Research Handbook on Cross-Border Bank Resolution
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Research Handbook on Cross-Border Bank Resolution

Edited by Matthias Haentjens and Bob Wessels

Since 2008, many countries across the globe have witnessed the introduction of new recovery and resolution regimes for banks. Whereas much may have been achieved on regional levels, this has not been perfect, and many global challenges remain unsolved. The Research Handbook on Cross-Border Bank Resolution analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the current regulatory framework for cross-border bank crises with contributions from eminent experts from the US, EU, Japan and China. The topic is addressed from both economic, and legal perspectives, with a special section devoted to real-life cases.
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Chapter 2: Cross-border coordination of bank resolution in the EU: all problems resolved?

Jens-Hinrich Binder


Among the technical challenges that continue to have an impact on the effective resolution of large, complex, internationally active banking institutions and groups, the cross-border coordination of measures taken in different jurisdictions clearly is one of the most difficult to address. Given complex – and usually conflicting – vested national interests in home and host jurisdictions, cooperation requires not just a robust decision-making infrastructure, but also depends on the predictability of the economic outcomes of resolution – and on the fairness and reliability of ex ante commitments to joint burden-sharing. Given the dimension of these preconditions, it is hardly surprising that some jurisdictions, including, notably, the USA, have opted for ‘isolationist’, unilateral resolution actions vis-à-vis foreign-owned banks instead. The present chapter critically evaluates the new framework for cross-border bank resolution under the European Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive and the Single Resolution Mechanism as a counter-example, and identifies residual shortcomings in this regard.

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