United Kingdom


  • Industry: Financial Services
  • Date: 14/06/2012

Questions remain despite the long awaited banking reform White Paper, says KPMG 

  • Clear that reform will happen but key details for banks remain to be determined
  • Significant discretion handed to regulators about how reforms will be applied
  • Uncertainty will continue until regulators finalise the resolution regime


Jon Pain, head of financial services risk consulting at KPMG, commented:


“Today’s White Paper sheds little further light on how the banking reforms will be applied. It has however made it very clear that the train has left the station and that these reforms, particularly with regard to ring-fencing, will be implemented. 

“Regulators have been handed significant discretion and it will now be left to them to decide how the reforms will be implemented. Until then uncertainty for banks will remain.

“The paper is light on the issue of competition and whilst stressing the importance of striking the balance between stability and growth, is short on recommendations addressing the growth agenda.

“The costs, estimated at between £4-7bn per year, are significant and when added to the wider reform costs are going to further depress banks’ profitability.”


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