Dominic is a London-based columnist covering investment banking. Prior to Breakingviews, he spent two years at moneydealer ICAP, where he brokered equity derivatives trades between investment banks, high-frequency trading firms and hedge funds. He has more than five years of financial journalism experience, including stints as news editor and investment banking editor at Financial News. He has also written for The Wall Street Journal Europe. Dominic holds an MA in Classics from Oxford University and an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics. Follow Dominic on Twitter @DominicElliott
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Warsaw could force lenders to cough up $5.9 bln to relieve borrowers with Swiss franc mortgages not obviously in distress. With elections looming, the party ahead in the polls wants to tax banks’ balance sheets. It may be pure politics, but the danger is that foreign money flees.
The search giant’s robust response to a European challenge over price comparison tools ratchets up a complex theoretical battle over what makes a monopoly. Yet the dispute misses a broader point: it’s hard to see how any likely outcome will make a massive difference to consumers.
Paddy Power and Betfair have agreed to a possible all-share merger. The two look evenly balanced: the Irish group is big in traditional betting, its UK peer in online exchanges. Greater scale should offer some defence against industry consolidation and rising taxes.
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