Cover story©2017 IFLR 201160Cover storyHow to win at M&AClosing M&A deals is getting harder as protectionism and antitrust oversight grows. Voluntary filings and building regulatory rapport may be the solution, 28 Jun 2017 17:00:00 GMTThe Mifid II countdownThe EU directive has disoriented the investment research market. Will it find the correct path forward?, 26 May 2017 10:30:00 GMTOff and onChina is closing the doors to investment offshore as it tightens the grip on capital flows. Some of its corporates risk being left behind, 24 Apr 2017 14:00:00 GMTThe shock of the newBanks and regulators have reacted impressively to fintech’s rise. Incoming rules and Brexit will challenge them further, 27 Mar 2017 12:30:00 GMTUnlocking sukukThe Islamic finance market has stalled at a critical point. But only global standards and a concerted effort to promote them can reopen the door to growth, 23 Feb 2017 13:30:00 GMTWelcome to planet TrumpWhat does the 45th president of the US have in store for financial institutions and their regulators? IFLR examines what his victory means for the US economy, government and law, 26 Jan 2017 13:00:00 GMTPredictions 2017The market is trying to make sense of what will happen in the global business and financial community in 2017, not least because this year has thrown up so many surprises. Will the new year continue on the same path, with its own Brexit and Trump-sized events, or will it come with a clean slate? The IFLR team has identified some key trends for the coming year, 15 Dec 2016 17:00:00 GMTThe disclosure dilemmaThe EU’s latest prospectus rules are gathering steam. But uncertainty continues to surround summaries, risk factors and retail denominations, 20 Oct 2016 11:45:00 GMTHow to jumpstart sovereign debtThe risk of public defaults is on the rise, boosted by persistently low interest rates and a distinct lack of fiscal policy. However, the preventative measures and restructuring tools that have been used historically need to improve to avoid disaster, 26 Sep 2016 11:00:00 GMTThe NPL clean upNon-performing loans are contaminating banks’ balance sheets. Securitisation may be the solution, but it won’t be easy. Success depends on improvements in servicing, enforcement and foreign involvement, 22 Aug 2016 16:00:00 GMTThe Asian clean upIn the second part of this month’s cover story on NPLs, attempts in China to tackle the problem are revealed. But the country may be better off following India’s lead, 22 Aug 2016 16:00:00 GMTWhat next for London’s banks?Brexit will have a profound effect on the framework governing the city and its banks. From clearing restrictions to passporting workarounds; data protection to new risk factors. Here's how to react, 11 Jul 2016 09:45:00 GMTUnravelling the uncertaintyThe UK’s electorate has spoken and the world has awoken to the implications. It’s time for financial institutions to act, 11 Jul 2016 09:45:00 GMTSteven Maijoor on EU reform's progressEsma's chair sheds light on regulatory technical standards, investment recommendation definitions and reporting requirements, 11 Jul 2016 09:45:00 GMTUgo Bassi on the CMUIFLR caught up with the EC's new director of financial markets for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union to talk CoCos, ETFs, crowdfunding and more, 11 Jul 2016 09:45:00 GMTBuilding a buoyant, safe panda bond marketThere’s a resurgence of interest in China’s onshore bond market. Two schools of thought are emerging on how PRC authorities should regulate the nascent asset class. One believes today's case-by-case approach is working. The other is calling for a clearer set of rules for issuers to follow. IFLR staff writer Brian Yap assesses their respective merits, 20 May 2016 15:30:00 GMTBankers' poll: TLAC and the future of bank debtThe new capital regime could signal the death knell for G-Sib debt funding. European and North American bank counsel, treasurers and capital structurers spoke anonymously – and candidly – about TLAC's impact on their operations and bond markets. Opinions are divided on everything from timelines to investor appetite. But what's clear is that the regime will fundamentally change bank balance sheets, 20 Apr 2016 16:00:00 GMTIf US regulators could turn back timeSince the financial crisis, rulemakers in DC have struggled to reform securitisation. There are lessons to be learned from the hurried response to Lehman's collapse. And by looking back, they might be able to fine-tune the regime into one that helps prevent the next disaster. Americas editor Edward Price looks at what can be salvaged from the framework, 21 Mar 2016 12:30:00 GMTETFs: creator of risk or choice?Exchange-traded fund volumes are at record highs, and regulatory attention is on the rise. Nuances between product types and regional treatment makes informed debate more important than ever. A battle is brewing between those who do and don't understand the asset class. IFLR journalists in London, New York and Hong Kong investigate, 22 Feb 2016 13:00:00 GMTFixing Europe’s restructuring regimeThe EU's fragmented insolvency rules have many critics. But there's little consensus on whether the goal should be a single market, minimum standards, or something in between, 25 Jan 2016 11:30:00 GMT