questions in regards to new opportunities upcoming within the state.

Digital Infrastructure Forum

BEAD Program Update

Paige Shapiro
Technical Assistance Advisor,
US Department of Commerce

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration joins us to update on the progress the BEAD program has made in the last two years, as well as clear up any misconceptions around the best pathways to accessing financing via the BEAD program for your project.

Core Infrastructure Forum

Flying High: Airports

Lorne Potash
Managing Director,
Assured Guaranty
Manoj Patel
Chief Financial Officer,
The New Terminal One at JFK International Airport
Amit Rikhy
President & CEO,
CAG Holdings
Moderator
Jillian Ashley
Partner,
A&O Shearman

Life after T1 and T6 - what lessons have we learned with the blockbuster JFK deals, and what we look forward to not only from New York’s airports, but from cities all over the country updating terminal infrastructure: 

  • Lessons learned from recent terminal or airport adjacent deals, and how to apply them

  • Keeping it running: opportunities with Fixed Base Operators

  • Review of upcoming project pipeline across the states

Digital Infrastructure Forum

Fiber Infrastructure Buildout

Yael Hayim
Director,
ING Bank
Dan Watts
CEO,
US Signal
Allison Wisniewski
Vice President,
Carlyle
Brian Lash
Vice President,
Grain Management
Moderator
Eddy Frances
Principal, Infrastructure Debt,
Ares Management

Fiber has continued as one of the highest performing assets within the sector throughout 2023. With new infusions from states via the Federal BEAD program, and demand from FTTH as well as Commercial demand continuing, we take stock of:

  • What areas throughout the US have the most acute need for new fiber buildout? 

  • Is there a dislocation between demand for commercial vs residential projects? Why? 

  • What opportunities to blend debt, grants, and non-traditional finance for fiber

Core Infrastructure Forum

All Roads Lead Home: Bridge and Toll Road Infrastructure

Adam Hesketh
CEO,
SH 130 Concession Company
Alex Bertram
Infrastructure Finance, Managing Director,
ING Bank
Dhaval Shah
Director, Americas Financials, Infrastructure, and Alternative Assets Ratings,
S&P Global Ratings
LLUIS SEREROLS
CFO,
ABERTIS USA

Transit and toll road infrastructure continues to be in high demand across the United States; our nation’s infrastructure is underpinned by the ability for passengers and cargo to safely and reliably get from point A to point B. This discussion will dissect the best practices and hurdles in getting these projects to market: 

  • Bonds, loans and TIFIA; best practices in attracting capital to the sector

  • Capitalizing on sustainability-related funding sources

  • Outlook for privatization, outsourcing, and new contracting models

Digital Infrastructure Forum

Looking Up: Tower Infrastructure

Spencer Zakarin
Principal,
Palistar Capital
William Parry
Director, Infrastructure Investments,
Fengate
Noah Tulsky
Partner,
Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners
Victor Leung
Senior Vice President, Sector Lead, Project Finance,
Morningstar DBRS
Moderator
David Strauss
Principal,
Broadband Success Partners

Telecom and tower infrastructure has typically not been seen as a “core” infrastructure asset in years past - it seems this is changing as more traditional infrastructure funds take part in the space. 

  • What are the key trends in valuations for the towers space? What types of investors continue to lead the pack? 
  • As carriers and ISPs reevaluate capex spend, how can private investors get creative in how they partner with service providers to build infrastructure?
  • Looking ahead, what will the buildout of wireless network infrastructure look like over the next 5-10 years? Will we see more new builds of towers, small cell infrastructure, a mix of both?

Core Infrastructure Forum
Core Infrastructure Forum

✨Gameshow✨ Who Wants to be a Project Financier?

Syed Ahmed
Senior Director,
Metlife
Jillian Ashley
Partner,
A&O Shearman
Sameera Gadiyaram
Associate Director,
Igneo Infrastructure Partners
Moderator
Maura Murphy
Head of Production,
Proximo

Test your market (and general) knowledge against your peers and Proximo Data!. Who Wants to be a Project Financier puts our intrepid contestants to the test on their industry knowledge. They can use their lifelines - ask the audience, ask the expert, and phone a friend - to help them claim the title of Ultimate Project Financier!

Core Infrastructure Forum

🏆 North America Deals of the Year 2023 Award Ceremony 🏆

Join us to celebrate the best and brightest of 2023 dealmakers in the region! 

This year we are happy to announce the Proximo North American Dealmaker for 2023 🌟

If you are interested in being nominated as a dealmaker or would like to submit a colleague for recognition, you must be registered as a dealmaker in our database. Visit our online deals database here - make sure you login or sign up if you've not already 

Then, find a deal you worked on - use the search bar to search for deals by deal name, company, region, country or industry, and tag yourself or a colleague to the deal! 

Can't find your deal or struggling to tag? Contact submissions@proximoinfra.com

Core Infrastructure Forum
20 May 2024

Historic Walking Tour & Icebreaker drinks

Come and connect with colleagues at the annual kick off to the event on May 20thWe will begin with a walking tour of Downtown Nashville, beginning at the Hilton Downtown Nashville Hotel at 5:30 pm, finishing at the icebreaker drinks.

Please join us on the rooftop of The Twelve Thirty Club, 550 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 for icebreaker drinks starting at 7pm, Hosted by White & Case 

Sign up here

Historic Walking Tour & Icebreaker drinks

Come and connect with colleagues at the annual kick off to the event on May 20thWe will begin with a walking tour of Downtown Nashville, beginning at the Hilton Downtown Nashville Hotel at 5:30 pm, finishing at the icebreaker drinks.

Please join us on the rooftop of The Twelve Thirty Club, 550 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 for icebreaker drinks starting at 7pm, Hosted by White & Case 

Sign up here

Core Infrastructure Forum

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Networking breakfast sponsored by: Assured Guaranty

Core Infrastructure Forum

Opening Remarks & Data Presentation

Maura Murphy
Head of Production,
Proximo
Tom Nelthorpe
Editor at large,
Proximo
Core Infrastructure Forum

Welcoming remarks & Opening Keynote

Butch Eley
Commissioner,
Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)

Our keynote speaker will be joined by Bill Lee, Governor of Tennessee for a quick interlude and to address the audience

Core Infrastructure Forum

X Marks the Spot

Marlon Smith
Managing Partner,
JLC Infrastructure
Neha Jatar
Managing Director,
EQT Partners
Benjamin Krause
Partner, North America,
3i Group
Moderator
Thomas Hopkins
Deputy Editor,
TXF

Our opening panel spotlights the largest financial sponsors in the industry, discussing top trends affecting financing the full scope of infrastructure assets in North America. 

  • How is inflation-based uncertainty expected to play out in 2024?

  • What is the current risk tolerance level for construction delays, cost of capital considerations, and market volatility? 

  • How is private credit driving value throughout the infrastructure sector?

Core Infrastructure Forum

Inside the Treasure Chest: Debt Markets in Focus

Charles-Henry Lecointe
Head of Infrastructure Debt, North America,
Legal & General Investment Management
Nanda Kamat
Managing Director - Project Finance,
MUFG
Saavan Gatfield
Managing Director, Business Development,
Fitch Ratings
Mansi Patel
Senior Managing Director, Head of Infrastructure Debt,
Principal Asset Management
Moderator
Tom Nelthorpe
Editor at large,
Proximo

The current interest rate environment continues to squeeze the markets' availability for new projects. This panel of top lenders evaluates risks and identifies opportunities for new infrastructure, from transportation to digital infrastructure assets. We will cover:

  • Is this market crowded in liquidity in comparison to the available opportunities?
  • The growing role of Private Placement versus 144A
  • Growth of private credit - is private credit a threat to the Private placement market? 
Core Infrastructure Forum
Core Infrastructure Forum

Pipeline Update

Toks Omishakin
Secretary,
CalSTA - California State Transportation Agency

Representative from State Grantor  joins us in Nashville to discuss top priorities for new build, highlight successes across the state and answer questions in regards to new opportunities upcoming. 

Digital Infrastructure Forum

Drivers and Disruptors in Digital Infrastructure

Lawrence Cyrlin
Managing Director,
KKR Capital Markets
Michael Obhof
Senior Managing Director,
Ardian
Daniel Seltzer
Managing Director,
MUFG
Varun Sablok
Director,
Igneo Infrastructure Partners
Joel MacMillan
Chief Financial Officer,
Boldyn Networks
Moderator
Dolly Mirchandani
Partner,
White & Case LLP

Top digital infrastructure funds join together to dissect and explore the core drivers and factors that influence the investment landscape for digital infrastructure in North America and globally. 

  • What main global trends are disrupting or expected to disrupt this market? Can they also provide opportunities for the sector?

  • Are the best opportunities for new projects within the US, or overseas? 

  • Importance of long term financial partners versus need for fast access to capital

Core Infrastructure Forum

Using the Map: IIJA and IRA update

Beau Memory
President,
Transurban - North America
Morteza Farajian
Executive Director,
U.S. DOT - Build America Bureau
Nicolas Rubio
Partner, Chief Executive Officer, Americas,
Meridiam
Stephen Brich
Commissioner,
Virginia Department of Transportation
Moderator
Maura Murphy
Head of Production,
Proximo

Two years in, we are starting to see some of the initial benefits of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act. However with an economy facing inflation, high interest rates, and a potential new political landscape within the year end, there is still some skepticism of the bill reaching full potential. 

  • What have been the main successes of the bill? Have those successes changed as the opinions of the bill matured? 

  • With how much inflation has increased the cost of new construction, is the IIJA robust enough to still be a benefit? 

  • Accessing federal dollars takes a lot of people power and time; how should states and developers look to demystify the pathway?

Core Infrastructure Forum

It’s Not the Years, It’s The Mileage: Procurement and Alternative Delivery

Sia Kusha
Senior Vice President, Group Head Business Development & Partnering,
Plenary Americas
Neil Shah
Executive Vice President - Major Projects,
Keolis
Noah Jolley
Director - Advisory,
HNTB
Ricardo Bosch
VP NA,
Cintra
Moderator
Steven DeWitt
SVP BD,
ACS Infrastructure Development

Procurement agreements are the control center of the entire project, and not getting it right with your project partner from the outset can be catastrophic. Our panel of experts walks us through:

  • What delivery models for what assets?

  • What opportunities are there for blending of progressive models with more structured procurement styles?

  • Best practices in transparency and accountability throughout your project lifespan

Digital Infrastructure Forum

Planning for Capacity: Plans for the next generation of data centers

Bob DeSantis
Chief Executive Officer,
365 Data Centers
Ryan Mallory
Chief Operations Officer,
Flexential
Roelof Steenekamp
Managing Director - Global Infrastructure and Project Finance,
Fitch Ratings
Jeremy Wolfe
Managing Director Technology, Media & Telecom Finance,
First Citizens Bank
Moderator
Gregory Tan
Partner,
Paul Hastings

The stakes have never been higher for data center operators to be able to answer to new demand from their customers. Our panel of top operators and sponsors reveals:

  • How are operators responding to the need for more energy to power increasingly higher demand for data capacity?

  • What main capital sources are operators looking towards?

  • How does the overall unpredictability of revenue - affordable energy accessibility,, supply chain issues, inflation, delays in construction, etc. - affect financing?

Core Infrastructure Forum
Core Infrastructure Forum

Georgia Takes the Stage

Russell McMurry
Commissioner,
Georgia Department of Transportation

Commissioner Russell McMurry joins us in Nashville to discuss top priorities and pipeline across Georgia, and answer questions in regards to new opportunities upcoming within the state.

Digital Infrastructure Forum

BEAD Program Update

Paige Shapiro
Technical Assistance Advisor,
US Department of Commerce

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration joins us to update on the progress the BEAD program has made in the last two years, as well as clear up any misconceptions around the best pathways to accessing financing via the BEAD program for your project.

Core Infrastructure Forum

Flying High: Airports

Lorne Potash
Managing Director,
Assured Guaranty
Manoj Patel
Chief Financial Officer,
The New Terminal One at JFK International Airport
Amit Rikhy
President & CEO,
CAG Holdings
Moderator
Jillian Ashley
Partner,
A&O Shearman

Life after T1 and T6 - what lessons have we learned with the blockbuster JFK deals, and what we look forward to not only from New York’s airports, but from cities all over the country updating terminal infrastructure: 

  • Lessons learned from recent terminal or airport adjacent deals, and how to apply them

  • Keeping it running: opportunities with Fixed Base Operators

  • Review of upcoming project pipeline across the states

Digital Infrastructure Forum

Fiber Infrastructure Buildout

Yael Hayim
Director,
ING Bank
Dan Watts
CEO,
US Signal
Allison Wisniewski
Vice President,
Carlyle
Brian Lash
Vice President,
Grain Management
Moderator
Eddy Frances
Principal, Infrastructure Debt,
Ares Management

Fiber has continued as one of the highest performing assets within the sector throughout 2023. With new infusions from states via the Federal BEAD program, and demand from FTTH as well as Commercial demand continuing, we take stock of:

  • What areas throughout the US have the most acute need for new fiber buildout? 

  • Is there a dislocation between demand for commercial vs residential projects? Why? 

  • What opportunities to blend debt, grants, and non-traditional finance for fiber

Core Infrastructure Forum

All Roads Lead Home: Bridge and Toll Road Infrastructure

Adam Hesketh
CEO,
SH 130 Concession Company
Alex Bertram
Infrastructure Finance, Managing Director,
ING Bank
Dhaval Shah
Director, Americas Financials, Infrastructure, and Alternative Assets Ratings,
S&P Global Ratings
LLUIS SEREROLS
CFO,
ABERTIS USA

Transit and toll road infrastructure continues to be in high demand across the United States; our nation’s infrastructure is underpinned by the ability for passengers and cargo to safely and reliably get from point A to point B. This discussion will dissect the best practices and hurdles in getting these projects to market: 

  • Bonds, loans and TIFIA; best practices in attracting capital to the sector

  • Capitalizing on sustainability-related funding sources

  • Outlook for privatization, outsourcing, and new contracting models

Digital Infrastructure Forum

Looking Up: Tower Infrastructure

Spencer Zakarin
Principal,
Palistar Capital
William Parry
Director, Infrastructure Investments,
Fengate
Noah Tulsky
Partner,
Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners
Victor Leung
Senior Vice President, Sector Lead, Project Finance,
Morningstar DBRS
Moderator
David Strauss
Principal,
Broadband Success Partners

Telecom and tower infrastructure has typically not been seen as a “core” infrastructure asset in years past - it seems this is changing as more traditional infrastructure funds take part in the space. 

  • What are the key trends in valuations for the towers space? What types of investors continue to lead the pack? 
  • As carriers and ISPs reevaluate capex spend, how can private investors get creative in how they partner with service providers to build infrastructure?
  • Looking ahead, what will the buildout of wireless network infrastructure look like over the next 5-10 years? Will we see more new builds of towers, small cell infrastructure, a mix of both?

Core Infrastructure Forum
Core Infrastructure Forum

✨Gameshow✨ Who Wants to be a Project Financier?

Syed Ahmed
Senior Director,
Metlife
Jillian Ashley
Partner,
A&O Shearman
Sameera Gadiyaram
Associate Director,
Igneo Infrastructure Partners
Moderator
Maura Murphy
Head of Production,
Proximo

Test your market (and general) knowledge against your peers and Proximo Data!. Who Wants to be a Project Financier puts our intrepid contestants to the test on their industry knowledge. They can use their lifelines - ask the audience, ask the expert, and phone a friend - to help them claim the title of Ultimate Project Financier!

Core Infrastructure Forum

🏆 North America Deals of the Year 2023 Award Ceremony 🏆

Join us to celebrate the best and brightest of 2023 dealmakers in the region! 

This year we are happy to announce the Proximo North American Dealmaker for 2023 🌟

If you are interested in being nominated as a dealmaker or would like to submit a colleague for recognition, you must be registered as a dealmaker in our database. Visit our online deals database here - make sure you login or sign up if you've not already 

Then, find a deal you worked on - use the search bar to search for deals by deal name, company, region, country or industry, and tag yourself or a colleague to the deal! 

Can't find your deal or struggling to tag? Contact submissions@proximoinfra.com

Core Infrastructure Forum
Plenary

Networking Breakfast & Registration

Networking breakfast sponsored by Assured Guaranty

Plenary

Zone of Convergence: Energy as a Service

Reed Singer
Managing Director,
Ullico Infrastructure Management Co.
Anthony Phillips
Senior Managing Director,
John Laing
Mark Schneider
President - East Region,
Cordia Energy
Moderator
Maura Murphy
Head of Production,
Proximo

Energy as a Service has come to encompass much of all non-generation, energy- and power- related infrastructure. Transmission, Battery Storage, District Heating, and wider applications of electrification of transportation across the country. 

- What assets in this space are seeing the most activity and interest? 

- What opportunities are there for active projects to capitalize on updating to include electrification infrastructure? 

Plenary

Taking a Different Road: EV Charging

Andrew Lin
Senior Director, Project Finance & Infrastructure,
KBRA
Sameera Gadiyaram
Associate Director,
Igneo Infrastructure Partners
Cathy Basquel
Vice President,
Tiger Infrastructure Partners
Samuel Drummond
Vice President,
Ares Management
Moderator
Emeka Chinwuba
Partner,
Cahill

With over 2 million electric vehicles on the road in the US, the demand for charging infrastructure has grown exponentially across the country; presenting a huge opportunity for investors willing to take the risk.

  • What levels of financing are developers seeking? What qualities are they looking for in lenders? Corporate vs project structures.
  • At what scale do chargers generate returns for developers? 
  • What are common hazards with deal structures for EV charging?

Plenary

Networking Break

📷 LinkedIn Headshot Photobooth! 📷

When was the last time you updated your LinkedIn headshot? What better time  to get an updated one than at an event where you are already dressed to impress! Our photographer will be taking headshots in the main networking area during the break

Sponsored by ING Bank

Plenary

M&A in Digital Infrastructure

Matt Chambliss
Senior Vice President, Finance,
Aligned Data Centers
Mehdi Khalili
Investment Strategist,
Legal & General Retirement America
Aman Sareen
Vice President,
Brookfield
Moderator
Fritz Lark
Partner,
McDermott Will & Emery

Our panel of top operators and funds will explore key features of Digital Infrastructure assets that appeal to investors interested in getting long duration exposure and looking to capitalize on the opportunities this market presents

  • Will the traditionally dominant first tier markets continue to attract the most investment or will we see more appetite for M&A activity in second and third tier markets?
  • Do any digital assets/ regions pose conflicts with funds’ investment mandates or provide opportunities for insurance/pension funds?
  • Have specialist digital funds enjoyed an advantage over generalist infrastructure funds in competing for assets?

Plenary

Getting Online: Digital Infra and the Power Conundrum

Brad Hardin
President,
Diode Ventures
Steven Carlini
Vice President, Innovation and Data Centers,
Schneider Electric
Brett Lindsey
Chief Executive Officer,
InVolta
Jeff Ferry
Board Member,
Elea Digital
Moderator
Ayo Ayodele
Private Infrastructure,
Partners Group

Access to reliable, affordable power is the most significant block that data centers face in the business plans. Hyperscalers average around 10 kWh per sq foot, something that is likely to at least double with the addition and demand for AI infrastructure. Today's panel discusses

  • Battling capacity: what markets are able to support new data center infrastructure needs? 
  • Best practices in enhancing data center energy consumption efficiency
  • Opportunities for renewable power and assuring against intermittency challenges
Plenary

End of Event

Lunch is served