S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins considers the EU green taxonomy for Responsible Investor

 

According to S&P Global Ratings, the development of the EU’s proposed green finance taxonomy is one of the most important developments in the world of sustainable finance in recent years.

However, as with any major change, questions surrounding the implications for the capital markets abound. In an article for Responsible Investor, Michael Wilkins, Global Head of Analytics and Research, Sustainable Finance, S&P Global Ratings, considers the “pain points” that the taxonomy will have to overcome if it is to be successfully implemented and effectively drive capital towards sustainable objectives.

Namely, according to Wilkins, defining what can and cannot be defined as a sustainable economic activity should be the main focus of the taxonomy’s development, if it hopes to effectively engage the broader market.

To read the full article, please click here.

 

Natixis’ Global Head of Corporate & Investment Banking Marc Vincent discusses M&A in Europe in Forbes Spain

Writing in Forbes Spain, Natixis’ Global Head of Corporate & Investment Banking (CIB), Marc Vincent, discusses M&A trends in Europe.

Marc notes that total deal value in 2018 is up almost 65% on 2010 but remains 40% below the 2007 figure.  Nonetheless, the recovery in activity has still been significant, driven by tailwinds at both macro and industry levels.

Read the full article on p.108 of Forbes Spain’s March edition.

 

Natixis’ Global Head of Aviation Gareth John interviewed in Airfinance Journal

In an interview with Airfinance Journal, Gareth John, Natixis’ Managing Director and Global Head of Aviation, says the bank is looking to become more of a “strategic partner” and less of a “transactional lender” to its clients.

In addition to covering Natixis’ own strategy within the industry, Gareth discusses transaction trends and outlook on the market. He foresees a gradual decline in the health of the industry over the next 12 to 18 months, but says this is more of a correction than a downturn.

To read the full article, please click here (please note the paywall)

S&P Global Ratings publishes its inaugural edition of U.S. Corporate Insights

 S&P Global Ratings has published its inaugural edition of U.S Corporate Insights – answering the questions on investors’ mind regarding the latest corporate credit trends, such as: how are looming trade wars and higher debt levels affecting appetite? And, as we near the latter stages of the credit cycle, is the current state of play one of peak, plateau, or peril?

The edition also provides sector views from S&P Global Ratings analysts on oil and gas, autos, real estate, and media and telecoms.

Read the latest edition here

Moorgate compiles, edits and designs U.S Corporate Insights

Jean-François Robin, Natixis Head of Global Market Research, discusses interest rates and US economic growth in The Banker

Speaking with The Banker, Jean-François Robin, Natixis Head of Global Market Research, explained that it is too early to talk about recession expectations within the yield curve. He says that “the main reason why the curve is flattening and yields are going up is because the Fed is normalising its monetary policy”.

In turn, debate is ongoing as to how rates will move next. Robin notes that “we have a real market between people who think rates will keep going higher and those thinking now is a good time to make a play on declining yields”.

To read the article in full, please click here (please note the paywall).

Credit risk, stranded assets and the environment: S&P Global Ratings’ Mike Wilkins contributes a chapter to a major new Routledge study

With ongoing advances in sustainability, the risk of being unable to monetise ca​r​bon assets grows by the day. A new book from Routledge, Stranded Assets and the Environment: Risk, Resilience and Opportunity, explores the ramifications of asset stranding across various sectors of the global economy.

Mike Wilkins, Head of Sustainable Finance at S&P Global Ratings, supplies chapter 8, drawing on research and real-world corporate case studies to focus on the credit implications of stranded assets.

It’s here: Commerzbank’s latest issue of FI.News

The spring issue of Commerzbank’s interactive financial institutions newsletter is out now. It brings together all the major cash and trade finance updates in a range of exclusive articles and interviews.

See how evolving technology can further transform the trade finance industry, prepare for important updates at SWIFT, get ready for the impact of new developments in the payments sector, and learn why Commerzbank is convinced of the need to invest in the future.

In the magazine’s spotlight features on emerging markets, learn from Commerzbank’s regional experts about Pakistan’s increasing integration into the global economy, and the challenges facing the nations of Southern Africa. Explore the reasons behind newfound optimism in Uzbekistan – and discover how Commerzbank’s close partnership with a local bank eases the flow of trade in the country.

Moorgate has produced FI.News since 2013.