Category: Credit Ratings

Not just a “start-up nation” – Bank Leumi (UK)’s Michael Duval outlines Israel’s commercial potential in Global Trade Review

Michael Duval, the Bank’s Chief Business Officer, explains in a targeted article why companies are choosing Israel for their importing and exporting activity.

S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins interviewed by Bizz Energy on environment and climate risk in credit ratings

“Are companies worrying about climate change?” Bizz Energy asks Michael Wilkins, Head of Sustainable Finance at S&P Global Ratings. While acknowledging that it is difficult to draw concrete conclusions at this stage, Michael spoke of a recent trend in global corporate ratings that could indicate that corporates are beginning to manage some forms of E&C …

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Newly formed S&P Global Ratings Sustainable Finance Team hosts media reception

On 17 April 2018, S&P Global Ratings marked the launch of its Sustainable Finance team. At a reception in central London, the team, which includes members from North America, hosted specialist and tier one agencies. The Sustainable Finance Team is a cross-practice, dedicated team of S&P Global Ratings analysts who cover environmental, social and governance …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Peter Kernan and Michael Wilkins consider the effects of climate change on corporate credit ratings

As the damages resulting from global weather trends compound year by year, international credit markets have begun to take climate change more seriously, write Michael Wilkins, Head of Sustainable Finance, and Peter Kernan, Managing Director, S&P Global Ratings. The article describes how environmental and climate (E&C) risks—as well as opportunities—may affect an entity’s capacity and …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Mark Button considers how environmental risk impacts insurer credit ratings in YouTalk Insurance

In the wake of severe weather events – for example, 2017’s particularly destructive Atlantic hurricane season – climate-related risk is rising on the global agenda. In light of this, lenders and institutional investors are increasingly interested in how S&P Global Ratings incorporates environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities into its insurer credit ratings …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Jessica Williams discusses the incorporation of environmental and climate risk and opportunities into credit ratings for GLIO journal

With acute weather events making the news more frequently, the impact of climate change is high on the international agenda. As such, lenders and institutional investors are naturally keen to understand how both environmental and climate (E&C) risks and opportunities affect credit ratings. Jessica Williams, Analyst, Sustainable Finance, S&P Global Ratings explains how E&C risks …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins discusses the effects of enhanced disclosure of climate risks and opportunities for Investment Europe 

As evidenced by natural catastrophes – such as earthquakes, storms and floods – environmental and climate risk is non-diversifiable and systemic. With this in mind, the integration of environmental and climate (E&C) concerns into corporate credit ratings is of rising importance to investors, lenders and insurers. But market participants still require comparable and consistent climate-related …

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In The Financial, S&P Global Ratings’ Jessica Williams explains the impact of climate risk on credit ratings

In a recent report on the incorporation of environmental and climate (E&C) factors into global corporate credit ratings, S&P Global Ratings has noted two new trends: the growing numbers of positive rating actions in relation to E&C influences, and the increasing references to E&C factors in our analyses. Writing for The Financial, Jessica Williams, the …

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The “Big Six” set to weather the storm: S&P writes for Energy Voice about the impact of future energy tariff caps

During her speech to the Conservative Party conference on October 4th, Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans to cap standard variable tariffs (SVT) to boost energy competition in the UK. Beatrice de Taisne, director for EMEA Utilities at S&P Global Ratings, explains that while the “Big Six” – Centrica (British Gas), SSE, EDF, Scottish Power, …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Luisina Berberian considers the promises and challenges of the offshore wind industry in specialist publication

Writing for Windpower Engineering and Development, Luisina Berberian, Associate Director, explains that enhanced technology is driving down the cost of offshore wind power. In the U.K, for example, where the offshore wind industry is relatively advanced, the cost of energy generation from offshore wind projects has fallen by 32% over the past five years. Elsewhere, …

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