Private placements have received a lot of attention in Europe in the past year to 18 months. They have been captured fully by the Capital Markets Union debate in Europe as a potentially new funding alternative to bank lending for the benefit of SMEs.
IFR’s 2015 Pfandbriefe Roundtable, held in Frankfurt on January 29 following our 9th annual Covered Bonds conference, was, as ever, a fascinating affair. For all the years IFR has been hosting conferences and roundtables on this segment of the bond market, there has not been a single event that has crystallised opinion to the same extent as the 2015 vintage.
Few capital markets developments of recent years have matched the rise and rise of green bonds. The sustainable theme has taken the capital markets by storm over the past year throughout the broad ecosystem of issuers, underwriters, investors, rating agencies, second-opinion providers, industry trade bodies and NGOs