IMN NEWS Barcelona Daily Edition, Thursday June 7, 2018
The European Banking Authority could push forward a new set of regulations designed to make sure the securitization market can play a full role in resolving the non-performing loan problem faced by Europe’s banks, according to Adam Farkas, executive director of the EBA, speaking in a keynote address at the IMN/Afme Global ABS conference in Barcelona.
Blockchain technology will be a wide ranging structural improvement to underlying infrastructure of the securitization market, said panellists on Wednesday, but the technology is going to need a “proof of concept” before institutions will be convinced to move away from legacy systems.
The diversity in finance roundtable at Global ABS on Wednesday struck a dismal tone in noting that not a great deal has changed with regard to the representation of women and minorities since the market began having these conversations, leading the panel to urge more novel approaches to addressing the problem.
IFRS 9 accounting rules are cutting certain investors out of some ABS asset classes all together, with auto lease ABS likely to be hardest hit, according to panellists speaking at Global ABS on Tuesday.
HSBC has hired Peter Mansbridge from NatWest Markets, who joins the bank’s structured finance group as a director.
Regulatory issues over the past year have been a drag on what could have been achieved in the European ABS new issue market, with teething issues surrounding the introduction of the new Securitization Regulation, due to kick in January 2019, potentially contributing to a dip in issuance at the start of next year, said panellists speaking at Global ABS on Wednesday.
A panel of CLO experts speaking on day two of Global ABS agreed that the market in Europe is operating a near peak efficiency, and that the market is “nowhere near” a turn in the credit cycle for at least the remainder of this year.
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