Cyprus Companies in "shadow banking" – what to look out for

In recent years Cyprus companies have sought, albeit not often, to generate financing outside the regular banking system through unconventional non-bank credit activities (ie, so-called 'shadow banking', which are backed by quasisecurity arrangements). Shadow banking takes the form of, among other things:

  • securities lending transactions;
  • repurchase transactions; and
  • derivatives transactions.

This has created a large sector parallel to the banking system, resulting in a call for strengthened regulations to mitigate risks and support financial stability.

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