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Peter Beardshaw

How regulation can help clear the fog of ESG ratings

Businesses’ ESG risks, impacts and performance play an increasingly central role in banks’ and investors’ decision-making.

James Busby

How new UK national security laws could influence bank lending

It will take several months for a clear picture to emerge as to how the behaviours and practices of participants in the M&A market have changed in the wake of the National Security and Investment Act 2021 coming into force on January 4, 2022.

Mark Somers

Assessing the credit capacity of small businesses based on climate change factors

Climate change represents a material, but often hidden risk, to the business models of many Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). At the same time, these organisations are critical to achieving the UK's carbon targets. 

John Glen

Financial services firms call for strong UK competitiveness mandate

In response to new legislation, representatives of UK financial services companies are calling on the government to beef up its competitiveness objective as the country prepares to rip up swathes of EU rules.

ESG globe

Consultations are a chance to drive common ESG standards

A series of consultations by the EU, US and the new International Sustainability Standards Board are an opportunity to drive greater harmonisation in ESG standards, according to financial firms and regulators.

Do Kwon

Stablecoin contagion fears likely to spur regulatory clean-up

Signs of contagion among stablecoins are likely to prompt a rapid clean-up of the sector by regulators concerned that problems in the sector could infect traditional financial markets.  

Christoph Gugelmann

Basel IV: Using technology to avoid a trade finance crisis

Increased capital requirements threaten to restrict banks’ ability to fund trade finance deals and further constrain economic growth. Distribution of trade finance assets to investors is emerging as a practical solution to a looming crisis.

Charley Cooper

What’s next for crypto regulation?

The size and scope of the crypto industry is growing rapidly, which has caught the eye of regulators. Today, the global market cap of the crypto industry is $2.1tn, while a recent NBC poll found that one in five adults in the US has invested in, traded or used cryptocurrencies.

Jean-Claude Trichet

New threats to financial stability rapidly emerging

The Covid-19 pandemic is barely winding down and already prominent global bodies are sounding warnings over new dangers to financial stability, this time relating to soaring inflation, rising interest rates, emerging market vulnerabilities and the war in Ukraine.

UK-listed companies will have to explain lack of senior management diversity

Companies listed in the UK will have to disclose the diversity of their boards and executive committees, according to finalised rules published by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on April 20.