The City Never Sleeps, But When Will Investment Banks Wake Up to the Climate Crisis?

Regional Studies (Forthcoming)

32 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2021 Last revised: 17 Sep 2021

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Theodor Cojoianu

Edinburgh Business School - The University of Edinburgh

Andreas G. F. Hoepner

Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin; European Commission - DG FISMA

Fabiola Schneider

University College Dublin (UCD); European Commission's Platform on Sustainable Finance

Michael Urban

University of Oxford

Anh Vu

Dublin City University Business School; Queen's University Belfast - Queen's Management School

Dariusz Wojcik

University of Oxford, St. Peter's College

Date Written: September 5, 2021

Abstract

Using a global dataset of over 840,000 equity, bond and syndicated loan investment banking deals, we build the fossil fuel investment brokerage profile of financial centres worldwide between 2000 and 2018. We also study whether city-level fossil fuel divestment commitments and country level green banking policies impact the profile of fossil fuel financial centres over our study timeframe. We find that several financial centres shift their fossil fuel investment brokerage profiles substantially, including the asset classes which they are active in. However, we do not find any evidence that this is driven by city-level divestment commitments. We do find however that fossil fuel investment banking brokers situated in financial centres exposed to voluntary green banking policies reduce their fossil fuel financing. This is driven by foreign brokers whose behaviour signals an anticipation of forthcoming mandatory green finance policies.

Keywords: fossil fuel financial centres, fossil fuel divestment, green banking policies, brokerage

JEL Classification: G20; G30; Q28; Q32; Q38; Q50

Suggested Citation

Cojoianu, Theodor and Hoepner, Andreas G. F. and Schneider, Fabiola and Urban, Michael and Vu, Anh and Wojcik, Dariusz, The City Never Sleeps, But When Will Investment Banks Wake Up to the Climate Crisis? (September 5, 2021). Regional Studies (Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3759048 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3759048

Theodor Cojoianu (Contact Author)

Edinburgh Business School - The University of Edinburgh ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9JY
United Kingdom

Andreas G. F. Hoepner

Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin ( email )

Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Ireland

European Commission - DG FISMA ( email )

2 Rue de Spa
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

Fabiola Schneider

University College Dublin (UCD) ( email )

Belfield
Belfield, Dublin 4 4
Ireland

European Commission's Platform on Sustainable Finance

2 Rue de Spa
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

Michael Urban

University of Oxford ( email )

Mansfield Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4AU
United Kingdom

Anh Vu

Dublin City University Business School ( email )

Dublin 9
Ireland

Queen's University Belfast - Queen's Management School ( email )

Riddel Hall
185 Stranmillis Road
Belfast, BT9 5EE
United Kingdom

Dariusz Wojcik

University of Oxford, St. Peter's College ( email )

New Inn Hall Street
Oxford, OX1 2DL
United Kingdom

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