Natixis sells business lines to Groupe BPCE, covered by tier one press

Natixis plans to sell its Consumer financing, Factoring, Leasing, Sureties & guarantees and Securities services businesses to its majority owner Groupe BPCE SA, for a total of €2.7bn.

The move, if successfully completed, will allow Natixis to accelerate the development of its asset-light model. In turn, Natixis would invest up to €2.5bn over its New Dimension strategic plan, primarily in asset management, compared with €1bn initially planned.

The news was covered by The Financial Times, Reuters, IFR, Globesnewswire, Law 360, Yahoo Finance, New York Times, Market Watch, This is money, CNBC, Euroinvestor, Post Online Media, Investsize.

ICC Banking Commission’s Doina Buruiana explains the challenges for African trade finance in Africa Global Funds

In an article for Africa Global Funds, Doina Buruiana, Project Manager at the International Chamber of Commerce Banking Commission, discusses the obstacles in the way of growth for the trade finance sector in Africa.

Despite the numerous challenges ahead, Buruiana explains that banks in Africa have the most optimistic outlook on the trade finance sector, according to results from the ICC’s 10th Global Survey on Trade Finance.

Read the article on pages 14-15 of the August edition of Africa Global Funds.

The Banker names Natixis’ Green and Sustainable Hub as its Team of the Month

The Banker has profiled Natixis’s Green and Sustainable Hub (GSH) as its Team of the Month. The hub, integral to all of Natixis’ work in green and sustainable finance sector, is helping to cement Natixis’ position as the leading reference bank for such activities.

Speaking with Orith Azoulay, Head of the GSH, and Thomas Girard, in charge of business development at the GSH, the article highlights some of the team’s achievements from the past year, including the first commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), real-estate loans and structured notes.

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ICC Banking Commission’s Olivier Paul discusses trade finance optimism in The Asian Banker

Writing in The Asian Banker, Olivier Paul, Head of Policy at the International Chamber of Commerce Banking Commission, discusses Asia-Pacific’s role as a global trading hub and the world’s largest trade finance provider.

Building on results from the ICC’s 10th Global Survey on Trade Finance, Paul also notes that outlook on the growth is positive although the sector must still overcome a variety of challenges, notably those relating to protectionist policies, regulation and compliance.

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Natixis wins The Banker’s “Most innovative investment bank for climate change and sustainability”

The Banker has named Natixis “Most innovative investment bank for climate change and sustainability” at its 2018 Investment Banking Awards.

The award recognises the innovative work Natixis is doing in the green and sustainable finance sector, including numerous first-of-their-kind deals and the development of an internal mechanism for integrating environmental risks into their overall risk assessment for financings worldwide.

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S&P Global Ratings and Resilience Economics’ joint report on the effects of weather events on corporate earning is covered by the specialist press.

The effect of climate risk and severe weather events on corporate earnings can be significant. If left unmitigated, the financial impact could increase over time as climate change makes disruptive weather events more frequent and severe. The report entitled “The Effects of Weather Events on Corporate Earnings are Gathering Force” was jointly released by S&P Global Ratings and Resilience Economics.

The news was covered in Edie, EurActiv, Bloomberg, BNN Bloomberg, Bloomberg Quint, Earther, The Star Business Journal, Oil Price, The TeCake, BlouinNews, The News Recorder, Washington Post, CTM File, EcoNews, Environmental Leader, Climate Alliance, and Triple Pundit.

Writing on environmental risk in credit ratings, S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins contributes to SEB’s paper The Green Bond

 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities are of growing interest to all market participants. With the potential to affect an entity’s capacity and willingness to meet its financial commitments in various ways, it is important to understand how S&P Global Ratings incorporates ESG factors into credit ratings. Michael Wilkins, Head of Sustainable Finance at S&P Global Ratings, explains.

The full piece was published in print.

Falcon Bridging Finance selects Brightstar as latest financial intermediary, covered by specialist press

Falcon Bridging Finance Limited has announced that it has selected Brightstar Financial to act as its latest financial intermediary.

Under the terms of the partnership, Brightstar will add Falcon Bridging to their lender panel, providing partners and clients access to their complete product range.