LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – A draft rule forcing companies to
put leases on their balance sheets is set to be eased after
fierce opposition from companies worried that investors would
take fright and that loans linked to leverage would be put at
The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the
U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) have proposed a
single global book-keeping rule to increase transparency for
markets and make it easier to compare firms.
BRUSSELS/LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Europe will consider how
to challenge the dominance of its big banks this week, but any
new rules to isolate risky trading will take years to begin and
there will be no attempt to split off market betting from
In a blueprint expected on Wednesday, the European
Commission will outline how trading by banks can be walled off
from customers’ cash, but the debate among countries, many of
whom are sceptical of the need to change, starts only in 2015.
LONDON (Reuters) – Germany and France have attacked European Union plans to curb big banks, warning that this could jeopardize a delicate economic recovery, a paper seen by Reuters showed.
Next week, the European Commission will unveil a blueprint to challenge the power of big banks, tackling one of the biggest risks exposed by the 2007-2009 financial crisis.
LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Germany and France have attacked
European Union plans to curb big banks, warning that this could
jeopardise a delicate economic recovery, a paper seen by Reuters
Next week, the European Commission will unveil a blueprint
to challenge the power of big banks, tackling one of the biggest
risks exposed by the 2007-2009 financial crisis.
LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Britain named Win Bischoff as the
Financial Reporting Council’s new chairman who will face major
changes from Europe and several high-profile investigations at
the accounting watchdog.
The government said Bischoff, who is stepping down from his
current post as chairman of Lloyds Banking Group, will
join the FRC on May 1, replacing Baroness Hogg whose departure
had already been announced.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s defeat in the European Union’s top court over short-selling rules strengthens the case for EU-level supervision of market benchmarks like Libor, lawmakers said on Thursday.
The European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday that an EU body, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), does have the power in emergencies to ban short-selling or bets on falling share prices.
BRUSSELS/LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) – The European Union’s top
court has dismissed Britain’s challenge to a law on banning the
short-selling of shares in market emergencies, dealing a blow to
UK attempts to limit the influence of EU rules on the City of
British Prime Minister David Cameron had been seeking to
limit EU controls on London, the bloc’s biggest financial
centre, reflecting a broader attempt to renegotiate the
country’s membership of the EU ahead of a promised referendum on
staying in the bloc.
LONDON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Europe’s top court will rule on
Wednesday on a UK challenge to a European Union market
watchdog’s powers to ban short-selling in an emergency, which
Britain argues unduly shackles national supervisors.
A win at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg could
force Brussels to limit the scope of financial rules and lend
momentum to UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s push to
renegotiate the country’s membership of the EU and put it to a
referendum in 2017.
LONDON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Global regulators are planning
the world’s first common rule within three years to value
hard-to-price assets held by banks after unexpected revisions
have unsettled investors, the man overseeing the plan told
The initiative may face resistance from a banking sector
worried that assets will be more conservatively priced, hitting
bonuses and bumping up capital requirements.
LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Britain’s competition watchdog
will review changes it has ordered to prise open an accounting
sector dominated by four big players after the European Union
agreed a tougher set of reforms.
Britain’s Competition Commission decided in October the
country’s top 350 companies must put their book-keeping out to
tender at least once a decade, to shake up a market dominated by
KPMG, PwC, EY and Deloitte.