Banks in Europe Told to Write No Taxpayer Aid Contingency Plans

Top banks in the European Union must present so-called “living wills” by the year-end spelling out how they would survive a crisis without taxpayer aid.

The requirement will affect 39 named banks, 15 of whom have started drafting recovery plans, or living wills, under guidance of the global Financial Stability Board (FSB), the European Banking Authority said on Wednesday.

“The plans shall be submitted to the respective competent authorities and discussed within colleges of supervisors.”

Living wills, which can run to several thousand pages, set out how a bank would top up funding and capital levels that become depleted. They show how key parts of the business could be hived off or closed down quickly so core services, such as payment systems, are maintained.

The documents are written by banks for regulators who decide if they are workable or if internal restructuring at the bank is needed.

The EU has proposed a law to manage cross-border banks in trouble that includes a requirement for lenders to draw up living wills.

The EBA has put pressure on banks to draft the will by the end of the year in case of a delay in approving the law.

via Reuters

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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