Tag archives: Banks

Government and banks offer debt relief for businesses affected by COVID-19

As South African businesses suffer the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown, small businesses can apply for debt relief from most of the major South African banks and several state programmes. The Department of Small Business has announced multiple interventions to assist small businesses. In addition to tax subsidies and incentives for compliant … Continue reading

Serious consequences if you use money mistakenly transferred into your account

In the digital age, more and more people are using electronic banking. The risks associated with electronic banking include typing errors which result in money being transferred to an incorrect account or more money being paid than is due. If a person receives money mistakenly transferred to their account and uses that money, knowing that … Continue reading

An increased costs trap – Practical advice for SA Financial Institutions

The Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) was introduced with the implementation of Basel III, and is designed to ensure that financial institutions have the necessary assets on hand to ride out short-term liquidity disruptions. Two important elements of the LCR that are especially relevant to South African banks are: 1.   The LCR in South Africa was … Continue reading

Credit ratings and acceptable banks

When rating agencies downgrade the credit ratings of South Africa’s banks or the country’s sovereign credit rating, whether justifiably or not, it raises interesting questions for the operation of project financing agreements. Definitions in finance documents designate a class of financial institutions as ‘acceptable banks’. This definition is commonly used in project finance transactions as … Continue reading

Class actions in the banking industry

The global banking industry has seen an increasing number of class actions being brought against it. In August 2014 an application for class action certification was launched against a number of Australian banks in New South Wales. The class potentially consists of hundreds of thousands of bank customers who were allegedly charged excessive credit card … Continue reading

Sanctions on Russian and Ukrainian entities

The European Union, the USA and Canada have imposed sanctions on a number of Russian and Ukrainian individuals and legal entities. The nature and scope of the sanctions are explained in this briefing. If a bank has entered into credit risk mitigation arrangements with Russian or Ukrainian counterparties, or relating to Russian or Ukrainian assets, … Continue reading

Possible business rescue orders

A court can issue an order placing a company in business rescue if it is shown that the company has reasonable prospects of being restored to a continued solvent existence or of achieving a better return for creditors and shareholders than would result from immediate liquidation. The supreme court of appeal made this finding in Oakdene … Continue reading