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Following the 2008 credit crunch most corporates were reluctant to expand via acquisition, but instead were primarily focused on cutting costs and growing organically - so corporate treasuries piled up cash. However, as confidence in the boardrooms revives in the post-crisis years, companies have begun to expand through mergers and acquisitions to further sustain growth.
Against a volatile global economic and political backdrop, there is nothing more important than the ability to manage risk. This article outlines the specific risks faced by specialist financiers and their corporate clients, offering insights into how best to manage them.
Shortening the securities settlement cycle became a major aim in the financial market space after the financial crisis. Central Security Depository Regulation (CSDR) mandates European countries to operate on a trade date plus two days (T+2) settlement cycle before 2014 year-end. In the US, the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) has already commenced research studies and initiatives to define a path for moving to T+2 from T+3.
Multinational corporations, pleasantly surprised by US regulators unexpectedly exempting them last month from uncleared swap margin requirements, now anxiously await the outcome of the European proposal. It would require European financial institutions to impose margins on all corporate counterparties outside Europe and could result in a fragmented and more costly swap market.