Financial & Business Services

What makes us different?

Proposed regulation and a burgeoning activist philosophy on the part of regulators is transforming today’s financial services industry. Our financial services team complements its expertise in policy and politics with substantial buy-side and sell-side experience. We rigorously identify and quantify regulatory and political risks and opportunities in a wide swath of financial service capital market companies and specific private equity transactions.

We live in the weeds.

Capstone analysts track legislation and guidance from the earliest stages until the implementation phase and beyond to help clients create value-added growth strategies. We balance sophisticated investment data with expert policy analysis to provide clients with innovative research on political and regulatory forces that impact the financial services sector. Our network of expert contacts includes former regulators, lobbyists, consultants, and law firms in key jurisdictions. We leverage these relationships to arrange conversations with the right people “on-the-ground” and have built strong relationships with international organizations, legislators, supervisory authorities, and a broad spectrum of stakeholders including think tanks, trade associations, lobbyists, and academics. Understanding the opaque connections allows us to track and analyze regulatory and policy changes and challenges.

Selected Issues

Asset/Wealth management
Banking
Business services
Education
Fintech
Housing finance
Insurance

Legal services
Markets and exchanges
Payments
Real estate
Securitization
Specialty finance

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The Gathering Regulatory Storm for Visa and Mastercard

The Gathering Regulatory Storm for Visa and Mastercard

By: John Donnelly August 15, 2022 — The dominance of Visa Inc. (V) and Mastercard Inc. (MA) in traditional electronic payments—debit and credit cards—has rarely been questioned. If consumer spending increased, the two companies benefitted, aided by the ongoing move...

The Case for a Midterm Election Surprise

The Case for a Midterm Election Surprise

By: David Barrosse, CEO of Capstone August 8, 2022 — As I have said many times, Capstone is in the prediction game. We make predictions about state and federal policy and then conduct the complex task of modeling or financial analysis to help our clients understand...

The Looming Shift in Crypto Regulation  

The Looming Shift in Crypto Regulation  

August 1, 2022 — Capstone expected 2022 to be a pivotal year for cryptocurrency regulation, and policymakers haven’t disappointed—though action and results are two different things. We believe the regulatory sands are set to shift further, a development that will have...