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The Restructuring Mid-Summer Review: Europe and the Emerging Markets

For those focused on the debt restructuring market, the Greek sovereign crisis (covered extensively in our recent updates) has drowned out news of other debt restructuring matters this year. Our Alert below addresses key...more

Shadow Banking Remains on Regulatory Radar

The Financial Policy Committee (FPC) of the Bank of England (BoE) has recently published its latest Financial Stability Report (Report). The format of the Report is that the FPC assesses the outlook for financial stability by...more

Eurozone Crisis Update: Deadline looms for Greek debt proposals

The Greek government has until midnight, Brussels time, on Thursday 9 July 2015 to submit its new debt proposals to its international creditors. Eurozone leaders were disappointed on 7 July when no substantive...more

EU Court of Justice finds OMT programme for purchase of government bonds not contrary to EU Treaties

In a judgment handed down on 16 June 2015, in the first ever preliminary reference made from Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht), in Peter Gauweiler and Others v Deutscher Bundestag (Case...more

Austerity's Achilles' heel - The economic landscape looks fairly stark across the eurozone, as public budgets remain stubbornly...

For the past five years, members of the European monetary union have been swinging the axe at public budgets to rebalance their books. Europe’s age of austerity has been grueling and, for some, there is no end in...more

Bank Resolution in Greece

The result of Sunday’s (5 July 2015) referendum which rejected the latest proposed bailout by the European authorities was unequivocal. The next steps in this crisis are far less clear, ranging from a swift renegotiation of...more

A Short Guide to the Implications for the Imposition of Capital Controls in Greece

Following the recent event over the weekend (27/28 June 2015), we set out below a short guide on the current status in Greece. Background - Months of negotiations on a deal to restructure Greece’s debts appear...more

Greek Government Imposes Capital Controls

On 28 June, the Greek Government imposed capital controls in the latest development in the country’s financial crisis. This has been imposed pending the referendum, scheduled to take place on 5 July, on whether people agree...more

What happens if Greece defaults to the IMF?

The prospect of Greece's potential default to the International Monetary Fund and European Union lenders and de facto exit from the EU single currency looms larger day by day. The next week—until the June 30 repayment due...more

Riforma delle Banche Popolari - Le Disposizioni di Attuazione di BKI

Con il decreto legge 24 gennaio 2015 n. 3, entrato in vigore in data 25 gennaio 2015 (il "DL n. 3/2015"), sono state introdotte alcune disposizioni modificative della disciplina delle banche popolari contenuta nel decreto...more

Greek Financial Crisis – What Next?

Greece is facing a severe liquidity crunch with a rapid deterioration in the Government's cash position. This is evidenced by the Greek Government's recent request for wider public sector entities and local authorities to...more

EBA Outlines Upcoming Initiatives for the Regulation of Retail Payments

The European Banking Authority (“EBA”) has announced details of its plans to harmonize regulatory and supervisory practices to ensure secure, easy and efficient payment services across the EU. The Payment Services Directive...more

Quarterly Investment Update – 1st Quarter 2015

Stock Market Commentary - Despite the stock market's nearly 6% surge in February following a bumpy January, March brought heightened volatility, which nearly dissolved the year-to-date gains. The S&P 500 finished the...more

EBA and BOE Weigh in on EU Risk Retention

The Bank of England (“BOE”) and European Central Bank (the “ECB”) recently published a joint response1 to the report and short opinion issued late last year by the European Bank Authority (“EBA”) on how to improve the...more

European Court Sides with the United Kingdom on Euro Clearing

On March 4, Europe’s second-highest court ruled in favor of the United Kingdom in a long-running dispute with the European Central Bank (ECB) regarding the latter’s right to mandate that central counterparties (CCPs) clearing...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FHFA Updates Requirements for Freddie and Fannie Sales of Non-Performing Loans - On March 2, FHFA announced changes to requirements for sales of non-performing loans (NPLs) by Freddie and Fannie to reduce the number of...more

Bridging the Week - March 2015 #2

FCA Sanctions Bank of Beirut, Former Compliance Officer and Former Internal Auditor for Providing Misleading Information Regarding AML Systems and Controls Remediation - The Bank of Beirut was fined GBP 2.1 million...more

European Court Rules in Favor of the UK in ECB Dispute Over the Relocation of Clearing Houses

After a three year dispute over the place of the City of London in Europe’s single market, the EU General Court has ruled that the European Central Bank (“ECB”) lacked the legal powers to enforce a ban on clearing and...more

ECB Launches Landmark €1.1 Trillion Quantitative Easing Program

The ECB announced on Thursday that it would start its purchase of sovereign bonds on March 9 to support an accelerating economic recovery in the Eurozone, and would continue to do so until there was a “sustained adjustment in...more

ECB Publishes Eurosystem Oversight Report

On February 27, 2015, the European Central Bank (“ECB“) published its 2014 Eurosystem oversight report, the third such report, reviewing the oversight that the Eurosystem has performed in the period from 2011 to mid-2014. The...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 2015 #3

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Regulatory Capital Tool for Securitization Exposures - European Banking Authority Reports on Implications of Regulatory Reforms for...more

The ECB Published a Recommendation on Dividend Distribution Policies

On January 28, the European Central Bank (“ECB”) published a recommendation to establish dividend policies using conservative and prudent assumptions in order, after any distribution, to satisfy the applicable capital...more

New EU Law Authority For ECB Intervention In The EU Government Bond Markets Strengthens European Financial Markets

The ECB Governing Council will meet on 22 January and is expected to discuss implementing a quantitative easing (QE) policy which would result in national central banks buying Euro denominated government bonds from their own...more

CrunchedCredit.com’s 5th Annual Golden Turkey Awards

This is our fifth annual Golden Turkey Awards at CrunchedCredit. It just gets easier and easier. There are simply so many worthy contenders for an award this year. You know, we don’t stop and take a moment often enough to...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - November 2014 #4

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Bank Structure - Compensation - Consumer Protection - Derivatives - Enforcement - Financial Market...more

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