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Sustainable and Green Finance

Supporting our clients navigate the world of sustainable and green finance


Interest in sustainable and green financing has accelerated dramatically in recent times. Many corporates and investors across all sectors are now utilising green debt products or thinking about doing so at the next opportunity. 

In our latest annual Corporate Debt Report, nearly 50% of treasurers we surveyed are factoring in ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) issues when raising debt, and 30% are reporting on ESG matters to lenders and other stakeholders. Another 29% said they considered ESG credentials when selecting which financial institutions to transact with.
From issuing bonds to fund the development of renewable energy projects to raising debt that satisfies issuers’ environmental policies and investors’ ESG mandates, our finance specialists have the experience to successfully support you when accessing funding options.
Clients we have supported in this growing area range from blue chip corporates and project companies to financial institutions and government departments.

Recent Experience

African Development Bank

Issue of US$100 million SOFR-linked Green Bonds issued under its Global Debt Issuance Facility 

Joint Lead Managers

Issue by QBE Insurance of a US$300 million green bond and a US$400 million Gender Equality bond under its US$4 billion MTN programme

Syndicate of lenders led by Santander and BBVA

Amendment of the €1 billion corporate financing granted to Mapfre for the purposes of including "green-loan" provisions and restructuring certain terms and conditions of the loan documentation

Département de l'Essonne

Issuance of €40 million bonds due 2029 under its €1 billion EMTN programme, to fund low carbon transport and green building projects

Syndicate of banks

On the provision to Macquarie Group Limited of £2 billion (approximately $AUD3.53 billion) loan facilities, including two green loan tranches. This was the first ‘green loan’ under the APLMA Green Loan Principles issued in Australia and the first green loan with a financial institution as borrower.

Natixis and Société Générale

Refinancing by French and international banks for Séché Environnement, structured in the form of a "green loan" with margin ratchet provisions based on ESG indicators

Insights and updates

20th July 2021
With green loans and sustainability-linked lending going mainstream, we assess the prospects for real estate...
19th July 2021
We assess EC moves to channel finance to low-carbon activity. Includes sustainable finance strategy and...
11th March 2021
The challenges posed by climate change affect all sectors, and financial markets have a major...
3rd March 2021
This is the third in a series of articles looking at the development of ESG...

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