News analysis

  • Counsel warn Hong Kong Exchange

    28 Nov 2007

    The Hong Kong Stock Exchange needs to speed up its listing process if it is to keep pace with emerging Asian listing venues

  • Islamic finance comes to Hong Kong

    28 Nov 2007

    Counsel in Hong Kong could soon be swatting up on shariah law, with a primary and secondary sukuk market expected in Hong Kong early next year

  • Scholars shouldn't develop Islamic products

    28 Nov 2007

    In a paper discussing challenges in Islamic finance, the FSA has revealed its discomfort with shariah scholars

  • Voluntary derivatives disclosure not enough

    28 Nov 2007

    While counsel welcome the UK FSA's call for more disclosure of contracts for difference, some suggest that a voluntary regime may not be tough enough

  • Moody's introduces new ratings system

    21 Nov 2007

    Ratings agencies' credibility has plummeted thanks to the credit crunch. But last Thursday, Moody's tried to restore its reputation with a new ratings resource for investors

  • In-house counsel in fear of China

    15 Nov 2007

    China and its related investment issues is the biggest headache for in-house counsel in Asia, according to the results of the Asia Bankers' Counsel Poll

  • Lending terms start to favour banks

    14 Nov 2007

    They have been used and abused over the past five years. But with the credit crunch rampaging through structured finance, lenders are striking back

  • Liquid 144A market created in US

    14 Nov 2007

    Monday's announcement that 12 Wall Street firms are to use Nasdaq's Portal system as a trading system for Rule 144A securities has fostered hope of a liquid institutional market in the US

  • IFRS may be used in US within three years

    13 Nov 2007

    According to the preliminary results of a survey by Deloitte & Touche, US companies are warming to the idea of using IFRS

  • Corporate insolvencies increase

    07 Nov 2007

    More companies are feeling the effects of the credit crunch and running into financial problems. Between July and September, corporate insolvencies rose by 1.8% on the previous quarter, according to figures released by R3, the association of business recovery professionals, last week

  • Forward as one

    01 Nov 2007

    The results of the Asia Bankers' Counsel Poll demonstrate the importance of Asia moving in step with global regulatory standards. By Paul Browne of Simmons & Simmons

  • In-house struggle in Asia

    01 Nov 2007

    Paul Browne and Charles Mayo of Simmons & Simmons react to the results of the Asian Bankers' Counsel Poll

  • Harry Eddis, Morgan Stanley

    01 Nov 2007

    The VP in legal and compliance on how to put together a shariah supervisory board

  • A hotdog vendor's tale

    01 Nov 2007

    Derivatives are not based on financial loss, so they should not be treated as insurance

  • You'll all come flooding back

    01 Nov 2007

    Issuing into the US could be easier and cheaper than Aim

  • Buying structured finance

    01 Nov 2007

    Controversy now will be better for the market in the long run

  • Here's a suggestion

    01 Nov 2007

    Combining securitisation and covered bonds could be the future for bank funding

  • How to rig a state sale

    01 Nov 2007

    The corruption, sleights of hand and odd coincidences around state assets

  • Reacting to Northern Rock

    01 Nov 2007

    The system doesn't need any more regulation. Internal risk management is the key