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ECB Asset Purchase Programs as a Liquidity Source and an Instrument in Times of Crisis

1. Introduction

The response of the European Central Bank (ECB) to the economic disruptions caused by the coronavirus is the Pandemic Emergency Purchase Program (PEPP). As in the financial and European debt crisis of 2007 onwards, the massive purchase of securities by the ECB is intended to “counter the serious risks to the monetary policy transmission mechanism and the outlook for the euro area posed by the coronavirus outbreak”. This article focuses on the background of asset purchase programs which can be used by institutions as a source of liquidity. In addition, this paper examines both the qualitative and quantitative differences between the PEPP and ECB’s previous purchase programs and provides an outlook on further development of this funding vehicle.

Bewertung in der Abwicklung und BaFin Konsultation MaBewertung

Seit einiger Zeit rückt das Thema Bewertung in der Abwicklung sowie die dafür erforderliche Informationsbereitstellung zunehmend in den Fokus der Abwicklungsbehörden.

Auf europäischer Ebene haben die European Banking Authority (EBA) mit dem “EBA Handbook on valuation for purposes of resolution” inkl. Data Dictionary und das Single Resolution Board (SRB) mit seinem „SRB Framework for valuation“ bereits im vergangenen Jahr Leitlinien zur Methodik für die Bewertung in der Abwicklung veröffentlicht (vgl. auch Newsflash 8/2019 sowie unser Blogpost vom 20. Dezember 2019[1]). Das SRB hat zudem am 19. Mai 2020 ein Konsultationspapier zum „SRB Standardized Valuation Data Set“ veröffentlicht, welches zum Ziel hat, ein gemeinsames Verständnis in Bezug auf den Datenbedarf für die Bewertung in der Abwicklung zu gewährleisten.

ESMA Templates and Securitization Repository RTS Enter into Force

On September 3, 2020, the remaining regulatory technical standards (RTS) of the Securitization Regulation completed their scrutiny period and were confirmed and published by the European Parliament in the Official Journal[1]. This legislative act comes one year and nine months after the Securitization Regulation formally entered into force and thus formalistically completes the transition from the current regulatory regime into the new one. The approved RTS will enter into force on September 23, 2020 and will bring substantial changes to the market mechanics. The following text was compiled in order to help the reader to better understand the market impact.

Financial Services Post-Brexit: The Age of Equivalence

With Brexit carried out on 31st January, 2020, the clock for the negotiations on the future of the economic relationship between the UK and the EU started ticking aloud. Before bilateral, structured meetings formally kicked off on 2nd March 2020, both sides had already started indirect communication by formulating a Blueprint (PM Johnson) and a negotiation mandate (of the European council for Commissioner Barnier) aiming at setting the scene for later direct talks. Both sides have stated that Financial Services will be on the table, which is not a surprise. If we think of the negotiations as a dinner table, Financial Services would be the Lobster: After use of some tools and techniques (both themselves taking some time to get learned), you get a non-everyday culinary experience (at least for most of us). You will possibly remember a meal for the Lobster served. But If you are hungry and in a hurry, you will probably not choose the lobster, deprioritizing it to the most important target at hand: Not leaving the table hungry.

As of now, Financial Services could well become the Lobster in the Brexit negotiation: The masterpiece of negotiations, but unavailable for time constraints. Instead, it is more likely than not that EU-UK-cross-border financial services from 2021 on will be governed by a concept which is already established in both EU and UK law and will thus not require negotiations: Equivalence.

In this article, we will explain the concept of equivalence, why we consider it the most probable outcome and what this means for the provision of cross-EU-UK-border (cross-border) financial services after the end of the transition period, in the short and medium term.

PwC Live-Webcast: Responding to the impacts of COVID-19

The current CoViD-19 situation is evolving dynamically. While the immediate focus is on making sure that as many people can be treated medically in appropriate and life saving ways, business matters come to the fore due to more and more constraints and interrupted supply chains and subsequent impact on financial institutions’ business models.

How are businesses coping with the situation globally? Which conclusions can be drawn so far? What should businesses look at to react effectively, protect employees and maintain their brand value?

Those and further issues will be discussed in our live webcast “Responding to the impacts of CoViD-19” on March 19, 2020 at 2pm CET to which we would like to invite you.

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Integration von FinTechs in das Risikomanagement von Banken

Der digitale Wandel trifft den Finanzsektor derzeit stark. Bankkunden verlangen mehr und mehr digitale Dienstleistungen von „ihrer“ Hausbank. Banken müssen somit neue digitale Dienstleistungen für ihre Kunden entwickeln und gleichzeitig ihre veraltete IT und Prozesse modernisieren. In diese „Lücke“ sind nun die FinTechs getreten und rauben den etablierten Banken nach und nach Marktanteile.

Banken sind somit gezwungen, schnellstmöglich digital „nachzurüsten“ – sowohl bei ihrem digitalen Kundenangebot als auch bei den eigenen Prozessen. Zusätzlich bieten sich dadurch im derzeitigen Niedrig-Zinsumfeld wiederum neue Ertragsquellen und Wachstumschancen. Aktuell besteht eine hohe Investitionsbereitschaft im Bereich Digitalisierung, insbesondere im Private Banking, Wealth Management und Transaction Banking.

The Securitization Market: 2019 recap and 2020 expectations

Dear readers,

The first year of our blogging activities concerning Securitization and Structured Finance Issues is over. We have received quite some feedback from you and would like to thank you accordingly. Knowing that our topics are of interest to the Securitization community is key for us and guides us to compile not only informative but also relevant posts.

Therefore, our first post of 2020 will provide you with a short recap of what happened in 2019 and our expectations of the key market developments for 2020. We welcome your input on this and will provide you with an update on our expectations at the end of this year. As always, we take a regulation-driven look and analyze its effects on market developments.


Stephan, Philipp & Petr

Valuation in Resolution

The global financial crisis 2007-09 revealed the need for developing adequate, effective tools and methods to deal with severe crises in the banking sector and for increasing financial and operational resilience of financial institutions to avoid future reliance on bank bail-outs by taxpayers’ money and to prevent contagion in the case of bank failure.

Answering this need, recovery and resolution planning (RRP) has been introduced into regulation, starting in 2011 with the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Key Attributes which set out essential features of RRP and which have been endorsed as international standards by the G-20. Since then, RRP has been incorporated into legislation in various countries globally. In Europe, after multiple cycles of drafting recovery and resolution plans, RRP is reaching a steady state with the focus shifting towards operationalization and finetuning of requirements.

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