Advanced Project Finance

5 days 11-15 Dec 2017, London UK £4,295.00 + VAT* Download brochure Add to basket

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This unique 5-day training course examines the latest structuring, funding and cashflow modelling techniques.

On completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Analyse specific case studies, risk profiles and structuring protocols
  • Analyse funding sources and credit criteria
  • Simulate, arrange and document project financings
  • Construct a project finance cashflow model
  • Capitalise on the new horizons for projects and funding sources

Course overview:

This course will cover all the critical factors in project financing today, from identifying which projects to finance, to the negotiation tactics employed to achieve the best deals. You will find out how to spot the pitfalls in project finance structures and identify the risks, credit criteria and funding. Through practical exercises you will learn sector specific modelling and structuring protocols and how to build a cashflow model from scratch. The course also covers political risk structuring and tailoring the project to suit the funding. The programme will finish by considering the future direction and developments in the sector and how to best take advantage of these.


  • You will receive pre-course reading notes and case study material in analysis, negotiation and structuring. Individual project finance cases will be pre-assigned.
  • Comprehensive session notes, computer models and resource material will be a key part of the teaching methodology to form an excellent balance between formal lectures and hands-on participation.


  • This advanced course is suitable for all those who have previous experience in carrying out project financing e.g. project/structured finance executives from banks, multinationals and multilaterals.
  • Delegates are likely to have a minimum of 3 years’ hands-on project finance experience and ideally you should know about NPVs, IRRs and cashflow analysis and should also have a basic understanding of business law.

Supported by:


We work with a series of expert instructors, please select the course location of interest to review the credentials of who will be delivering the programme.

Richard Tinsley

The course director is the president of a global network of investment bankers, project advisors and industry specialists.

He has over 25 years of hands-on project finance experience, in both debt and equity. He has been the lead banker and chief advisor for some US$28.3 billion of project financing world-wide (in over 37 countries). He now specialises in the integration of political risk structures into BOO/ BOOT and independent power project financing.

He has pioneered a number of applications by cross-fertilising practices from one region or industry sector to another. He is a widely recognised author and expert on risk mitigation techniques in project finance structuring.

Now based in Sydney, Australia, he has worked at every level of international project financing, for institutions such as Continental Bank, a commercial bank in Chicago; European Banking Company, a consortium merchant bank in London; Prudential–Bache Capital Funding, a Wall Street investment bank in Australia and as the Project Finance Director of Indosuez Australia, now Credit Agricole.



Central London Hotel Venue

All courses are held at four or five star venues in Central London, Zone 1. We strive to provide you with a training environment of the highest quality, to ensure that the whole learning experience exceeds your expectations.

Your training venue will be confirmed by one of our course administrators approximately 3-4 weeks before the course start date.

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Day 1

Critical factors in project financing today

Why choose project finance?

  • Sponsor’s rationale
  • Lender’s criteria
  • Constructor’s objectives
  • Government’s roles
  • Institutions/investors

Best sectors and project types

  • Difficult sectors to avoid
  • Current trends

Stages in project finance

  • Time, team, costs
  • Information memorandum/project proposal
  • Credit/investment committee considerations

Workshop: case study/modelling team assignments

Power project – capital markets
Tollway – banks/bond
Oil and gas – political risk
Power – co-financing

Risk definitions/allocations

  • The 6 risk systems
  • The 5 structuring formats
  • The 16 risks to identify
  • The 174 structures to apply

Sector-specific risk profiles and structuring protocols

  • Oil and gas
  • Tollways/bridges/tunnels
  • Power/merchant
  • Ports/airports power railways
  • Water/waste water
  • Hospitals/prisons
  • Telecoms/satellites
  • Mining/metals
  • Renewable energy

Workshop: pick the risks; each team will select the top four risks and the structures that are needed in four recent cases.

Risk ‘metrics’

  • Basel II
  • Compliance measures

Day 2

Structuring and trade-offs

Due diligence

  • How to scope the 6 independent reviews
  • Fit to credit/investment approval
  • The “bankable” feasibility study
  • The project development plan

Why do projects go wrong? Lessons to be learnt from:

  • Eurotunnel/Eurodisney/Iridium
  • OrlyVAL/Dulles Greenway/NCA/Quintette

Key documentation aspects

  • The 19 participants
  • The 33 contracts

Contractual architecture – risk coverage

  • Concession agreements vs. BOO
  • Special purpose vehicles (the 5 types)
  • Operations/management (O&M) contracts
  • Turnkey construction contract
  • Delayed completion and systems performance insurances
  • Offtake/sales contracts
  • Indirect/third-party support agreements
  • Government guarantees
  • Dispute resolution methods

Funding documentation

  • Loan agreements
  • Joint venture/shareholder agreement
  • Security documentation
  • Assignment of contracts/insurances
  • Direct and common agreements
  • Offshore proceeds account
  • Swaps
  • Securitisation
  • Inter-creditor agreement/deed of priority

Funding sources

  • Debt
  • Equity
  • Leasing/leveraged leasing
  • Commodity-based

Ratings for project financings

  • Moodys/Standard & Poors/Fitch
  • Key differences with bank-driven deals
  • Covenants
  • Pricing
  • Default
  • Term
  • Structure
  • Voting

Role of the advisor

  • When to involve advisors
  • How to keep the costs and timetable down

Political risk structuring definitions

  • Terrorism questionnaire
  • The ‘classic’ 3 - war, inconvertibility, expropriation
  • The full set of 20 political risks
  • Application to equity too

Export credit agencies/bilateral agencies

  • US Eximbank/OPIC, US
  • EDC, Canada/KfW/Hermes/ECGD, UK/JBIC/NEXI
  • Tactics for approaching the ECAs

Multilateral agencies

  • World Bank
  • Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)
  • International Finance Corp (IFC)
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • How to approach the multilaterals

Private sources

  • AIG
  • Sovereign

Day 3

Credit criteria and cashflow modelling

Credit analysis

  • The investors’/financier’s/company treasurer’s measures

What model is needed for a project finance?

  • The model layout
  • Establishment of the key cases
  • Fit to the project risks/sensitivities
  • "Circularity is best"

Model designs

  • Design of the input sheet/data validation
  • Conventional: operations; capex; loan/tax routines

Project finance model types

  • Typical layouts
  • Drawdown routines/model periods (%, quarterly, overruns)
  • The 8 main repayment styles
  • Multi-tranche approaches
  • Reserve accounts
  • Debt service
  • Maintenance
  • Capex
  • Tax
  • Environmental
  • FX
  • Calculating liquidated damages/overrun/retention requirements

Sensitivity analyses modelling

  • How to choose sensitivities
  • Key ratio targets
  • Contrast to sponsors' IRR, NPV, valuation analyses
  • Dynamic what if?
  • Scenario manager
  • Graphical sensitivity techniques
  • Conditional formatting
  • Other tricks?

Build the course model

  • Design the necessary input sheet
  • Determine the loan amount required using different repayment techniques

Model auditing

  • 'Straight' Excel techniques
  • Advanced add-in styles

Day 4

Modelling project finance cashflows

Key inputs

  • Non-modelling assumptions
  • Cyclicality
  • The 5 breakeven techniques

Modelling key decision/credit criteria

  • Leveraged IRR
  • Annual debt service cover ratio
  • Principal cover
  • Loan life/project life PV ratio
  • Interest cover
  • Cash/equity lock-ups
  • Delay algorithms
  • Residual cover/cushion/ratios
  • Liquidated damages
  • Cash sweeps/mandatory prepayments

Modelling workshop

  • Modelling tactics
  • How to fiddle/finesse the model

Typical modelling errors

  • Discounting/escalation
  • Available cashflow
  • Reserves
  • Working capital
  • Replacement capital
  • CPI-based LLR/PLR
  • The danger of using unescalated models
  • Some handy tools to check model imputs

Sector modelling aspects

  • Power
  • Tollways
  • Telecoms
  • Satellites
  • Prisons/hospitals
  • Airport/ports
  • Water/waste water
  • Theme parks/stadiums
  • Railways Resources (oil and gas, mining)

Bidding contest using the course model - leading from the course model and the information memorandum update, decide whether you can improve on the currently offered project finance deal!

Day 5

Outlook for project finance

Case study presentations:
each team presents its allocated case with structures and solutions as well as cashflow sensitivities. Expert feedback on the deal architecture and risks.

Project finance as a competitive tool

  • How to integrate project financing into the bid

Practical case study: linking the tariff to the project finance structure.

Contract/tender bidding

  • “Real” turnkey construction contracts

Public private projects

  • The 7 variations
  • Tendering criteria
  • Trends/case examples

New horizons for projects and funding sources

  • “Green” funds
  • Emerging market funds
  • Infrastructure/development funds
  • Tax structures
  • Capital markets
  • Political risk enhancements
  • FX cover
  • Credit enhancements
  • Credit wraps/monolines
  • Weather/wind derivatives
  • Islamic project finance
  • Credit derivatives
  • Securitisation
  • CDOs/CLOs
  • Takeout architectures

Course summary & close

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