IJBrazil 2019
October 29
 - Sao Paulo


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


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

The event will be translated in Portuguese and English, don't miss out on this unique opportunity! 

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. 

Registration and morning refreshments
Chairman’s Opening Remarks

Presentation: Attracting investment to Brazilian infrastructure by mitigating risks  

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 Energia

William Cox

Management Excellence

Panel Discussion: Discovering state by state opportunity in infrastructure projects   

This panel will delve into the various project financing opportunities across states. Speakers from different states will discuss the projects live within their states. 


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.   

Coffee and Networking Break

Round tables:

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

Round table 2: The role of Development Banks and Private Banks in infrastructure financing in the coming years 
Host: Andre Fonseca, CIO, Pacto Energia 

Round table 3: Embracing new technology in energy distribution  
Host: Maria LuquezeCountry Head – Brazil, UK Export Finance 

Roundtable 4: Brazilian infrastructure and energy and ESG 
Host: Valentina CumoSenior VP and Executive DirectorDarby Private Equity 

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

Ricardo Barros, VP PV and Wind utility-scale, ABSOLAR 

  • Examples of recent auctions, projects and those in the pipeline 
  • 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?  
  •  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  

 Guest presentation: The role of the State of São Paulo in fostering renewable sources of energy  

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.)?
  • 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


To register, and for any queries about the event, contact customer enquiries at events@ijglobal.com

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Albert Negron albert.negron@ijglobal.com

For media partnerships or marketing queries, contact Monica Chan at monica.chan@euromoneyplc.com

For speaking opportunities, contact Carmen Bamford at carmen.bamford@euromoneyplc.com

Bronze Sponsors

Lanyard Sponsor

Julyana Yokota

Senior Director Sector Lead
Infrastructure Ratings 
S&P Global 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 

Moderator: Juliana Ennes; Senior Reporter – Americas, IJ Global  
Elbia Silva Gannoum Chief Executive Officer, ABEEólica - Associação Brasileira de Energia Eólica 
Bárbara RubimVice President of Distributed GenerationABSOLAR 
Pierre-Emmanuel Moussafir, Managing Director, EREN DO BRASIL 

Carlos Augusto RomualdoHead of Institutional Relations and CommunicationINDI 

Moderator: Juliana Ennes; Senior Reporter – Americas, IJ Global
Karla Fernandes, 
Managing Director, TMF Brazil
Julyana Yokota, 
Senior Director & Sector Lead - Infrastructure Ratings, S&P Global Ratings
Lara Monteiro, 
CFO, Echoenergia
Michael T. Shea, 
Director - Structured Finance, Atlas Renewable Energy  
Rodolfo M. Valente, 
Project Finance Superintendent, SMBC 

Mr Glaucio Attorre PennaUndersecretary for Infrastructure, The State of São Paulo  
















Media Partner

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

Andre Fonseca

Pacto Energia

Bárbara Rubim

Vice President of the Board

Eduardo Tobias

CELA Clean Energy Latin America

Ana Paula Lopes do Vale Saraiva

Head of M&A

Maria Angélica Oliveira Luqueze

Country Head - Brazil
UK Export Finance



Guest address: The infrastructure privatisation pipeline   

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. 
Tarcila Reis JordãoUndersecretary of Partnerships, The State of São Paulo 

Moderator: Maria LuquezeCountry Head – Brazil, UK Export Finance 
Pedro Calixto, Chief of Staff Infrastructure and Mobility, Minas Gerais State  
Gabriela Engler PintoDeputy Secretary of Partnerships, São Paulo 
Monique MenezesSecretária Municipal de Concessões e Parcerias, Teresina 

Coffee and Networking Break

We have negotiated a special group accommodation rate of $264 USD + 5% VAT per night at the conference hotel. This includes breakfast.

To book your hotel accommodation at this rate please email reservas.brasil@marriott.com or call +5511 3069-2807.

Pedro Calixto

Chief of Staff Infrastructure and Mobility
Minas Gerais State

 Gabriela Engler Pinto

Executive Secretary
São Paulo State Government Secretariat for Partnerships

Tarcila Reis Jordão

PPP undersecretary
São Paulo Government

Pre conference Breakfast briefing 

Rodrigo Ferreira F. Pedroso, CEO, Pacto Energia

Case Study: The Petrobras divestment plan  

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 Head of M&A,  Petrobras  

Rodrigo Ferreira F. Pedroso, CEO, Pacto Energia 


Keynote Address

Henrique Meirelles, Secretary of Finance, State of São Paulo  


Managing Director

Ricardo Barros

VP PV and Wind utility-scale

Henrique Meirelles

Secretary of Finance State
São Paulo

 Rodolfo M Valente

Project Finance Superintendent
SMBC Group

 Glaucio Attorre Penna

Undersecretary for Infrastructure
The State of São Paulo

Tradução simultânea do inglês ao português durante o programa todo

Valentina Cumo

Vice President

Carlos Augusto Romualdo

Head of Institutional Relations and Communication



What the federal government is doing to facilitate investments

 Gustavo Saboia Vieira, Head Of International Department, Ministério da Infraestrutura

Gustavo Saboia Vieira

Head Of International Department  Ministério da Infraestrutura