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NEWS TICKER, Thursday, July 30th:Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today that it has assigned its 'B' long-term issue credit rating to the senior unsecured Eurobond issued by the Republic of Zambia (B/Stable/B). The bond issue totals $1.25bn and carries an interest rate of 8.97%. Coupon payments will be made bi-annually, and principal repayments will take place in three equal payments, due in 2025, 2026, and 2027. The bond will be Zambia's third international placement following its debut $750m bond in September 2012, at 5.375%, and a $1bn bond issue in April 2014 at 8.5%. Zambia will mainly use the proceeds of the eurobond for budgetary and project financing – ESMA, the European markets regulator has published responses to its consultation on virtual currencies and distributed ledger technology. The responses can be viewed on the regulator’s website -The second phase of Zambia's $828m Maamba power station project is close to being finalised according to trade press reports. The project sponsor is Maamba Collieries Limited (MCL), the largest coal mining company in Zambia. In 2011, MCL appointed SEPCO Electric Power Construction Corp (China), a large supplier of power generating plants, substations, and transmission lines, for implementation of the power project. The power will be sold to Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) Limited. The 300 MW plant is planned for operation by 2016.

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The Euro: Preparing for the Unthinkable

Tuesday, 26 June 2012 Written by 
The Euro: Preparing for the Unthinkable One day in 1974, payments failed to move across the leading US dollar payment mechanism, CHIPS, operated by The New York Clearing House. Earlier that day, German regulators had closed a relatively small bank, Bank Herstatt, in Cologne.  Following this closure, banks stopped sending funds to one another; no bank knew whether the recipient might have exposure to Herstatt (and thus might experience unacceptable losses). To their credit, bank regulators spent much of the following decades addressing this risk, both in the payments market and in the FX market through the CLS system. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

One day in 1974, payments failed to move across the leading US dollar payment mechanism, CHIPS, operated by The New York Clearing House. Earlier that day, German regulators had closed a relatively small bank, Bank Herstatt, in Cologne.  Following this closure, banks stopped sending funds to one another; no bank knew whether the recipient might have exposure to Herstatt (and thus might experience unacceptable losses). To their credit, bank regulators spent much of the following decades addressing this risk, both in the payments market and in the FX market through the CLS system.

Although I was General Counsel of the Clearing House and CLS, participating in these and related developments, it took the events of 2007 and 2008 to drive home their significance. Now, with  a slow-down in the world economy and even the possible demise of the euro, do we once again need to prepare for the unthinkable? And how can any individual firm do so?

At the very least firms need to recognize that these types of risks cannot be managed in silos; there must be a cohesive approach across all business areas and breakpoints – from liquidity and credit risks to regulatory and reputational risks.  If the euro is redenominated, businesses may face market closures, reversion to and rapid devaluation of legacy currencies, mandatory bank holidays, restrictions on convertibility, and a lack of liquidity.  A scenario analysis can help identify how such developments might impact key clients, key markets, and most critically –in the short term – liquidity needs. The information gathered in this analysis should be factored into credit and risk management plans. But most importantly, it needs to be communicated to key people. Your board and your staff need to be prepared for various scenarios, and you may also need to communicate with regulators and suppliers.  A careful analysis of and preparation for all contingencies can help a firm survive even the unthinkable.

Deborah Prutzman

Deborah Prutzman is the founder and CEO of The Regulatory Fundamentals Group (RFG), a New York-based firm that designs and implements business and risk solutions for alternative asset managers and institutional investors. RFG's senior-led team employs a robust suite of tools, including practical alerts on new and potential industry developments and its powerful RFG Pathfinder® knowledge management platform which simplifies the challenges of operating in a regulated environment.  To learn more about The Regulatory Fundamentals Group call (212) 537-4058, email a representative at Information@RegFG.com or visit RegFG.com

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