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Euromoney/GlobalCapital Conferences was delighted to host the Virtual CEE Covered Bond Briefing this January, in co-operation with supporting organisations, the ECBC and the EBRD. The event once again brought together issuers, investors, intermediaries and policymakers from across central and eastern Europe to discuss the future of the region’s growing covered bond market.
The 2021 instalment of the CEE Covered Bond Briefing took place in the wake of the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic. Panellists on the opening discussion shared their individual assessments of the current market conditions and discussed how deals are being approached in the current, issuer-friendly environment, while the normal challenges – selling the bonds and getting tight pricing are relatively easy. Our speakers also discussed the credit impact of the crisis and how they are communicating with investors about the implications for credit over the next few years. Our panel also touched on the implementation of the covered bond directive, what the most challenging aspects are for their institution and what effect it will have on the way that they use covered bonds in the future.
The second session of the afternoon addressed the new frontiers for the growing covered bond market in CEE. The panel began with a case-study presentation from Kaire Husu, head of projects and risk management in the treasury and ALM team at Estonia’s Luminor Bank. Kaire presented the bank’s first-hand experience as a relatively recent debut issuer and talked through the process of setting up Luminor’s covered bond programme, the challenges that were overcome during the implementation and launch and the key lessons learned from each stage of the process.
Panellists the moved on to debate the justification for introducing covered bonds in CEE, given the strong deposit base funding banks in the region currently as well as discussing the benefits of the product in comparison with senior unsecured bonds. The latter part of the session was dedicated to exploring the ‘new frontiers’ for covered bonds in CEE and the status of new and emerging covered bond jurisdictions.
In these uncertain times, the CEE Covered Bond Briefing re-affirmed its reputation as a ‘must-attend’ for everyone involved in, or with an interest in, the covered bond market in CEE.
We would like to thank our sponsors, Helaba and Moody’s Investors Service, as well as our supporting partners, EBRD and ECBC for supporting the Briefing this year. We very much look forward to convening again next year and too seeing you all in person again in the not-too distant future.
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