Handbook on Corporate Governance in Financial Institutions

Handbook on Corporate Governance in Financial Institutions

Research Handbooks in Business and Management series

Edited by Christine A. Mallin

The global financial crisis has led to more and more focus on corporate governance and financial institutions. There has been much coverage in the media about various corporate governance related issues in banks and other financial institutions, such as executive directors’ remuneration and bankers’ bonuses, board composition and board diversity. This engaging book, dedicated to the corporate governance of banks and other financial institutions, makes a timely and accessible contribution to the literature in this area. The chapters highlight many of the shortcomings of corporate governance which have led to financial scandals, whilst indicating areas where corporate governance can be strengthened and improved.

Chapter 5: Regulation, ownership and corporate governance in Brazilian banks

Rafael F. Schiozer and Paulo R.S. Terra

Subjects: business and management, corporate governance, economics and finance, financial economics and regulation

Abstract

This chapter gives an overview of corporate governance in Brazilian banks. The authors start by describing the recent history of the country’s financial system, with an emphasis on the macroeconomic reforms of the mid-1990s, which ended the chronic inflation problem that the country had faced for decades, and had major implications for the functioning of the banking system. They then summarize the most important bank and capital markets regulations and describe the ownership structure of Brazilian banks, as well as board composition, and their implications for corporate governance. They conclude by discussing the recent achievements and the challenges that remain for the future in terms of bank corporate governance in the country, such as increasing bank competition and reducing ownership concentration in banks.

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