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  • EU eyes separate gas law, leaves harmful bioenergy in Taxonomy

    EU eyes separate gas law, leaves harmful bioenergy in Taxonomy

    The European Commission is set to put forward a new solution to the intense battle over the EU's sustainable finance Taxonomy, between green finance supporters and EU member states that want to safeguard their plans to use gas, GlobalCapital has learned. This would appear to involve leaving gas out of the sustainable category of the Taxonomy, as environmentalists have demanded, and making a "separate legislative proposal" to deal with gas and nuclear power.

  • ‘Trench warfare’ as vultures swoop on Irish NPLs

    ‘Trench warfare’ as vultures swoop on Irish NPLs

    Private equity "vulture funds" are tightening their grip on Ireland after a Covid-19 parliamentary bill opened up more mortgages for repossession. But legal practitioners are working with non-profits to stop PE firms from “scraping the barrel” of defaulted mortgage debt.

  • Buyers eye UK retail assets as high street reopens

    Buyers eye UK retail assets as high street reopens

    With the UK opening up high street retail on Monday, investors are said to be eyeing retail real estate for opportunities. But the market, hit hard by the pandemic, will be slow to recover – with Newcastle’s Metrocentre becoming a prominent example of the future for shopping centres after the pandemic.

  • EU reboots NPL rules as bad debt looms

    EU reboots NPL rules as bad debt looms

    Long-awaited amendments to European securitization law come into force on Friday, which should make non-performing loans securitization easier at a time when bad debt levels are set to rocket. Tom Brown reports.

  • BNP Paribas hires for NPL securitization

    BNP Paribas has hired a banker from Credit Suisse to work in its non-performing loans team, as the French bank increasingly targets securitization business in the sector.

  • Trump exit unleashes Financial Stability Board to act on climate

    Trump exit unleashes Financial Stability Board to act on climate

    The G20’s Financial Stability Board is cranking up its action on climate change again now that Donald Trump is no longer US president. This will feed the hopes of some sustainable finance supporters who want the FSB to drive progress on issues including environmental accounting.

  • Paragon jumps ahead on phase-out of non-green BTL mortgages

    Paragon jumps ahead on phase-out of non-green BTL mortgages

    The UK government is planning to tighten the energy efficiency ratings required for buy-to-let mortgages, phasing in the changes through to 2028, but some mortgage lenders are implementing the rules early. The result could mean more collateral for green structured finance transactions as well as a lower risk of default.

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