ADVERTISEMENT



Google       

Home -> Law Blog Directory -> Legal Commentary Blogs -> Economics of Contempt

OR PHONE (866) 635-1838 for Bankruptcy Help, (866) 635-6190 for Divorce,
(866) 635-2689 for Personal Injury or (866) 635-9402 for Criminal Defense

Find a Local Lawyer

Bankruptcy (866) 635-1838
Divorce (866) 635-6190
Personal Injury (866) 635-2689
Criminal Defense (866) 635-9402

Bookmark

Legal Commentary

: Economics of Contempt

Ringfencing Investment Banks

By Anonymous

ADVERTISEMENTS
Speaking of Sheila Bair, she recently floated the idea of forcing the big banks to ringfence their investment banking affiliates. This would primarily affect the universal banks, so as a practical matter we?re really talking about JPMorgan, BofA, and Citi.

Bair only has a couple months left on her term at the FDIC, so it?s understandable that she would want to put this idea out there before she leaves. She wants to ensure that the idea is at least in the mix, even though she knows it?s premature. Hence the very preliminary language she used ? saying merely that she?d ?like to get some public comment on the idea? of ringfencing.

Her point has been that we may need to make structural changes to the big banks if, after getting all the necessary information through the ?resolution plan? process, the FDIC concludes that there?s simply no way to successfully resolve the big universal banks without structural changes. But we haven?t gone through the resolution plan process yet (the rules are still being written), so the FDIC doesn?t have nearly enough information yet to say definitively that structural changes need to be made, let alone what structural changes (e.g., ringfencing) are necessary to make them resolvable.*

Bair is essentially providing cover for her successor, should he/she end up deciding, after going through the resolution plan process, that something like ringfencing is necessary to make the big banks resolvable. By raising the possibility of ringfencing now, she?ll make it easier for her successor (rumored to be longtime Hill aide Martin Gruenberg) to propose ringfencing in the future without it coming as a huge shock and being dismissed out of hand. That?s probably a shrewd move. But I think that?s clearly all that Bair was trying to accomplish.

???????????

* I think the resolution plan process will ultimately force the big banks to make changes, but that the changes will be on an institution-by-institution basis. With the possible exception of JPMorgan and Bank of New York, I don?t think any real structural changes will need to be made, since the resolution authority can absolutely work on the dealers.

I know that Yves has a post claiming that the FDIC?s hypothetical Lehman resolution wouldn?t work, but her analysis is quite flawed. Among the myriad mistakes in the post, she and Satyajit Das both invoke scary-sounding cross-jurisdictional problems that simply wouldn?t arise under the resolution authority ? since Lehman?s London broker-dealer (LBIE) was funded almost entirely by the holding company (LBHI), selling LBHI to Barclays under the resolution authority would have obviated the need for LBIE to file for bankruptcy in the UK. That?s, umm, kind of the point of the resolution authority.

Full post as published by Economics of Contempt on April 25, 2011 (boomark / email).

Bloggers, promote your law blog by nominating your blog for inclusion in USLaw.com's Law Blog Directory and RSS Reader. Benefits described.
Related Law Blog Posts
Search Blog Directory:

Search Blog Directory:

Related Law Articles

Lawsuits and Settlements

Related Searches

























































































































US Law
#1 Online Legal Resource













Your Blog Subscriptions
Subscribe to blogs

10,000+ Law Job Listings
Lawyer . Police . Paralegal . Etc
Earn a law-related degree
Are you the author of this blog? Adding USLaw.com to your Blogroll increases relevance. You qualify to display a USLaw Network badge.
Suggest changes to this blog's description or nominate another for inclusion. Register for updates.


Practice Area
Zip Code:

Contact a Lawyer Now!






1.0557 secs (new cache)