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Bank’s perspective on committing to projects: What has changed in the COVID- era? What are banks thinking from a lending perspective?

Broadcast on Oct 20, 2020 from Livestream: Project Finance & Capital Markets Latin America 2020 - Virtual Conference

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Bank’s perspective on committing to projects: What has changed in the COVID- era? What are banks thinking from a lending perspective?

  • Assessing market optimism and appetite for new financing: Where do banks see opportunities for growth in the next 6-12 months?
  • Does the trend for refinancing in the loan market (versus the bond market) look set to continue? How has this changed banks’ flexibility to lend?
  • What impact has price compression, increased tenors and liquidity had on banks’ willingness to lend to projects and how has this market shift impacted their ROI?
  • To what extent can banks lend competitively on bigger ticketed deals in this new environment?
Latin America

Moderator

Sara Pirzada

Sara Pirzada

Managing Director, Loan Capital Markets

SMBC

Sara Pirzada

Sara Pirzada

Managing Director, Loan Capital Markets at SMBC

Sara Pirzada recently joined SMBC as a Managing Director, heading the Latin America business for Loan Capital Markets in New York. Prior to her current position, Sara was a Managing Director at Mizuho Securities, heading Latin America as well as Americas Project Finance, for Loan Capital Markets. She has more than 20 years of broad experience executing debt financings for corporate, structured, and project finance transactions for the oil and gas, power, renewable energy, infrastructure, mining, and commodities sectors across the Americas.  Prior to joining Mizuho, Sara was a Director at WestLB, where she spent more than ten years, and was involved in many high-profile transactions in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Previous to WestLB, Sara spent several years at JP Morgan in the investment banking division focusing on the oil and gas sector in the Americas.  Sara holds an MBA and BSc. in Finance and International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

SMBC

Sara Pirzada

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Speakers

José Antonio Gonzalez Ramsey

José Antonio Gonzalez Ramsey

Head of International Banking

Interbank

José Antonio Gonzalez Ramsey

José Antonio Gonzalez Ramsey

Head of International Banking at Interbank

Interbank

Michael Jakob

Michael Jakob

Managing Director, Global Emerging Markets Loan Syndication

Credit Suisse

Michael Jakob

Michael Jakob

Managing Director, Global Emerging Markets Loan Syndication at Credit Suisse

Michael (“Michi”) Jakob is Head of Emerging Markets (ex Asia) Loan Syndicate at Credit Suisse, based in New York. He has over 25 years of experience in various loan syndication and lending functions globally.

Michael graduated with an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, UK and holds a BA (Hons) from Trent University, Canada.

Credit Suisse

Alejandro Solarte

Alejandro Solarte

Managing Director, Structured Finance

Bancolombia

Alejandro Solarte

Alejandro Solarte

Managing Director, Structured Finance at Bancolombia

Bancolombia

Alejandro Solarte