News analysis

  • Single regime for UK liquidity

    20 Dec 2007

    Regulators and central banks are struggling with how to deal with the lack of liquidity. On Wednesday the UK regulator released the first formal reaction to this problem

  • Sub-prime legislation could deter lenders

    20 Dec 2007

    A bill in the US to make mortgages easier to pay could deter banks from lending, at precisely the time when central banks are trying to increase liquidity. It could also be another blow to securitisation

  • Investor group calls for stronger bond covenants

    17 Dec 2007

    Bond covenants can be strengthened by a consensus between investors and issuers, according to a white paper released today by The Credit Roundtable Group

  • Basel II comes to Australia

    12 Dec 2007

    Australian bankers' counsel will be struggling with their risk management systems over the New Year, after the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority finally introduced Basel II to Australia

  • Credit crunch draws regulation in Thailand

    12 Dec 2007

    Thailand's banks are being punished for the sub-prime crisis by having new regulations for trades in collateralised debt obligations thrust upon them by the Bank of Thailand

  • Common Europe bank supervision is inevitable

    06 Dec 2007

    The UK chancellor has rejected Italian plans for the EU to centralise all the supervision of European banks. But many fear that centralised regulation could still become a reality

  • A user's guide

    01 Dec 2007

    A tour around the Loan Market Association's first guide to Islamic finance and its terms

  • In praise of ambiguity

    01 Dec 2007

    Two US cases and their lessons for how to structure a Mac clause

  • US vs UK contracts

    01 Dec 2007

    How leveraged finance terms have been affected differently by the credit crunch

  • A tough job for the SEC

    01 Dec 2007

    It will be hard to prove fraudulent intent

  • 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

  • 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

  • Call for principles-based regulation in the US

    07 Nov 2007

    Rules-based regulation is set to take another hit today, as the Financial Services Roundtable presents its thoughts on reform

  • 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

  • You'll all come flooding back

    01 Nov 2007

    Issuing into the US could be easier and cheaper than Aim

  • In their own interest

    01 Nov 2007

    Sarah Payne of UBS argues best execution could force banks to take up policies they should adopt anyway for commercial reasons

  • Reacting to Northern Rock

    01 Nov 2007

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

  • Materiality today

    01 Nov 2007

    How lending contracts can be planned to deal with future events