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ISS acquisition by Deutsche Börse in a context of mounting ESG data sourcing quality & sovereignty concerns in Europe

13 Jan 2021
10 min.

9-minute read
 
In November 2020, the operator of the Frankfurt stock exchange, Deutsche Börse acquired 80% of the American company, Institutional Shareholder Services group of companies (ISS), a ...

NRG’s $900 million Sustainability-Linked Bond: Setting a North American Precedent

13 Jan 2021
6 min.

6-minute read
 
On July 24, 2020, NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), an integrated power company built on dynamic retail brands with diverse generation assets, announced the $3.6bn all-cash acquisition...

Integrating sustainability criteria into central banks’ asset purchasing programs – the Swedish Central Bank as a first mover

13 Jan 2021
6 min.

3-minute read
 
The Swedish Central will reportedly purchase more green bonds in its asset purchasing programs. At the end of last year, Sweden’s Central Bank (the “Riksbank”) announced its intent...

Buyout of Kersia by IK Investment: First LBO financing in France that includes sustainability-linked features

13 Jan 2021
1 min.

1-minute read
 
The acquisition of Kersia by IK Investment has been financed through a Sustainability-linked syndicated leverage loan structure including RCF & term loan B tranches, in line wi...

Waste & Circular Economy: Deciphering green & sustainable challenges and opportunities of waste management

12 Jan 2021
2 min.

This report explores the essential role played by waste management in transitioning the economy towards a more circular model. The concept of “circular” economy, based on maintaining over time the ...

Low-carbon hydrogen: sensing the path to large-scale deployment

22 Dec 2020
1 min.

Long considered the energy carrier of the future, hydrogen has apparently entered a new era. With massive recovery plans in Europe heavily focused on the production and uses (mobility, industry) of...

Asset Owners sharpen the implementation of their Net-Zero Carbon investment strategies

30 Nov 2020
5 min.

5-minute read 
 
With the publication of its “Draft 2025 Target Setting Protocol”, the Net Zero Asset Owners Alliance (NZAOA) provides a useful tool in the journey to fulfill its members’ commitme...

France’s strategy on export financing: a stick and carrot approach with fossil fuels funding phasing out and a supporting factor for EU Taxonomy compliant activities

30 Nov 2020
13 min.

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The French Directorate-General of the Treasury handed a report to the Parliament on a climate strategy for public export financing last October. Through amendments to the 2021...

The European Union's plunge in the Social Bonds Market

30 Nov 2020
9 min.

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The Covid-19 pandemic and widespread lockdown measures have severely slowed down the economies of many countries around the world. European real GDP is now projected to contrac...

Etihad’s $600 million Sustainability-linked Sukuk: the first of many things

30 Nov 2020
12 min.

- 10-minute read - 
 
Etihad Airways, the second flag carrier of the UAE, has launched the world’s first Transition Sukuk and the first sustainability-linked bond in aviation, under their Transiti...

The European Commission released draft Delegated Act of the Taxonomy criteria

30 Nov 2020
6 min.

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On November 20, 2020 the European Commission published the long-awaited Draft Delegated Act under the Taxonomy Regulation[1], on climate change mitigation and climate change a...

The UK about to impose mandatory TCFD climate disclosure and to issue a sovereign Green Bond

30 Nov 2020
6 min.

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In November, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak made numerous announcements related to sustainable finance, as part of the UK’s plan to bolster the dynamism, open...

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