Friday, 19th November 2010

Speakers from Itaú, Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos, BNDES, Manesco, McKinsey, Santander and the IADB have all confirmed their participation at Latin Lawyer′s Project Finance and Infrastructure Conference, to be held 9 December in São Paulo.

In the programme, announced today, the depth and scale of Brazil′s infrastructure needs will be discussed from many angles, all designed to provide solutions to key areas of opportunity now the dust from the country′s presidential elections has settled.

Management consultancy McKinsey, author of a report detailing the severe congestion in Brazil′s airports and just how ill-equipped the current system is to cope with the 2014 World Cup, will be speaking on models for expanding the network, and just how those deals can get done – alongside lawyers from TozziniFreire Advogados, author of a report for BNDES on how those deals could be financed.

The proposed high-speed rail link between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro is Brazil′s biggest project, at 33 billion reais – but is just one of a number of rail projects designed to ease the country′s travel congestion. Floriano de Azevedo Marques of construction company Manesco and Sergio Avelleda, CEO of Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos, will be joining Jose Virgilio Lopes Enei of Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados and Kent Rowey of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP to investigate the projects, their opportunities and pitfalls.

′Many in the project space have been waiting for the results of Brazil′s presidential elections before moving forward on new and large-scale developments,′ says another speaker, Julio Bueno, a partner at Pinheiro Neto Advogados. ′Already, though, things are really picking up pace.′ Bueno will be leading a panel on the huge investments needed in port infrastructure, alongside Silvana Bianco in the investment banking and project finance team at Itaú BBA, Paloma Lima of the Inter-American Development Bank and Jose Guardo of Garrigues Abogados.

In all these sectors, financing in Brazil is changing dramatically, requiring a new type of practice, and new skills. In one panel addressing the dramatic shift from public to private finance, Pablo Sorj of Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados will be joined by Alexandre H Graziano of the project finance team at Santander and Marcos Verissimo, chief of staff of the president′s office at BNDES.

Another dramatic shift in how deals are getting done in Brazil is the influx of investment from China – investment from that country for 2010 has already topped accumulated total investment from previous years. Carolina Walther-Meade of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP will be joined by Mauricio Santos of Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados and other soon-to-be-announced speakers in investigating just how to get deals done across the cultural divide.

For full details on the programme and speakers list, see here.

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(Latin Lawyer 19.11.2010)

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