People & Markets

  • 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. A decision may now be delayed until Thursday, although battlelines are now being drawn over the timing.

  • Virgin Active restructuring to set high street precedent

    UK gym chain Virgin Active’s restructuring could set a precedent for restructurings of UK retailers. Dozens of retailers have used ‘CVA’ processes to cut their debt burdens, which typically hits their landlords hard but leaves other creditors unscathed. Virgin Active is instead using the new UK ‘super scheme’ restructuring law introduced last year to try to bind landlords and other creditors alike into accepting writedowns.

  • BlueBay hires CLO portfolio manager from Challenger

    BlueBay hires CLO portfolio manager from Challenger

    BlueBay Asset Management has hired a portfolio manager to its structured credit and CLO management team, bringing in Tom Mowl from his previous position as senior portfolio manager at Challenger Investment Partners.

  • 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.

  • HSBC brings back Horsburgh for UK role

    HSBC brings back Horsburgh for UK role

    HSBC is relocating the regional head of its leveraged and acquisition finance (LAF) business from Hong Kong to London to help implement its UK strategy.

  • 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.