Financial Institutions and Markets (J)
In financing transactions, creditors, especially commercial banks, aim for repayment of loans through the smoothest manner possible. In order to secure the extended loan amount, creditors obtain security packages generally from borrowers, their shareholders or group companies to secure the extended loan amount. Within the security package, it is the intention of the lenders to receive securities that are time and cost efficient at the time of enforcement or foreclosure. Bank letters of credit are one of the most preferred securities, which include undertakings to pay the given amount without the need to conduct any further proceedings. This Newsletter will mainly focus on the definition and the legal nature of bank letters of credit, validity requirements, and validity formalities and, finally, a general overview to the types of bank letters of credit, in practice.
Authors: Rubens Vidigal Neto, Allan Crocci de Souza, Fernanda Mary Sonoki, Rafaella Flores Lellis
The Brazilian Central Bank (BACEN) has recently opened a public consultation for a new ruling that will regulate the fintech credit segment in Brazil (Public Consultation No. 55/2017). The proposal sets two new types of financial institutions, the direct credit company (Sociedade de Crédito Direto – SCD) and the peer-to-peer (P2P) lending company (Sociedade de Empréstimo entre Pessoas – SEP). Even though the proposed regulation aims at the fintech credit segment, it may also have an impact on the securitization and the alternative payment methods segments.
In recent years, the Brazilian fintech credit market has grown exponentially. This growth can be explained by the improved client experience and the better terms and conditions offered by fintech credit providers to their clients, and also by the fact that such fintech firms aim at consumers that are not usually targeted by conventional financial institutions. Due to strict regulatory framework and legal limits on interest rates that can be charged by lenders that are not financial institutions, most fintech firms work with bank partners that provide loans to the firms’ customers. This business model, on one hand, helps fintech firms reduce legal risk; on the other, however, increases costs and creates inefficiencies.
Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. Principal Denver Edwards was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA article, “Equifax Data Breach May Prompt Shareholder Derivative Suit,” by Jimmy H. Koo on September 13. The article discusses the recent breach of Equifax customers’ data and the possibility of a shareholder derivative suit.
A derivative suit against Equifax will likely allege breach of fiduciary duty. The purpose of any derivative suit is to “redress damages done by directors and officers,” but it isn’t “easy to have the board take action as they need to look at what happened” and assess whether there were any red flags, Edwards said.
As per the simplest definition, crowdfunding is an alternative financing method for funding projects and entrepreneurs. The Draft Law on Amendments to the Capital Market Law (“Draft Law”) regarding crowdfunding prepared by the government has been submitted to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey on 26 December 2016. By the enactment of the aforementioned Draft Law, it is aimed to achieve to keep the crowdfunding platforms in a free market, and simultaneously to bring protection mechanisms.
Since the turn of the millennium, there has been an increase in the variety and use of capital structures of a company. Under the well-known and widely accepted Modigliani and Miller theorem (“M-M theorem”), regulators would be able to achieve any particularly desirable mix of debt and equity in banks at negligible cost, since leverage (banks' debt: equity ratio) would then be irrelevant to lending and its pricing. Although it is proposed by the M-M theorem that the capital structure of a company, i.e. how the combination of debt and equity is managed, is irrelevant for the value of the firm, this classical theorem has been challenged by many other theorems, such as the ‘trade-off’ theory, the ‘agency costs’ theory, and ‘pecking-order’ theory (Ferran, pp. 54-56).