Project Finance Fundamentals for Infrapreneurs

Brickstone Dealcamp Series

Project Finance Fundamentals for Infraprenuers

Project Finance Fundamentals for Infrapreneurs

Brickstone Dealcamps Series were designed for the African Infrapreneur developing projects but lack the knowledge of basic limited recourse financial principles in making the deal happen. 

We define “Infrapreneurs” as Entrepreneurs or business owners who are typically in corporate business but now wants to develop a new project. They also called Project Sponsors in the Limited Resource Finance space. These individuals often point to project finance being the most important skill they cherish. What complicates the matter further is that debt and equity financial decision making in the context of new project ventures is different from materials taught in most finance & accounting courses.

This course is aimed primarily at CEOs with little or limited finance knowledge but who are incubating projects in Energy and Infrastructure space. Brickstone believes it is also important important that CEOs have a solid grasp of basic project finance awareness in order to agree with other project stakeholders and appreciate project finance principles that affect the value of their large scale projects

Programme Overview
  • A Two (2)-day training covering the basic project finance knowledge for infraprenuers
  • Consists of lectures, hands-on group exercises and case studies.

At the end of the programme participants would be able to:

  • Explain key Project Finance Elements
  • Understand financial terms and confidently discuss issues that affect project company finance
  • Discuss basic Project Finance Terminology and Concepts;
  • Highlight the basic components of project finance;
  • Understand project participants and their roles;
  • Structuring the Project Vehicle
  • Preparing the Project Financing Plan
Who Can Participate?

Entrepreneurs wishing to gain a clearer understanding of the fundamentals of business finance and how finance impacts on the decisions they make on a day-to-day basis either at a departmental or company-wide level.

Content Outline

The course provides important experience and practical examples in the following areas:

Day One : Module 01 – Understanding Key Project Finance Elements

◎ Conceptual Differences Corporate Finance vs Project Finance
Helping participants appreciate how Project Finance Differs from Corporate Financing most entrepreneurs are used to.

◎ An Overview of International Project Finance
Discuss basic Project Finance Terminology and Concepts; and Highlight the basic components of project finance; project participants and their roles

◎ Basic Considerations & Sources of Project Finance
Explain the motivations of Project Finance or Corporate Finance? Discuss Structuring, Structuring Vehicles and Sources of Project Finance

◎ Introduction to Project Development Stages 
Helping participants to understand the project development stages in Project Finance transactions: Pre-Bid, Contract Negotiation Stage and Money-Raising Stage

Day Two : Module 02 – Project Development through Project Finance

◎ Developing a Limited Recourse Finance Project
Recap of the Stages issues within the project development phases

◎ Re-bid stage 
Selecting the right project; Determining whether to submit an unsolicited proposal, Selecting the “right” advocacy, Conducting a technical feasibility study, understand the Length and cost of development process

◎ Contract negotiation stage
Market study for projects with no off-take agreement, Negotiating the project agreements, understand the need for a Environmental/social resettlement report

◎ Financing stage
Securing lowest financing costs, Understanding how to achieve the highest risk-reward trade-off possible, Minimizing exposure to the project


2 Days


Lagos ( 22 and 23 November 2019)

Abuja (January 2020)

Jobalo Oshikanlu
Jobalo Oshikanlu
Investments, Legal & Compliance
ARM-Harith Infrastructure

Jobalo is a highly experienced corporate and commercial lawyer with extensive experience in infrastructure project development, infrastructure project finance and implementation, as well as private equity. Currently, he works as Consultant at ARM-Harith Infrastructure Investment Limited (ARMHIIL), manager of the ARM-Harith Infrastructure Fund, where he is responsible for Investments, Legal & Compliance. Prior to joining ARMHIIL, Jobalo was Executive Director and Head of Legal at Lekki Concession Company for 7 years. He also had prior experience with the law firm of Aluko & Oyebode where he was involved in litigation, oil & gas, mining law, banking, corporate finance, project finance, corporate restructuring and M&As. He was a key member of the Privatization and PPP advisory teams at the firm.

Jobalo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and a BL from the Nigerian Law School. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and of the International Bar Association. He is also an alumnus of Cranfield where he obtained an Award in Business & Leadership.

Fola Fagbule
Fola Fagbule
Senior Vice President
Head, Financial Advisory
African Finance Corporation

Fola Fagbule is a banker and investment professional focused on infrastructure in Africa. He currently serves as a Senior Vice President and Head of Financial Advisory with overall responsibility for mergers, acquisitions, capital raising and other technical advisory assignments at the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC). His work revolves around large infrastructure projects, companies and investments across sub-Saharan Africa. AFC is a US$4.0bn infrastructure financier working across nearly 30 countries in Africa.

Fola has worked at AFC in various roles for nearly a decade and is currently focused mainly on leading the delivery of advice to various clients including governments, private funds, large corporates, private developers, state-owned entities and central banks. Prior to AFC, Fola worked as an investment banker at Afrinvest, a London and Lagos based securities firm. At Afrinvest he focused originally on mergers, acquisitions and capital raising; then subsequently led the investment research department. Fola has received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and prior to that a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics.

Femi Awofala
Femi Awofala
Founder & CEO Brickstone
Head Infrastructure Acceleration Programme

Femi is the founder of Brickstone and has practical experience in advising companies and governments on private investments in energy , real estate and infrastructure, including structuring and executing project/structured financings and M&A transactions. He leads Brickstone’s Origination & Commercial advisory team in Energy, Infrastructure and Real Estate

Femi was an investment banking professional with Vetiva Capital Management Limited where he led teams on several M&A transactions, capital raisings programmes as well as structured/project financings of over $500 million. Prior to joining Vetiva Capital Management Limited, he was at the ARM Investment Mangers and was part of the private equity real estate team and he assessed potential real estate investment opportunities, prepared detailed financial models and valuations and oversaw property development, construction management, coordinated marketing, contract negotiations and closings for a real estate developments; Femi has a first degree – B.Sc Geology from University of Ibadan and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Lagos Business School, Pan-African University. He is the Facilitator and Lead of the Mining –Manufacturing Policy Commission of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group.

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NGN 170,000

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