Basel III and beyond: The trillion dollar question

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Can bail-in capital bail out the banking industry?

Bail-in capital is central to the regulatory reform of banks, and can help to restore confidence in the industry. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision have announced that all non-core equity capital instruments would have to have a bail-in feature from 1 January 2013.

Regulators and banks now have just one year to make this complex regulation workable, and banks that do it well will have greater competitive advantage over other institutions.

The regulatory environment for banks is undoubtedly complex. In PwC’s latest publication, we examine the challenges and practical issues that need to be addressed before bail-in capital can become a reality.

  • Defining bail-in capital
  • The rationale and the problem of the bail-in debt proposals
  • Where are we now?
  • The size of the capital problem
  • Debt-holder risk management – avoiding the death spiral
  • Systemic considerations – protecting against contagion
  • Legal issues – treating investors fairly
  • Accounting issues – how will bail-in debt be valued?
  • Tax – should bail-in debt be treated as debt or equity?
  • Pricing – what price will make bail-in debt attractive to investors?
  • A look to the future


View all issues of Basel updates

Jan 2013 Basel III and beyond: Revised Liquidity Coverage Ratio
Dec 2011 Basel III and beyond: The trillion dollar question
Jan 2011 A Practitioner's Guide to Basel III and Beyond