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HomeBusinessSwitzerland Bolsters Banking Regulations Post-Credit Suisse Collapse

Switzerland Bolsters Banking Regulations Post-Credit Suisse Collapse

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Switzerland Enhances Banking Safety Measures in Wake of Credit Suisse Collapse

Switzerland’s recent move to enhance the safety of UBS:NYSE and three other major banks underscores a proactive approach to banking regulation, aiming to prevent a repeat of the Credit Suisse collapse. The government’s detailed report, spanning 209 pages, outlines 22 measures designed to strengthen the regulatory framework for banks deemed “too big to fail.” This initiative is a direct response to the challenges highlighted by UBS’s emergency acquisition of Credit Suisse, which brought to light significant gaps in the existing regulatory measures.

Among the key recommendations, the report emphasizes the need for tighter capital requirements, including a novel forward-looking component. This approach aims to ensure that systemically important banks maintain a robust financial buffer against potential future crises. The proposal to enhance capital requirements for foreign subsidiaries reflects a comprehensive strategy to mitigate risks across global operations. Additionally, the focus on improving corporate governance, with specific attention to board responsibilities and corporate culture, aims to foster a more responsible and risk-aware management ethos within these institutions.

The report also advocates for the introduction of a senior managers regime, which would clarify the lines of responsibility among top executives, thereby enhancing accountability. The call for public disclosure of supervisory actions and a reevaluation of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority’s (FINMA) fining authority represents a push towards greater transparency and regulatory oversight. Moreover, the emphasis on strengthening the resilience of AT1 capital instruments and the decision against abolishing AT Capital Instruments are critical for enhancing the risk-bearing capacity of banks, addressing one of the contentious issues during the Credit Suisse rescue.

In light of Credit Suisse’s current market performance, with its stock trading at $0.89 and experiencing fluctuations within a narrow range, the proposed regulatory enhancements are timely. Credit Suisse’s market capitalization of around $3.5 billion, coupled with a significant trading volume on the NYSE, underscores the importance of implementing robust regulatory measures to safeguard the stability of systemically important banks. The proposed improvements in capital resilience and the call for better cooperation among authorities in crisis situations, along with the suggestion for a public liquidity backstop, are aimed at fortifying the Swiss banking sector against future financial crises, ensuring that the tumultuous events surrounding Credit Suisse do not recur.

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