Natixis’ Anne-Christine Champion writes for PFI on how AI is paving the way for smart infrastructure

Writing for PFI, Anne-Christine Champion – Global Head of Real Assets at Natixis CIB – discusses how artificial intelligence (AI) has become an accepted industry aid beyond the sphere of technology, impacting various other sectors including infrastructure.

While the infrastructure sector has been a slow adopter, Champion explains, manufacturers, investors and various other groups are now seeking to anticipate the impacts of AI on the industry. The synergy between AI and infrastructure plays a key role in supporting technological change and paving the way for the expansion of smart infra.

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BPL Global appoints new Legal Director, covered by specialist press

BPL Global has announced the appointment of Anna Morgan as its new Legal Director. An expert in finance law, Morgan will work closely with the claims department, as well as advising on regulatory matters and policy wordings.

Bringing with her both in-house banking experience and familiarity with the CPRI market, she joins BPL Global after eight years at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.

Morgan said: “After working with BPL Global in the past, I’ve always been impressed by their professionalism and expertise. Having seen first-hand the benefits the CPRI product can bring to banks, in terms of enabling business as well as the capital relief advantages, I am pleased to be able to lend my perspective and knowledge to help develop it further.”

Following outreach from Moorgate-Finn, the news was covered by TXF, Intelligent Insurer, Insurance Business, Risk UK, Law.com, Global Trade Review, and Credit Insurance News Digest.

Planet Tracker and LSE launch report calculating the dependence of sovereign bonds on natural capital

A report published by non-profit financial think tank Planet Tracker in collaboration with The London School of Economic (LSE)’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment examines the dependence of sovereign bonds on reliable flows of natural capital – that is, the world’s stock of natural resources.

The report identifies Argentina and Brazil as the two G20 countries facing the greatest number of risk factors associated with their economic dependence on their natural capital stocks such as soybean and cattle. An estimated 28% of Argentina’s sovereign bonds and 34% of Brazil’s sovereign bonds will be exposed to anticipated changes in climate and anti-deforestation policy over the next decade. For Argentina, this rises to 44% after 2030.

In the report, Planet Tracker and the LSE propose a first framework for factoring natural capital risks into sovereign debt analysis based on traditional credit rating factors: institutional, economic, trade, natural hazards, and fiscal.

Following Moorgate-Finn’s outreach, the report was covered by Bloomberg, Yahoo Finance, Environmental Finance, Natural Capital Coalition, Green Finance Platform, Bonds & Loans, Public Debt Management Network, Investing.com and Financial Post.

S&P Global Ratings’ sustainable debt forecast covered by the specialist press

Driven by an expansion of the pool of financing options for investors, the sustainable debt market will likely surpass US$400 billion in 2020, said S&P Global Ratings in the latest edition of its annual sustainable debt outlook.

According to the outlook, the strengthening of key market trends such as rising absolute global fixed-income issuance and private financing, as well as the regulatory and political push in Europe, will likely push green-labelled bond issuance to US$300 billion in 2020. Meanwhile, as investors continue to explore ways to contribute to sustainability objectives, the market will continue to diversify and innovate, with more nascent sustainable financing instruments complementing the continued expansion of the green bond market.

Following outreach by Moorgate-Finn, the report was covered by Financier Worldwide, Markets Media, Environmental Finance, ImpactAlpha and International Financing Review.

ICC’s Chris Southworth on Channel 4 News

Chris Southworth of the International Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom gave his view on the economic concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus on Channel 4 News Wednesday the 26th February.

Popping into the ITN studios (home of Channel 4 News) for an interview, he explained how the Chinese economy is now significantly more impactful globally – meaning that the old phrase “when America sneezes the world catches a cold” now equally applies to China. The spread of the virus, is now causing increasing concerns along global trade supply chains, he explained.

IFR interviews Natixis’ Orith Azoulay on the climate transition and the bank’s efforts to make balance sheets more green

Speaking to IFR, Orith Azoulay – Global Head of Green and Sustainable Finance at Natixis CIB – discusses the bank’s proactive approach to managing climate risk on its balance sheet. Natixis’ introduction of its Green Weighting Factor, which rates all financing activities on a seven-tier scale from brown to green, is already fruitful, placing the bank at the forefront of attempts to make balance sheets more green.

“We’re starting to make these colour ratings speak. We’re taking those colours and comparing them to risks, profitability metrics and client understanding”, explained Azoulay. When the Green Weighting Factor was introduced, the bank’s risk weighted assets were 25% green, 25% neutral and 50% brown, with Natixis now wanting to transition brown companies and its balance sheet towards green.

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Deutsche Bank announces the appointment of Sebastien Avot as Head of Distribution & Credit Solutions and Trade Finance for Financial Institutions in APAC, covered by the specialist press

Deutsche Bank has appointed Sebastien Avot as the new Head of Distribution & Credit Solutions and Trade Finance for Financial Institutions (TFFI) for Asia-Pacific (APAC). Sebastien will report to Guy Brooks, Global Head of Distribution & Credit Solutions and Russell Brown, Global Head of Trade Finance for Financial Institutions, globally and Atul Jain, Regional Head, Trade and Lending Asia-Pacific, locally.

The news was covered by: The Asset, TRF news, Trade Finance Analytics, TXF, GTR, Fintech Finance, International Finance.

RedRidge Dilligence Services appoints Matt Rasul as National Director, covered by specialist press

In a move to continue its domestic and international expansion, RedRidge Dilligence Services has appointed Matt Rasul to its Dallas office as National Director, Talent Acquisition and Employee Relations.

With over a decade’s experience in talent acquisition within a range of public accounting and professional services firms, Matt has been responsible for building top-tier recruitment strategies across the transaction due diligence, risk advisory, financial and technology consultancy practices. At RedRidge, he will drive the company’s talent acquisition strategy, playing an important role in the recruitment of top talent and managing employee relations both domestically and abroad.

Following Moorgate’s outreach, the news was covered by Private Equity Wire, Asset Finance International, Global Banking & Finance Review and ABL Advisor.

Natixis’ Eric Benoist writes for GlobalCapital about trading dividends as an asset class

Writing for GlobalCapital, Eric Benoist – Head of Equity Derivatives Strategy at Natixis – discusses how dividend strategies are becoming increasingly popular as a way of creating positive yield for investors in a negative interest rate environment.

For as long as there has been an option market, Benoist explains, equity traders have been looking to hedge their residual dividend risk in the form of “synthetics”, and with added transparency, success became inevitable and European dividends began to attract a more diverse set of investors looking at the product through different lenses.

In the article, Benoist goes on to provide an overview of dividends’ sustainability, mechanics and opportunities.

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Deutsche Bank’s Michael Knetsch explores inbound innovations for corporate instant payments, in an article for PaymentEye

Over the past five years instant payment schemes, otherwise known as real-time or faster payment schemes, have rapidly developed across the world – catching the attention of banks, consumers and companies along the way. This trend is set to continue, says Michael Knetsch, director, business product expert – payments, Deutsche Bank in an article for PaymentEye

These schemes, which facilitate the transfer of money within seconds, can be a transformative proposition for corporates. Sending funds instantly removes cash-flow latency, improves the customer experience, and brings the industry one step closer to achieving a real-time treasury set-up.

But the journey is just beginning. Instant payments are relatively new on the market, with infrastructure and product features still being developed. While corporates have already seen a number of benefits, these are set to expand further as new complementary innovations, such as application programming interfaces (API) and request to pay, become more widespread.

The article can be read on PaymentEye here.