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Thematic Bonds: where next?

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Chris McHugh, Director, Centre for Sustainable Finance, The London Institute of Banking & Finance

The market for thematic bonds has grown exponentially in recent years but is still relatively small compared to the overall bond market. Issuance of green bonds has been a cornerstone of that growth, and increasingly other varieties such as social, gender and blue bonds. According to a Financial Times from May 2020, the 'new coronavirus bond market has reached $65bn in just a few months'.

Behind these thematic bonds are a range of issuers, motivations and financial structures. The buyers represent differing pools of capital and investment strategies.

Chris McHugh, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Finance at LIBF, will be reviewing some of the topical issues and will put thematic bonds into context with the developing market infrastructure around sustainable finance. The discussion will consider some of the risk management and regulatory initiatives and hold those up against some corporate finance theory and practice. It will end with a long term view about the prospects for the market.

The webinar is intended for market participants such as issuers, investors, regulators and advisers and also for students seeking to add to their knowledge.

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Chris McHugh, Director, Centre for Sustainable Finance, The London Institute of Banking & Finance

Chris McHugh is a faculty member lecturing on derivatives and risk. He is a visiting lecturer at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University and a PhD researcher at the University of Southampton focusing on development finance. As a Senior Adviser to the International Association of Portfolio Managers, he works with development banks on active risk management strategies. He has over 20 years' experience in derivative markets, has worked in corporate finance specializing in financial institutions and in management consulting.

As a Managing Director at HSBC for 14 years he ran trading and structuring teams responsible for the risk management of: counterparty risk ('XVA'), funding and collateral discounting risk, energy derivatives, emerging market credit, and foreign exchange derivatives. He was at the forefront of the bank's commercial response to regulatory change and capital optimization. Prior to that he worked in Markets at Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank, and at Merrill Lynch in investment banking. Chris graduated from King's College, Cambridge, with a degree in Engineering and has an MBA from London Business School.

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