Governments as Investors of Last Resort, Credit Crisis Comparative Case Studies
Theoretical Inquiries in Law, 2012
24 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2012 Last revised: 14 Mar 2012
Date Written: January 28, 2012
Governments in Europe and the US have recently acquired significant stakes in a number of financial institutions, raising fears that they will use their investments to pursue interventionist goals. The comparative analysis of 16 major bail-outs in Belgium, Germany, France, Ireland, Switzerland, the UK and the US provides evidence to the contrary. Fiscal and political considerations have prompted governments to generally avoid common stock investments, limit direct managerial involvement and favor early exits. While this investment strategy may prove detrimental to other stakeholders, it resembles the approach distressed asset investors would adopt under the circumstances.
Keywords: Bank bail-out, bank governance, government ownership, state aid, resolution, restructuring
JEL Classification: G28, G32, H81, K22
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