Moody’s Honored with Top Industry Awards Throughout 2015

December 24, 2015 | Business Wire India
New York, United States

Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) has again been recognized as an industry leader by several top-tier journals around the world in 2015, receiving almost double the number of awards it did last year. Moody’s Investors Service was awarded for the quality of its credit analysis and Moody’s Analytics was similarly acknowledged for its broad range of financial risk solutions.

“We are pleased and honored to have received strong global recognition for the quality of the credit insight we provide through Moody’s Investors Service and the strength and performance of the financial risk solutions we offer through Moody’s Analytics,” said Raymond McDaniel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Moody’s.

A poll conducted by Institutional Investor named Moody’s Investors Service “Top Credit Rating Agency” for the fourth consecutive year in the magazine’s annual reader poll of financial professionals. And, Smith’s Research & Gradings recognized it as the “#1 US Rating Agency” in 2015, building on last year’s award for the industry’s top Municipal Research Team.

Publications across Asia recognized Moody’s Investors Service as the leading authority on credit quality and credit ratings. For the fourth year in a row it was named “#1 Asia Credit Rating Agency” in AsiaMoney magazine’s annual reader poll. FinanceAsia named Moody’s Investors Service “Most Influential Credit Rating Agency” for the third consecutive year in its annual Fixed Income Poll. And for the second year in a row, Australia-based KangaNews named Moody’s Investors Service “Rating Agency of the Year.”

In EMEA, GlobalCapital Bond Awards honored Moody’s Investors Service with two awards this year, “Best Credit-Rating Agency in EMEA for High Yield” and “Best Credit-Rating Agency in EMEA for Emerging Markets Credits.” In the US, Finance Monthly, M&A Awards named it “Project Finance Firm of the Year (USA)” in 2015. In addition, Islamic Finance News recognized Moody’s Investors Service as “Best Islamic Rating Agency,” and Global Islamic Finance Awards named it “Best Islamic Finance Rating Agency.”

Moody’s Analytics received strong recognition for the depth and performance of its financial risk management solutions, which help capital markets professionals measure and manage risk through software and services, economic research, financial training and advisory services.

Chartis gaveMoody’s Analytics a top ranking in its RiskTech100® report for 2016 and named it the winner of the Enterprise Stress Testing Solution category. Participants in the Asia Risk Technology Rankings voted Moody’s Analytics “#1 Regulatory Capital Calculation and Management” and “#1 Economic Capital Calculation and Management.” Structured Products Americas named Moody’s Analytics “Vendor of the Year - Non-bank” in 2015, and ranked it as “#1 Risk Management Regulatory/Economic Capital Calculation” in its Technology Rankings.

In addition, both IDC FinTech Rankings and FinTech Forward voted Moody’s Analytics as a “Preferred Vendor” in 2015. Insurance Risk also recognized Moody’s Analytics for the second consecutive year for “Best Solvency II Software,” and awarded it “Best Economic Scenario Generation.”

MediaCom hits $2.6bn in new business for 2015

LONDON and NEW YORK, Dec. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire

MediaCom is celebrating a very successful 2015, picking up $2.6bn in new business from both existing and new partners.

Since the start of 2015 to the end of November, MediaCom has welcomed 290 new clients through its doors around the world, picking up major appointments at local, regional and global levels.

At the same time it has also extended its relationship with key multi-market clients such as AB-InBev, Coca-Cola, Mars and Procter & Gamble.

This strong performance has also ensured the agency retain the No 1. spot in the RECMA competitiveness index, extending its lead over rivals such as Carat and OMD.

Significant regional and global wins include the global American Airlines account, Bose in Asia Pacific, the GSK-Novartis global account, Mars in Latin America, Suntory in Europe and Tempur Sealy globally.

Key local market wins include:

  • AB-InBev in Mexico
  • Allergan Activis in the US
  • Bank of China in its home market
  • Bayer in Japan
  • Coca-Cola in Japan and South Africa
  • Dhospaak in Thailand
  • LIDL in Poland
  • P&G in Israel
  • Tesco in the UK

"It's been a momentous year for new business across the media industry and I'm delighted to see MediaCom doing so well. We have remained highly competitive in pitches for new clients and I'm thrilled to see so many of our existing clients have extended their relationship with us. Our ability, not only to retain some of the world's most iconic brands but also to extend these relationships, is a wonderful endorsement for the agency," said Stephen Allan, Worldwide Chairman & CEO.

The agency's success in 2015 follows on the heels of its best-ever year in 2014 when it landed $4.2bn in new business, including the Mars global planning task and AB-InBev's US media business.

"Traditionally when an agency has one good year, it spends the next 12 months bedding in that business. MediaCom has managed not only to settle in a huge volume of new clients but also to keep up its momentum and continue to build its network and services around the world. It's a testament to our teams that we have followed a record 2014 with another hugely successful year," said Worldwide COO, Toby Jenner.

Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong Scoops up 3 Industry 'Oscars' in Its 10th Anniversary Year

HONG KONG, Dec. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire

The iconic Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong in Causeway Bay added to its impressive collection of industry awards with three more major accolades for 2015 to luster its 10th anniversary celebrations.

The stylish boutique hotel was awarded "Asia's Leading Boutique Hotel" and "Hong Kong's Leading Boutique Hotel" at the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2015. Often regarded as the "Oscars" of the travel industry, the World Travel Awards have been one of the most prestigious endorsements of travel and tourism excellence for over 22 years.

Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong also won the "Outstanding Customer Service Award" out of over 500 SLH hotels at the Small Luxury Hotels (SLH) of the World 2015 Awards, underscoring once more the hotel's commitment to providing its guests with an unsurpassed level of quality, service and luxury. The SLH awards recognise and honour its member hotels that have gone above and beyond to provide the ultimate in guest experiences and who exemplify the brand's 'independently minded' philosophy.

Marc Hediger, Chief Executive Officer of Lanson Place Hospitality Management Limited said "We are very proud of our team at Lanson Place Hotel, and these awards wonderfully acknowledging their dedication and commitment to personalized service and standards of excellence. The hotel has been partnering with the neighborhood community and growing together, allowing our guests to discover more local delights and at the same time, enjoying our award-winning service."

Ever since it welcomed its first guest in 2005, Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong has been winning the hearts of its guests, the community and the hospitality industry. These awards added a special sparkle to the hotel's 10th anniversary celebrations.

YES BANK Commits to Mobilizing USD 5 Billion for Climate Action by 2020 at COP21, Paris

MUMBAI, India, Dec. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/

YES BANK, India's fifth largest private sector bank, made a major announcement at Conference of Parties (COP) 21 climate summit in Paris to mobilize USD 5 billion towards climate finance in India. To achieve India's target of meeting its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), YES BANK aims to mobilize USD 5 billion from 2015 to 2020 for climate action through lending, investing and raising capital towards mitigation, adaptation and resilience.

Mr. Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES BANK, while taking this commitment highlighted: "COP21 is demonstrating the potential to strengthen partnerships amongst governments and business, establishing new pathways to achieve business and financial innovations to address climate change. This was triggered by businesses fulfilling their commitments made in September 2014 at the UN Climate Summit. YES BANK had committed to target funding 5000 MW clean energy annually which it has overachieved. Proactive corporate intervention is critical to achieving the climate goals and financial institutions have a larger role in driving climate action. YES BANK is fully committed to play the role of a catalyst and would work towards unlocking innovative financial mechanisms towards achieving India's ambitious target of combating climate change in the near and long term."

Through these commitments YES BANK pledges to strengthen overall environment sustainability. The two weeks COP21 Climate Summit, attended by over 150 Heads of States and Governments and more than 40,000 delegates will aim to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 2 degree Celsius through a common agreement.

IPEM: The World's First International Private Equity Marketplace Will Take Place From 17 to 19 February 2016 in Cannes, France

CANNES, France, Dec. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/

The International Private Equity Market - IPEM - is the world's first international marketplace to take place on February 17-19, 2016 in the Palais des Festivals in Cannes (France) that will gather the whole value chain of the Private Equity industry, from PE professionals to business owners, for 3 days of business meetings and intensive networking.

Participants will include General Partners, Limited Partners, Family Offices, Funds of Funds, Private Debt providers, advisors as well as business owners and entrepreneurs. The focus will be on business networking, meetings, and closing deals, as well as provocative speakers and timely content.

1500 participants from 25 countries are expected on the French Riviera for the three-day event.

To foster new connections, IPEM has put together a rich program of conferences, workshops and events. It includes the IPEM Opening cocktail, the IPEM Party and many inspiring panels and discussions to explore the latest industry trends, and share expertise and best practices. A workshop series dedicated to entrepreneurs has been added to the line-up to offer business owners the unique opportunity to fully understand how PE works, look at the pros and cons of PE as a way of financing a company, and talk about how to find, approach and deal with private equity firms.

In order to make sure that everyone's participation is maximized to the fullest, an online platform and application will be launched in January to help IPEM delegates with the identification of their future partners and the organization of their appointments.

"The private equity industry has no shortage of conferences and events," says Chairman Rene Peres, "but IPEM stands out as something that is truly different from the rest. And in private equity, differentiation is essential for success."

Among our first participants: Access Capital Partners, AlpInvest, Ardian, China Investment Corporation, CNP Assurances, EFG Bank, Golding Capital Partners, idinvest Partners, Northleaf Capital, Pinebridge Investments, Stepstone Group…

Practical Information

Dates: Wednesday 17th to Friday 19th February 2016

Venue: Palais des Festivals - Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes