Green bond news

Dutch development bank FMO printed its first ever green bond in the first quarter, with the deal helping promote the nascent offshore US dollar green market. 

Africa news

A three year, US$300mn E&S transaction provides a financial incentive to improve environmental and social practices across the Ghanaian cocoa industry. 

Middle East news

At a time when the Lebanese government is pushing for ambitious green reforms, the EBRD and Bank Audi have committed US$200mn in funding for private renewable energy projects. 

Europe news

Telecoms company Vodafone stunned the markets in the first quarter with what looked to be the ultimate prize in corporate finance – a deal that at first glance seems to let the company raise significant debt without diminishing any of its existing credit or equity metrics. But while investors poured money into the deal, the ratings agencies kicked back. 

Appointment news | Swift

Financial messaging firm Swift has picked long term employee Javier Pérez-Tasso as its new chief executive officer, at a time of unprecedented change in the cross border payments industry.

Fintech news

Banks are used to cutthroat competition, but now some of the world’s biggest and most well-known brands are looking to stake their claim on ground long held by traditional lenders. EMEA Finance spoke with Mike Cook, senior manager at US information technology services company Cognizant, about rising competition between banks and fintech.

Islamic Finance news

Finally, something that everyone in London seems to agree on. The UK financial community and the treasury voice their commitment to push Islamic finance forward whatever the outcome of Brexit.

Africa news

The world’s fastest growing economy is benefiting from increased oil production and comprehensive banking reforms. However, public debt levels remain a key concern particularly with an election approaching. 

Africa news

Legae Peresec, the newly formed securities trading business, is poised to shake up the South African securities marketplace, following a landmark black economic empowerment deal. 

Europe news

What does the UK owe the EU in a no-deal Brexit? On 4 September, the House of Lords’ EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee met to discuss this question, with very little clarity as to the answer.