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Implementing Sustainable Finance products: What can African players learn from successful ESG strategies and issuances in other regions?

Broadcast on Oct 6, 2020 from Livestream: ESG & Capital Markets Africa 2020 - Virtual Conference

Gold Sponsor

Standard Bank

Multilateral Sponsor

Africa Finance Corporation

WAEMU Sponsor

Agence UMOA-Titres

Silver Sponsor

Nedbank CIB

Silver Sponsor

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Bronze Sponsor

Fitch Ratings

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Implementing Sustainable Finance products: What can African players learn from successful ESG strategies and issuances in other regions?

  • Green bonds, sukuks, SDG linked bonds and loans: Understanding the debut issuer journey
  • What were the key challenges they faced, and how did they overcome them?
  • What are the benefits?
  • How are social bonds operating in different jurisdictions? Would a similar structure translate well to the African market?
Africa

Moderator

Nigel Beck

Nigel Beck

Head of Sustainable Finance & ESG Advisory

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Nigel Beck

Nigel Beck

Head of Sustainable Finance & ESG Advisory at Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Nigel leads RMB’s Sustainable Finance and ESG Advisory business. He has pioneered the development of sustainable finance on the African continent, executing several innovative and award-winning products.

He is the longest standing Chair of the Equator Principles steering committee, lead at the International Chamber of Commerce (Sustainable Trade Finance) and member of the Impact Investing National Task Force.

He holds a number of qualifications including a MSc & DIC (Environmental Technology) from Imperial College, University of London and an MBA from Wits Business School.

Previously, he was the Global Managing Director of Sustainable Finance & ESG Advisory at Standard Bank.

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Nigel Beck

RMB at a glance

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) is a leading African Corporate and Investment Bank and part of one of the largest financial services groups (by market capitalisation) in Africa – FirstRand Bank Limited. We offer our clients innovative, value-added advisory, funding, trading, corporate banking and principal investing solutions.

At RMB we are passionate about solving problems for our clients by seeking solutions beyond the obvious. We are innovative in our thinking and turn challenges into opportunities. We call ourselves Solutionist Thinkers who deliver on Traditional values. Innovative ideas.

Our ability to think differently, our collaborative spirit, our client-centric approach and our belief that great minds don’t always have to think alike, is what sets us apart from our competitors. The emerging and necessary focus on ESG as a tool for capital allocation will lead to more effective and efficient capital markets when principles are adopted by stakeholders. RMB continues to embed ESG principles into our frameworks so that we can deliver relevant solutions that are valued by our clients in the markets in which we operate.

As the Corporate and Investment arm of FirstRand Bank Limited (which is wholly-owned by FirstRand Limited), we have access to a network of retail banks in 25 African countries, including representative offices and branches in the UK, India and China.

For more information please visit: www.rmb.co.za

Speakers

Giulia Pellegrini

Giulia Pellegrini

Deputy CIO, EM Fixed Income

Allianz Global Investors

Giulia Pellegrini

Giulia Pellegrini

Deputy CIO, EM Fixed Income at Allianz Global Investors

Giulia Pellegrini is Deputy CIO for Emerging Markets Debt at Allianz Global Investors, where she focuses on EM sovereign debt strategies and ESG investing. Prior to joining AllianzGI in 2020, she was Head of Sustainable EM Fixed Income Investing at BlackRock since 2015. Ms Pellegrini was previously Chief Economist for Sub-Saharan Africa in J.P. Morgan’s Emerging Market Research team in London and in Johannesburg and an Economist at the World Bank in the Africa Finance and Private Sector Development Department in Washington D.C. She started her career as an Economist in the Policy & Strategy Division of the Debt Management Office of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Abuja. Giulia holds master degrees in Development Economics and in Econometrics from the University of Oxford, St Antony’s College and from Birkbeck College as well as a BSc in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London.

Allianz Global Investors

David Rajak

David Rajak

Capital Markets and Investor Relations Executive

Bayport Management Ltd

David Rajak

David Rajak

Capital Markets and Investor Relations Executive at Bayport Management Ltd

David Rajak and his team are responsible for raising funding for the Bayport Management Ltd (BML) group’s subsidiaries as well as for the Mauritian holding company in. The team under David’s stewardship have led the way for both listed and unlisted debt issuances and Impact Funding in both Africa and Latin America in addition to successful European listed debt offerings. Prior to joining BML in 2009, David worked at the Standard Bank Group in both London and Johannesburg within the global markets division where his final position was Head of Syndication for Capital Markets. Following his time with Standard Bank, David joined Rand Merchant Bank in Johannesburg for two years as head of their Debt Capital Markets Distribution team. David received his Bachelor of Business Science degree with Honours in Finance from the University of Cape Town in 1994.

Bayport Management Ltd

David Ashaolu-Coker

David Ashaolu-Coker

Fixed Income Product Specialist

London Stock Exchange

David Ashaolu-Coker

David Ashaolu-Coker

Fixed Income Product Specialist at London Stock Exchange

David is a multi-asset business and product development associate in London Stock Exchange’s Primary market team, with a specific focus on African debt capital markets and product innovation. David has worked on a number of African transactions and was involved in the development of London Stock Exchange’s Sustainable Bond Market. He holds a BA in PPE from University of Manchester.

London Stock Exchange

David Ashaolu-Coker

London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) is a global financial markets infrastructure business. Its diversified global business focuses on Information Services, Risk and Balance Sheet Management and Capital Formation. The Group supports global financial stability and sustainable economic growth by enabling businesses and economies to fund innovation, manage risk and create jobs. LSEG operates an open access model, offering choice and partnership to customers across all of its businesses. These include London Stock Exchange; Borsa Italiana; MTS (a European fixed income market); Turquoise (a pan-European equities MTF); FTSE Russell, a global index, data and analytics provider; global clearing house LCH; and LSEG Technology. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, with significant operations in North America, Italy, France and Sri Lanka, the Group employs approximately 4,500 people.

Further information on LSEG can be found at www.lseg.com

LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/company/london-stock-exchange-group/

Twitter handle: @lsegplc

Laila Razack

Laila Razack

Chief Financial Officer

Equites

Laila Razack

Laila Razack

Chief Financial Officer at Equites

Equites