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Capital requirements for banks



Banks and credit institutions, like other financial market operators, are required to meet certain capital requirements and other prudential standards in order to ensure their resilience, particularly during times of market stress. Following the financial crisis, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision updated its global standards (Basel III) which then had to be enshrined in law by legislators and regulators. For EU member states, the implementation of these international standards on capital requirements comes through EU legislation under the various iterations of the Capital Requirements framework (the Directive CRD and the Regulation CRR). The next revision has been carried out since the end 2021. 

How does it affect private equity?

The prudential regime applying to banks has an impact on the price and availability of the services that banks can provide to their clients, including private equity and infrastructure investments. Article 132 of the Capital Requirements Regulation determines the risk weightings that apply to banks’ investments in funds under the standard model. Recent European Banking Authority (EBA) Guidelines clarified that investments in private equity and venture capital funds are not covered in Article 128 of CRR, despite the reference to private equity in this Article.

CRD/CRR library


Speech by Eric de Montgolfier at the ECMI Annual Conference 2021

02 Dec 2021
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Speech by Eric de Montgolfier at the Long-Term Investments Intergroup Event

29 Nov 2021
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Positions & consultation responses

Q&A to EBA on the treatment of banks' exposures to closed-ended funds

28 Jun 2021
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Positions & consultation responses

Letter to European Commission on the treatment of banks' exposures to closed-ended funds

28 Jun 2021
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Positions & consultation responses

Comments on the Capital Markets Union

30 Jun 2020
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Response to European Commission Consultation on Basel III transposition into EU law

20 Dec 2019
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PAE Response to Targeted Consultation on CRR market risk

13 Nov 2019
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Positions & consultation responses

Response to EBA Guidelines on CRD/CRR high-risk exposures

16 Jul 2018
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Positions & consultation responses

Response to Capital Markets Union Mid-Term Consultation

17 Mar 2017
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Positions & consultation responses

Response to BCBS Consultation on Step-In Risk

17 Mar 2016
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