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Partnering with Japanese clients to fuel Macquarie’s green energy development

Macquarie executed a first of its kind Samurai green loan, with Japanese investor relationships supporting Macquarie’s development of eligible green energy projects under our Green Finance Framework to accelerate the global clean energy transition.

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Sector Financial services
Sub-sector Energy
Location Japan


In response to the growing interest in green investment across Japan, Macquarie engaged investors extensively in the region throughout 2019 and early 2020 with the objective of issuing the Samurai green loan facility - a first of its kind, green loan issued by an Australian financial institution into the Japanese market.


To demonstrate Macquarie’s longstanding commitment to green energy and technology, we issued the $US300 million Samurai loan facility (the Facility), including a $US150 million green tranche.

Proceeds from the green tranche will support eligible green projects globally that provide clear green benefits under Macquarie’s Green Finance Framework.

The Facility will adopt the four pillars identified in the Green Loan Principles published in March 2018 by the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association (APLMA). Based on a similar framework to the Green Bond Principles, the pillars seek to establish best practice across use of proceeds; project evaluation and selection; management of proceeds; and reporting.

The Facility was arranged by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and Macquarie Capital Securities Japan Limited (Tokyo Branch) with the participation of four Japanese bank financiers.


This is an important milestone to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Macquarie’s brand in Japan as a fund manager, adviser, financier, participant in environmental markets and investor alongside clients.

Proceeds from the green tranche will support the development of wind and solar farms, waste-to-energy plants, green buildings and clean transportation projects.

Completing the transaction also highlights the resilience of Japanese investor base under volatile market conditions in the times of COVID-19 and further evidences Macquarie’s continued leadership in green finance.

First-of-its-kind green loan

issued by an Australian financial institution into the Japanese market with the participation of 4 Japanese bank financiers

$US300 million

Samurai loan facility, including a $US150 million green tranche

Eligible green projects

across all continents stand to benefit from proceeds from the loan’s green tranche

Fuelling wind and solar energy in Japan and globally

building on >10 green projects funded by Macquarie’s Green Financing transactions in 2019.1

  1. Macquarie: Green Finance Impact Report 2019

“This transaction is a fantastic achievement in current market conditions that provides funding diversification for Macquarie Group targeted at a core area of our business and with new strategic investors from Japan.”

Stuart Green, Macquarie’s Group Treasurer

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