CDSs widen on Spanish banks

The cost of credit protection on a wide range of firms fell in early trading today, while spreads widened on Spanish financials and US sovereign debt.

Lehman to structure South Korean equity-linked securities

Lehman Brothers plans to structure 2.5 trillion won ($2 billion) of South Korean equity-linked securities to be issued and sold by two domestic securities firms in South Korea. The move follows regulatory changes at the end of February that allowed…

South Korea reclassifies ELNs and warrants

South Korea’s Ministry of Finance and Economics (MOFE) has reclassified equity-linked notes (ELNs) and warrants as securities under the country's revised Securities and Exchange Act, according to an official at the MOFE. The move – which came into effect…

Samsung Securities poaches Goldman specialist Choi

Korea’s Samsung Securities has poached Alex Choi from Goldman Sachs to head its newly established capital markets division in Seoul. Choi was previously executive director for liabilities management at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong.

Insurers embrace risk systems

Insurance companies have been slower than banks to adopt advanced risk modelling techniques and technologies. But regulatory changes and business exigencies are spurring them to adopt a new generation of risk and capital management systems.

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