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Thursday, 26 August 2021
Aug/Sep 2021

Sustainable finance eyes ambition and amplification

Discussions at the KangaNews Sustainable Debt Summit 2021 virtual event in June suggest market engagement with environmental, social and governance issues continues to deepen. Norms in sustainability-linked instruments are quickly solidifying while developments in accounting, disclosure and stakeholder engagement are also contributing to momentum.

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Tuesday, 20 July 2021
Jun/Jul 2021

Mutual banks: growth, and funding for growth

Australia’s mutual banks are innovating in response to sector-wide issues. Participants at the KangaNews Mutual Sector Wholesale Funding Seminar 2021 – which took place in Sydney in May – discussed an evolving business and funding environment, and how mutual banks can deliver in their areas of competitive advantage.

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Monday, 19 July 2021
Jun/Jul 2021

Australian credit market’s big winners

Australian corporate and nonbank borrowers have made the most of a playing field left open to them by the absence of major-bank senior bond issuance since early 2020. Whether the credit market remains as deep for these borrowers once banks return is one of the biggest questions heading into the second half of 2021.

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Monday, 19 July 2021
Jun/Jul 2021

Market function at a critical juncture

The KangaNews Debt Capital Markets Summit 2021 virtual event took place on 9 June, ahead of another important period for the Australian economy and market’s emergence from the COVID-19 crisis. Discussions throughout the day reiterated the importance of Reserve Bank of Australia policy settings for determining the path of both.

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Wednesday, 10 March 2021
Feb/Mar 2021 IWI Supplement

Beyond labels, corporate engagement marches on

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.

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Monday, 12 October 2020
Oct/Nov 2020

Responsible lending: unleashing banks, leashing nonbanks?

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).

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Monday, 21 September 2020
Aug/Sep 2020 supplement

Diversity as a way of life

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.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020

AOFM and ASF give update on forbearance SPV

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.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2020
Apr/May 2020

Mutual banks’ funding evolution

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.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2020
Apr/May 2020

Mutual ADIs position for the future

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.