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Off the Record: Argentina Riding out the Storm

It has been a difficult year for Argentina. With inflation climbing above 40%, the ARS losing over half of its value against the US dollar, and lingering fears remaining following the Notebook scandal, investor confidence has been heavily dampened. But a reform-minded government, coupled with multilateral support, has created a sense that Argentina’s numerous structural deficiencies are beginning…

14 Nov 2018

Beyond 2030: Diversification, Corporate Transformation and Funding in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates among other GCC nations has set its sights on the cultivation of a well-diversified, mature economy built on strong, sustainable, globally-integrated businesses. For many borrowers looking to get in front of the trend, the shift will entail a radical transformation in corporate culture and approach to funding.

13 Nov 2018

CASE STUDY: Turkcell Secures Hat-Trick of Currencies in CDB Loan Refinancing

Turkcell, a leading Turkish phone operator, and the China Development Bank (CDB) signed a multi-jurisdictional loan restructuring facility featuring a rare RMB-denominated tranche in a multi-currency 10-year deal.

6 Nov 2018

CASE STUDY: Unique USD175mn Bond/Loan Hybrid Draws US Long Money to Peru’s Cajamarca Project

With the aid of Natixis, which helped set up the innovative hybrid structure, the Peruvian transmission line project was able to attract long-money foreign investors, including major US pension funds.

24 Oct 2018

The Loan Syndicator: HSBC’s Monica Macia Talks Loan Market Dynamics in the Americas

With an election almost every couple of months in the Americas, it seems 2018 is shaping up to be one of the most politically volatile periods the region has seen in over a decade. Coupled with the increasing de-synchronisation of regional growth and rising prevalence of macroeconomic and political factors globally, how borrowers satisfy their funding requirements through the remainder of the…

11 Oct 2018

Cape Town Bolsters ESG, but What’s Green Today May Not Be Tomorrow

Cape Town is one of the few municipalities to have issued a green bond, a hugely successful transaction that generated significant oversubscription despite a challenging local market backdrop. We spoke with David Valentine, the Treasury Director and Janine Marion Abrahams, Head of Bank and Treasury Loans, Finance and Treasury Department at the City of Cape Town, about how it prepared for the…

9 Oct 2018

Off the Record: Banks in Russia – Shaken, not Stirred

The recent perturbations across EM assets, the looming shadow of current and potential new sanctions and subdued growth at home have taken a toll on the Russian financial sector. But prudent fiscal and monetary policies and timely actions to minimize sanctions impact have helped shelter banks operating in Russia and the CIS from serious damage, DCM bankers and corporate chiefs have told Bonds &…

27 Sep 2018

CASE STUDY: ACWA Power Teams Up with ICBC on Egypt’s Benban USD185mn Structured Loan

In a deal that involves an amortizing loan with debt and equity tranches on a non-recourse project finance basis, the Saudi Arabia-based developer broke new ground by achieving an 18-year tenor, raising USD financing with an EGP-denominated tariff and bringing in a Chinese commercial bank.

26 Sep 2018

CASE STUDY: Mazoon Launches USD500mn Sukuk to Finance Lamar II Project

The Omani electricity company SPV placed the first ever corporate sukuk from the country with an elegant legal structure that helped navigate regulatory obstacles.

29 Aug 2018

CASE STUDY: Atlas Renewables Prints One of Latin America’s First Green Project Bonds

The unique A/B private placement structure was a rarity in the capital markets in light of its inclusion of both senior and subordinated tranches. It’s also the third green project bond issued out of Latin America.

22 Aug 2018

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