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.
Your search: sustainable finance, green loans
On June 27th, King & Spalding and LSTA hosted an evening seminar on Green Loan, Sustainable Finance & Impact Investing at King & Spalding’s New York office. Cecilia Hong of King & Spalding moderated the panel discussion which included Marilyn Ceci of JPMorgan, Lucie Campos Caresmel of Credit Agricole, Rekha Unnithan of Nuveen and Tess Virmani of LSTA. The discussion examined the development of impact investing in private equity and real estate where investments are made with a view to make a positive social and environmental impact but with returns that are commensurate with traditional investing.
An area of increasing attention in the US loan market is ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance). Thomson Reuters LPC reports global green and sustainable loan issuance has totaled nearly $17 billion, over twice 2017’s totals. Green bond issuance has led the way in the global debt markets, but green loans are emerging as an intriguing alternative. Although dwarfed by activity in EMEA and the rest of the world, 2018 has seen $2.2 billion of green and sustainable activyt in the Americas.
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