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Capital Markets

With Basel II, IFRS, financial crime and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to contend with, the Capital Markets sector already had plenty on its plate before the seismic changes forced on it by current market conditions. Meanwhile the search for the next new products and structures intensifies as firms seek advantage in a constricting market. Only transformational change will be enough to meet the challenges facing the industry and our Capital markets team is well placed to advise.

Our deep industry knowledge, experience and technical expertise across consulting, accounting, tax and corporate finance enable us to add value throughout the organisation – from systems and processes, risk management and IT integration to helping front desks understand the implications of new products and structures from a variety of perspectives. 

Capital Markets research and insight

  • OTC Derivatives – The new cost of trading
    Over-the-counter (OTC) derivative markets have been subject to significant change as global regulatory commitments become increasingly a reality. This paper explores how much more expensive cleared and non-cleared OTC derivative transactions will become as a result of the reform package in the EU, how the structure of OTC derivative markets is set to change and what strategic challenges arise for firms.
  • The Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) | The big data issue
    Investment in data and analytics should be a priority for banking supervision in the context of the SSM and could be the differentiating factor that determines whether or not the SSM lives up to the aspirations that have been set for it. This paper offers analysis of the challenges banks and supervisors share and puts forward ideas on what resolving these challenges might look like.
  • 2014 Financial Services M&A Predictions
    This report provides insight into the anticipated trends that are expected to drive M&A activity in the year ahead, and looks at nine areas in particular of M&A activity across Financial Services.

Capital markets issues and trends

  • Living Wills
    Regulation regarding recovery and resolution plans for banks is currently considered by many national and international regulators.
  • Market infrastructure – the changing landscape
    The European financial trading markets are supported by a wide range of market infrastructure. This market infrastructure landscape is evolving but the “right” direction of that development is not universally agreed.
  • Remuneration
    Remuneration within the capital markets and investment banking sector is in the spotlight as never before. The economic downturn – and perceptions of the sector’s responsibility for bringing it about – have drawn disproportionate hostile public and media attention to executive pay.

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  • Going up?
    The impact of impairment proposals on regulatory capital
  • CFTC and EU OTC derivatives regulation
    An outcomes-based comparison

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