Structured Credit Investor SCI’s 5th Annual Capital Relief Trades Seminar 17 October 2019, London
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Capital Relief Trades

Capital relief trades are deals put together by banks to sell on to investors to reduce the bank's regulatory capital requirements. Such deals can take many forms, but SCI focuses on those where synthetic or securitisation structures are utilised. Those deals can be broken down into the following broad categories (deals can be combinations of these categories): CDS - credit default swaps: in the capital relief trade context, this denotes deals that utilise such instruments to transfer credit risk. CLN - credit-linked note: in the capital relief trade context, this denotes the deal is structured as a note with an embedded credit derivative. Fin gtee - Financial guarantee: a means of structuring a capital relief trade, whereby the investors benefit from a guarantee that all the issuer's obligations will be met. Funded: where a capital relief trade is understood to have been structured using a credit derivative (CDS, CLN, synthetic CDO etc) with the protection seller making an initial payment. Unfunded: where a capital relief trade is understood to have been structured without an initial payment being made under the credit derivative (CDS, CLN, synthetic CDO etc). True sale: a capital relief trade based on a cash securitisation structure rather than a synthetic securitisation structure.


  • Leverage ratio driving off-balance sheet trend

    A number of European banks - including Rabobank and Credit Foncier - are becomin...

    News Analysis    4 April 2017
  • Risk transfer round-up - 24 March

    Deutsche Bank is believed to have priced its CRAFT CLO 2017-1 capital relief trade this week (SCI 17...

    News    24 March 2017
  • Risk transfer round-up - 17 March

    Activity continued this week in the capital relief trade space, with Deutsche Bank's CRAFT CLO enter...

    News    17 March 2017
  • Innovative GARC transaction prints

    Intesa Sanpaolo has printed an innovative risk transfer transaction - and the largest to d...

    News    14 March 2017
  • Landmark green SRT introduced

    Mariner Investment Group and Crédit Agricole have collaborated to create the first green ca...

    News Analysis    13 March 2017
  • Risk transfer round-up - 10 March

    Amid the talk circulating the capital relief trade market this week is a rumour that StormHarbour is...

    News    10 March 2017
  • Securitisation revival required

    The European securitisation market needs to be revitalised imminently to drive the continued recover...

    News    7 March 2017
  • Risk transfer round-up - 3 March

    Intesa Sanpaolo Group has completed a €2.5bn synthetic SME securitisation through its GARC...

    News    3 March 2017
  • Leverage signals maturing CRT market

    The increasing availability of leverage suggests that the risk transfer market is maturing. However,...

    News Analysis    27 February 2017
  • Risk transfer round-up - 24 February

    Several risk transfer securitisations are understood to have entered the pipeline this past week. ...

    News    24 February 2017
  • Slow start to year 'not concerning' for Euro ABS

    The European securitisation market started the year with its traditional quiet January, but issuance...

    News Analysis    23 February 2017
  • Risk transfer benchmark introduced

    PCS has launched the first risk transfer quality label for synthetic risk transfer deals. One of the...

    News    23 February 2017
  • Deploying capital

    Chris Redmond, global head of credit at Willis Towers Watson, answers SCI's questions

    Q: How and when did Willis Towers Watson become involved in the securitisation market? A: Willis To...

    The Structured Credit Interview    20 February 2017
  • Cautious optimism

    Secondary CRT market gaining momentum

    The secondary market for capital relief trades has been growing alongside issuance of syndicated dea...

    News Analysis    20 January 2017
  • Bilateral CLN closed

    Further details have emerged of Deutsche Bank's recent capital relief trade, Gate 2016-1 (SCI 3 Janu...

    News    16 January 2017
  • Record SRT deal launched

    Further details have emerged about Grafton CLO 2016-1, Santander's largest post-crisis corporate loa...

    News    12 January 2017
  • Green SRT emerging

    The final panel at SCI's recent Capital Relief Trades Seminar struck an optimistic note regarding de...

    News    11 January 2017
  • A nebulous concept

    Challenges in defining the cost of capital highlighted

    The challenges in defining the cost of capital were discussed extensively at SCI's recent Capital Re...

    Talking Point    11 January 2017
  • Cash versus synthetic weighed

    Balance sheet securitisations - whereby balance sheet relief is achieved via true sale &am...

    News    4 January 2017
  • Slew of risk transfer trades close

    A handful of capital relief trades closed in late December, including an unusual deal referencing a...

    News    3 January 2017
  • Spanish SRT deal completed

    Banco Santander has closed its first Spanish unsecured consumer loan significant risk transfer secur...

    News    23 December 2016