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Sustainable ESG and greenwashing: How quickly and efficiently can companies transition to an ESG framework?

Broadcast on Sep 14, 2021 from Livestream: Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East 2021

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Emirates NBD

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First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

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Mashreqbank

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Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB)

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Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

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BofA Securities

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GIB Capital

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SMBC

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Standard Chartered

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MUFG

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Citi

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Crédit Agricole CIB

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Intesa Sanpaolo

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Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB)

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Moody's Investors Service

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Rawabi Holding

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White & Case

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SHUAA Capital

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Arqaam

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Bank of Jordan

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Bank of Sharjah

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Barclays

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Capital Markets Malaysia

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DWF

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FIM Partners

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Finsight

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Fitch Ratings

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London Stock Exchange

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  • How MENA companies define and engrain ESG principles into company culture before issuing ESG bonds/sukuk
  • What is the strategic value of ESG in the GCC? How to make a good business case for it and why should O&G companies care about sustainability?
  • Focus on “S” and “G”: What efforts are banks in the region making to promote sustainability and better governance?
  • How do dedicated ESG investors view the MENA region within the ESG spectrum? Is ESG attracting new dedicated green investors or ESG to retain existing investors? What puts clear water between European institutions and the rest of the world?
Middle East

Moderator

Sarah Pirzada Usmani

Sarah Pirzada Usmani

Managing Director - Head of Sustainable, Asset & Project Finance

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Sarah Pirzada Usmani

Sarah Pirzada Usmani

Managing Director - Head of Sustainable, Asset & Project Finance at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Sarah has over 18 years of corporate and investment banking experience having worked across a number of banking divisions such as Project & Export Finance, Asset Finance, Structured Finance, Structured Trade Finance & Financing Solutions and Client Relationships across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East

She joined FAB in May 2016 from Standard Chartered Bank where she held a number of senior roles including but not limited to; Regional Head of Asset Finance & Leasing, Regional Head of Structured Export Finance, ASEAN Coordinator for Structured Trade Finance and Financing solutions etc.

Sarah is well versed with the European and Asian Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) having originated, lead and concluded several landmark, award winning Project & Export finance transactions and advisory assignments for regional and international clients across Asia, Africa & the Middle East. She also successfully established the Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) platform for FAB

Sarah also has significant experience in the corporate finance space including Asset Finance having successfully delivered bespoke financing solutions to clients across sectors such as mining, construction and aviation - both to Airlines and Lessors demonstrating ability to support the sector in multiple ways

Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Institute of Business Administration Karachi (Pakistan)

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Sarah Pirzada Usmani

About First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

FAB, the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest institutions, offers an extensive range of tailor-made solutions, products and services to its customers. Through its strategic offerings, it looks to meet the banking needs of customers across the world via its market-leading Corporate and Investment Banking and Personal Banking franchises.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the bank’s international network spans five continents, providing the global relationships, expertise and financial strength to support local, regional and international businesses seeking to do business at home and abroad.

With total assets of AED 955 Billion (USD 260 Billion) as of September-end 2020, FAB is rated Aa3/AA-/AA- by Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, respectively, the strongest combined ratings of any bank in the MENA region.

The Bank has been ranked by Global Finance as the Safest Bank in the UAE and the Middle East, and the 32nd Safest Bank globally.

To empower its customers and clients to Grow Stronger, FAB initiated a powerful movement, which goes beyond banking. The Grow Stronger movement represents the bank’s promise to support its stakeholders’ goals and growth ambitions, providing ideas, tools and expertise to help them become stronger, today and in the future.

For further information, visit: www.bankfab.com

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Speakers

Debashis Dey

Debashis Dey

Debashis Dey

Partner at White & Case

Debashis Dey is a partner in White & Case’s Capital Markets Practice based in the UAE. He has more than 20 years of expertise and has extensive global experience advising international and domestic investment banks, corporates and governments on capital markets, securitisation and all types of structured finance, project bonds, Islamic finance Sukuk transactions, regulatory capital transactions, commercial, residential mortgages and consumer finance and other asset classes. His transaction experience covers various jurisdictions, including the GCC (UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia), Europe, the US and Asia. His experience includes leading on numerous product innovations in conventional and Islamic finance, including transactions such the first covered bond in the US, the first convertible Sukuk structure for Aldar PJSC, 'first-time' securitisations in Europe and the Middle East as well as convertible and straight debt issues for corporates in the Reg S and Rule 144A markets. Debashis has recently advised the joint lead managers on the first UK Government Export Credit Agency Guaranteed pre-funded Sukuk for an aircraft financing in the UAE, the joint lead managers on the Republic of Turkey's third Sukuk issuance, a UAE based company on its public equity-linked offering and update of its Rule 144a/Reg S GMTN programme and the structuring bank and joint lead managers on the United Kingdom's inaugural £200 million Sukuk issuance. Debashis is regularly noted in legal directories as being “Truly fabulous” and “frank in terms of what is doable and what the hurdles would be - he lays things out clearly for clients.” - Chambers & Partners Global, 2015.

White & Case

Debashis Dey
Dilawer Farazi

Dilawer Farazi

Portfolio Manager, Global Credit

Royal London Asset Management

Dilawer Farazi

Dilawer Farazi

Portfolio Manager, Global Credit at Royal London Asset Management

Dilawer Farazi is a Portfolio Manager at Royal London Asset Management, responsible for Emerging Market corporate bonds within the Global Credit team. Dilawer has 15 years of experience investing in EM, has held portfolio manager and analyst positions at GIB Asset Management, ADIC and Loomis Sayles, working in London and the Middle East. Dilawer has a BA in Law & Economics from Queen Mary’s, University of London and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Royal London Asset Management

Franck Nowak

Franck Nowak

Vice President - MENA Fixed Income and Global Sukuk

Franklin Templeton Investments

Franck Nowak

Franck Nowak

Vice President - MENA Fixed Income and Global Sukuk at Franklin Templeton Investments

Franck Nowak is a senior research analyst for Franklin Templeton Investments (Middle East) Limited. Mr. Nowak joined the investment team in 2012 to lead our research efforts and augment our investment processes for Global Sukuk and MENA fixed income. Mr. Nowak previously worked for Moody's Investors Service in both London and Dubai where he was responsible for non-bank ratings in the CEEMEA region. Mr. Nowak holds a bachelor's degree in commercial law and a master's degree in management, both from Rouen Business School in France.

As one of the first global asset management firms to establish local asset management capabilities in India (1993) and in South Korea (1997), Franklin Templeton is a pioneer in local asset management. Our goal is to manage each local business on a global scale, focusing on local investing, benchmarks and client needs, while drawing on the deep resources and global presence of the broader Franklin Templeton organization. Each local office (or strategic alliance) employs a truly "local" investment process that gives managers flexibility in investment decisions.

Since 1993, Franklin Templeton has developed or invested in local asset management capabilities — local portfolio managers investing locally — in several countries, including:

• India

• Brazil

• Japan

• South Korea

• Canada

• China (joint venture)

• Vietnam (joint venture)

• Middle East/North Africa

Franklin Templeton Investments

Nibras Hadi

Nibras Hadi

Nibras Hadi

Vice President at Crédit Agricole CIB

Nibras joined Credit Agricole CIB in 2018 and has been responsible for assisting clients across the financial institutions, corporates and SSA sectors with all their Sustainable Finance endeavors.

His experience focuses on originating and structuring transactions across the Green, Social, Sustainability and Sustainability-Linked product classes, which has included the first ‘Green ECA’ loan for a Middle East Sovereign, the first Covid-19 Sustainable Sukuk in the Middle East, and the structuring of the first green bond framework for a Middle East Sovereign.

Nibras began his career at a verification NGO in London. He went on to work on the Lloyds of London Insurance market before joining Standard Chartered Bank, where he held numerous roles within the corporate banking space.

Nibras holds an MA from SOAS, University of London and an LLB from the University of Essex.

Crédit Agricole CIB

Nibras Hadi

About Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (Crédit Agricole CIB)

Crédit Agricole CIB is the corporate and investment banking arm of Credit Agricole Group, the 12th largest banking group worldwide in terms of tier 1 capital (The Banker, July 2020). Nearly 8,400 employees across Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa support the Bank's clients, meeting their financial needs throughout the world. Crédit Agricole CIB offers its large corporate and institutional clients a range of products ad services in capital markets activities, investment banking, structured finance, commercial banking and international trade. The Bank is a pioneer in the area of climate finance, and is currently a market leader in this segment with a complete offer for all its clients.

For more information, please visit www.ca-cib.com

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Timucin Engin

Timucin Engin

Senior Director, Cross-Practice Coordinator, GCC Region

S&P Global

Timucin Engin

Timucin Engin

Senior Director, Cross-Practice Coordinator, GCC Region at S&P Global

S&P Global

Timucin Engin
Shrey Kohli

Shrey Kohli

Head of Debt Capital Markets

London Stock Exchange

Shrey Kohli

Shrey Kohli

Head of Debt Capital Markets at London Stock Exchange

Shrey is responsible for London Stock Exchange plc’s debt, structured finance and close-ended investment funds markets. At LSEG, Shrey has covered roles across Product Development & Regulatory Strategy, and was previously Head of Strategic Development for LSE plc.

He represents LSEG on the Advisory Council of the Green & Social Bond Principles Executive Committee. During 2018-19, Shrey was seconded to International Finance Corporation as Financial Officer in Treasury & Syndications. He has previously worked at McKinsey and Co, the strategy consultancy.

He holds an MSc in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics and a BSc (Hons) in Physics from University of Delhi.

London Stock Exchange

Shrey Kohli

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

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