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  • Europe needs coordinated CFD disclosure

    31 Oct 2008

    Following the FSA's tightening of disclosure rules for contracts for difference, the UK has become a burdensome place to trade

  • Financial centres will jointly raise GCC standards

    29 Oct 2008

    The financial centres of Dubai and Qatar should not be seen as competitors in best practice and regulation

  • Credit crunch undermines Argentina’s debt

    24 Oct 2008

    In the next few months the world will find out if Argentina solved the crisis that froze its credit markets in 2001

  • Increasing ECB liquidity is the right move

    24 Oct 2008

    The European Central Bank’s expansion of its list of accepted assets has reignited fears that banks will shift junk bonds to the ECB. But lawyers argue this is not a problem.

  • UK ignores criticism of shorting ban

    24 Oct 2008

    The UK FSA has affirmed its ban on short selling, with one minor change – an end to daily short-position disclosure. But lawyers have dismissed its impact

  • Russian banks spell out regulatory lessons

    23 Oct 2008

    The in-house lawyers at Russia’s investment banks have cautioned the regulators to make sure they learn the mistakes from previous legislation

  • New US bailout still very unclear

    09 Oct 2008

    Despite 398 additional pages to the second version of the US Federal Reserve bailout plan, it is still unclear which banks and investments fall under the guidelines

  • Mark-to-market reform too late in Europe

    09 Oct 2008

    With the status of Europe’s biggest banks changing every day it could be too late for a relaxation of fair value rules to have a positive effect on the market.

  • US mark to market changes will repair trust

    03 Oct 2008

    The SEC clarification to fair value accounting will place more trust in bank accountants, hopefully building relationships between counterparties again as pressure is put on in-house valuations

  • US mark to market changes will repair trust

    03 Oct 2008

    The SEC clarification to fair value accounting will place more trust in bank accountants, hopefully building relationships between counterparties again as pressure is put on in-house valuations

  • Europe bailout just a matter of time

    02 Oct 2008

    As the US plan to nationalise toxic mortgages struggles through Congress, politicians across the Atlantic are discussing a similar plan for Europe. Lawyers believe that a similar European measure is only a matter of time

  • Hong Kong's top regulator: we got short selling right

    02 Oct 2008

    Hong Kong's chief regulator has said that calls to criminalise short selling in the US and UK is a "knee-jerk reaction" and is confident that his refusal to ban the practice will not lead to hedge fund speculators targeting failing companies

  • Lehman and fair value could scupper more banks

    02 Oct 2008

    As debate in the US and Europe about fair value accounting grows, lawyers have drawn attention to the impact that a firesale of Lehman's assets could have on the market

  • US bailout: lawyers have their say

    02 Oct 2008

    "They shouldn't have called it a bailout. To get widespread support, they should've called it the Freedom plan. It worked with French fries"

  • Insider fine shouldn't worry UK hedge funds

    01 Oct 2008

    This was an easy win for the FSA. Wait until they break a syndicate