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Agenda Overview

MEIFF Day 1: Thursday, June 21, 2018

8:15AM Registration and refreshments
9:00AM Welcome address & Chairperson’s opening remarks

To open the conference, our Chairperson will share a few words and observations on the market to frame and contextualise the following discussions.

James Croissant, Conference Producer, IJGlobal
9:15AM The Mexican Crystal Ball: With the election looming, what do the next 5 years hold for energy and infrastructure development?
  • Identifying industry-defining challenges and opportunities for Mexico’s key energy and infrastructure players
  • To what extent has market activity slowed in the approach to the election? How soon will we see a resurgence in deal flow, and will activity return with the same vigour experienced through Enrique Peña Nieto’s presidency?
  • Filling Mexico’s infrastructure gap: Which sectors warrant the most investment?
Ernesto González, Managing Director, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
Jose Coballasi, Senior Director & Sector Lead Infrastructure Latin America Ratings, S&P Global Ratings
Alberto Estefan, Principal, Actis
10:10AM Efficiently and effectively financing projects: How can the risk appetite of commercial banks be aligned with the development opportunities on offer in Mexico?
  • What is holding commercial banks back and what developments are needed to increase their lending activity in deals?
  • Assessing the current data commercial banks are working with to inform their due diligence and risk assessments
  • What role can multilaterals play in encouraging commercial bank involvement? Are they financing projects that should really be financed by commercial banks?
  • What length of tenors are commercial banks comfortable committing to at this stage, and what scope is there to peruse more creative financing structures in Mexico?
Jesús Project Finance Managing Vice Direction, Deputy Director of Energy, BANOBRAS
Guillermo Ortiz Ayala, Director Project Finance, MUFG
J. Deaver Alexander, Senior Advisor to OPIC President for Energy, OPIC
Astra Castillo, Senior Director, Global Infrastructure and Project Finance, Fitch Ratings
David Gonzalez, Managing Director & Head of Project Finance Latin America, SMBC
11:00AM Networking and refreshments break
11:45AM Reinforcing Mexico’s position as a leader in Latin American renewables: Can the market continue to grow and develop at such an impressive rate?
  • Analysing the success of the Mexican renewable energy auctions to date
  • Are sponsors being overly aggressive with their bidding in the renewables auctions? How commercially viable are these bids?
  • How can we move winning projects from the renewable energy auctions to financial close more efficiently?
  • Unlocking the potential of the wholesale energy market: How do both sponsors and financiers view the option of taking on merchant risk?
  • A closer look at secondary market activity in the sector
Moderator: Alexandro Padres, Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP
Justin Bryon, Managing Director M&A, Finance, Thermion Energy
Victor Hugo Luque Salcedo, Managing Director for State Owned Enterprises, Secretaria de Energia, SENER
Rafael Belda Marin, Director de Renovables e Infrastructura, ENGIE
Mauricio Barreto, Head of Markets, Enel Green Power
Ramon Salcedo, Structured Finance Director, Zuma Energía
12:30PM CFE’s business units role in the new Mexican Energy Market and energy auction processes
  • New CFE structure: New roles for the state owned enterprise, its subsidiaries and affiliated companies
  • The new mexican energy market: Key elements to understand the new role of the market players.
  • Doing business with CFE: Opportunities for all
Jorge Musalem, Head of Business Development, Engineering and Infrastructure Projects Division, CFE
1:00PM What further developments are needed in transmission infrastructure to facilitate the country’s ambitious energy generation plan?
  • Assessing the procurement and success of recent auction projects, such as the Baja California Transmission Line
  • Would a large scale centralised or a distributed transmission development model be best suited to facilitate Mexico’s generation objectives?
  • How much investment is needed in transmission infrastructure to sufficiently upgrade the network?
  • Which players will lead Mexico’s transmission development going forward?
Raquel Bierzwinsky, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Cesar Vargas, Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Joana Pascual, Lead Investment Officer, IDB Invest
Andrew Gongaware, Managing Director, Global Infrastructure & Power, CIBC Capital Markets
Francisco Inguanzo Gonzalez, Commercial Director, Powerchina Group
1:45PM Networking Lunch
3:00PM Keynote address: Conveying the vision for progress, as the industry enters the next chapter of energy infrastructure development

Breakout Think Tanks

3:30PM What does the long-term power matrix look like for Mexico?
  • Is the country on track to meet the commitment to produce at least 30% of power from renewable sources by 2024?
  • Could natural gas offer a suitable solution to intermittency issues in Mexico or is energy storage the necessary option?
  • Generation or transmission: Which needs to be the development priority to promote the effectiveness of Mexico’s power matrix?
Benigno Villarreal Del Rio, Director General, Vive Energia
Patricia Tatto, Partner/ Director Mexico & Central America, ATA Renewables
4:15PM Uncertainty around NAFTA: Assessing the impact of the NAFTA renegotiations and planning for its eventual conclusions
  • “This has been the worst trade deal in the history of trade deals”: If Trump follows through with his desire to end NAFTA what are the implications for the Mexican energy and infrastructure markets?
  • How can market participants in Mexico plan for and adapt to changes in NAFTA?
  • Understanding how the energy sector could be incorporated into NAFTA
Julissa Reynoso, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

The Networking Zone

3:30PM The Networking Zone

The Networking Zone will open on the afternoon of Day 1 of the conference. This is your opportunity to meet and forge relationships with some of the most influential leaders of the Mexican energy and infrastructure market.

Join us for the conference’s keynote address straight after Lunch.  This will then be followed by a structured speed networking session, enabling you to make many new connections is a short space of time. The Executive Meeting Lounge will also open after the keynote, where you can take the time to meet with your new and existing clients to cement your business relationships.


3.30pm Speed Networking

This session will give you the opportunity to make many new connections very quickly. There will be 15 meeting tables set in a circle around the room, with each table being hosted by a prominent developer.

Simply take a seat at any of the tables, introduce yourself and your area of focus, and exchange business cards! Every 2 minutes the bell will ring, signalling for you to rotate round to the next table, giving you the opportunity to meet with each host.





3.30pm Executive Meeting Lounge

After the keynote address we will also open the Executive Meeting Lounge, giving you the opportunity to freely network and efficiently meet with your new and existing clients all in one place. The Executive Meeting Lounge will have refreshments provided, dedicated meeting tables, and areas for you to conduct those all-important conversations with clients.

Alongside this, we are delighted to also introduce you to our new networking software, MeetMe, which will enable you to contact delegates and schedule in meetings in advance in the Executive Meeting Lounge.


5:30PM Close of Day 1 of the conference, followed by terrace drinks reception

MEIFF Day 2: Friday, June 22, 2018

8:30AM Morning refreshments
9:00AM Chariman's opening remarks
9:05AM What can be done to enable pension funds and institutional investors to deploy capital into Mexican energy and infrastructure?
  • What is holding pension funds and institutional investors back from getting involved in more projects?
  • Understanding the need for additional players in the Mexican infrastructure and energy market and assessing where they can add the most value
  • How are pension funds and institutional investors developing their in-house capabilities, so as to better analyse their potential participation in deals?
Moderator: John Rojano, Sales Head, Agency & Trust Services, Citi
Octavio Ballinas, Director, Investment & Risk, AMAFORE
Juan Manuel Veron, Chief Investment Officer, Principal Financial Group
9:50AM View from outside: How do international players view the Mexican market?
  • To what extent is Mexico seen as an exciting growth prospect, particularly compared to the rest of Latin America?
  • Exploring how local and international players can collaborate to unlock Mexico’s full energy and infrastructure potential
  • What are the greatest challenges facing international players looking to enter the Mexican market and how can these be overcome?
Moderator: Arturo Garduño, Country Head, Mexico, Export Development Canada
Luis Barreto, Managing Director, Brookfield Asset Management
David Williams, Managing Director & Co-Head, Global Power and Infrastructure, CIBC
Jose Arosa, President and CEO, AES Mexico
10:35AM Networking and refreshments break
11:15AM Supplying the infrastructure to support Mexico’s manufacturing capabilities: Identifying opportunities for greater investment in roads, ports and rail
  • Why has transportation infrastructure in Mexico not enjoyed the same rate of development as the energy sector? What should be done instigate increased investment here?
  • To what extent is there a need for the government to release more biding opportunities for toll roads?
  • How comfortable are banks with traffic risk when considering the financing of toll road projects?
Moderator: Pablo Silva, Corporate Finance Director, Red de Carreteras de Occidente
Eduardo Andrade, Director of Mexico, Sacyr
Pablo Garcia Aguilar, Chief Financial Officer & Head of Concessions, ICA
12:00PM Is Mexico too reliant on US natural gas to meet demand? What is the strategy for the future development of gas transportation pipelines?
  • Assessing the scope of CENAGAS’ role in project development: What impact will the outcome of the election have on CENAGAS’ strategic approach? 
  • Has the deregulation of gas prices and the opening of the market to private investors had the desired effect on pipeline development? 
  • What financing options are available for the development of the gas pipeline network? 
  • With the growth in renewables, what role will natural gas play in serving Mexico’s baseload power needs going forward?
Rubén Pedro Rodríguez, Director General of Economic Analysis – Natural Gas Unit, Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE)
Edgar de León Cervantes, Executive Director of Economic Analysis, CENAGAS
12:45PM Is Mexico on the cusp of an energy storage revolution?
  • Identifying suitable new and existing renewables projects to integrate with energy storage technology
  • Do financiers currently have sufficient data to confidently support energy storage projects?
  • Considering potential routes for the regulation of the sector: How should CRE approach the question of load shifting? 
Hector Olea, President & CEO, Gauss Energia
Santiago Barcon, Member of the advisory board for electricity, CRE
1:30PM Networking Lunch and Close of Conference