Russia aims to tighten covered bond legislation
New proposals to tighten up Russian covered bond legislation could make the asset class look more like established jurisdictions, bankers hope. The Russian mortgage market has grown quickly, lifting prospects for fledgling covered bond issuance. But despite being Ucits-eligible and in line with the European Covered Bond Council’s Label definition, the country’s legal framework is not yet aligned with western Europe’s.
The countrys mortgage market has increased from 3.5bn equivalent four years ago to 17bn last year. The Russian government hopes to expand it from 7.2% of GDP in 2015 to 15.5% of GDP by 2030. With around half of this funding likely to come from covered bonds, the
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