Can Contracts Discipline Bankers? Bail-inable Securities and Financial Contracting

The new Recovery and Resolution framework for banks was welcomed as a game changer in addressing financial stability concerns. In particular, the mechanism of internal recapitalisation through which junior and senior creditors are wiped-out and converted into ordinary shares to absorb losses (bail-in) was expected to significantly enhance the level of market discipline. Nonetheless, many … Continue reading Can Contracts Discipline Bankers? Bail-inable Securities and Financial Contracting

General Court’s blow to the Commission’s strife to end bail-outs: Tercas’ state aid decision annulled

In its decision dated 19 March 2019, the General Court of the EU annulled the Commission’s decision 2016/1208 of 23 December 2015, which had concluded that the support provided by the FITD (Italian Deposit Guarantee Scheme, or ‘DGS’) to one of its members, the regional Italian bank, Tercas, amounted to ‘’aid illegally granted by the … Continue reading General Court’s blow to the Commission’s strife to end bail-outs: Tercas’ state aid decision annulled

Call for Policy Proposals – Financial Stability Conference Workshop, Berlin

Dear friends of financial regulation, in recent years I have already advertised participation in the Financial Stability Conference in Berlin. For this year, let me also draw your attention to the accompanying Research Workshop which will take place on October 29, 2019. I  can only recommend young researchers and professionals to make use of this … Continue reading Call for Policy Proposals – Financial Stability Conference Workshop, Berlin

The EU banking package: CRD V & CRR II

Long awaited, the EU is finally about to update its common banking rulebook.  In this post, I provide an overview of the most important changes the regulatory community will have to consider in the coming months. The current EU legislative package consisting of Capital Requirements Directive and the Capital Requirements Regulation was introduced to implement … Continue reading The EU banking package: CRD V & CRR II

International Summer School on Banking and Capital Markets

Fellow financial regulation nerds, let me quickly draw your attention to the International Summer School on Banking & Financial Law 2019 taking place in Milan and Lake Como from July 22 - 26. Participating universities, AEDBF (European Society for Banking and Financial Law) and EBI (European Banking Institute) have put together a highly interesting programme … Continue reading International Summer School on Banking and Capital Markets

Notes on The Local Effects of Monetary Policy

Does distance matter for financial stability and banking structures? This question is of high salience for all policy- efforts aiming to achieve coordination over large geographical areas as the European Banking Union. In this post, I provide an overview over the different concepts put forward in the economic literature. Distance is a complex, multidimensional relational … Continue reading Notes on The Local Effects of Monetary Policy

In Two Minds: The Governance of Ring-Fenced Banks

A keynote policy of UK financial regulation since the financial crisis has been the ‘ring-fencing’ of retail banks into separate and independently operated entities, so-called ‘ring-fenced bodies’ (RFBs), distinct from entities that carry on other, and especially investment, banking activities within the same corporate group. Such structural regulation of the banking sector – which entered … Continue reading In Two Minds: The Governance of Ring-Fenced Banks

Ten Years After the Financial Crisis: “We Are Safer, But Not As Safe As We Should and Could Be”

Experts from academia and industry gathered at the University of Oxford to revisit what went wrong in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, whether the actions that were taken since seem sufficient, and the risks that might forestall a new crisis. The authors Jure Jeric, Thom Wetzer and Alexandra Zeitz are DPhil (PhD) candidates at the University of … Continue reading Ten Years After the Financial Crisis: “We Are Safer, But Not As Safe As We Should and Could Be”

Crypto Tokens, Legislative Intent & Prerogative of Interpretation – The current Dilemma for Supervisory Authorities

Crypto tokens are – in most jurisdictions – far from being “fully regulated”. This does not only pose a challenge for investors or market players, but also for supervisory authorities, which depend on a somewhat clear-cut legal framework. On the one hand, the authorities risk a state of legal uncertainty by abstaining from official statements … Continue reading Crypto Tokens, Legislative Intent & Prerogative of Interpretation – The current Dilemma for Supervisory Authorities