Italy rule change boosts structured products


Italy's structured products market is expected to receive a significant boost following a change to the country's banking regulations in January. An amendment to article 129 of the Italian Banking Act means product providers can now offer plain vanilla and structured debt securities without needing prior approval from the Bank of Italy.

"We were quite handicapped by the regulatory environment," says David Armstrong, Milan-based head of global derivatives sales and engineering, Italy, at Societe

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