On 23 July, QIC Shopping Centre Fund (A- by S&P) revealed plans to engage with investors on a potential Australian dollar denominated green bond. The issuer has mandated Commonwealth Bank of Australia and National Australia Bank to arrange a series of investor meetings in Asia and Australia in the week commencing 29 July ahead of a potential debut green-bond transaction.
Isabel Fernandez, head of wholesale banking at ING Bank (ING) in Amsterdam, spoke exclusively with KangaNews when she visited Australia in May. She shares her aspirations for the bank’s wholesale franchise in Australia, including the emerging role of sustainability-performance-linked loans (SPLs).
BNP Paribas and KangaNews convened their longstanding roundtable for corporate issuers in Sydney in July. Participants share a detailed view of a global market in which liquidity continues to outstrip credit supply by a significant margin – and where issuers hold the whip hand as a consequence. There are still challenges for responsible issuers, however.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CommBank) is once again the dominant player in the 2019 KangaNews Fixed-Income Research Poll, winning six categories including the overall title. The outcome is even more impressive considering the bank’s team has gone through change at the top in the past year.