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HSBC launches ESG solutions unit
Group seeks to help clients rebuild their businesses in a more sustainable way post-Covid-19
28 Jul 2020 | The Asset

HSBC has formed an environmental, social and governance (ESG) solutions unit to help clients around the world rebuild and transition their businesses and economies in a more sustainable way post-Covid-19, the bank said in a statement.

The ESG unit will form part of a new Strategic Solutions Group, within the bank’s Capital Financing & Investment Banking Coverage division. The group will also comprise two other components – one focusing on corporate finance solutions and another on financial institutions & capital solutions. They will link closely with HSBC’s sector and product bankers to provide strategic advice and financing ideas tailored to specific industries and market sectors.  

“Post-Covid, we have a unique opportunity to rebuild our economies and companies so they are more financially-resilient and can transition to more sustainable business models,” says Greg Guyett, co-CEO of global banking and markets at HSBC. “This new group will work with all our bankers across sector, product and geography to assess client needs and deliver actionable solutions which are in the best interests of our clients.”

“We aim to be the leading bank for the transition to a net-zero economy, helping to build a future in which economic growth and sustainability are well aligned,” says Daniel Klier, global head of sustainable finance at HSBC. “These changes will allow us to rapidly grow our role in providing ESG strategies for clients so we can accelerate their ability to contribute to a low carbon future.”

The Strategic Solutions Group, led globally by Nik Dhanani, who previously headed the global Financing Solutions Group, will comprise around 35 bankers spread across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. In addition to leading the global team, he will lead the FIG & Capital Solutions Vertical and oversee the day-to-day activities of the group in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The ESG Solutions unit will be led by Jonathan Drew, based in Hong Kong, working with Farnam Bidgoli in London and Julie Bennett in New York. They will be supported by several hundred colleagues who have already engaged with clients on assisting their transition needs.

HSBC is ranked No. 1 global bookrunner of green, social and sustainability bonds for the year to the end of June, according to Dealogic. From 2017 to 2019, it has provided US$52.4 billion of sustainable financing and investments. The bank also played a leading role in 20 Covid-19 bond issues in 2020 out of the 35 issued globally.

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