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Custodian risks are being overlooked, says law firm

Guy Facey, regional head of corporate at Withers Hong Kong, says not enough attention is being paid to the risks associated with custody agreements.

Why are you highlighting custody agreements as an overlooked risk area

In the financial press the focus is mainly on counterparty risk on bank deposits and obligations pursuant to loans, other financing arrangements, derivative transactions or debt securities. What is often easily overlooked is that similar risks can arise even where assets are custodied with banks.

Why should there be any counterparty risk for custodian agreements

Where the bank is custodian, it assumes responsibility for the safekeeping and administration of deposits and investments. Typically, as custodian, the bank will hold equities, bonds and other forms of investments, as a nominee. It may be surprising to know that in some...

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