Financial Services

  • Brexit and Private Equity: Business as Usual?

    Global Private Equity (PE) assets under management have been rising in recent years, reaching a new high in June 2015 at $2.4 trillion. A similar trend can be seen in Europe where PE is increasingly considered an important funding channel for businesses in Europe. The outcome of the Brexit referendum appears not to have bucked…

  • How much Vitamin C does the European tax system need to be healthy? The CC(C)TB saga continues

    On 25 October 2016 the European Commission proposed a redrafted version of the proposal aiming to tackle tax avoidance and evasion, by creating a single Common Corporate Tax Base, and introducing, at a later stage, a consolidation element which would allow companies to offset losses in one Member State from the profits earned in another.…

  • Asset management at the centre of the CMU: A blessing or a curse?

    The EU’s Capital Markets Union could offer great opportunities to the asset management industry but must also deal with the impending risks of potential regulation   Diversifying corporate financing and decreasing dependency on bank loans lies at the center of the EU’s Capital Markets Union (CMU) project, supporting the EU’s overarching priority to generate growth…

  • Brexit’s impact on financial services

    Financial services is possibly the policy area where Brexit will have the strongest impact. The City of London is the largest financial centre in Europe; many financial firms offer their services from their London base, making use of “passporting” rights granted through European legislation, which are now clearly at risk. As a result of being…

  • Changing Tides for Country-Specific Recommendations on Finance?

    Why you should be aware of this underrated policy tool? On 18 May, the European Commission adopted its yearly country-specific recommendations that are expected to be passed by the European Council at the end of the month. Rooted in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), these recommendations provide non-binding guidelines for…

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