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Gordon G. Raman, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP to Speak at the Knowledge Group’s Green Bonds a Growing Investment or Un-standardized Risk? Live Webcast

New York, NY, December 20, 2014 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Gordon G. Raman, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP will speak at the Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Green Bonds A Growing Investment or Un-standardized Risk?.” This event is scheduled for February 26, 2015 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm (ET).

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About Gordon Raman

Gordon Raman is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He is part of the firm’s Debt Capital Markets Group and the Securities and Capital Markets Group and his practice includes a heavy focus on corporate finance. He advises issuers and underwriters in corporate finance transactions of debt securities, including high-yield and securities, and equity securities. The firm’s Debt Capital Markets Group has extensive experience in advising investment banks, corporations, sovereigns, municipalities and rating agencies in international and domestic debt capital markets transactions on a range of products, including Green Bonds, Stand Alone and Programme Bond Issuances, Maple Bonds, Commercial Paper (asset-backed commercial paper) and Project Finance Bonds. Gordon also works closely with senior management and boards of public and private companies in advising them on corporate transactions, corporate governance and securities law requirements. In addition he assists both issuers and investors in capital investments in private companies and private equity firms in fund formation and investments. Gordon speaks and writes regularly in the areas of corporate finance and securities law. The firm’s Debt Capital Markets Group is the largest in Canada and was formed to provide clients with specialised expertise on International and National Debt Capital Markets and Specialist Debt Capital Markets products. Lawyers in the group have even advised the UK Government on implementing the Green Deal.

About Borden Ladner Gervias LLP

Borden Ladner Gervias LLP (BLG) is a leading full-service, national law firm focusing on business law, commercial litigation and arbitration and intellectual property solutions for our clients. With more than 750 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in five Canadian cities, BLG assists clients with their legal needs, from major litigation to financing and patent registration.

Event Synopsis:

Green Bonds are issued by development banks, bi-lateral donor agencies, governments, and corporations to fund projects for sustainability and greenhouse gas reduction; including renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable waste management, low carbon transportation, water conservation, and others.

The initial investors in Green Bonds were funds such as the California State Teachers’ Pension Fund and Sweden’s AP Pension Fund. Approximately $11 MM in Green Bonds were issued in 2013 and 36MM in 2014 with a prediction that they will account for 10-15% of the corporate-bond market by 2020.

The International Finance Corporation raised a $1 billion for a Green Bond as did The World Bank ($550 million), the European Investment Bank (650 EUR million Climate Awareness Bond), and The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. In addition to these expectations, the Bank of America Merrill Lynch, MidAmerican Energy, France's EDF ($1.9 billion) and other financial firms have issued bonds. In 2013, Unilever, the world’s second-largest consumer-goods firm, issued $415 million Green Bond designed to reducing waste, water use, and greenhouse-gas emissions, Toyota has raised $1.75 billion to help finance car loans for hybrid and electric vehicles and, Zurich, an insurance firm plans to invest $1 billion in Green Bonds.

The OECD reports that the market is too small to create the required liquidity for institutional investment. Although bankers are enthusiastic about these bonds, they emphasize a lack of standardization as a problem. Yet, their popularity continues to grow. In January 2014 a coalition of global banks issuing Green Bonds presented a set of ‘Green Bond Principles’, calling for transparency in such investments.

Our panel of experts will provide an over-view of Green Bonds and discuss their potential and risks as investment tools for renewable and other sustainable energy and infrastructure projects.

Subjects to be discussed include:
- Green Bonds – Proceeds, Revenue, Project, and Securitized
- Green Asset-Backed Bonds and Impact Bonds
- The Green Bond Market Growth
- Investment Potential and Risks

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