Structured Bonds

  • Mars Capital sells Irish risk as Arrow buyout heats up

    Mars Capital sells Irish risk as Arrow buyout heats up

    Mars Capital, now a subsidiary of Arrow Global, has probably sold controlling positions in two Irish reperforming loan portfolios, securitized in RMBS transactions Grand Canal 1 and 2, with the Grand Canal 1 portfolio rapidly returning to the market in a Morgan Stanley-backed deal announced on Wednesday. The move comes as TDR Capital’s bid for Arrow heats up, with shareholders now ready to vote on approval.

  • Nats ditches WBS to land unsecured debut

    Nats ditches WBS to land unsecured debut

    Nats (En Route), the UK’s monopoly air traffic control operator, printed two unsecured bonds on Wednesday, rather than its more typical whole business securitization format of financing. Investors were enamoured with the rare chance to pick up a highly rated name with some unusual features.

  • Taxonomy’s troubled birth shakes its power to green markets

    Taxonomy’s troubled birth shakes its power to green markets

    Market participants will embark in the coming weeks on the difficult task of working out how to use the European Union’s sustainable finance Taxonomy, after the first criteria were published this week. In doing so, they will be conscious that the smooth tide of green finance is now breaking against the hard reality of power politics and resistance by fossil fuel industries — a clash that is rocking the Taxonomy’s credibility, writes Jon Hay.

  • Germany, Belgium join battle over Taxonomy credibility as it goes to wire

    Germany, Belgium join battle over Taxonomy credibility as it goes to wire

    Hectic negotiations and lobbying are going on at the European Commission about the Taxonomy of Sustainable Economic Activities, in the last day before it is due to publish the detailed rules. Key countries including Germany have changed their positions, GlobalCapital can reveal, while supporters of gas and nuclear power are digging in. Battlelines are now being drawn over the timing.

  • EU eyes separate gas law, leaves harmful bioenergy in Taxonomy

    EU eyes separate gas law, leaves harmful bioenergy in Taxonomy

    The European Commission is set to put forward a new solution to the intense battle over the EU's sustainable finance Taxonomy, between green finance supporters and EU member states that want to safeguard their plans to use gas, GlobalCapital has learned. This would appear to involve leaving gas out of the sustainable category of the Taxonomy, as environmentalists have demanded, and making a "separate legislative proposal" to deal with gas and nuclear power.

  • Trump exit unleashes Financial Stability Board to act on climate

    Trump exit unleashes Financial Stability Board to act on climate

    The G20’s Financial Stability Board is cranking up its action on climate change again now that Donald Trump is no longer US president. This will feed the hopes of some sustainable finance supporters who want the FSB to drive progress on issues including environmental accounting.

  • VP heads back to KKR’s credit biz

    Vaibhav Piplapure, widely known as VP, has signed on for a second stint in KKR’s credit business, returning to the firm as a London-based managing director sourcing asset-based finance and speciality lending opportunities.

  • Gatwick offers holdco bond to shore up opco funds

    Gatwick offers holdco bond to shore up opco funds

    Gatwick Airport is marketing a holding company bond, raising funds to be used for general corporate purposes in the operating company. Unlike Heathrow, Gatwick had yet to access subordinated funding from outside its opco, instead relying on class A secured debt from within its ring-fenced Gatwick Funding vehicle.

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