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News analysis

  • Covered bonds’ EU legislative debut

    11 February 2016

    Market participants breathed a collective sigh of relief last week following Commissioner Hill’s suggestion that he is not seeking a single rulebook for the asset class

  • CRAs linchpin of Italy’s NPL scheme

    09 February 2016

    A decree implementing the guarantee mechanism has been postponed, leaving the market to speculate over how the fine print will address state aid concerns and entice investors

  • European In-House Counsel Summit: key takeaways

    29 January 2016

    Here are the key takeaways from last week's forum in London. Featuring practical tips on M&A, high yield, competition, corporate governance and more

  • EU STS proposals concern US

    27 January 2016

    European securitisation plans are causing fears in the US that the Capital Markets Union will be insufficiently open to foreign capital

  • Pressure mounts to ease challenger capital rules

    26 January 2016

    Small lenders have slammed new Basel proposals that could force them to hold five times as much capital as their bigger competitors. UK and German regulators are on their side

  • Poll: legal pitfalls in Iran

    20 January 2016

    What are the biggest risks for banks and corporates taking advantage of the January 16 lifting of sanctions? Vote now

  • AIFMD uncertainty lingers over passporting, NPPRs

    16 December 2015

    Non-EU fund managers are struggling to navigate both the passporting roadmap under the directive and its private placement workaround

  • Euronext hit with record fine for HFT

    09 December 2015

    France’s securities regulator has slapped a €5 million fine on the national stock exchange and a high frequency trading firm in relation to market manipulation

  • KYC checks slowing loans as sanctions bite

    07 December 2015

    A LMA survey has found that know-your-customer checks are by far the biggest factor affecting settlement times in the global loan market. The trend is likely to continue

  • EC Prospectus Regulation cautiously welcomed

    01 December 2015

    While the proposals have good intentions, some concerns remain over the lack of distinction between wholesale and retail disclosure requirements

  • Is QE beyond the ECB’s legal mandate?

    25 November 2015

    The answer could well be yes. But past rulings suggest the courts are not likely to be ruffling any feathers

  • EC's deposit guarantee scheme revealed

    24 November 2015

    The third pillar of the ambitious Banking Union tries to address moral hazard by limiting access by states that haven’t complied with EU prudential rules

  • Europe's repo market at risk of meltdown

    20 November 2015

    A report reveals that reforms penalising short-term lending threaten wholesale banking. QE and restructuring within banks hide the severity of the problem

  • Basel trading book plans conflict with CMU

    11 November 2015

    The Committee’s plans to force banks to hold more capital for assets has been met with strong opposition by the industry

  • Market welcomes potential Mifid II delay

    11 November 2015

    The EC has said it is considering delaying the directive's implementation until January 2018. The industry appears both relieved and unsurprised

  • BoE and EBA diverge on stress tests

    06 November 2015

    Both regulators have recently clarified their approach towards stress testing. From 2016, banks will have different hoops to jump through

  • Italy’s practical approach to TLAC

    05 November 2015

    Continental European countries face particular challenges when implementing the new metric. Italy has shown how to strike the right balance

  • EBA faces harmonisation challenges

    27 October 2015

    Budget cuts, uncertainty over its legal authority and a constant stream of further regulation will make the bank's latest mandate an uphill battle

  • UK ringfencing clamps down on intragroup loans

    19 October 2015

    The UK regulators’ latest consultation has taken a hard line on intragroup arrangements between ringfenced and non-ringfenced banks

  • Bank of England may raise countercyclical buffer

    13 October 2015

    The Bank of England may raise its countercyclical capital buffer, forcing institutions to set aside more reserve funds as the economy improves

  • Action plan shifts CMU priorities

    01 October 2015

    Securitisation and infrastructure investment have been prioritised by the EC's highly anticipated Capital Markets Union action plan, which was revealed yesterday

  • Germany amends SRM law to address criticism

    28 September 2015

    The Bundestag has adopted a version of the SRM law that no longer classifies senior unsecured debt as subordinated instruments

  • UK ringfencing opposition lingers

    28 September 2015

    The UK’s regulators have published two sets of consultations on ringfencing transfer schemes, but opposition to the very principles of the changes remains

  • Contractual recognition of bail-in under fire

    25 September 2015

    Afme has published a new model clause to help banks to comply with BRRD bail-in rules in non-EU jurisdictions, but concerns remain

  • AMF’s Eliet: CMU must not centralise markets

    08 September 2015

    In a frank interview, the head of regulatory policy at France’s securities regulator discusses why the Capital Markets Union must be based on pragmatism, and the lessons to be learnt from the French model

  • Governance shake-up for Irish investment firms

    25 August 2015

    The Central Bank’s recently-closed consultation paper has received a lukewarm response, with some saying it is overly prescriptive



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