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The implementation of Basel III in Europe saw the replacement of the Banking Consolidation Directive (BCD) and the Capital Adequacy Directive (CAD) (also known as the Capital Requirements Directive or CRD and as amended by a series of directives in 2009 and 2010) with the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) and the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD IV).For further information relating to the background and history of the CRD IV package please refer to the following Practice Notes: Capital Requirements Directive IV: background and legislative history and CRD IV—essentials.
Parts of the CRR brought significant changes for firms, including the introduction of new capital buffers and ratio requirements. The approach to credit risk mitigation (CRM) techniques in the CRR did not fundamentally change but there were a number of amendments that affect requirements for a range of CRM techniques.
Despite this largely unchanged approach to CRM, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Committee) may look to tighten the regime in the future. In December 2015, the Committee released a second consultative document which highlighted several weaknesses (first identified in a 2014 consultative document) of the current CRM framework, not least the ability for banks to cherry-pick and use internal estimates, which is contrary to one of the Committee's principles for revising the Standardised Approach.
This Practice Note revisits the changes (from
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