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South Africa’s central bank has disagreed with a ratings decision by Moody’s to downgrade Capitec Bank Limited (Capitec) by two notches, and place it on review for a further downgrade. The central bank says it respects the independent opinion of rating agencies but that it does not “agree with the rationale given in taking this step”. Two reasons are given for the rating action: a lower likelihood of sovereign systemic support based on decisions recently taken in relation to African Bank Limited (African Bank), and heightened concerns regarding the risk inherent in Capitec’s consumer lending focus. “With regard to the first point, it is important to reiterate that the approach taken by the SARB to any resolution to address systemic risk will always be based on the circumstances and merits of the particular prevailing situation. Decisions will also be informed, as was the case with African Bank, by principles contained in the Key Attributes for Effective Resolution Regimes proposed by the Financial Stability Board (FSB), which have the objective that a bank should be able to fail without affecting the system,” notes the central bank in an official statement. “This is in keeping with evolving international best practice. In the case of African Bank bond holders and wholesale depositors are taking a 10% haircut, which is generally regarded as being very positive given that the trades following the announcement of African Bank's results were taking place at around 40% of par. Therefore in fact substantial support was provided, not reduced. Moreover, all retail depositors were kept whole and are able to access their accounts fully,” it adds - According to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) credit card receivables increased by 2.1% in the second quarter to HKD112, after a reduction of 6.7% in the previous quarter. The total number of credit card accounts edged up by 0.7% to around 16.8m.The rollover amount, which reflects the amount of borrowing by customers using their credit cards, increased by 2.9% during the quarter to HKD19.2bn. The rollover ratio also rose marginally from 17.0% to 17.1% in the same period. The charge-off amount increased to HKD569mduring the quarter from HKD528m in the previous quarter. Correspondingly, the quarterly charge-off ratio rose to 0.51% from 0.46% in the previous quarter. The amount of rescheduled receivables transferred outside the surveyed institutions’ credit card portfolios reduced to HKD94m from HK$109m in the previous quarter. The delinquent amount increased to HKD249m at end-June from HKD239m at end-March. However, the delinquency ratio remained the same at 0.22% because of an increase in total card receivables. The combined delinquent and rescheduled ratio (after taking into account the transfer of rescheduled receivables mentioned above) edged up to 0.29% from 0.28% during the same period - Harkand has been awarded a contract to support Apache with inspection, repair and maintenance work (IRM) as well as light construction (LC) across their assets in the North Sea, following completion of a competitive tender exercise. The award includes the provision of vessels, ROV and diving services for a three-year period, plus two one-year options. The firm will also support offshore marine construction contractor EMAS AMC who have been awarded a separate contract for pipe lay and heavy construction as part of the same tender process. Harkand Europe managing director, David Kerr, said: “This contract is an important step in strengthening our close working relationship and growing our North Sea business with Apache.

DFSA delegated new powers by DIFC Registrar of Companies

Wednesday, 15 February 2012
DFSA delegated new powers by DIFC Registrar of Companies The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) has been devolved new powers by the DIFC Registrar of Companies. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) has been devolved new powers by the DIFC Registrar of Companies.

The delegated powers include the power to appoint inspectors to investigate the affairs of companies and partnerships, and to pursue enforcement remedies available to the Registrar under the following Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Laws and their associated Regulations (together, the Registrar of Companies Laws (ROC Laws)):

• Companies Law, DIFC Law No 2 of 2009;
• Limited Partnership Law, DIFC Law No 4 of 2006;
• Limited Liability Partnership Law, DIFC Law No 5 of 2004;
• Insolvency Law, DIFC Law No 3 of 2009; and
• General Partnership Law, DIFC Law No 11 of 2004.

The Registrar continues to have the right to exercise the delegated powers in relation to any matter, whether independent of, or concurrently with, the DFSA. However, the Registrar and the DFSA have agreed that the DFSA will investigate contraventions of the ROC Laws for which penalties of AED 36,700 (US $10,000) or more may be imposed. Contraventions, for which lesser penalties may be imposed, will remain the responsibility of the Registrar (though the DFSA may investigate such contraventions if they are ancillary to any DFSA investigation).

The Registrar will continue to administer the registry functions within the DIFC.

 Khalid Al Zarouni, The Registrar explains the move is “in line with our on-going commitment to develop the DIFC’s legal and regulatory framework while leveraging the expertise and best practices of other DIFC bodies. Both the DIFC Registrar of Companies and the DFSA agree that the delegation will result in a more efficient and effective regulation of the ROC Laws.”

Under the delegation, the DFSA will exercise the delegated powers and functions as it deems necessary or desirable in order to carry out inspections and investigations, make directions, procure court orders, impose penalties or take any other regulatory or enforcement action in relation to the ROC Laws.

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