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Sustainability-Linked Loans: Financing the Green Transition

This practice note provides an overview of sustainability-linked loans (SLL). Sustainability-themed debt instruments represent one response of the financial community to the need to channel capital towards facilitating a carbon transition.  A Lexis Practice Advisor Practice Note by Amara Gossin, Barclays and Robert Lewis, Sidley Austin

The Rise of Sustainability Linked Loans

ESG and sustainability are two buzzwords that crop up more and more in the financial markets – the loan market included. According to Bloomberg, $97 billion in green loans and sustainability linked loans have come to the global loan market in the first three quarters of 2019. Of that activity, more than $55 billion in volume represents sustainability linked loans.

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.

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LIBOR: The Future of Forward Looking Term SOFR

The syndicated loan market would really like an IOSCO-compliant Forward Looking Term SOFR to develop. If such a rate developed, it would solve several problems inherent in SOFR.