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ECB lowers capital requirements bar for eurozone bank mergers

Clifford Chance’s local partner is advising Saudi Arabia’s biggest bank in a merger predicted to spur others in the region – as the European Central Bank announces plans to lower the bar for EU bank mergers.

03 July 2020

Fed caps dividends after 2020 stress tests

The Federal Reserve has announced caps on dividends and a ban on share repurchases after conducting its annual stress tests, along with a newly-introduced sensitivity analysis to consider a range of coronavirus-related recession scenarios.

03 July 2020

Volcker Rule changes “chipping away” at protections, US regulators warned

US federal regulators have finalised a long-planned change to the Volcker rule on covered funds, as Democratic minority members of their boards warn the changes risk undermining the rule’s purpose.

01 July 2020

BIS innovation hub extends reach with four new centres

The Bank for International Settlements has announced the launch of four new innovation hub centres across Europe and North America, as it intensifies its research into fintech for central banks.

01 July 2020

EBA proposes early intervention distinctions after lack of usage

The European Banking Authority has put forward proposals to clarify when regulators should use early intervention measures, after finding that half of all competent authorities surveyed have not applied them when required.

29 June 2020

Cum-ex and other forms of dividend arbitrage – implications for financial institutions in the UK

RPC partners Adam Craggs and Michelle Sloane, and associate Alice Kemp, consider the recent convictions in the first criminal trial related to Cum-ex trades, and the ongoing impact for financial institutions in the UK.

29 June 2020

45 under 45 – have your say

GBRR is assembling a "45 under 45" survey of the next generation of banking regulation practitioners – and we want our readers’ views on who should feature in it.

29 June 2020

Basel Committee deviates from EBA on non-performing loan securitisation

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has proposed an amendment to the regulatory framework for securitisations of non-performing loans, deviating from the stance taken by the European Banking Authority last year.

26 June 2020

Chinese bank fined in Hong Kong over AML violations

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission has fined the local branch of Chinese investment bank Guotai Junan Securities for its handling of third party fund transfers, anti-money laundering breaches and wash trades.

26 June 2020

FCA to get new powers for Libor "tough legacy" contracts

The UK is set to pass new legislation granting its Financial Conduct Authority new powers to manage the transition away from the Libor benchmark – including specific rules for handling ‘tough legacy’ contracts.

24 June 2020

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