King & Wood Mallesons
While women make up more than 50 per cent of law students and graduate lawyers, they are underrepresented at partner level and in other senior legal roles. For many years, King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has been committed to changing this.
If Australian corporate engagement with sustainable finance were measured by labelled green, social and sustainability bond issuance, progress remained underwhelming in 2020. However, issuers, investors and other market participants at the KangaNews Sustainable Debt Summit 2020 spoke of deepening commitments to environmental, social and governance risk mitigation.
The Australian federal government has proposed changes to responsible-lending rules, with the goal of encouraging credit supply and thus maximising the economic impact of ultra-low rates. Nonbank lenders are watching developments closely and with some concern that they may further tilt the playing field in favour of authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs).
The Australian Office of Financial Management (AOFM) and Australian Securitisation Forum (ASF) are finalising terms for a forbearance special-purpose vehicle (SPV), designed to provide relief to nonbank and small bank lenders with securitisation trusts affected by forbearance on loans as a result of COVID-19.
Going into the COVID-19 crisis, the Australian mutual and customer-owned banking sector already faced problems it had been grappling with for years, especially lower-for-longer rates. The industry gathered to discuss funding and capital challenges at a KangaNews event in late February.
The second annual KangaNews Mutual Sector Wholesale Funding Seminar took place in Sydney on 25 February. Discussions covered the sector’s performance and competitive position, access to wholesale funding markets, the potential for additional-capital issuance and how mutuals can incorporate technology to add efficiency in the treasury function.
WOMEN IN CAPITAL MARKETS Yearbook 2020
KangaNews's first-ever yearbook amplifying female voices in the Australian capital market.