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    Crédit Agricole has struck a new synthetic risk transfer deal with the International Finance Corporation, in which it will shed about 90% of the risk on $4bn of emerging market trade finance loans. The IFC expects to use securitization more to help banks in developing countries cope with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
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    Three of the most active banks in financing oil exports from the Ecuadorian Amazon — an environmentally destructive industry with a long track record of trampling on indigenous people’s rights — have agreed to cease important parts of their financial support, after pressure from NGOs and a devastating oil spill in 2020.
  • SRI
    The Association of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples has written an open letter to BlackRock’s CEO Larry Fink, who is expected to publish his annual letter to stakeholders this week. Apib wants BlackRock to end what it calls its “complicity” in the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, and to consult indigenous people as it finalises its new policy on biodiversity and deforestation.
  • Nick Jansa turns up at Canadian pension fund — Rocket man touches down at Citi — Credit Suisse hires Gaurav Arora
  • SRI
    Outrage at the destruction of the Amazon rainforest — which often involves dispossessing indigenous people — is common among capital markets executives. But few realise that their own firms are financing it.
  • Minera Las Bambas (MLB), a subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed MMG, has raised an $800m loan from four Chinese banks.
  • Ex-Barclays banker joins Finsbury to develop equity advisory — Laubjerg hired for natural resources at HSBC — Rousseau leaves Deutsche and joins Citi
  • Isaac Deutsch, who led Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation's Americas specialized finance division between 2012 and 2018 before becoming the firm's deputy Americas CEO, is said to have departed from the bank earlier this week.
  • SRI
    The Central American Bank for Economic Integration is hoping to persuade the UK government to join it as a shareholder, holding out the prospect that UK companies building infrastructure in central America might be able to gain preferential funding on attractive terms now enjoyed by Korean firms.
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