Today we talk about How Should We Think About Debt Capital Markets Today? ESG’s Effect On DCM, a book by Sonal Patney published with our publishing house Europe Books.
Europe Books had the pleasure of interviewing the author Sonal Patney to get to know her better, what prompted her to write her book How Should We Think About Debt Capital Markets Today? ESG’s Effect On DCM, as well as how it was her publishing experience.
Below you can find our interview. Take a seat and enjoy your reading!!!
- Is there a particular moment in your life that led you to the writing of your book? What was it?
Yes, the global COVID 19 Pandemic occurred in 2020, and unemployment occurred somewhat simultaneously for me in the US soon after, as for many others perhaps, and leveraging my prior professional experiences as well as my academic background in producing a White Paper initially (in November 2021) to highlight this background was my aim; I also wanted to highlight that the fixed income capital markets, in particular, have evolved from doing more than traditional, plain-vanilla deals to more complex and intricate debt capital markets transactions nowadays, and one of the reasons I found is due to the changing world and the need for an agenda to resolve societal issues such as climate change, improving healthcare, food security, and increasing diversity, to name a few, are being addressed by the finance market more so now than ever before, and the realization that it will be key for the private and public sectors to address the EU’s, the US’s and the UN’s 2030 sustainable development goals, through “sustainable finance lending” would be an important, timely, and most interesting subject matter to write about and watch. With this in mind, I hope I am further addressing the usage of these goals and how the societal issues are mitigated by ESG principles while identifying trends and the effect of sustainable finance lending; thereby opining on this crucial subject matter.
- What would you like to hear from your readers?
First of all, I would appreciate my readers to carefully review or read my book and then opine on areas that they can relate to and make an assessment of whether the writing is impactful and interesting. The topic is a serious one (nonfiction) and one that requires some understanding of the capital markets, finance, and its nuances as well as today’s changing markets environment and geopolitical events to an extent as well. Second, I would say, readers should share their thoughts on the subject matter and provide their perspectives, especially if they enjoyed reading the work. Third, I would also appreciate any non-financial readers to review and read the book and use it as a learning tool if you are a novice in sustainable finance, fixed income, or finance generally, because one of the greatest benefits of writing is to be able to relay one’s knowledge and teach ideas openly to those that are most interested in learning.
- What personal life experience have you told in your book to support your ideas?
I have simply utilized my professional and academic backgrounds to research the subject matter of this book, implemented my expertise and my abilities to prepare and present a subject matter succinctly yet expansively as it was necessary, and wrote this work based on my findings, which were derived based on the years of experience I have since starting my career in investment banking in the late 1990s at UBS Investment Bank. I have to admit, the experiences (not any personal life experience) in writing this book to support my ideas came primarily from my professional experiences through every role I have held in banking, and my writing style to support my ideas strongly stems from my educational background (and also possibly from when sometime in 2001 I was gifted “The Elements of Style” by William Strunk Jr. while at B-Trade, formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of BNY Mellon). However, my style of writing to support the ideas I have presented may have come from my personal life experiences and upbringing (especially in writing a nonfiction book rather than fiction).
- How would you describe your writing style?
Asking the Author to describe his own writing style or judge his own work is a difficult task at hand, but to go by the book and the literary world’s practices, I would suggest my writing style is mostly expository, then persuasive, and somewhat descriptive as well. Overall, I preferred to review the secondary research, assess the articles’ points of views, review any numerical data or illustrations and then suggest findings of my own which led me to interpret and present my own viewpoints and conclusions throughout this book. The many expert references were used to validate the findings and further substantiate my claims on various sections of the book to persuade my readers of my point of view.
- Are you working on a new book of the same genre?
With the number of vital current events and important subjects affecting the capital markets, and the world overall that are prevalent today and affect us daily, I am currently contemplating other book topics and have a few in consideration; one related to this book, and another unrelated. However, at this time, I have not begun writing a second book.
Europe Books thanks the author Sonal Patney once again for taking the time and answering our questions. We are really pleased to have walked alongside her on the editorial path that led to the publication of her book How Should We Think About Debt Capital Markets Today? ESG’s Effect On DCM. We wish her the best of luck for her future works.
To you, my dear readers, financial and non-financial, I wish you will be very much interested in reading this book and that you will better understand financial markets, their secrets, their strategy, following the great experience that the author has and is ready to share with all of you.
So, my dear reader, I just have to wish you to enjoy your reading!!!