TXF Singapore 2019
Get a fresh look at the Asian Commodity Finance market, share your views and make real connections with regional deal-makers.
Liberty House’s recent Aluminium Dunkerque deal is both its first syndicated bank acquisition financing and a novel de-risked structure that includes a syndicated commodity price hedging agreement for the smelter. Given Liberty's expansion plans, it is unlikely to be a one-off,
South Africa's President Ramaphosa has an opportunity to demonstrate his anti-corruption credentials ahead of this year’s elections by appointing a new board at the state pension fund. However, a dilution of political control over the money manager is unlikely, as the fund needs to act as a ‘last line of defence’ against any massive asset sell-offs in case of a much-vaunted triple-junk credit rating downgrade.
With further US sanctions looming over Russia, and uncertainty over what form they will take, a backlog of commodity-linked deals is growing. But Russian borrowers and traders have become increasingly adept at sanctions compliance and are continuing to develop new protective measures.