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Public Procurement Forum in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Past event
07 November 2019, 13:30 - 19:00

We are pleased to invite you to the sixth CMS Public Procurement Forum that will be held at the Eye Museum in Amsterdam on 7 November 2019.

The forum will discuss public private partnerships (PPP) in infrastructure projects and potential ways of improving such partnerships in the Netherlands, as well as across Europe.

The programme will cover challenges that contracting authorities and market parties both frequently experience in procuring and executing PPP projects. Furthermore, potential legal scenarios based on the two stage principle used in the UK and ways to team up with success will be presented. Finally, we will address the financial aspects of a PPP contract. Our speakers will include representatives of the government and contracting parties, professors and CMS lawyers from several European jurisdictions.

The conference will be held in English.

The event is free of charge. However, please note that we have limited places available, so the "first come, first served" principle will apply.

The Eye Museum can easily be reached by public transport. In case you would like to come to the conference by car, we advise you to park in the parking garage underneath the museum. A parking card can be requested when registering.

After the conference, a dinner will be held on tour boats for CMS lawyers, speakers and some of our most valued clients. We would be delighted if you were able to join us.

We look forward to seeing you on 7 November 2019.


13:30 p.m.

Registration and coffee

13:45 p.m.

Welcome and introduction
Bernt Elsner and Petra Heemskerk 

14:00 p.m.

Recent PPP projects in the Netherlands

  • Experiences of the government (30 min)
    Marian Vrolijk, Board Procurement and Contract Management, Directorate General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat)
  • Experiences of a market party (30 min)
    Theo Winter, Board of Directors, Dura Vermeer

15:00 p.m.

Legal scenarios for PPP projects

  • Traditional tendering, 2 phase tendering, no price tendering, preventing conflict of interests (30 min)
    Chris Jansen, Professor of Private Law at Vrije University Amsterdam and Chairman of the Dutch Commission of Procurement Experts
  • Relevant experience in UK (30 min)
    Graeme Young, Partner Public Procurement CMS UK

16:00 p.m.

Coffee break

16:20 p.m.

Teaming up with success

  • Sandra Schruijer, Professor Organization Science, Utrecht University

17:00 p.m.

Financing PPP projects

  • Paul Smith, Partner CMS UK, Head CMS Energy, Projects and Construction Group
  • Jonathan Dames, Partner CMS UK

18:00 p.m

Closing remarks

18:15 p.m.


19:00 p.m.



Portrait of Bernt Elsner
Bernt Elsner
Portrait of Petra Heemskerk
Petra Heemskerk
Portrait of Graeme Young
Graeme Young
Portrait of Paul Smith
Paul Smith
Portrait of Jonathan Dames
Jonathan Dames
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