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Europe pushed to go its own way on securitisation

Europe pushed to go its own way on securitisation

The European Commission’s drive towards a capital markets union could mean easing capital rules for securitisation ahead of an ongoing Basel Committee review.

James Garvey

Lloyds capital markets chief prepares for market uncertainty

With a general election just weeks away in the UK, Lloyds Banking Group’s James Garvey is preparing for an uncertain period in the country's capital markets. With Greece’s membership of the eurozone still in doubt, other political realities could derail issuance in 2015, while the bank itself is focusing upon reducing balance sheet risk. 

BCBS reviews sovereign risk weights for banks

BCBS reviews sovereign risk weights for banks

An end to the zero-risk view of sovereign debt could hit bank balance sheets and the borrowing costs of more indebted countries.

Brazil rocky road

Brazil's capital markets travel a rocky road

With flat economic growth depressing businesses and a wide-reaching corruption scandal scaring off capital market investors, how will the next few months pan out for Brazilian corporates and deal-makers? 

Mark Lewellen

Barclays' DCM team retains focus

Mark Lewellen has been busy making sure Barclays’ debt capital markets team for Europe, the Middle East and Africa retains its focus, despite reorganisation to bring investment-grade and emerging market financing and risk management under one umbrella. 

Belgian benchmark reaffirms core eurozone status

Belgian benchmark reaffirms core eurozone status

Launching the first eurozone sovereign benchmark bond of 2015 with a record low yield confirmed that Belgium has overcome the anxious investor perceptions at the height of the 2011 crisis.

How will ECM follow its stellar 2014

Will corporate spin-offs be a key ECM theme in 2015?

Equity capital markets enjoyed roaring success in 2014, with a glut of initial public offerings in Europe. For the year ahead, bankers expect corporate spin-offs to emerge as a key trend, although political events could produce unwanted volatility. 

Didier Valet

Investment banking head gives Société Générale a new direction

Since Didier Valet took the helm at Société Générale’s investment banking operations much has changed. But Mr Valet is not one to rest on his laurels, with SocGen’s acquisition of Newedge presenting some particularly enticing opportunities.

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Infrastructure: a new asset class?

The funding of infrastructure projects by institutional investors is a topic being hotly debated right now. While the hurdles for institutional parties looking at such opportunities are many, there is a growing feeling that in such a low-interest-rate environment, their potentially high yields make them worth the risk and effort.

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2014: the year of banks behaving badly

Growing geopolitical risk and the rising toll of misconduct fines overshadowed what should have been a year of strengthening economic recovery.

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