Financial Regulatory Forum

Regulators face battle to create market for CoCos

October 18, 2010

By Jane Merriman

LONDON, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Financial regulators favour contingent capital — bonds that convert to equity — as a way to strengthen large banks, but they face a tough job convincing investors to buy these new-fangled instruments in bulk.

SNAP ANALYSIS-Swiss give fresh momentum to contingent bonds

October 4, 2010

RTXSLHY_CompBy Jane Merriman

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Contingent capital got a boost on Monday as Swiss regulators said these bonds, which convert to equity when banks are in trouble, could help bolster the capital base of Credit Suisse and UBS.

Lloyds cash call moves focus to turnaround

December 14, 2009

By Clara Ferreira-Marques

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Lloyds completed a record 13.5 billion pound ($21.9 billion) rights issue on Monday, ending a turbulent period for the bank and shifting investor focus to a potential government stake sale in 2010.

Bankers, regulators eye next generation of CoCos

November 20, 2009

By Jane Merriman
LONDON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Investment bankers are already pitching to clients a new form of hybrid bond that financial regulators see as a potential saviour of troubled banks, but it is uncertain if they will work or if investors will buy them.The bonds, which convert to equity if a bank’s capital runs low, have been created for Lloyds as part of a 21 billion pound ($34.63 billion) capital raising to free the UK bank from a government insurance scheme for bad loans.