Tuesday, July 03, 2012

(BN) Big Banks’ ‘Living Wills’ Promise Bankruptcy Instead of Bailouts

July 3 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. regulators, seeking to prevent a repeat of taxpayer-funded bailouts of the financial system, released summaries of plans for breaking up nine of the world's largest banks in the event of an emergency.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. posted the public portions of so-called living wills on its website today as required by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. The documents outline more detailed proposals submitted privately to regulators describing how the companies can be dismantled if they fail.

The banks required to file are JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley, Barclays PLC, Deutsche Bank AG, Credit Suisse Group AG and UBS AG.

The aim of the living wills is to give regulators a plan for shutting down complex financial firms without taxpayer bailouts or the turmoil that followed the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

Banks with more than $250 billion in nonbank assets were the first of an eventual 125 firms required to produce liquidation plans, which are expected to run into thousands of pages. Nonbank companies declared by U.S. regulators to be systemically important will also have to submit living wills.

The regulators are to determine whether each living will represents a "credible" path to a rapid and orderly bankruptcy. The agencies have 60 days from submission of the plans to request more information from the companies.

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