Conditions are expected to remain strong for corporate and institutional level borrowers in Australia in 2019.

After a year of credit spread tightening, investors are becoming more cautious and selective.

Private markets can offer consistent and steady support for issuers, the First Look Conference in Sydney was told.

As 2018 draws to a close, we’d like to share some of the achievements of our Corporate and Institutional clients over the past year.

Alternatives are emerging to give Australia’s fledgling fintech firms easier access to funding.

In a Victorian first, Sacred Heart Mission and the Victorian Government recently launched the state’s first Social Impact Investment, an innovative financing structure that supports positive social change.

With expansion on the horizon, FRANKiE4’s Financial Controller, Jonathan Cole, is focused on the right markets and the right financial facilities to make the leap into Europe and the US.

Globally, the finance sector is directing ever-greater amounts of capital to address social and environmental challenges. Australia has more work to do on this front.

When Australia’s first green residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) tranche was issued by NAB in February 2018, it was an exciting development for the sustainable debt market in its own right. The transaction also marks another step in the process of unlocking the bank’s balance sheet for sustainable lending and borrowing.

The world’s first sustainability bond from a university is funding a better future for students and for vulnerable communities.

Part-privatisation was the catalyst for an epic US private placement deal for Australian utility Ausgrid.

Breaking into the Australian renewable energy market with a new mode of financing was a great challenge and a golden opportunity for Goldwind. Three deals later, the company’s aiming to power one million Australian homes.

The launch of the green-loan principles (GLPs) presents an opportunity for another evolutionary step in sustainable funding. By standardising and codifying what qualifies as green bank lending, the GLPs could make sustainable finance relevant to a wider cohort of borrowers according to David Jenkins, director, sustainable capital markets at NAB.

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