IJBrazil 2019
October 29
 - Sao Paulo


IJBrazil brings the project finance community together to shine a light on the opportunities and programs in Brazil.


It is an extremely critical time for the Brazilian infrastructure sector, as Brazil gets ready to enter a new era of foreign investment that would have a powerful impact on the country’s infrastructure development. As PPPs and privatizations of rail, roads and airports top the agenda of new President Jair Bolsonaro’s government, there is vast potential for investment in Brazil’s infrastructure and energy sectors. 

Join us as we bring together 150+ senior executives and industry experts from across the globe to address key opportunities and challenges of investing in Brazil in 2019.

Registration and morning refreshments
Morning Chairman’s Opening Remarks

Opening keynote address: The infrastructure privatisation pipeline 

Financing panelBrazil’s infrastructure opportunity  

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Renaissance Sao Paulo

Alameda Santos, 2233
Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo 01419-002 Brazil


IJBrazil offers a unique opportunity for you to raise your profile amongst the region’s most senior infrastructure decision-makers. The annual conference brings together the entire infrastructure ecosystem allowing you to make valuable connections that could lead to future business opportunities.

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All talks will be held at the Granville headquarters at Madison 36th, New York City.


Karla Fernandes

Managing Director
TMF Brazil

Rodrigo Ferreira F. Pedroso

Pacto Eenrgia

William Cox

Management Excellence

Case study session: A successfully financed infrastructure project

This case study will delve into a recent case of an infrastructure project which has been successful financed and how the financing was structured, and ultimate or proposed profitability. 


Interview session: The opportunity in privatisation – the industry view 

Hear directly from the government as they action their plans to privatise airports, roads and rail. Project pipelines and the opportunity they create, and the future infrastructure agenda will be discussed. 

Coffee and Networking Break

Round tables:

Round table 1: Transmission lines: Opportunities for investing and financing -  Host João Eduardo Greco Pinheiro, Managing Director - Project Implementation, Alupar Investimento

Round table 2: Brazilian infrastructure and energy and ESG - Host: Andre Fonseca, CIO, Pacto Energia  

Round table 3: Technology Smart cities: e mobility, smart meters

Round table 4: LNG to power in the Brazilian market  

Round table 5:  The privatisation of airports – discovering opportunity 

Panel Discussion: Embracing new technology in energy distribution

Afternoon coffee break

Presentation: Attracting investment to Brazilian infrastructure by mitigating risks 

William Cox, CEO, Management Excellence

Panel discussion: Exploring the Brazilian PPA landscape 

Moderator: Eduardo Tobias, Director, CELA Clean Energy Latin America 
Rodrigo Ferreira F. Pedroso, CEO, Pacto Energia   
Gustavo Dos Reis Vajda, Business Development Director and Country Manager, Canadian Solar 
Eduardo Klepacz, Managing Director - Head of Infrastructure Investments, 
GTIS Partners

  • Experiences of mixing private PPAs with traditional methods based on participating in Federal Auctions 
  • What is the financing availability and conditions for Private PPAs (as opposed to traditional financing for Federal Auction PPAs)? 
  • Recent examples bilateral PPA’s in the energy world 
  • Merchant and free market PPAs in Brazil – how lenders would face them and which conditions would apply  
    Will the trend for increasing private and bilateral PPA’s in Brazil continue? What are the challenges and impending impacts on financing? 
  • A  case study of a successful wind/solar project with a PPA exclusively in the Free Market that has already secured financing through a project finance structure

Panel discussion: Discovering opportunity in Brazils renewable energy market  

 Case Study: The Petrobras divestment plan  

Chair’s closing remarks

Cocktail reception

  • Generating investor confidence in infrastructure projects
  • What part will consolidation and divesting assets play for future investment?
  • Are PPA’s in USD helping to attract more financing sources?
  • What are the potential alternative financing sources (on top of the typical development banks such as BNDES, BNB)?
  • The key to structuring infrastructure financing in a way which considers all risks more completely?
  • Infrastructure privatisations – what is the view of the debt funds and what is the role of the banks? Will the government allow US $ financing of these projects?
  • Will development banks continue to dominate financing structures, or will there be more involvement from the capital markets going forward?
  • Does the growth of the issuances of Debênture de Infraestrutura raise a question if there will be enough investor's demand to fund large infrastructure projects in industries other than energy as new concessions' auctions and Public-Private Partnerships are deployed (e.g. airports, sanitation, ports etc.)?
  • An overview of the new technologies in the energy distribution segment such as electric mobility, demand response, smart meters and smart cities
  • How can these new technologies work towards solving the issues of air pollution in mega cities?
  • The growth of distributed solar generation and its impact on distribution companies and on demand for new utility scale plants in the future
  • As DG grows exponentially how can distribution companies adapt as their traditional business model becomes obsolete? 

Maria LuquezeCountry Head – Brazil, UK Export Finance 

  • How does the wave of privatisation offer opportunity to investors, what are the risk profiles on taking on such an investment?  
  • Brazilian infrastructure is missing US$1.2 trillion in investments. One reason is that investors find it difficult to calculate their total cost of capital covering such important risks as political, regulatory, governance, social, O&M, environmental, legal, cyber and host of others. These risks make up roughly half of the cost of capital of most infra projects. In this presentation, we indicate a way of calculating these risks in basis points and how to use these data to mitigate total infrastructure risk.
  • Innovations in the wind and solar market
  • Hybrid solar and wind plants a future possibility? What are the benefits?
  • Financing and investment possibilities, current structures and vehicles to access
  • An overview of climate bonds initiatives to foster Green Bond issuances and certification for infrastructure projects in Brazil


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Bronze Sponsors

Lanyard Sponsor

Julyana Yokota

Senior Director Sector Lead
Infrastructure Ratings

Elbia Silva Gannoum

Chief Executive Officer 
ABEEólica - Associação Brasileira de Energia Eólica 

Gustavo Dos Reis Vajda

Business Development Director and Country Manager
Canadian Solar

João Eduardo Greco Pinheiro
Managing Director - Project Implementation 

Alupar Investimento 

Elbia Silva Gannoum,  Chief Executive Officer, ABEEólica - Associação Brasileira de Energia Eólica
Bárbara RubimVice President t of the Board, ABSOLAR 

Monique Menezes, Secretária Municipal de Concessões e Parcerias, Teresina   

Karla FernandesManaging Director, TMF Brazil 
Julyana Yokota, Senior Director & Sector Lead - Infrastructure Ratings, S&P Global Ratings 
Lara MonteiroCFOEchoenergia 
Michael T. Shea, Director - Structured Finance, Atlas Renewable Energy 

Following the recent Supreme Court ruling, the Petrobras Divestment plan is back on trail. This session will look at the wealth of opportunities that this presents as the world's 8th largest hydrocarbon producer opens up supported by a pro-business administration.

  • Refining - With Petrobras committed to selling 8 refineries, will this be attractive to specialists or the bigger players? 
  • An overview of divestments in the Brazilian Gas Market and the opportunity it presents for Brazil's hydrocarbon sector as the world transitions to a lower carbon energy mix 
  • Alongside the significant upstream opportunities opening up in Brazil the Petrobras divestment plan presents mature assets. Where are the opportunities here? 

Ana Paula Lopes do Vale Saraiva,  Portfolio Management, Executive Manager, Petrobras




















Media Partner

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Tradução simultânea do inglês ao português durante o programa todo

Michael T.Shea

Director - Structured Finance 
Atlas Renewable Energy 

Lara Monteiro


Eduardo Klepacz

Managing Director - Head of Infrastructure Investments
GTIS Partners

 Monique Menezes

Secretária Municipal de 
Concessões e Parcerias

Maria Angélica Oliveira Luqueze

Country Head - Brazil
UK Export Finance

Andre Fonseca

Pacto Energia

Bárbara Rubim

Vice President of the Board

Eduardo Tobias

CELA Clean Energy Latin America

Ana Paula Lopes do Vale Saraiva
Portfolio Management, Executive Manger