People & Markets

  • ECM are all going on a summer holiday

    ECM are all going on a summer holiday

    After a hectic second quarter, equity capital markets bankers and investor are now hoping for a traditional summer slowdown to allow market participants to take a break.

  • Film director Richard Curtis: ‘the time for tinkering is coming to an end’

    Film director Richard Curtis: ‘the time for tinkering is coming to an end’

    If UK pension savers knew how their money was invested, funds would be more inclined to invest exclusively in environmental, social and governance (ESG) assets. So argues Richard Curtis, the screenwriter, director and co-founder of Comic Relief. He has launched a public campaign, Make My Money Matter, to pressure UK pension funds to invest more sustainably.

  • Hasty UK insolvency law ‘gives with one hand, takes away with the other’

    Hasty UK insolvency law ‘gives with one hand, takes away with the other’

    The biggest reform of UK insolvency law for more than a decade was rushed through Parliament and enacted on June 26, as the coronavirus lockdown is expected to cause a wave of defaults across the economy, reports Jon Hay. The law’s complexity and the haste of its preparation have left restructuring experts chewing over many aspects where they foresee risks of unintended consequences — but also eager to try out some of the law’s new powers.

  • People moves in brief

    People moves in brief

    Barclays appoints levfin and sponsors leaders — Créd Ag gives Goldfischer UK role — BTIG hires Huggins

  • Structured products to remain under scrutiny at French banks

    Structured products to remain under scrutiny at French banks

    Société Générale and Natixis may face more questions over their equity derivatives businesses when they release their second-quarter results. The issue is whether their structured products are inherently problematic or simply suffered from freak events.

  • Critical hedge fund sees better way to do ESG

    Critical hedge fund sees better way to do ESG

    Environmental, social and governance investors have been patting themselves on the back this year because their funds have tended to outperform during the coronavirus crisis. But a San Francisco hedge fund believes they are doing a poor job of shielding investors from the general risk of the stockmarket and more quantitative methods would improve the outcome.

  • Deutsche sees investors’ interest in ESG fading

    A survey by Deutsche Bank this week challenged the consensus that investors' interest in environmental, social and governance funds has been intensified by the coronavirus crisis. On the contrary, it argues: appetite has weakened.

  • Three is the magic number for BofA

    Three is the magic number for BofA

    Bank of America hopes that a new management team built on a culture of intensity will enable it to meet its top three goal in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, writes David Rothnie.

  • Cboe plans new derivs market within a year

    Cboe plans new derivs market within a year

    Cboe Global Markets intends to launch a new equity futures and options exchange in the first half of next year, following the completion of its purchase of EuroCCP.

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