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Will ESMA succeed with the credit rating agencies?

June 1, 2011

New European regulation on credit rating agencies will soon come into force. And while everyone is in agreement on the need for improvement, opinion is divided on the best way to achieve this. So will ESMA make a difference?

US FATCA move leaves foreign financial institutions feeling the strain

May 3, 2011

The US's Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act puts onerous burdens on foreign institutions to capture data about US clients and any clients with ownership of US assets, and to report related tax information to the country's tax authorities. For banks, it is a huge task but they had better do it well, as this is likely to be the first of many such schemes. 

EU proposals on naked short-selling will damage liquidity

March 21, 2011

Since the Greek sovereign debt crisis unfolded, many European politicians have accused speculators of using credit default swaps to bet on sovereign default and thereby intensify a debt event. Research – some by the European Commission itself – has shown that this causal relationship does not exist. Yet there is significant support for action.

CRD amendment captures more than securitisations

February 23, 2011

Regulators hope new requirements for retaining economic risk in securitisation transactions will better align the interests of originators and investors. Bankers fear that it will hike costs and capture other transactions.

MiFID review could have serious impact on OTC derivatives

January 31, 2011

A proposed reform of MiFID could have a major impact on the OTC derivatives market, and it has been suggested that the authorities are paying only lip-service to consultation.

Compulsory merger control not needed

December 23, 2010

A consultation in the UK will look at whether the country should adopt the compulsory merger-control system common in other jurisdictions. Few in the UK think there is a need, as the present system works well.

Good idea, bad timing

December 8, 2010

Fears mount over a proposal to force investors to share the burden of a future financial crisis. Writer Geraldine Lambe

SEC wants joint muni roles prohibited

November 24, 2010

Broker-dealers and advisory-only firms disagree over potential G-23 amendments. Writer Geraldine Lambe

Sharing the pain

September 29, 2010

A Basel proposal for subordinated debt to absorb losses if a bank is about to fail could overturn risk profiles, raise the cost of capital for banks and curtail issuance of subordinated instruments. Writer Geraldine Lambe

Germany's naked aversion

August 30, 2010

The German regulator's attempt to enhance financial stability by banning 'naked' short selling of shares and sovereign debt, as well as uncovered CDSs, is seen as an unwarranted distraction. Writer Charlie Corbett

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