October 26 2016

Comments on the EBA guidelines to identify groups of connected clients

In July 2016, the European Banking Authority (EBA) issued draft guidelines for consultation on the treatment of connected clients under the large exposures regime. The objective is to revise the CEBS guidelines, which were published in 2009, in the light of developments in the regulation of shadow banking and in supervisory practices. In their present form, the guidelines could tighten the rules on identifying groups of connected clients, thus restricting banks’ lending capacity. The German Banking Industry Committee (GBIC) voiced its concerns about the EBA’s proposals in its response to the consultation paper.

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