Long after the global economy begins to recover from the current financial crisis, the focus on counterparty credit risk will remain. Once an afterthought during the days when the price of trades was first, last and everywhere in between on the list of priorities of derivatives users, the exit of two major dealers from the market in 2008 - Bear Stearns in March and Lehman Brothers in September - has caused them to rethink.

As the results of Risk's 2009 corporate survey - based on the responses of

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