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FBN Capital Hosts First Project & Infrastructure Finance Conference

By The Citizen


FBN Capital Limited, the investment banking and asset management business of FBN Holdings PLC, will host its 1st Annual Project and Infrastructure Finance Conference on the 8th of October, 2013 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos.

An increasing number of natural resources and infrastructure projects have been financed and developed to meet the demand for Nigeria's significant infrastructure needs. The conference seeks to explore infrastructure growth as a catalyst to unlocking Nigeria's potential, and will gather together executives across key industries to address the role of legal, project and credit risk assessment by highlighting considerations integral to project finance through a series of case studies, panel discussions and presentations.

According to Patrick Mgbenwelu, Director and Head, Project & Structured Finance of FBN Capital, 'this event is the first of its kind in Nigeria and is quite timely in view of the growing demand for project funding across various sectors of the economy'.

'Given FBN Capital's leading project financing credentials in terms of innovative structuring, value of projects and the number of deals arranged in Nigeria, our objective is to utilize the forum as a platform for discussing key issues with industry experts, share lessons learned and champion the use of project financing techniques as one of the most optimal funding routes at the present time.' he further stated.

The one-day, invitation-only forum will bring together senior-level representatives, including regional financiers and lenders, corporates and developers, multilaterals and ECAs, consultants and advisors, as well as government agencies and regulators. Some invited headliners include Roland Janssens, Deputy Head: EAIF: Frontier Markets Fund Managers, Ayo Gbeleyi, Honourable Commissioner for Finance, Lagos State; Kofo Dosekun, Partner, Aluko & Oyebode, Dr. Koyin Ajayi, Partner Olaniwun Ajayi LP; Bruce Burrows, CFO Seven Energy International Limited, Ayuli Jemide, Lead Partner Detail Commercial Solicitors, James Olotu, CEO Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited and Mr. Paul N. Eluhaiwe, Director, Development Finance, Central Bank of Nigeria.

The event is delivered in collaboration with Euromoney Project Finance Magazine, a leading international publication which has been covering oil & gas, power, transport and PPP sectors in frontier and emerging markets for over 25 years.