Green bonds see blue: S&P’s Ted Chapman writes for Water Canada

In 2016, the number of green bond issuances doubled to US$83 billion — boosted by China’s US$36 billion of new issuances, and raising the total outstanding green bond debt to approximately US$200 billion. With issuance in 2017 on track to exceed expectations, the green marketplace is increasingly seeing bonds that are issued to fund water-related …

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S&P talks to Handelsbanken about the connection between credit and ESG risk

Talking to Handelsbanken, Marcus Nystedt, Director, explains how he is increasingly aware of the growing attention to, and materiality of, environmental and climate risk for the creditworthiness of corporates and financial services. Moreover, having released a new Green Evaluation tool in the spring of 2017, Nystedt discusses its aggregate scoring mechanism and S&P’s increasing presence …

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ICC Banking Commission’s Olivier Paul provides a view from ICC in GTR

In a recent article for GTR, Olivier Paul, ICC Banking Commission’s Head of Policy, discusses how the Banking Commission’s role will be critical as the trade finance industry adapts to unprecedented change. Olivier examines the current challenges facing trade finance – including the regulatory landscape, the technological evolution of the industry and the inclusion of new …

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NATIXIS Pfandbriefbank AG arranges €157 million mortgage for AUREC Real Estate

NATIXIS Pfandbriefbank AG has arranged a seven-year €157 million mortgage to a consortium led by AUREC. The mortgage will be used to fund the acquisition of the Eschborn Plaza office complex in Frankfurt. NATIXIS Pfandbriefbank AG – part of Groupe BPCE – acted as the Sole Arranger and Underwriter. “We would like to thank the …

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BPL Global opens for business in Dubai

Earlier this month, BPL Global, the leading specialist credit and political risk insurance (CPRI) broker, was given the authority to conduct brokerage services in Dubai and surrounding areas by the Dubai Financial Services Authority. The broker’s regional office, which was previously limited to general marketing and business development, is led by Harriet Smith who will …

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Falcon Group’s boosted Australian presence is covered by the specialist press

With established offices in Sydney and Perth, Falcon Group has appointed three Business Development Directors to cover its expanding trade and corporate finance business across Australia. The new directors which include Chris Seneviratne, Ben Lacey, and Ray Buxton, together collate over 60 years’ of trade finance experience, and will serve mid-cap to large local businesses …

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Natixis wins The Banker’s “Most Innovative Investment Bank for Equity Derivatives” once again

For the second year running, The Banker has named Natixis “Most Innovative Investment Bank for Equity Derivatives” at its 2017 “Investment Banking Awards”. Building on last year’s success, the award recognises the comprehensive and customised range of services offered by Natixis’ Equity Derivatives department to its institutional and retail clients. Upon receiving the award, Éric …

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Natixis’ Nordine Naam forecasts the dollar will continue to firm

In his weekly column for FX-MM, Natixis’ Senior Forex Analyst, Nordine Naam, reflects on key currency movements during the second quarter of 2017. In response to an improvement in US macroeconomic indicators, the US dollar is expected to firm further with stable growth and inflation remaining low at 2.21%. Meanwhile, the sterling recovered against the …

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Digitalisation a “sleeping giant”: Commerzbank’s Angela Koll cited on the future of trade finance in TMI Magazine

Where’s next for the digitalisation of trade finance? Angela Koll, Commerzbank’s Specialist Trade & Supply Chain Finance, shares her thoughts in the latest edition of TMI Magazine, but warns that innovation in the industry could take time to spread. Find out more in “Waking the Sleeping Giant? The Potential for Trade Finance Transformation“.

BNY Mellon’s Diego Ortellado speaks to Colombian magazine Coyuntura Pyme on the rapidly evolving payments industry

For Columbian magazine Coyuntura Pyme, Diego Ortellado, BNY Mellon Treasury Services’ Head of Sales and Relationship Management for South America, discusses how the global payments industry is being rapidly reshaped by a number of market forces and new developments. Ortellado explains how developments such as financial technology or “fintech”, and an increasingly competitive market, are causing …

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