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Overview

Independent treasury and funding advice to UK housing associations.

JCRA’s Social Housing team has over 25 years’ of experience offering independent treasury and funding advice to housing associations throughout the UK.

We provide debt restructuring and refinancing advice, debt capacity reviews, M&A evaluations, hedge and derivative management, and also assist you with reporting on treasury governance and objectives.

With broad experience, including capital markets, banking and treasury, our team of specialists provide independent counsel to housing association management teams and boards allowing you to demonstrate value for money in your debt outcomes and treasury decision making.

How we help

Interest Rate Hedging

We advise on hedging strategies, negotiate pricing, assist with documentation and benchmark rates and help you to achieve the best pricing possible.

We have experience across interest rate derivative markets, which means we can assist you in all jurisdictions in which you operate.

We understand that interest rate changes can adversely impact the profitability of a company and that risks needs to be managed in accordance with borrowing terms while supporting business needs.

FX Hedging

JCRA works with you to evaluate your exposure to foreign exchange risk and then design and execute bespoke hedging strategies that are aligned with your objectives.

Our experience in advising on foreign exchange risk means we can guide you through any challenge you face whether that is evaluating your exposure in relation to your competitors, managing the uncertainty around the timing and size of exposures, or managing liquidity and the credit constraints of a hedging programme.

We know that failure to identify, evaluate and hedge against foreign exchange risk can lead to significant losses for your business.

Inflation Hedging

Our team advises you on how to evaluate your exposure to inflation risk and identify any natural offsetting hedge already present in your business.

We ensure that you choose the most appropriate derivative product and will negotiate fair and transparent pricing on your behalf. We know that inflation risk can arise within a business either explicitly through a contractual arrangement, or implicitly through your cost and revenue base.

We recognise that the risk associated with index-linked income or expenditure is particularly prevalent in long-term contracts commonly found in project finance, utility company capital structures and rental agreements. We tailor our advice to manage your specific risk exposure in these areas.

Hedge Accounting and Valuations

We support your hedging decisions from the outset by providing expert accounting assistance and recommending the most appropriate hedging instruments.

We help you to implement the most effective strategy to reduce or neutralise income statement volatility.

We help entities wishing to avoid earnings volatility that could adversely impact EBITDA and distributable reserves to grasp the accounting implications of hedging.

We facilitate post-trade derivative accounting, assist with post-trade valuations, hedge accounting processes (documentation, effectiveness testing,support with understanding journal entries), disclosure notes and stakeholder questions (and external auditors). We work with you on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis to ensure accurate reporting of your derivative instruments.

Accounting rules governing derivatives under IFRS (IAS 39 and IFRS 9), US GAAP and other local standards (e.g. new UK GAAP, FRS 101 and FRS 102) require specialist knowledge and implementation.

Debt Advisory

We analyse your portfolio or individual asset and guide you to achieve the best terms and conditions, accounting for varying market conditions.

The breadth of our experience means you gain access to a wide network of potential debt providers including banks, pension funds, insurance companies, specialist debt funds, alternative lenders, private placement providers and the retail bond market. We are perfectly positioned to communicate your financing needs to the relevant markets ensuring that you get the best possible results.

Cash Management

JCRA designs and documents bespoke cash management policies and strategies from a risk management perspective.

We work with you to establish your cash holding needs and to consider the relative importance of security, liquidity and yield, assessing the counterparty credit, concentration and liquidity risks inherent in managing surplus cash.

Our advice incorporates a wide range of short-term investment opportunities, including bank treasury deposits, call accounts and money market funds. Our independence means we refuse any introductory commissions from cash product providers. Instead we request they divert this payment to you in the form of an improved rate of return.

Dispute resolution and expert witness

We help you to resolve disputes related to the mis-selling of hedging products and can act as an independent expert witness during litigation.

Whether in mediation or litigation, our systems can recreate historical markets in which an instrument was traded to provide context and determine whether a disputed hedging product was appropriately sold at the time.

Backed by experience and independence, we provide guidance on an acceptable level of redress.

In the case of a legal claim, under instruction from your legal counsel we can assist on your case. We deliver an in-depth appraisal of the communication between defendant and claimant before, during and after the execution of the hedge.

We work in accordance with UK Civil Procedure Rules governing the use of experts in civil claims. In the UK, all reports comply with requirements set out in Practice Direction 35.

Clients we have helped

These are just some of the companies we have worked with:

Leading Social housing Experts

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Adrian Bell Director

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Duncan Salter Director

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Henrietta Podd Director

T: +44 (0)207 493 3310
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Michael Leslie Director

T: +44 (0)207 493 3310
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