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Sustainable Finance

Customized Solutions, Investor Demand Key Drivers of ESG Growth

Last year was the first in a decade where the sustainable finance market failed to show significant growth, largely in line with broader slowdown in fixed income. But structural innovation is likely to continue driving this market forward, making it is an asset class that even the largest investors can’t ignore, according to experts participating with a roundtable hosted by Societe Generale.

7 Mar 2019

CASE STUDY: Al Dur Power & Water Company Secures USD1.34bn Refinancing Despites Headwinds

Following Al Dur Power & Water Company’s (Al Dur) debut project financing transaction in 2009, the project company returned to the financial markets last year to refinance its outstanding debt. Navigating difficult macroeconomic conditions, alongside broader EM volatility, Al Dur secured a complex USD1.3bn refinancing package from an assortment of national and international lenders.

26 Feb 2019

Interest Rate Uncertainty, Market Volatility Keeping India’s Green Bond Issuers at Bay

With its substantial renewable energy ambitions telegraphed for years, industry practitioners often cite India as a potential major driver for the development of the sustainable finance and green bond segments among its emerging market peers. We speak with Vinod Kothari, a Kolkata-based structured finance advisor about why green bond volumes in India are down year-on-year, and the segments…

27 Dec 2018

Green Bond Additionality: The Big Picture

Green bonds have been a phenomenon in recent years, with the market growing consistently at double digit rates, cheering environmental activists and bankers alike. But what has this astounding growth achieved and has it created additionality?

24 Dec 2018

MUFG: System for Incentivising Investors Needed for Climate Bonds Uptake

Asia remains one of the leading regions for climate bond issuance in emerging markets globally, driven by both strong political will to transition towards a cleaner economy and, more fundamentally, a deep need for long-term infrastructure investment. We speak with Shyam Saraf, Director, DCM at MUFG, about how Asia’s climate bond sector is evolving to tackle the infrastructure gap.

13 Dec 2018

CASE STUDY: Enel Gives Wind to First Project Financing in South Africa’s Local Renewables Market

Nedbank and ABSA Bank were instrumental in helping Enel’s Green Power Division secure ZAR14bn financing for 5 wind farm projects across the country, enhancing the deal with innovative features including a tailored shareholder structure and cross-collateralization between the sub-portfolios.

10 Dec 2018

Suzano CFO on ESG: “This trend will not be reversed, and we see Brazil becoming a key part of it”

Leading Brazilian pulp and paper producer Suzano Papel e Celulose helped pioneer the country’s green bond market with the first green agricultural receivables security, or CRA, and a number of transactions on the international capital markets. The company’s CFO, Marcelo Bacci, an ardent supporter of ESG-focused investing, talks to Bonds & Loans about why the company decided to engage the…

7 Dec 2018

Mark Mobius: SMEs at the Outset of ESG – That’s Where the Real Opportunity Lies

The legendary EM investor spoke to Bonds & Loans about his new brainchild, Mobius Capital Partners - an ESG-focussed EM asset management company, and explained why when it comes to investing in sustainable finance market corporates, bigger isn't always better.

5 Dec 2018

Green Sukuk: The Nexus of Islamic Finance and ESG

Despite its reputation as a heavy emitter of greenhouse gasses, Indonesia’s green sukuk was hailed as a game changer for both Islamic and ESG investing. Luky Alfirman, Director General of Budget Financing and Risk Management, Ministry of Finance in Indonesia believes its inaugural transaction in February is the first of many to come as the government looks to double down on its commitment to…

29 Nov 2018

ESG Integration and Engagement: South Africa Sovereign Credit

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) indicators are integral to PIMCO’s sovereign credit assessments, which inform our investment decisions. But how exactly do we incorporate ESG considerations into our decisions?

17 Oct 2018

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