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 4: Early intervention

Andrew Campbell and Paula Moffatt


The importance of early intervention with regard to a financially troubled institution has long been recognised. The supervisory authorities in the US recognised this early on and have used the concept of ‘prompt corrective action’ for many years. It has repeatedly been demonstrated in banking crises that the failure to act as soon as a problem is discovered generally means that the value of financially distressed banks reduces very quickly and that crises develop when they could have been avoided, or their effects limited. This chapter examines the European response to early intervention following the banking crisis that began just over ten years ago and which affected many European banks. The chapter focuses on the early intervention measures in the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive which has now come into effect throughout EU.

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