Essential Treasurer – Brisbane

Session 1

Sustainable Finance

  • The Sustainable, Green, Social & Sustainably Linked Bond Markets. ICMA Principles, AUD market development
  • Taxonomy. What is with reference to EU Taxonomy and how Australian Taxonomy is being developer
  • How Investors use ESG Scores to summarise large volumes of ESG Data
  • Transition & Physical risk, the 2 components risk for any business


  • Nick Burrough – ESG Specialist, Bloomberg
Session 2


  • What is it?
  • Risks and regulatory focus
  • Ways to mitigate risk for borrowers & issuers


  • Phil McMahon – Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Session 3

Update on international debt capital markets, interest rate outlook and pockets of liquidity for Australian borrowers


  • Tobias Boettcher – Director Debt Advisory, EY

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Session 4

Bank Relationship Management

Dealing with your bank: in good times and difficult times

In the good times, you need to:

  • Understand how bank credit teams view business/corporate lending. Why it is different from home lending.
  •  Accept Bank credit assessment takes time and quality information
  • Interact with the bank transparently to make the process work

In difficult times, there are actions corporates can take to help get the right outcome

  • Open and honest communication.
  • Sound financial hygiene including cashflow controls, three-way financial forecasts (with achievable assumptions) and a well thought out corporate strategy.
  • Have a plan to reduce debt – sale of non-core assets etc


  • Lindesay Brine – Associate Dean, Curriculum & Learning, Macquarie University
  • David Johnstone – Executive Director, KordaMentha

Read the thoughts on the above session from Amit Mehta, Chair of the Queensland State Chapter Committee.

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