Sustainable finance support for a global investment bank

  • Bespoke solutions for sustainable investing and green finance

  • Support to senior client MDs in London and Singapore on knowledge initiative projects and value-added insights

  • Covered the entire spectrum of investment banking products along the sustainable finance value chain, including green & social bonds

  • Real-time support

  • Among the top 10 global commercial banks, with a diversified business portfolio
  • Strong footprint in emerging markets
  • Key challenges faced:
    • A newly setup onshore team, primarily comprising senior MDs, with limited bandwidth for research
    • Sustainable investing, being a relatively new theme, involves far more investment in knowledge development
    • Centralising ESG-focused learning and knowledge was crucial
    • Onshore teams required fast turnaround of bespoke analysis
    • High cost of the function
  • Provided domain expertise in the ESG and sustainable finance space, enabling onshore teams to streamline a newly created vertical
  • Mapped sustainable initiatives across sectors/companies to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
  • Provided deep-dive analysis, streamlining ESG-focused taxonomy by sector
  • Provided support in identifying opportunities for sustainable investment across emerging markets and Europe
  • Developed internal knowledge documents on the ESG theme through continued client engagement
  • Targeted time-sensitive projects for fast turnaround with extended 24x7 coverage and support


  • Enabled onshore teams to focus on business expansion through extensive end-client engagement
  • Helped the bank launch an inaugural EUR500m sustainability bond focused on emerging markets
  • Updates on upcoming and trending ESG themes enabled the client to track and identify new market opportunities
  • Institutionalised ESG- and sustainable finance-focused knowledge
  • Efficiency improvement was channelled to deliver higher volumes and complex analysis
  • Better management of onshore resources
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