Call us on
+44 (0) 207 045 0920

How can commodity-based and hydrocarbon-rich sovereigns and companies prepare themselves for and manage the ‘green transition’?

Broadcast on Jun 15, 2021 from Livestream: ESG & Capital Markets Africa 2021 - Virtual

Gold Sponsor

Absa

Silver Sponsor

KPMG

Silver Sponsor

Nedbank

Silver Sponsor

Proparco

Silver Sponsor

Standard Bank

Bronze Sponsor

Fitch Ratings

Bronze Sponsor

Moody's Investors Service

Bronze Sponsor

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Bronze Sponsor

S&P Global Market Intelligence

Investor Partner

Emerging Markets Investors Alliance

Subscribe for access:

  • Sharing best practices and success stories: How and to what extent have African corporates adopted ESG principles into their growth strategies?
  • Joining the dots between cost and ROI: How can sovereigns and corporates access capital in these early stages to help with their transition?
  • Looking beyond ‘pure renewables’ and helping to make the infrastructure sector more sustainable: Should (and are) investors and financiers be looking at Africa through a different lens when thinking about sustainability? What support are they offering to companies looking to define a corporate ESG policy?
Africa

Moderator

Greg Fyfe

Greg Fyfe

Head of Sustainable Finance

Standard Bank

Greg Fyfe

Greg Fyfe

Head of Sustainable Finance at Standard Bank

Greg has twenty years of project and infrastructure finance banking experience in emerging markets, with a geographic focus on Sub Saharan Africa and a sectoral focus on infrastructure, oil and gas, energy and extractive industries. Greg has extensive experience sourcing, structuring and closing cross border project financing transactions through appropriate and tailored risk mitigation solutions and has successfully closed several high profile infrastructure finance debt, mezzanine and equity mandates with high profile clients.

Greg currently leads the global Energy and Infrastructure debt business for Standard Bank. The global team consists of 35 professionals across various geographies (London, Lagos, Nairobi, Kampala and Johannesburg). The business has an asset book of circa USD5bn with annual revenue exceeding USD160m and is primarily focussed on providing the full range of debt solutions to the banks client base across infrastructure, oil and gas and renewable energy. The business encompasses advisory, arranging as well as lending capabilities.

As of July 2021, Greg will step into his new role as Head, Sustainable Finance at Standard Bank Group where he will pursue further integration and alignment with Group SEE objectives and impact areas to create world class Sustainable Finance solutions across the business.

Standard Bank

Greg Fyfe

About Standard Bank Group

Standard Bank Group is the largest African bank by assets, operating in 20 African countries and 5 global financial centres. Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, we are listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, with share code SBK, and the Namibian Stock Exchange, share code SNB.

Standard Bank has a 157-year history in South Africa and started building a franchise outside southern Africa in the early 1990s.

Our strategic position, which enables us to connect Africa to other select emerging markets as well as pools of capital in developed markets, and our balanced portfolio of businesses, provide significant opportunities for growth.

The group has over 50 000 employees, more than 1 100 branches and 9 000 ATMs on the African continent, which enable it to deliver a complete range of services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking and wealth management.

Headline earnings for 2019 were R28.2 billion (about USD2 billion) and total assets were R2.3 trillion (about USD163 billion). Standard Bank’s market capitalisation at 31 December 2019 was R277 billion (USD20 billion).

The group’s largest shareholder is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, with a 20.1% shareholding. In addition, Standard Bank Group and ICBC share a strategic partnership that facilitates trade and deal flow between Africa, China and select emerging markets.

For further information, go to http://www.standardbank.com

Speakers

Brian Marcus

Brian Marcus

Head of Corporate Finance

Seplat Energy

Brian Marcus

Brian Marcus

Head of Corporate Finance at Seplat Energy

Mr. Marcus jointed Seplat in 2018 as Head of Corporate Finance. Mr. Marcus has over 15 years’ experience in the financial sector, primarily focused on emerging markets with extensive experience in structuring energy transactions on the African continent. Prior to joining Seplat, he was an Executive Director in the Energy and Natural Resources Group at Standard Chartered Bank and prior to that role, he was an associate attorney with Latham & Watkins.

Seplat Energy

Fergus McCormick

Fergus McCormick

Fergus McCormick

Director, Sovereign Research at Emerging Markets Investors Alliance

Fergus McCormick serves as Director of Sovereign Research at the Emerging Markets Investors Alliance.

Fergus is also Senior Advisor at the Kazarian Center for Public Financial Management. Before this, Fergus was Chief Economist and Head of Sovereign Ratings at DBRS, a Latin America Economist at Morgan Stanley, a Global Equity Strategist at Bear Stearns, a Sovereign Analyst at Fitch Ratings and Duff & Phelps Credit Rating Company, and an Economist/Statistician at the Inter-American Development Bank.

Fergus holds degrees from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and Reed College. He is a dual U.S.-British citizen.

Emerging Markets Investors Alliance

Fergus McCormick
Natalie Mordi-Hillaert

Natalie Mordi-Hillaert

Head of ESG Capital Markets, EMEA

BofA Securities

Natalie Mordi-Hillaert

Natalie Mordi-Hillaert

Head of ESG Capital Markets, EMEA at BofA Securities

Natalie Mordi-Hillaert is Head of ESG Capital Markets, EMEA for Bank of America. In this role, she is responsible for supporting the firm’s Equity and Debt Capital Market businesses by providing clients with advice on how to better target a rapidly expanding ESG-focused investor base.

Natalie has provided ESG-themed financing solutions to a variety of clients in Europe, Middle East & Africa as well as Asia-Pacific. In the past 12 years, she has been actively involved in over 150 deals, structuring and executing transactions for issuers from a number of varied sectors and geographies. Notably, Natalie structured the first ever Transition Bond (Snam) and the first ever Sustainability-Linked Bond offering (Enel) and continues to deliver on a number of firsts including COVID-19 bond issuances channeled to support countries impacted by COVID-19.

Natalie has been an active member of the Green Bond Principles and Social Bond Principles Executive Committee for over 5 years and is a regular speaker at industry conferences globally.

Before taking on her dedicated ESG Capital Markets role in January 2014, Natalie advised Sovereigns, Supranational & Agencies on primary debt offerings including Green Bonds and Social Bonds.

Natalie graduated from the University College London with a Master of Science Degree in Medicinal Chemistry.

BofA Securities

Theuns Ehlers

Theuns Ehlers

Head: Project Finance

Absa

Theuns Ehlers

Theuns Ehlers

Head: Project Finance at Absa

Absa

Theuns Ehlers

Absa Group Limited (‘Absa Group’) is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and is the parent company of one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups.

Absa Group, through its worldwide affiliates and subsidiaries (collectively referred to as “The Group”), offers an integrated set of products and services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management and insurance.

The Group has a presence in 12 countries in Africa, with approximately 42 000 employees.

The Group’s registered head office is in Johannesburg, South Africa, and it owns majority stakes in banks in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa (Absa Bank Limited), Tanzania (Barclays Bank Tanzania and National Bank of Commerce), Uganda and Zambia. The Group also has representative offices in Namibia, Nigeria, London and New York as well as insurance operations in Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

For further information about Absa Group Limited, please visit: www.absa.africa

LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

Marie Diron

Marie Diron

Managing Director, Sovereign Risk Group

Moody's Investors Service

Marie Diron

Marie Diron

Managing Director, Sovereign Risk Group at Moody's Investors Service

Marie Diron heads the Sovereign Risk Group for Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, and Subsovereign Risk Group for Asia Pacific and EMEA. She is responsible for analytical teams covering more than 70 sovereign ratings, 15 Multilateral Development Banks and around 400 subsovereign ratings in about 30 countries. Marie is also rating group coordinator for Moody’s Investors Service’s ESG scores.

Marie has worked as Moody’s lead sovereign analyst for a number of Asia Pacific credits. Marie has also worked in Moody’s Credit Policy, co-ordinating Moody’s Global Macro Outlook and other credit research work. Marie was previously Director at Oxford Economics, leading the company’s forecasting and scenario analysis service to financial sector and corporate clients, after a number of years at the European Central Bank and Brevan Howard LLP. Marie received a MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge and graduated from the Ecole Centrale Paris.

Moody's Investors Service

Marie Diron

Moody's Investors Service is a leading provider of credit ratings, research, and risk analysis. Moody's commitment and expertise contributes to transparent and integrated financial markets, and the firm's ratings and analysis track debt covering approximately 130 sovereign nations, 11,000 corporate issuers, 21,000 public finance issuers, and 76,000 structured finance obligations.