King & Wood Mallesons
Scott Farrell, partner at King & Wood Mallesons, shares his views on ‘smart contracts’ in capital markets.
KangaNews is proud to present the winners of the institutional and deal categories in the KangaNews Awards 2017. After an extensive voting and verification process, KangaNews can confidently say its results reflect a true market view on the outstanding performers of 2017 in the Australian and New Zealand debt markets.
World Bank priced a historic bond using blockchain technology in Kangaroo format, on 23 August. Bond-i – the “blockchain-operated new debt instrument” – is the world’s first blockchain bond. The technology is nascent, but deal participants are confident in the security of the platform and adamant about its potential to offer increased efficiency and transparency.
The eighth KangaNews-Westpac Corporate Debt Summit, held in Sydney on 12 September, drew a record crowd once again. As well as providing insights from the heart of the banking, sustainability and economics sectors, there were in-depth discussions around the role of the Australian credit market relative to its global peers and the new open-banking regime, as well as the annual C-suite update.
The third Fixed Income Beyond the Institutional Sector Summit, hosted by KangaNews and National Australia Bank (NAB), took place in Sydney on 2 August. This unique conference attracted another record number of delegates in 2018, as NAB continues to champion the importance of fixed income to the noninstitutional investor base.
Pricing became challenging for Australian issuers in the Asian-targeted US dollar Reg S market later in the first half of 2018, after a flurry of corporate transactions over the preceding 12 months. But market participants in Asia insist the regional liquidity pool will increasingly challenge old favourites like US private placements (USPPs) and domestic issuance for Australian-origin flow.