Investa Property Group
Debates around price, impact and social benefit in environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing have been quickly developing in recent years, and been further energised by the COVID-19 crisis. Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) facilitated a discussion to get the latest views from issuers and investors.
The COVID-19 crisis is having a profound impact across economies, markets and societies. ANZ and KangaNews, in association with Women in Banking and Finance, hosted business and market leaders to talk through the response so far and the wide-reaching nature of future changes.
The Australian securitisation industry has been at the front line of market evolution, from its position at the eye of the financial-crisis storm to the proactive role played by the Australian Securitisation Forum (ASF)’s Women in Securitisation (WIS) subcommittee.
The circumstances of 2020 have put particular pressure on corporate treasuries. Where the financial crisis was spawned – and, in Australia’s case, largely remained – in financial markets, COVID-19 rapidly developed from a public-health emergency into the greatest shock the real economy has seen in lifetimes.
Investa Property Group’s green-debt strategy has matured, bringing realised cost benefits, the A$500 million (US$330 million) milestone in green loans and the prospect of all future bank-debt refinancing coming in green format. The company’s Sydney-based general manager, corporate sustainability, Nina James, and head of corporate planning and treasury, Lisa Story, discuss the merits of the strategy and its execution.
At the KangaNews-Westpac Corporate Debt Summit 2019, which took place in Sydney on 15 October, the Australian corporate market took stock of developments in the economy and capital markets at home and abroad. With another record attendance in 2019, the summit has become the leading forum for the Australian corporate debt industry.