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Sabanci CFO on the Pivot Towards High-Tech and Broadening Access to Long-Term Funding

Large firms often fear getting outshone by their smaller and more nimble rivals, but Sabanci Holding – one of Turkey’s largest industrial and financial conglomerates – has recently emerged from a period of deleveraging to go on the offensive, making a series of strategic acquisitions and capitalising on emerging market opportunities that place technology at the centre of its growth strategy over…

19 Dec 2019

CEE & Turkey Economics and Markets CFO Insights

Azizi Developments CFO Sees UAE Property Market Recovery in 2020

The UAE property market has made headlines throughout 2018 and 2019 – but largely for the wrong reasons, with oversupply and subdued demand straining balance sheets against the backdrop of sluggish economic growth. But not all property developers seem downbeat about the sector’s prospects. Fresh off securing the company’s debut credit rating, Mika Toivola, CFO, of Azizi Developments, a…

13 Nov 2019

GEMS Education CFO on Scaling the Multijurisdictional Treasury, Funding, and New Opportunities

An exclusive Bonds & Loans interview Ed Senior, acting CFO of GEMS Education, on the company's recent bond placement, acquisition of Ma’arif Education Group and key focus areas for 2020.

7 Nov 2019

SOCAR Finance GM Pursues Trade Finance Alternatives Following STAR Refinery Launch

SOCAR, Azerbaijan’s state oil and gas company, currently bears the mantle of the largest foreign direct investor in Turkey. The opening of SOCAR’s USD6.3bn STAR Refinery in October 2018 marked one of many major projects in the country. Bonds & Loans spoke with Elchin Ibadov, Finance and IT Deputy General Manager, about SOCAR’s bid to create a centralised treasury function, fostering operational…

24 Oct 2019

Grupo Argos CFO on Sector Strategy, Picking Relationship Banks, and Sustainability

Grupo Argos S.A is a Colombian conglomerate with large investments in the cement and energy industries, with operations in the United States, Panamá, Honduras and the Caribbean, and assets in various sectors from transport to real estate. The Group’s CFO Alejandro Piedrahita spoke with Bonds & Loans to discuss the group’s major businesses, the company’s bold new bid to build a new logistics hub…

15 Oct 2019

Usiminas Completes Debt Refinancing, Sees Upside in Steel Demand Despite Oil Price Spike

Back in 2016, Brazilian steel maker Usiminas looked to be entering dire straits: the company was forced to renegotiate 92% of its debt and has been absent from the international bond markets since 2008. But as net debt fell to BRL5.5bn in 2019, its amortisation schedule improved and global funding conditions became more favourable amid rate cuts, the steelmaker returned to the international…

4 Oct 2019

Following Divestment, Forte Upstream Services CFO Mulls Expansion into E&P

Following the conclusion of the divestment of its downstream and power generation businesses, Bonds & Loans speaks with Idris Olufowobi, Chief Financial Officer of recently formed Forte Upstream Services Ltd. about the company’s funding objectives and challenges, and discusses why the company is assessing a move into the exploration & production space.

17 Sep 2019

Benin Minister of Finance on the Country’s Successful Eurobond Debut, Reform, and Development

Benin’s debut Eurobond issuance was one of the top sovereign transactions of 2019, decisively putting the country on the map for EM investors. Bonds & Loans caught up with the country’s young and enthusiastic Minister of Finance, Romuald Wadagni, to discuss the government’s borrowing strategy, the country’s impressive growth story, and progress on key reforms.

11 Sep 2019

IFC Treasurer: “Global debt markets are undergoing rapid transformation”

Bond markets are not particularly well-known for being cutting edge. The vast majority of trading still takes place over the phone, and the settlement process more often than not still takes days rather than hours or minutes. But in emerging markets, where funding innovation is helping borrowers overcome capital bottlenecks and Fintech is enabling new pockets of growth, that perception is…

10 Sep 2019

Viathan Group CFO: “Banks that don’t embrace fintech will be replaced”

Viathan Group is an emerging energy player in the power and gas sector in Nigeria but in financing circles, the company is perhaps best known for its innovative 2018 infrastructure bond issuance – when it pioneered a new structure for the country’s capital markets. Babajide Ibironke, the Group’s CFO, talks to Bonds & Loans about the company’s growth ambitions and funding strategy, overcoming the…

6 Sep 2019

Eurotorg’s Strategy, Investment Chief on Funding Diversification

After issuing Belarus’ debut corporate Eurobond in 2017, Eurotorg tapped the Russian market for the first time in July with its RUB5n issuance. Bonds & Loans speaks with Andrei Matsiavin, the company’s Chief Strategy and Investment Officer about Eurotorg’s strategic focus areas, issuing in the Russian market, and its future funding plans.

22 Aug 2019

Azul Airlines Focussed on Brazilian Market and Fleet Revamp

Joelmir Baumgratz discusses increasing capacity for less cost, consolidation in the airlines market, oil price fluctuations driving complex hedging strategies and using air miles as collateral on financings to bring yields down.

13 Aug 2019

MTN CFO Targets Capital Structure Optimisation in Nigeria and Ghana

South Africa-based pan-African telecoms operator MTN Group has been at the forefront of the industry’s transition towards data-centricity and, in Africa specifically, it is leading the region’s bid to use mobile technology to bolster financial inclusion and connect ever greater numbers of users to the internet. We speak with Ralph Mupita, MTN’s Group CFO, about the funding strategy underpinning…

1 Aug 2019

Invest in Turkey: One Belt One Road Already Helping Attract Capital from Asia

Despite being caught in the turbulence that rocked emerging markets in 2018, Turkey remains an attractive destination for foreign investors, boasting strong fundamentals and a growing pipeline of projects in need of capital. Bonds & Loans spoke with Ahmet Burak Dağlıoğlu, Vice President of Invest in Turkey, about the growing role of Asian investment in the country, funding diversification and…

30 Jul 2019

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