Independent review and analysis


We provide market updates on important issues to key figures in the industry on different topics, but all related to our activities throughout Europe. We cover hot news stories and give our honest opinion on developments, threats and opportunities.

Our articles can be in the form of e-shots, ‘white papers’ or social media commentary, but we will not comment on trivial matters – you will not see us commenting on what type of coffee we are drinking whilst waiting for a train! You can catch up on our previous commentaries by looking at the archive below.

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  • Credit Risk back in the spotlight.

    December 2, 2021

    In our blogs, we have often pointed out that PRA observations about one business sector are often highly relevant to other regulated areas. The recent ‘Dear Directors’ letters to credit unions providing their annual assessment of the challenges facing those businesses is a good example. Not surprisingly the letters include an assessment of post COVID […]

  • Keeping aligned with the regulator

    November 18, 2021

    Around this time of year, the FCA usually issues two significant, interlinked, documents. This year is no different as their business plan and perimeter report were both announced at the end of October. As always, they are packed full of nuggets and both reference FCA directional thinking, so there is plenty for risk professionals to […]

  • Remote working and regulator expectations

    November 1, 2021

    Many firms have been remote working for 20 months now. It is a testament to operational resilience plans that so many businesses were able to switch from office-based models to working from home in such a short time. As the world returns to pre-pandemic norms, many firms are grappling with the challenges of hybrid working. […]

  • What do we mean by due diligence?

    October 20, 2021

    We were delighted to attend the Global ABS conference in London last month with our sister company Yabber Global. It was great to hold face to face conversations with our existing clients and potential new ones. We had some wide-ranging chats; so much easier than virtual meetings which in hindsight now appear to be too […]

  • Securitisations – alive and kicking

    July 26, 2021

    The recent positive news that a UK specialist lender has completed a £350m mortgage securitisation is a welcome fillip for the RMBS industry.  In a further boost, a separate transaction of £425m from a different lender followed within days. We understand both transactions were oversubscribed across the tranches, allowing the lenders to price senior notes […]

  • Recovery Loan Scheme

    June 28, 2021

    While the Government’s Bounce Back Loan Scheme (‘BBLS’) and Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (‘CBILS’) may have closed, they have been replaced by another loan scheme, also designed to provide financial support to UK businesses, named the Recovery Loan Scheme (‘RLS’). Like the previous schemes, the RLS is initially available through several lenders accredited by […]

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