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