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8 Things You Need To Know About Sustainable Finance

While the majority of sustainable finance activity has been on the equities side, the fixed income markets have also seen the development of green and sustainability linked products. On the loans side, the US loan market saw its first green loans and sustainability linked loans in 2018. Here are eight things you need to know […]

Sustainable Finance – FAQs

While the majority of sustainable finance activity has been on the equities side, the fixed income markets have also seen the development of green and sustainability linked products. On the loans side, the US loan market saw its first green loans and sustainability linked loans in 2018.  To find out more, download this publication.

Sustainable Finance Committee

The Sustainable Finance Committee is comprised of sellside and buyside institutions and is tasked with the maintenance of the Green Loan Principles and Sustainability Linked Loan Principles which have been published by the LSTA, Loan Market Association and APLMA. In addition, this group monitors developments in the sustainable finance space. Interested parties should contact  Tess […]

Sustainable Finance is Gaining Traction Globally

The first half of 2019 has seen global sustainable finance continue to flourish. Refinitiv LPC has recorded nearly $39 billion of global green and sustainability linked loan (SLL) volume through May – a 60% increase over the same time last year. In Refinitiv LPC’s “Loanly Planet” publication that volume is broken down regionally. EMEA continues to be the regional leader in terms of issuance with 70% of the global volume, or $27 billion. However, the biggest increase in regional volume has been in the Americas. With more than $7.3 billion in green loan and SLL volume through May 2019 on the books, that seven-fold increase is evidence that sustainable finance is gaining traction on this side of the pond.

Sustainable Finance: Has The Moment Arrived? (May 2019)

Presented by Mark Betteridge, Global Head of Fixed Income and Currency Analytics at Bloomberg, Clare Dawson, Chief Executive at LMA, Charlotte Peyraud, VP at Sustainable Banking, CACIB and Tess Virmani, Associate General Counsel & SVP, Public Policy at LSTA

Sustainability Linked Loans Published

(updated March 25, 2019) – Today, the LSTA, together with the Loan Market Association (LMA) and Asia Pacific Loan Market Association (APLMA), published Sustainability Linked Loan Principles. This voluntary framework represents the next step in collaborating to develop global standards for sustainable lending.

Looking Out at the Green Horizon

(updated on January 31, 2019) – For the third straight year, the World Economic Forum listed environmental threats as the biggest risk facing the global economy.  So, it was timely that Tess Virmani, Associate General Counsel of the LSTA, participated in the Green Finance Seminar hosted by Banco de Mexico in Mexico City this week. The seminar, held in conjunction with the meeting of the Steering Committee of the Network of Central Banks and Supervisors for Greening the Financial System (NGFS), pulled together central banks and supervisors from all over North, Central and South America to educate them on the current state of, and challenges to, sustainable finance and possible ways forward.  Sessions included a look at several of the voluntary frameworks informing activities in the sustainable finance sector.  These included aspirational, industry-wide frameworks, such as the UNEPFI Principles of Responsible Banking and the Principles of Responsible Investment as well as transaction-focused frameworks, such as the Green Bond Principles and Green Loan Principles.

Extended Green Loan Principles Published Today

2018 has brought the first green loans to the Americas. Today, the LSTA, together with the Loan Market Association and Asia Pacific Loan Market Association, published extended Green Loan Principles (GLP). The LSTA, LMA and APLMA and their dedicated working group of leading financial institutions seek to produce a globally acceptable approach to the granting of green loans to better facilitate and support environmentally sustainable economic activity. This iteration provides a more in-depth explanation as to how the GLP can be applied to revolving credit facilities and also captures the July 2018 updates to the Green Bond Principles maintained by ICMA.

Managing Risk: Optimizing The Future

We were delighted to host 1,100 members (and future members) at the LSTA’s Annual Loan Conference on October 24th. As befits the times, the conference focused on Managing Risk (today) and Optimizing the Future. Below, we discuss the themes that surfaced during the day, offer the main takeaways and, of course, thank our attendees and 28 sponsor and exhibitors. Most presentations are available on this presentation page of www.lsta.org. 

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LSTA Newsletter – October 18, 2019

This week, we start by announcing that the LSTA is developing a “SOFR Compounded in Arrears” concept credit agreement. It is one more tool to help members internalize what a SOFR Loan Market might look like. Next, we provide an updated suite of documents on Primary Delayed Compensation. Finally, we offer a brief update on LSTA […]

Flashforward: LSTA Releases Draft SOFR “Concept Credit Agreement”

On October 1st the LSTA took the next step in its efforts to educate market participants on replacement benchmarks by distributing a draft “concept credit agreement” referencing a compounded average of daily SOFRs calculated in arrears (“Compounded SOFR in Arrears”).

LSTA Advocacy Update

Over the past two weeks the LSTA has continued its political advocacy with legislators and regulators on issues of importance to the loan market. Last week, Meredith Coffey and Elliot Ganz, Co-heads of the LSTA’s Public Policy Group, had the opportunity to join Congressman Greg Meeks (D. NY) for a free-ranging discussion over breakfast.

Primary Delayed Comp: Revised Drafts Released

The LSTA released revised drafts this week of the LSTA trading documents to be used in connection with the new Primary Delayed Compensation Protocol. Below are links to the clean drafts and blacklined documents marked to show changes since the last versions sent to you for your review.