LJD Week 2014

The World Bank Group's Law, Justice and Development (LJD) Week 2014 will take place in Washington DC, October 20 - 24. Two sessions on public-private partnerships (PPPs) will be held on October 23, 2014. Featuring currently debated legal and policy aspects of PPPs, both events will bring together not only senior officials from the World Bank Group and other international financial institutions, but also government officials as well as PPP, construction management and dispute resolution specialists and practitioners from all over the world.

Live Streaming on October 23, 20149.00 am - 10.30 am EST)

Should Standardized Agreements be Used for PPP Transactions in Developing Countries: A Debate

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Meeting Number: 735 046 246
Meeting password: 3MBMnpiU

Given the significant time and expense involved in preparing custom-made project agreements for each individual PPP transaction (a particularly acute challenge in developing countries), a number of countries have experimented, successfully and unsuccessfully, with the use of standardized documents, in an attempt to expedite the process and reduce transaction costs. This session will explore the advantages and challenges of these efforts, using a debate format with two speakers in favor of standardization and two opposed.


  • Mark Moseley, Lead Lawyer, PPP Group, Singapore, World Bank
  • Patricia Sulser, Chief Counsel, Legal – Global Infrastructure, International Finance Corporation

Speakers in Favor of the Use of Standardized PPP Agreements

  • Metja Ledwaba, Founding Partner, Ledwaba Mazwai Law Firm, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Jamie Fergusson, Principal Investment Officer and Global Sector Lead for Renewable Energy, International Finance Corporation

Speakers Against the Use of Standardized PPP Agreements

  • John Pickett, Partner and Co-leader, Global Energy Sector, Linklaters, London
  • Jeff Delmon, Senior PPP Specialist, Tanzania, World Bank

Managing public utilities with small private operators: the case-study of the Bus Rapid Transit System in Lagos (Nigeria) (11 am to 12.30 pm EST)

Small-scale private operators (SPOs) represent a tremendous potential for the development of the private sector, particularly in developing countries. Nonetheless, experience shows that an efficient management of public utilities delivered by SPOs cannot be achieved without entering into formalized relationships with local authorities through diverse forms PPPs. Based on these observations, the Community of Practice on PPPs (created by the French Conseil d’Etat, in association with the Agence Française de Développement and the World Bank) has begun to undertake a large-scale research on small PPPs in order to identify the conditions for such processes of formalization to succeed. This session will present and review the results of the first case study currently being conducted on the Bus Rapid Transit line in Lagos, Nigeria.


Jeff Delmon

Jeff Delmon is a Senior PPP specialist with the World Bank, based in Dar es Salaam. Prior to joining the World Bank, Jeff spent 11 years in Paris and London advising on infrastructure and projects globally at the law firms of Allen & Overy and Freshfields. He is author of numerous books and articles on PPP, most recently: Public Private Partnership Programs: Creating a framework for private sector investment in infrastructure (2014).

Jamie Fergusson

Jamie Fergusson is a Principal Investment Officer and International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) global sector lead for renewable energy in Washington. His extensive experience covers a wide range of environmental finance and climate related sectors, including corporate and project debt, equity and mezzanine investments. Jamie is currently leading a World Bank Group effort to deliver a standardized procurement process and contractual structure for solar PV in sub-Saharan Africa.

Metja Ledwaba

Metja Ledwaba is one of the Founding Partners of Ledwaba Mazwai Law Firm in Pretoria, South Africa. Since 2001, Metja Ledwaba has been involved in major infrastructure projects, representing government institutions and private developers.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley is the Lead Lawyer in the World Bank PPP Group, based in Singapore. His work is primarily focused on public-private partnership transactions and the legal and regulatory arrangements for such transactions, particularly in the energy sector. Mark is also the Task Team Leader for the PPPLRC website project.

John Pickett

John Pickett is co-leader of Linklaters’ global energy sector and a partner in their London energy team with over 17 years’ experience of the sector. He is a Tier 1 ranked individual by Chambers UK advising on a wide range of ground-breaking energy market transactions, such as the recent acquisition by a Japanese investor of a major European portfolio of generation assets and advising on solar and wind (onshore and offshore) projects and financings across EMEA.

Patricia Sulser

Patricia Sulser is a Chief Counsel at IFC, and the Global Lead Lawyer for IFC InfraVentures, an internally managed fund dedicated to early stage infrastructure project development. She handles complex infrastructure financing (debt and equity) on a global basis. Patricia is also a certified mediator and has served on the Investment Climate Department’s Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR) Product Advisory Board.

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