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ESG and Innovation in Sustainable Finance: Structuring Solutions to Bridge Funding Gaps /

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Funding ranks as one of the greatest challenges faced by nation-states building sustainable infrastructure. The delivery of environmental and social (E&S) objectives demands levels of financing that cannot be met by national governments and development banks alone.

Projects and other initiatives must increasingly be structured to facilitate the participation of commercial banks and investors, and source the level of financing that is urgently required to transition to greener economies and deliver other E&S goals.

Collaboration through joint financing initiatives across governments, multi-laterals, commercial banks and investors is key to achieving this. This necessitates careful and innovative structuring of financial solutions to achieve the best outcomes for all participants and secure the broadest range of available capital funding sources. A key objective is to leverage the capital commitments and guarantee capacity of multi-laterals to maximise the “additionality” of external funding.

In addition to loan syndication, the issuing of debt securities such as “Green Bonds” and “Social Impact Bonds” has become increasingly important in the financing of projects and other initiatives with E&S objectives. This is particularly Important when attracting capital from pension funds and other institutional investors.

Through comprehensive technical coverage and relevant case studies, this highly practical programme looks carefully at the key issues surrounding the successful structuring and arrangement of, and participation in, financing of sustainable economic initiatives. This course will explore the measurement of E&S impact and the capital structuring of existing firms and special purpose vehicles. It also looks at the sources of revenue generation for the parties involved, such as fees and carbon credits, as well as net interest income.

Course Participants
This course is for finance ministry officials, central bankers, pension fund and other institutional investors as well as executives at commercial and development banks.
Potential participants may include:
– Risk managers, Credit analysts and project finance specialists
– Sustainability managers, Strategists and investment bankers
– Treasury managers, Asset

Course Objectives

On completion, you will be able to:

  • Understand ESG, sustainability and climate change in a global context, including the need for green infrastructure and investment, and for innovation in sustainable finance solutions
  • Appreciate the role of financial structuring in facilitating participation in sustainable initiatives
  • Understand project finance in the context of environmental and social enterprise
  • Identify sources of capital and appropriate financial instruments to attract them
  • Understand Green Bond and Social Impact Bond markets and investor objectives
  • Appreciate the purpose of loan syndication in facilitating participation across financier constituencies
  • Analyse the role of different participants, their funding types and interactions

Key Topics

  • The global context of ESG, sustainability and climate change – green investment opportunities, funding requirements, and implications for the whole financial sector
  • Sustainability, ESG, Net Zero and other key terminology
  • Facilitating collaborative funding via structured finance
  • Roles of key participants, including government bodies, commercial and development banks and investors
  • Project finance structures to achieve sustainability goals and deliver returns on capital
  • Green Bonds and Loans and the “greenwashing” issue
  • Loan syndication structures with banking and investor participants
  • Key funding types: grants, equity, guarantees and senior and subordinated debt tranches
  • Sources of income and return on capital investment including fees, interest and carbon credits

All courses will be conducted entirely in English. A proficient level of both spoken and written English is required by all delegates so that they are able to fully benefit from the course and participate in our interactive style of training.

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