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.
How could blockchain processes have helped streamline the challenges of supply chain management evolving under Brexit? In a paper by R3 and the Global Trade Strategy Forum, Alisa diCaprio outlines the benefits. It may be too late (or too soon) to help with that thorny challenge, but the transparency afforded by distributed ledger technology could mitigate any form of disruption from trade uncertainty.