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Social Debt Finance

Date: 04-Jun-2020
Time:: 2:00 PM (UAE Standard Time GMT +4)
Duration:: 1 Hour

Social Debt Finance

Socially-theme fixed-income has truly emerged as a viable asset class as the world confronts the impacts and aftershocks of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supranational, sovereign and agency borrowers have sold labelled and unlabelled bonds to finance COVID-19 response and economic mitigation efforts.
For the time being, social bonds have overtaken environmental bonds in the primary bond market. As we move beyond the immediate shock of the pandemic, are social bonds destined to maintain issuer and institutional investor interest?
This live webinar will:

  • Explore the world of social debt.
  • Discuss the potential of social debt.
  • Assess whether its recent scaling-up will be maintained.
  • Address some of the challenges of social debt, including impact measurement.

Keith Mullin
Founder and Director, KM Capital Markets Ltd

Keith Mullin is founder and director of KM Capital Markets Ltd, a media and thought-leadership consultancy focused on capital markets, investment banking, financial markets, social and sustainable finance and financial regulation. Mullin has spent over 35 years in specialist capital markets media during a fascinating period of innovation and change. He is a renowned commentator, writer, columnist and blogger; has produced and chaired hundreds of capital markets, banking and regulatory events throughout the world, and is consultant to financial-market service providers.

Farnam Bidgoli
EMEA Head of Sustainable Bonds, HSBC

Farnam is HSBC’s EMEA Head of Sustainable Bonds, where she advises HSBC’s debt capital market clients across all sectors on sustainable finance. She also sits on HSBC’s Green Bond and Loan Committee. Farnam joined HSBC in 2017 after completing her MBA at the Said Business School at the University of Oxford. Prior to that, she was with leading ESG ratings firm Sustainalytics, where she developed its second opinion services for green/social/sustainability bonds, consulted on framework development for corporate and public sector issuers, and designed the firm’s product offerings for the assessment of human rights risks. She has over nine years of experience working with investors, issuers, and other stakeholders on the integration of environmental and social factors into investment decisions, including the development of investment strategies for some of the world’s largest asset owners.

Simone Utermarck
Director, Sustainable Finance, International Capital Market

Simone Utermarck is a Director, Sustainable Finance at the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) based in London. She is part of the secretariat that manages the Green Bond Principles (GBP) and the Social Bond Principles (SBP) and otherwise involved in all of ICMA’s sustainable finance activities. Simone is a trained banker with extensive international experience having lived and worked in Europe, the United States, Asia and the GCC. Her previous roles were with Thomson Reuters, S&P Global Ratings, Bloomberg, PwC, Ernst & Young, DaimlerChrysler Global Capital Services.

Jens C. Hellerup
Senior Director and Head of Funding, Nordic Investment Bank

Mr Jens C. Hellerup is Senior Director and Head of Funding at Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) in Helsinki. Mr. Hellerup is responsible for funding the Bank’s activities on the international capital markets. Further he is responsible for the Bank’s investor relations. Before joining the Funding & Investor Relations team Mr. Hellerup acted as fixed income portfolio manager at Nordic Investment Bank. In 2011 Jens Hellerup became member of the Management Group of NIB. Mr. Hellerup joined NIB in year 2000. Before NIB he held a position as Treasury financial analyst at TDC in Denmark (The Danish national telecommunication company). He has more than 25 years’ experience of the international capital markets and holds a Master degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA).

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