Lunchtime Links: Yet another reason why London is losing out to Asia; how "stupid and arrogant" bankers threatened to "bring us all down"

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Much of the focus over the last couple of days has been the debate over the damage the ICB recommendations could cause UK banks, but other regulations may still dent London's standing as a financial centre.

Bloomberg has suggested that certain banks - including HSBC, UBS and Nomura - are attempting to book as many trades as possible (up to 30%) through Singapore, Hong Kong and other light-touch jurisdictions in a bid to side-step onerous regulation in the UK, Europe and the US.

Much of this is an attempt to avoid the UK banking levy, as well as other financial transaction taxes. While there's nothing illegal in all this, it does of course mean that the UK is losing out in another example of regulatory arbitrage.

"It is really about trying understand where all the different regulatory pressures are going to squeeze the hardest and looking to see if there are more efficient ways of reorganizing the booking model and business model so as not to have too many restraints," Chris Matten, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers told Bloomberg TV.

Banks are likely to take differing approaches - some could set up a new subsidiary in Singapore or Hong Kong, others could book more trades through existing offices rather than a single global hub, while others could create a series of ring-fenced, fully-capitalised subsidiaries.

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