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

Shareholders, Managers, and the Corporate Governance of Banks

Looking back at the causes of the financial crisis, it is often assumed that managers’ accountability vis-à-vis the shareholders was the major factor contributing to the excessive risk- taking that could be observed. Whilst this implication holds true, applying undifferentiated solutions to complex structures runs the danger of replacing one problem with another. Therefore, the regulatory … Continue reading Shareholders, Managers, and the Corporate Governance of Banks