Results of the World Climate Conference: What the financial industry has to do with it

Results of the World Climate Conference: What the financial industry has to do with it

The World Climate Conference COP26, which ended mid-November, delivered important results against climate change. We show these and explain what sustainable finance means and what role the financial sector is playing in the fight against climate change.

The goal of the 26th World Climate Conference COP26 in Glasgow was to advance measures to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Achieving Net Zero: The contribution of the World Climate Conference COP26

The Glasgow Climate Pact was adopted at COP26 – almost 200 countries agreed to it. Aside from the one-sentence explanation of keeping the temperature rise below 1.5°C, these are the main points discussed by the delegates:

  • Coal will be “phased down”.
  • $500 billion to developing countries in the next 5 years to help them cut emissions and cope with the impacts of the climate crisis.
  • A database, communications and reporting system (Santiago Network) for countries and organisations to identify and catalyze opportunities and mobilize assistance to address loss and damage from climate change.

Some countries and NGOs described the results as “disappointing”. However, most countries agreed that the deal was balanced at this point, given their differences. The New Zealand chief negotiator summarized it as follows: “The text represents the ‘least bad’ result.”

More information about COP26 and its results can be found here.

Explanation of terms: Net Zero

Net Zero (net zero emissions) means that, through various measures, humans remove the same amount of the greenhouse gases they produce from the earth’s atmosphere. Accordingly, net zero means climate neutrality. The goal of global climate policy: to achieve Net Zero respectively climate neutrality by 2050.

Sources: Avenir Suisse and IPCC

What is the connection between the measures mentioned and the financial world?

The importance of sustainable finance

The way the world is currently managing its economy is not sustainable. The ecological level is overstretched and has reached its capacity limits. The financial sector has a central role to play in fighting climate change. On the one hand, enormous sums must be invested to promote sustainable measures, such as renewable energies. This is in order to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. On the other hand, huge amounts of money are still flowing into organizations, projects and investments that do not meet sustainability criteria.

What role does finance play in net zero?

One of the key objectives identified in the run-up to COP26 was to mobilize finance. The Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) was launched to raise standards, drive ambition and ensure that Net Zero commitments are transparent, credible and consistent. Trillions must flow from the private and public sectors for Net Zero to be achieved.

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“The private sector is realizing that climate risks are very important for their portfolios and they need to align them to a more sustainable way of doing things.”


Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

500 global financial services firms have responded and agreed to align $130 trillion – 40% of the worlds’ financial assets – with the goals set out in the Paris Agreement, including limiting global warming to 1.5°C. An encouraging sign.

In the next article, we will do a deep-dive on the roadmap and the role of institutional investors, governments and cities to financing Net Zero.

Stay tuned.

Treasury Management International: Energy firm offers first ever entirely digitally-issued corporate bond

Digitalisation comes to the corporate bond market as Swiss energy firm Axpo makes the first ever fully electronic issuance. The magazine treasury management international has written an article about the recently closed bond.

Switzerland-based energy group, Axpo Holding AG has become the first ever issuer of an entirely digital issuance of a corporate bond. Using the independent debt capital market platform, Loanboox, the issuance, it says, marks the first step towards digitalisation and new standards in transparency, pricing and allocation in the primary capital markets. 

Axpo’s seven-year green bond was over-subscribed, raising CHF133m (c.€123.4m). Some 35 orders were allocated to a range of institutional investors via the Loanboox platform in the 90-minute book-building window. The bond, which has a coupon of 1.002%, is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Axpo will use the capital to finance projects in the photovoltaic and wind energy sectors.

Why digital?

[…] In the non-digital world, the lead bank calls potential investors for orders, but pricing is akin to a “black box” for them, and they may only get one chance to change their order, Bühler notes.

“Live book-building allows both parties to see the price developing; it’s much more like an open marketplace.”

With Axpo opting for green bond issuance, the transparency afforded by the platform correlates well with the compliance needs of ESG-driven investors, says Bühler. With both sides able to see all details of the issue in advance of the book-building day, oversight of the whole transaction is now possible.


New release is live!

New release is live!

New release is live!

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New release: Chat feature, non-binding offers, information on partner services and many other features.

In the middle of the summer heat, our software development team has launched the new release. Among others, the following features were newly implemented:

  • Chat function on the platform: To ensure an even more uncomplicated exchange, direct communication among all platform participants is now possible.
  • Non-binding offers: It is now possible that investors can offer non-binding offers to better respond to the borrowers’ expectations. This option allows for more competitive offers, thus avoiding the borrower having to pay the cost for interest rate risks.
  • Information about partner services: To offer you the best service, we work with more and more partners. So that you do not lose the overview, the partner services are now clearly displayed in a list.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to working with you in the future to make debt capital markets more accessible, efficient and transparent.


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Milestone: Loanboox hits the 25 billion mark

Milestone: Loanboox hits the 25 billion mark

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Loanboox reaches next milestone: The global request volume on the independent debt capital market platform has reached the 25 billion Swiss franc mark. In total, loans amounting to 11 billion have been concluded since the fintech was launched just under three years ago.

“I am very pleased that Loanboox has reached this milestone in such a short time. This illustrates the customer need for accessible, efficient and transparent debt capital markets. And that is exactly what we make possible,” says Stefan Muehlemann, Founder & CEO of Loanboox. Broken down, the 25 billion Swiss franc request volume was divided into 1779 requests from four countries: Switzerland, Germany, France and Austria. Of these, CHF 11 billion were closed.

Long-term enquiries abroad and new segments

The average volume per request is CHF 14 million, and the terms are typically less than one year (50%) or more than five years for 37% of the requests.
“In the foreign markets, the majority of enquiries are long-term,” says Andi Burri, Head of Sales and Managing Director of Loanboox Switzerland. The borrowers mainly include
local authorities. “In all four countries, however, we are seeing a large increase in organisations under public law (e.g. hospitals, transport and energy companies), while in Switzerland the segment of large companies is on the rise,” says Burri.

Cross-border lending business is expanded

The fintech also wants to expand its cross-border business more strongly in 2019. With locations in four countries and 50 employees, Loanboox offers its customers the possibility to process credit transactions across borders.

Our aim is to connect borrowers and capital providers from all over Europe on the platform


explains Muehlemann. For example, the first cross-border transaction between Germany and France was recently processed on the platform, and the first transaction between Germany and Switzerland took place a year ago.

83 percent returning customers

Globally, 1800 organisations are connected to the Loanboox platform. “We are very proud of the high customer satisfaction – and this in all countries where we are active. 83 percent of expiring loans are renewed again via Loanboox,” says Burri. This high level of customer satisfaction is also reflected in Loanboox’s Net Promoter Score, which is far above the industry average with a value of 80.

About Loanboox

Loanboox, the leading independent debt capital market platform for large-scale debt financing, connects public corporations and large companies with institutional investors and banks.


Contact persons for queries


Stefan Muehlemann, Founder & CEO

Martina Bühler, Head Marketing & Communication

Talacker 50, 8001 Zürich

0041 55 220 78 20

Find the  Pressrelease here as PDF.


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2 years after launch: 1000 funding requests and 15 billion processed

2 years after launch: 1000 funding requests and 15 billion processed

2 years after launch: 1000 funding requests and 15 billion processed

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Loanboox continues its strong growth: Almost two years after its launch, the 1000th financing request has now been submitted on the platform for public corporations, large companies, institutional investors and banks.

In total, the Swiss fintech has handled an enquiry volume of almost 15 billion, more than 6.5 billion of which were successfully concluded.

Loanboox’s growth has accelerated strongly recently. In the first half of 2018 alone, cities, municipalities and municipal companies from Switzerland and Germany submitted around 380 loan enquiries. Compared to the same period in the previous year, this corresponds to an increase in the volume of enquiries of 150 percent.

Stefan Mühlemann, Founder & CEO von Loanboox:

We are moving at a very high level. Both the number of enquiries and the number of transactions are increasing rapidly. This shows that Loanboox is increasingly being seen and used as a preferred alternative to conventional credit procurement.

The average loan volume requested is CHF 10 to 15 million, with the largest transactions amounting to CHF 200 million. Maturities range from a few weeks to over 40 years, with an average of 2.5 years.

90 percent returning customers

Meanwhile, 300 investors and more than 900 borrowers are connected to the Loanboox platform. Since this week, the platform is also live in Austria and France. “Our customers are very satisfied – across all countries. Almost 90 percent of expiring loans are renewed again via Loanboox,” reveals Mühlemann.

About Loanboox

Swiss Fintech Award winner Loanboox is the independent money and capital market platform for public corporations, large companies, institutional investors and banks.


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Fintech: Launch of Interbank Refinancing Tool

Fintech: Launch of Interbank Refinancing Tool

Article on about the refinancing of banks with unsecured loans

Swiss fintech startup Loanboox has extended its range of services from the brokerage of public investments to the refinancing of the banking industry.


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