S&P Global Ratings’ Luisina Berberian is interviewed by Energetica India on why offshore wind projects are taking off globally

S&P Global Ratings’ Luisina Berberian is interviewed by Energetica India on why offshore wind projects are taking off globally Offshore wind projects are taking off as technology improves and costs fall. For example, in the UK, where offshore wind power generation is highly advanced, the cost of energy from offshore wind has fallen by 32% …

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In Trade Arabia, BNY Mellon’s Bana Akkad Azhari discusses how fintech can drive financial sector growth in the Middle East

  Technological innovation is changing the face of finance. In recent years fintech investment has reached new highs across the North America, Asia, and Europe. Now, fintech is gaining recognition across the Middle East – bringing with it the promise of enhanced efficiency, security and transparency. Moreover, banks in the region are propelling digital developments …

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S&P Global Ratings appoints Mar Beltran as senior director for infrastructure practice

S&P Global Ratings has appointed Mar Beltran as Senior Director, Infrastructure Sector Lead, Infrastructure Ratings. Beltran, who will be based in Madrid, joins from Australia-based Global Infrastructure Hub where, on behalf of the G20, she led policy work to identify priority reforms in infrastructure markets. As a senior director, Beltran advised governments of both developed …

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BPL Global’s James Esdaile calls for collective action in TFR

In a commentary article for Trade and Forfaiting Review, James Esdaile, managing director, BPL Global, explains that heightened political instability and banks’ need to achieve capital relief has caused the specialist Credit and Political Risk insurance (CPRI) to grow exponentially in recent decades. However a lack of cooperation between insurers, as well as the traditional …

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UniCredit’s preparations for multinational roll-out of instant payments covered by specialist press

UniCredit and EBA Clearing have announced that UniCredit has started testing with RT1, EBA Clearing’s pan-European, real-time payments platform. This test phase is a key milestone for UniCredit in its preparations to roll out euro instant payment products to its customer base across Europe. UniCredit is one of the first banks preparing to make real-time …

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U.S.’ withdrawal from Paris Agreement is not the death knell for clean energy initiatives, says S&P Global Ratings at CEPEC event

At a recent CEPEC event, S&P Global Ratings, Sund Energy and Chatham House agreed that multilateral climate and environmental initiatives, as well as U.S. state-level clean energy drives, will likely continue regardless of the U.S.’ Paris Agreement withdrawal. S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins, Head of Environmental & Climate Risk Research, stated: “The withdrawal from Paris, …

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UniCredit’s Luca Corsini in TMI leader article on how corporates are set to benefit from transaction bank evolution

A convergence of trends in the global trade environment is spurring many transaction banks to action: many previously thriving geographies are seeing reduced demand for trade finance, traditional bank-mediated trade finance instruments are declining in use while open account transactions wax rise, and necessary regulatory pressure are adding further costs onto many banks’ books. Luca …

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Austria’s first BPO: Commerzbank’s landmark transaction covered by the specialist press

Commerzbank has reached a milestone in the digitalisation of the trade finance industry, having processed the first Bank Payment Obligation (BPO) deal in Austria. A BPO allows the automatic release of funds between banks based on the matching of electronic data. Companies are increasingly recognising the benefits of the trade instrument, which include faster communication …

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Mexico City Airport Trust’s score of E1/77 under S&P Global Ratings’ Green Evaluation covered by the specialist press

The tranches of senior secured bonds Mexico City Airport Trust intends to issue through to 2020 received S&P Global Ratings’ Green Evaluation score of E1/77. E1 is the highest score on the scale (E4 is the lowest). S&P Global Ratings expects the debt to gradually increase, reaching up to US$6 billion over the next two to …

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S&P Global Ratings publishes its Q2 2017 Infrastructure Outlook newsletter

S&P Global Ratings has published its latest edition of IFR Outlook – reviewing the developments from the global infrastructure sectors in the second quarter. The edition’s lead feature analyses the consequences of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change. S&P’s Director, U.S. Energy Infrastructure, Michael Ferguson, argues that …

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