Firms weigh benefits as EU power market coupling expands

German power - renewables capacity

Day-ahead power market coupling has been in operation across the North West Europe region for over a year. To what extent has it helped prices converge, and what are the next steps aimed at bringing Europe’s electricity markets closer together?

Geeks at the gates


Hampered by increasingly complex regulations, as well as the cost and inertia of inefficient legacy systems, banks are facing growing competition from innovative non-bank organisations. Unless they start to confront the mission-critical importance of transforming their technology, could they face death by a thousand cuts?

Horizon Software: coping with the compliance burden

sylvain thieullent of horizon software

French equity derivatives specialist Horizon Software is concerned about burdensome EU regulation choking liquidity in its core stock options market – but, says Sylvain Thieullent, its chief executive of electronic trading, the firm has learnt the importance of tailoring its approach to suit a local market as a result

Do insurers need a CIO?


The UK regulator has proposed five ‘controlled function holders’ for insurers without including a chief investment officer. But the role is too important to overlook, says Scott Eason of Barnett Waddingham