The phrase “Lehman fallout” has become almost white noise in the financial world.  Everything and anything has been attributed to the demise of the onetime banking giant.  At the risk of sounding cliché, everything has indeed changed because of the collapse of Lehman.  Apart from the obvious, the failure of Lehman has opened the floodgates to all kinds of scrutiny and the banks have quite understandably reacted to this new regime of regulation and compliance.
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So Eurosail-UK 2007-3BL plc (Eurosail) is not ‘balance sheet’ insolvent, no event of default has occurred under the RMBS notes it has issued and a post-enforcement call option (PECO) does not make limited recourse any of the notes it relates to.

Those are the conclusions of the Supreme Court (see here) after it substantially re-affirmed the judgments of both the High Court and the Court of Appeal in the case of BNY Corporate Trustee Services Ltd v Eurosail UK 2007-3BL and others.


For those unfamiliar with the facts, the case concerned an attempt by certain A3 noteholders to have an event of default under the notes declared on the basis that Eurosail was balance sheet insolvent due to, amongst other things, losses incurred as a result of the lack of currency swaps originally provided by Lehman Brothers.  The key argument being that the audited balance sheet of Eurosail showed an excess of liabilities over assets and that losses from the loss of the currency swaps could not realistically be recovered. 
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I suspect I may have been alone amongst viewers of the recent Singapore Grand Prix in that, rather than marvelling at the brilliance of Sebastian Vettel’s driving skills, my thoughts instead were on the world’s largest bankruptcy – Lehman Brothers. For those who have not been living and breathing the consequences of the financial sector’s greatest ever failure, the link between the cars and glamour of F1 and an insolvent investment bank may not be immediately obvious. However if you were to know that Lehman Brothers is still the second largest shareholder in the sport, with a 15.3 per cent stake in Formula One’s holding company, then the connection becomes clearer. Given the fourth anniversary of the bank’s demise was a few days ago, it is also a good time to think about how far we’ve come since the dark days of Autumn 2008, a time when many thought the world as we knew it was coming to an end. So, four years on, what have we learnt?
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