iGTB’s Michel Jacobs comments on Ripple in Global Finance magazine

Michel Jacobs, executive vice president and head of new market strategy at iGTB, has been quoted in Global Finance magazine where he talks about fintech start-up Ripple, its new distributed ledger payments solution, and compares the current payments environment with the early days of smartphones when channels, adoption and usage were limited. Jacobs points out …

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S&P Global Ratings’ report discussing new climate risk disclosures reaches specialist press

Following the latest U.N. Climate Change Summit (COP22) in Marrakesh, the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) released its much-anticipated climate-related financial risk recommendations. These recommendations aim to provide specific climate-related guidance for organisations in the financial and non-financial sectors, including: asset managers, asset owners, banks, insurance companies, energy, transportation, …

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ICC UK’s Chris Southworth discussing post-Brexit trade deals on Ian King Live

Last week, ICC UK’s Chris Southworth appeared on Ian King Live – Sky News, discussing the UK’s potential trade deals post-Brexit. Following the Prime Minister’s speech indicating that the UK will leave the Single Market, as well as developments at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Chris discusses the opportunities and complexities that UK exporters …

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Commerzbank’s Barbara Herbert and Michael Rugilo explain the reasons behind the continued rise of renminbi in GTNews

2016 looks like the year in which renminbi became well and truly established as an international currency. In an article for leading treasury magazine, GTNews, Barbara Herbert, Commerzbank’s renminbi expert, and Michael Rugilo, the bank’s Asia expert, delve into the reasons behind the currency’s corporate uptake. In the article, ‘The rise and rise of renminbi’, the …

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S&P Global Ratings’ research into the risks associated with U.S. hydro assets in the age of Trump featured in the specialist press

Despite the U.S. president Donald Trump’s agnostic approach towards climate change, a recently-published S&P Global Ratings report has found the 2,200 U.S.-based hydropower facilities are experiencing a financing renaissance. While questions have been raised due to the nation’s stagnating hydropower capacity and fears the resource will be side-lined under Trump’s administration, S&P believes a resurgence …

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Commerzbank’s Christian Hoppe stresses the value of nurturing fintechs in Euromoney

Banks have not been blind to the rise of financial technology (“FinTech”) start-ups, nor has their approach to the new upstarts been completely characterised by competition. On the contrary, many banks have been encouraging the industry’s growth – setting up “FinTech labs” to nurture start-ups’ expansion for mutual gain. In a new report for Euromoney, …

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ICC UK cited in The Telegraph’s Live Davos blog

In response to Theresa May’s speech at The World Economic Forum in Davos today – as well as her speech earlier this week outlining the Government’s exit strategy – ICC UK’s Chris Southworth has been cited in The Telegraph’s Live Davos feed. Chris comments on the practical aspects regarding the UK’s vision for free trade …

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Increased infrastructure spending and market uncertainty could bolster project finance debt, says S&P Global Ratings

As of June 2016, S&P Global Ratings had rated $159.7 billion of global project finance debt. The majority of the debt is for projects in the U.S. (46%) and Europe (23%), with two thirds rated at investment grade (BBB- and higher). A recent study, published by the S&P Global Fixed Income Research Group, finds that …

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ICC UK’s letter to the Financial Times: UK business must make the case for trade during exit talks

A letter from ICC UK’s Secretary General, Chris Southworth, has been published in the Financial Times. In response to the article, ‘Business should assume a hard Brexit’ – and indications that the UK Government will give up membership to the Single Market – the letter discusses the importance of making the case for free trade …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Ferguson explains US energy winners and losers in the age of Trump

The US executive office is soon to have a leader with environmental aims significantly different from those of his predecessor. While the Obama Administration’s energy policies strived to address global warming, President-elect Trump has presented himself as agnostic to the idea of climate change. In Business Green, S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Ferguson details how energy …

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