Leonardo Royal Hotel, St Pauls


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20th April 2020

Registration and coffee
Session ends: 09:00
Chairman's opening remarks
Session ends: 09:10
ESG Capital Markets into the mainstream: The role of governments and regulators
  • Climate stress testing: What is the objective? What does the financial industry need to prepare for? What will the outcome be?
  • Sharing best practice internationally (in light of the global climate crisis)
  • Initiatives to encourage Green and ESG lending
Session ends: 09:30
Spearheading ESG capital markets integration: What is the right mix of regulation, and legislation for the market to flourish?
  • EU Green Taxonomy – too prescriptive, not enough or just right? Understanding the industry’s feedback post the draft phase
  • What do the People’s Bank of China Guidelines for Establishing the Green Financial Systementail and is this impacting market technicals for the green bond market in China?
  • To what extent do government led frameworks provide investors, issuers and financiers the confidence to issue debt under this umbrella?
  • How easily can one set of guidelines be reproduced in other geographies? Are the frameworks encouraging or deterring issuers – DM vs. EM, IG vs. HY
Session ends: 10:10
How green (and sustainable) is green (and sustainable) enough to secure capital and investment mandates?
  • Balancing sustainability and liquidity: Is ESG/green attracting greater liquidity into deals or are deals losing investors when there isn’t enough presenting of ESG?
  • How much scrutiny are investment managers under to incorporate ESG into their portfolios? What is the minimum level of ESG-integration for investors to hold onto mandates?
  • How much is ESG impacting issuers when they are fund raising? What are the expectations amongst investors for issuers to present on their ESG and their financials?
  • Can the investor and issuer universe converge on a set of ESG standards across asset classes that supports development of the market (boosting liquidity) and meets UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)?
Session ends: 10:50
Coffee and networking
Session ends: 11:10
SDG-linked bonds and loans: A bridge to transition oil, gas, mining and airline sectors to the sustainable finance market?
  • What is the SDG-linked bond? How can SDG open the market to companies with low(er) ESG scores?
  • Market sentiment and feedback of the Enel SDG-linked bonds: Are investors convinced?
  • How are SDG-linked bond structured and priced? Who buys them? Does the coupon ratchet cause issues for fixed income investors’ portfolios?
  • Transition finance vs./and sustainable finance: Is there another way to deepen the market?
Session ends: 11:50
Establishing benchmarks and a common language: The role of third-party assessors and ratings
  • Objectifying the subjective: How to standardise criteria/ratings for a theme as fluid as the environment, sustainability and governance
  • How to assess and rate Sustainable and Green: Navigating the data, what to extract, and what to use
  • Which sectors and asset classes are already well covered from a data perspective? Which are lacking? Is this impacting the ‘invest-ability’ and growth/development of certain sectors?
  • What are the steps towards standardisation for the industry?
Session ends: 12:30
Credit returns vs. ESG ratings: Are investors forced to compromise on returns by staying true to ESG criteria/principles?
  • Responsible investing vs. delivering returns: Is there any correlation between companies’ ESG scores and their credit worthiness/ability to repay debt?
  • How are investors incorporating ESG into their portfolios? What impact is this transition having on returns and profits?
  • The elephant in the room: How to continue investing into oil, gas, mining and countries with poor governance? What role do investors play in maintaining their spectrum of investable credits/assets?
  • Sanction or reward? Should investors sanction those companies who are non-compliant and have low ESG scores? Or should those with sustainable development goals (SDG) be rewarded? How inclusive should changes the way organisations fund themselves be?
Session ends: 13:10
Networking lunch
Session ends: 14:20
Journeying through sustainable development goals: From ESG policy setting to issuing Sustainable Bonds
  • Corporate finance and an ESG policy: Where to start?
  • How is environmental, sustainable, and governance principles integrated into the core of your business? How do you then successful document and communicate this to investors and financiers?
  • Making sense of the eco-system: What to know about rating, reporting, investment, and capital deployment
  • What role do investors, bankers, regulators and legislators play in advising and preparing issuers? Are investors driving the agenda or regulators and governments?
  • Issuing ESG capital markets instruments and Sustainable bonds: Process, structuring and execution
Session ends: 15:00
Why getting ESG financing and sustainable investment in emerging markets should have the greatest impact and possibly greatest returns?
  • Pioneering issuers of green bonds, green sukuks, SDG linked bonds and loans: understanding the process for debut issuers and how they overcame challenges and obstacles
  • Do ESG and SDG linked debt products differentiate EM issuers in the market – particularly in the eyes of investors?
  • Understanding the tangible and non-tangible benefits of going green – unearthing common misconceptions
Session ends: 15:40
Coffee and networking
Session ends: 16:00
How are fixed income investors able to improve the ESG score of issuers?
  • How are investors able to motivate/encourage issuers to improve their ratings?
  • Sovereign issuers: Differentiating credit rating from ESG rating – what are sovereigns doing and do they understand how investors perceive these risks differently?
  • How the sovereign restructuring process can positively impact the G in ESG
Session ends: 16:40
Can Islamic Finance and ESG financing be integrated? Evaluating the synergies
  • Great in theory but where is the evidence to show that Islamic finance and ESG principles can work harmoniously?
  • A case in point: assessing the journey of the green sukuk from objective, structure, pricing, and execution?
  • Evaluating the difference in issuing USD Sukuks and local currency – how do the markets differ?
  • Understanding your target investor: who is looking to buy these sukuks? Is there a secondary market for them?
Session ends: 17:20
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