Hogan Lovells advises the International Finance Corporation on its investment in a US$250 million green bond issued by Bank of the Philippine Islands

Hogan Lovells advises the International Finance Corporation on its investment in a US$250 million green bond issued by Bank of the Philippine Islands

Press releases | 19 September 2023

Singapore, 19 September 2023 – A Hogan Lovells team based in Singapore has advised the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on its partnership with Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) in connection with BPI’s issuance of a US$250 million green bond (Bond). 

The standalone Bond will have a floating rate of interest and a designated maturity of 3 years from issue. IFC is the sole subscriber for the Bond, which will be aligned with the International Capital Market Association's Green Bond Principles. This is the biggest deal IFC has done with a financial institution in the Philippines.

Proceeds from the Bond will be used to finance eligible green assets in the Philippines, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, green buildings, electric vehicles, and climate-smart agriculture projects, among others. While most of the proceeds will be used for local projects, part of the proceeds could also be used to invest in bonds with underlying green assets overseas. IFC has also agreed to help BPI build its capacity to assess the eligibility and impact of its climate projects.

"IFC is pleased to continue its impactful partnership with BPI, a longtime client and partner in promoting climate finance in the Philippines," said Jean-Marc Arbogast, IFC Country Manager for the Philippines. "Thematic bonds are a key pillar of our longstanding commitment to not only tackle climate change, but also to help deepen sustainable capital markets in the country."

The Hogan Lovells team was led by Singapore debt capital markets partner Andy Ferris with support from counsel Leon Yap and associate Audrey Koh.

Commenting on the transaction, Andy said: "We are delighted to have had the opportunity to support our valued client IFC on this important transaction. It is rewarding to be able to collaborate with IFC and issuers such as the Bank of the Philippine Islands to help advance ESG bond activity in the APAC region. Climate finance is an important tool in addressing some of the most challenging issues the world faces today. We are committed to working with our clients to implement solutions in this space."

For more information on how Hogan Lovells can support green, social and other ESG-linked bond issuance, please get in touch with Andy Ferris or Leon Yap.

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