Implementation of Basel III capital ratios on Korean banks to drive subordinate debt issuance

Basel III capital requirements in Korea expected to dampen down M&A and ramp up issuance of subordinated debt

South Korea

The implementation of Basel III capital ratios on South Korean bank holding companies will drive issuance of new capital instruments and limit mergers and acquisitions activity between banks, say market analysts.

On August 1, South Korea's Financial Services Commission announced that the implementation of the Basel III capital framework for domestic bank holding companies would be implemented from December 1, 2013. Bank holding companies are large financial conglomerates made up of smaller

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