US red tape is a green light for Macquarie

The regulations introduced since the financial crisis have forced US banks to offload many of their profitable, but potentially risky, trading businesses. Macquarie is a willing buyer.

JP Morgan Chase may have sold its commodities trading unit to the Swiss-based Mercuria for $US3.5 billion but Macquarie Group’s interest in acquiring that business highlights the opportunities being created as the post-crisis regulatory environment finally takes on a firmer shape.

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