News analysis

  • Spacs find "nice marriage" in New York

    30 May 2008

    The New York Stock Exchange's announcement that it will list Special Purpose Acquisition Companies could lure investors back to the US and legitimise the investment entity

  • Lawyers applaud bond insurer disclosure

    29 May 2008

    The release of the US Financial Accounting Standard Board's new standard last week has lawyers embracing the idea of more disclosure and transparency among bond insurers

  • Reaction: Moody's has ignored the market

    29 May 2008

    The buy-side didn't want it. The sell-side didn't want it. And the legal community wasn't keen. But ignoring opposition to ratings reform, Moody's has introduced new measures to ward off the threat of external regulation

  • The musharaka is saved

    28 May 2008

    In a well-timed response to fears over adherence to the principles of musharaka, Villamar has closed a deal that might save the structure

  • Whistlejacket Siv sets priority precedent

    28 May 2008

    Receivers have welcomed greater clarity about repayment priorities in Siv insolvencies, following a ruling by the UK Court of Appeal

  • Clear Channel infects global lending

    14 May 2008

    Despite the Clear Channel dispute being settled out of court this week, the case is infecting lending deals at least as far away as Europe

  • Trade associations: improve structured documentation

    14 May 2008

    Distributors of structured products must improve the clarity of their documents. Individual investors need more information, in a more accessible format, and distributors must help

  • Islamic financing will bring liquidity to Europe

    08 May 2008

    Middle East banks could inject much-needed liquidity into Europe, if they're attracted by recent shariah-compliant acquisition finance

  • Stop persecuting ratings agencies

    01 May 2008

    Nothing about this financial crisis is their fault. Disingenuous banking and lazy investors are the problem

  • An unknown NYSE exception

    01 May 2008

    How banks are getting away with fund raising

  • Fun in the steam shovel

    01 May 2008

    Stewart Landefeld of Washington Mutual on the troubled lender's (accidental) innovation

  • Limited to 300 companies

    01 May 2008

    Those that set up offshore before M&A laws

  • UK remains hands-off

    01 May 2008

    Does your contract spell out valuations?

  • A new market in lawsuits

    01 May 2008

    Get bonds when local government can't pay

  • Carbon and Equator

    01 May 2008

    The former has a lot to teach the latter

  • Clarity still unclear on Cfius proposals

    01 May 2008

    The proposed Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (Cfius) regulations are designed to make foreign investments in the US more predictable, but there are still some murky definitions

  • Singapore must punish negligent Chinese listings

    01 May 2008

    Amid the fanfare that surrounded the opening of the Singapore Stock Exchange's office in Beijing last week, a nagging question lingered. How would it deal with Chinese companies with less corporate governance?