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ECB Guidance on Leveraged Transactions

The European Central Bank ('ECB') published its final guidance ('Final Guidance') on leveraged transactions on 16 May 2017, marking the end of a public consultation process that began on 23 November 2016. In addition to its...more

EMEA Regulatory Capital Chart: Essential features of bank capital regulation across Europe in one handy wall chart.

Regulatory capital requirements for prudentially supervised financial services companies across Europe are complex and changing rapidly. To keep track of the regulatory framework in the region, we have brought together the...more

Brexit: Financial Services Firms: Appendix

This appendix contains a brief description of the key EU financial services directives (excluding the insurance sector) which create the core regulatory framework within which financial services firms principally operate as...more

Brexit: Financial Services Firms - Mapping the impact of Brexit to make sure high level strategic thinking can be delivered...

The nature of the Brexit debate has changed and attitudes have hardened since the UK formally served notice on President Tusk of its intention to leave the EU. There seems to be limited political sympathy for financial...more

Is a pan-European asset management company a panacea to Europe's growing NPL problem?

On 30 January 2017, the Chairman of the European Banking Authority ("EBA") Andrea Enria outlined his proposal for tackling the large number of non-performing loans ("NPLs") that have increasingly troubled European banks and...more

Draft ECB Guidance on Leveraged Transactions

Regulatory update: Draft ECB Guidance on Leveraged Transactions – US Comparison - The European Central Bank ("ECB") is consulting on guidance relating to leveraged transactions ("Proposed Guidance"). The ECB regards the...more

Transforming bank prudential regulation – Issue 2 of 3

On 23 November 2016 the European Commission published proposed amendments to the Capital Requirements Regulation and Directive, the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive, and the Single Resolution Mechanism Regulation....more

Transforming bank prudential regulation – Issue 1 of 3

On 23 November 2016 the European Commission published proposed amendments to the Capital Requirements Regulation and Directive, the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive, and the Single Resolution Mechanism...more

The new bank resolution scheme: The end of bail-out?

State aid rules remain one of the decisive factors in dealing with distressed bank situations. But uncertainty remains over whether governments should be able to intervene and rescue banks in danger of failing. State aid...more

EBA published results of EU-wide stress test of banks

On Friday 29 July 2016 after the close of financial markets, the European Banking Authority ("EBA") published the results of its 2016 stress test exercise of European banks....more

Italian banks: Thoughts on recapitalisation and sharing the burden

Recapitalisation is in the air. Falling investor confidence has contributed to a sharp decline in Italian banks' share values, in particular since the UK's 'Brexit' vote to leave the European Union. Total gross non-performing...more

US Leveraged Lending Guidelines

There has been much written about the ‘US Leveraged Lending Guidelines’ and, with increasing speculation that European bank regulators will look to control leveraged lending in some form or another in the near future, this...more

The New European Market Abuse Rules – Looking Towards 2016

Significant changes to the European laws on market abuse are due to come into effect in July 2016. On implementation, the new measures will replace the four current European directives on market abuse. This Insight looks...more

Non-EU investment firms’ access to EU investors under MiFID 2

The recast Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID 2), along with its accompanying Regulation (MiFIR), were published in the Official Journal of the EU in June. The new legislation is currently expected to come into...more

European Commission’s proposal on banking structural reform - a Volcker Rule for Europe

On 29 January 2014, the European Commission published a legislative proposal for a Regulation on structural reforms to the EU banking sector (the “Proposed Regulation”). The Proposed Regulation advances the recommendations...more

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