Prop shops recoil from EU’s ‘ill-fitting’ capital regime

Large proprietary trading firms complain they are subject to hand-me-down rules originally designed for banks

The curse of the younger sibling is to receive clothes and toys previously bought for an older child. Proprietary trading firms in Europe know the feeling, after they were subjected to a capital regime that, they say, imposes rules on them that were originally intended for their bigger cousins: banks.

Prop shops are now intensifying their lobbying efforts ahead of an expected review of the regime, in the hope that they can persuade regulators to tailor the rules more closely to their own needs.


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