Seoul-based LG Investment and Securities Co., one of Korea's largest securities houses, is gearing up to offer credit derivatives this year. The securities firm is likely to use offshore derivatives houses to structure the instruments.
The move is prompted by upcoming regulations, which are expected to open up the structured credit markets (DW, 1/17). "The new regulation will be very beneficial to LG and to the Korean market," said Joon-ho Kim, in the derivative product sales department.
LG will hire credit derivative sales/structuring professionals as part of the effort. "For the time being, LG will rely on foreign companies and--according to market conditions--we may determine to setup an in-house trading desk," added Kim. LG has a history of pioneering new markets. It was one of the first houses to enter OTC equity derivatives in Korea (DW, 10/13/02).