The Law on Corporate Governance in Banks
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The Law on Corporate Governance in Banks

Iris H.-Y. Chiu, Michael McKee, Anna P. Donovan, Rod Edmunds, Andreas Kokkinis, John Lowry, Marc T. Moore and Arad Reisberg

Corporate governance in financial institutions has come under the spotlight since the banking crisis in the UK in 2008-9. In many respects, the banking business raises unique problems for corporate governance that are not found in other corporate sectors. The Law on Corporate Governance in Banks is the first work to provide a detailed survey and practical examination of key topical issues in the corporate governance of banks and financial institutions, including governance structure, collective board responsibility, directors’ liability, shareholders, and risk management. Combining the insight and expertise of leading corporate lawyers in the field with rigorous academic analysis, the book unpicks and clarifies the legal issues that confront corporate and banking law practitioners when advising banks and financial institutions.
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Iris H-Y Chiu


Banks and financial institutions are subject to mandatory transparency in order to cater to two objectives. One relates to reporting to capital markets, in respect of quoted and listed firms. In this respect the corporate reporting which is accountable to shareholders and investors is in the same vein as corporate reporting generally applicable to the corporate sector. The second objective relates to reporting to the relevant financial regulator in order to facilitate ongoing supervision, particularly in prudential matters. Increasingly, one may also regard reporting as a form of accountability as a wider concept extending to groups of stakeholders and civic society. This chapter will discuss bank and financial institution accountability in all three and interrelated dimensions – to shareholders, to regulators and to the wider public. The two traditional objectives of reporting by banks and financial institutions viz accountability to the capital markets and to regulators have tended to go hand in hand. Corporate reporting to the capital markets, largely dominated by financial reporting, is scrutinised by the financial regulator in order to consider the prudential position of a bank or financial institution. Microprudential reporting by banks and financial institutions that is aimed at meeting regulatory requirements, is also used to assist investors in exercising market discipline, reinforcing the regulatory objectives in microprudential regulation. This is known as the Pillar 3 of the Basel II Capital Accord, an internationally agreed template for capital adequacy in banks.

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