EU Watchdogs Expand Buffers For Small Investment Firms

Law360, London (June 1, 2021, 4:09 PM BST) -- Europe's financial watchdogs have widened the scope of instruments that smaller companies can use to build up their capital buffers, before prudential rules for investment firms come into force across the bloc.

The European Banking Authority and the European Securities and Markets Authority published on Monday a list of financial instruments that the smallest investment companies can hold to help them absorb losses. Under the Capital Requirements Regulation, banks and investment firms must hold common equity tier 1 assets — or CET1, the highest-quality, such as public company shares — in sufficient quality and quantity as reserves.

The Investment Firm Regulation,...

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