In its annual Sustainable & ESG Investment Awards, Investment Week has named S&P Global Ratings as a finalist in two of its hotly-contested 2020 categories.
The first is for “Best Thought Leadership Paper” for its report entitled “Space, The Next Frontier: Spatial Finance And Environmental Sustainability” authored by S&P Global Ratings’ Beth Burks, in which she explores the use of satellite imagery and machine learning to identify shifting climate risk patterns and the potential effects on creditworthiness of US public water utilities.
The credit ratings agency’s Sustainable Finance team is also in the running for Best Sustainable & ESG Research & Ratings Provider, following a year of extensive work developing its suite of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) offerings and timely, essential research throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The winners will be announced on 26th November 2020.
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.
RiskFirst has announced the appointment of Tarik Ben-Saud, who has been hired in an advisory capacity to support and accelerate the development of RiskFirst’s front office investment management capabilities, including the roll-out of its fixed income and LDI attribution application, PFaroeAttribution. Ben-Saud has 30 years’ investment management experience, including senior roles at Blackrock and Insight Investment.
The news was covered by Private Equity Wire, Global Banking & Finance Review, Financial IT, Fintech Finance, Fintech Zoom and Yahoo Finance.
BNY Mellon was recently named Best Transactional Bank for Financial Institutions in the Middle East by EMEA Finance magazine – an accolade that that has been published by the American Lebanese Chamber of Commerce. BNY Mellon was recognized for its commitment to providing exceptional client service, its strong banking relationships – on a non-compete basis – and its focus on enhancing the client experience.
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Following a milestone year for the credit rating agency’s sustainable finance team, IFR has named S&P Global Ratings as its “ESG Opinion Provider of the Year”. The award recognises S&P Global Ratings’ extensive work in the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) space this year, from the launch of its ESG Evaluation in April, to its recent acquisition of the ESG ratings business from award-winning ESG specialist RobecoSAM.
“For accelerating the push to standardise disparate ESG information, identify risk, and ultimately link it to the cost of debt, S&P Global Ratings is IFR’s ‘ESG Opinion Provider of the Year’,” said the publication.
To read the full write-up, please click here.
BPL Global has been crowned “Broking Firm of the Year” in Insurance Day’s 2019 London Market Awards. The specialist credit and political risk insurance broker came out on top of several of its larger competitors following another year of global expansion. Indeed, one judge described the broker as “one of the industry’s most highly regarded specialists”.
To read the full writeup, please click here (behind paywall).
BNY Mellon has won three awards in EMEA Finance magazine’s 2019 Treasury Services Awards, including retaining its title of “Best Transactional Bank for Financial Institutions in EMEA” for an astonishing tenth consecutive year. BNY Mellon was also named “Best Transactional Bank for Financial Institutions in the Middle East” and the provider of the “Best FX Services in EMEA” for its market-leading FX solution, SmartPaySM Global.
The awards were presented to BNY Mellon Treasury Services’s Bana Akkad Azhari, Head of Relationship Management MEA and CIS; Marcus Sehr, Head of Europe; and Ross Jones, Head of FX and Multicurrency Payment Product, at Sibos.
To read the full awards write-up in EMEA Finance, please click here (please note, the article lies behind a paywall)
S&P Global Ratings recently announced Pablo Lutereau as its new Head of Infrastructure and Project Finance in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region.
Following the news of his appointment, Mr. Lutereau said, “Infrastructure plays a critical role in EMEA’s economic growth and development in terms of social well-being. As such, I’m very pleased to start the next chapter of my S&P Global Ratings career within the dedicated EMEA team and look forward to building upon our 25-year history of assessing transactions in this market.”
Lutereau moves from S&P Global Ratings’ Buenos Aires office, where he was Head of Infrastructure & Utilities in Latin America. He will start his new role in January 2020 and will be based in Madrid.
Following Moorgate’s outreach, the news was covered by TXF, IJGlobal, PFI, Proximo and Partnerships Bulletin.
BPL Global’s Chairman, Charles Berry, has been appointed as President of the Insurance Institute of London (IIL). Berry, who succeeds Nicolas Aubert, CEO, Willis Towers Watson GB, will serve in office for the 2019-20 term alongside new Deputy President Anthony Baldwin, CEO and Board Director, AIG UK.
Delivering his first presidential address at the IIL’s AGM on 30th September, Berry said: “It is a great honour to serve the Institute as President, but somewhat daunting as I have big shoes to fill.”
He continued: “My theme for the year – ‘Who do you act for?’ – stems from my belief that trust in financial markets depends on market professionals being transparent as to who they act for: buyer or seller; client or capital provider. I look forward to developing this theme during a year full of challenges, but also one promising opportunity for all.”
Following outreach by Moorgate, Berry’s appointment was covered by The Insurer, Insurance Business, Insurance Insider, Reinsurance News, Insurance Age, Credit Insurance News Digest, Intelligent Insurer and TXF.
BPL Global has brought reinsurance expertise in-house with the appointment of Gregory King-Underwood as Director and Head of Global Reinsurance and Portfolio Solutions.
Commenting on the appointment, James Esdaile, Managing Director, BPL Global said: “We are delighted to welcome Gregory to the BPL Global team, where he will be invaluable in informing our strategy at a time of rising synthetic securitisation and growing synergies between the CPRI and reinsurance markets.”
Following outreach by Moorgate, news of the appointment was covered by: Reinsurance News, Intelligent Insurer, Global Trade Review, Captive International, Captive Review, Structured Credit Investor, Finanznachrichten, Credit Insurance News Digest and TXF.