Heads of state of the BRICS countries descended upon Xiamen, China earlier this month to discuss how to propel the bloc’s trade and commercial links forward. But with most of the organisation’s leading members knee-deep in political or economic mud, analysts are left wondering whether they have been overshadowed by the rest of the emerging market pack.
Since 2012, Vigeo Eiris has provided almost 60 second party opinions on ESG transactions for a diversity of issuers and sectors – about 20% of the market’s supply as of 2016 – which gives the company a privileged position from which to observe the market, both developed and emerging. The company was the first opinion provider for a corporate ESG issuance, launched by Air Liquide, and has worked on a range of other landmark European ESG transactions including those launched by EDF, Unibail-Rodamco, the French government, and Iberdrola.
Created to fund projects with positive environmental benefits, green bonds have become rapidly popular in Europe and Asia while gaining traction in the United States.
A daily review of emerging market debt, covering the latest loan, sukuk and bond deals, rating actions, policy and credit market developments across Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Russia, Turkey, Europe and Asia... Growing support for market-driven policies aimed at facilitating green issuance has created important wins for the sustainable finance segment, especially in emerging market countries like China, India, and Mexico. But with the bulk of those policies, at their core, fixated on determining what qualifies as ‘green’, key questions about industry standards – and the best approach to applying them – remain, while many continue seeking ways of incentivising the market.
Stock exchanges play a crucial role as an intermediary between investors and issuers, but their role in the sustainable finance market – as platform and infrastructure providers, as facilitators of cross-market standards development, and as educators bringing visibility to new asset classes – is so much wider than that. We speak with Robert Scharfe, CEO of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, a leader in sustainable finance with over half of the world’s green bonds listed on its exchange, on how to attract more investors and borrowers to the market.
MUFG has a wealth of expertise in energy and natural resource infrastructure finance, which lends itself quite nicely to understanding how to measure risk in areas ripe for green bonds and similar instruments, and the bank is of course very active in bringing borrowers into the green bond market. We speak with Geraint Thomas, Executive Director at MUFG and leader of the bank’s green capital markets activity to learn more about how EM issuers and investors are finding their way in the green bond market, and the development of new sustainable finance instruments.
The rally in EM assets this year seems all but unstoppable as investors continue hunting for yield further afield amidst persistently low interest rates in developed markets and a weakened US dollar. Is it set to continue? Bonds and Loans speaks with global investors one-on-one about macro trends influencing EM debt capital markets.
Qatar files complaint to WTO over GCC boycott – Dana Gas cancels its offer to exchange outstanding US$700mn sukuk – Iraq taps international markets with US$1bn bond - Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) prices a US$2.3bn triple-tranche bond - ADCB raised US$320mn through 5-year Formosa bond - Al Hilal Bank issues US$100mn bond
When it became apparent, after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, that the global economy was encountering something more than just an ordinary downturn, most market observers were certain they knew what was in store for emerging markets. After all, the three decades prior to 2008 were littered with crises in developing economies from Mexico to Malaysia. Still, while the worst never came to pass for EMs after 2008, a huge liquidity mismatch has persisted since.
The long awaited “Bond Connect” program linking the Hong Kong and mainland Chinese markets has finally launched. Even though it was initially received with warm welcome by investors, some experts believe that on its own it won’t be enough to make global players give the local Chinese markets the desired recognition.
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