Bankers’ Pay after the 2008 Crisis: Regulatory Reforms in the US and the EU

Zeitschrift fur Bankrecht und Bankwirtschaft (Journal of Banking Law and Banking)

Posted: 8 Feb 2012 Last revised: 26 Jul 2013

See all articles by Guido Ferrarini

Guido Ferrarini

University of Genoa - Law Department and Centre for Law and Finance; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Maria Cristina Ungureanu

Sodali; Genoa Centre for Law and Finance, University of Genoa; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

We examine the political dynamics which led to the codification of the Principles and Standards for sound compensation practices at financial institutions at international (G 20) level and to their subsequent implementation on both sides of the Atlantic. We show that the regulation of bankers’ pay is presently more detailed and less flexible in Europe than in the US, despite the fact that the 2008 crisis originated in the latter country and the levels of executive pay were no doubt higher in the US than in Europe. We also find that remuneration practices at large US banks are strongly converging towards the international Principles, well beyond what required under applicable regulations. As a result, both EU and US compensation practices at large banks generally converge, whilst the framework is more divergent when considering banks that are less complex and do not have significant international activities.

Keywords: Executive remuneration, corporate governance, banks, financial crisis, Dodd-Frank, Capital Requirements Directive, CRD III, prudential regulation, supervision

JEL Classification: G20, G21, G28, G30, G32, G34, G38, K22, K31, M12

Suggested Citation

Ferrarini, Guido and Ungureanu, Maria Cristina, Bankers’ Pay after the 2008 Crisis: Regulatory Reforms in the US and the EU (2012). Zeitschrift fur Bankrecht und Bankwirtschaft (Journal of Banking Law and Banking). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2001492

Guido Ferrarini

University of Genoa - Law Department and Centre for Law and Finance ( email )

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European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

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Belgium

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Maria Cristina Ungureanu (Contact Author)

Sodali ( email )

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New York, NY 10019
United States

Genoa Centre for Law and Finance, University of Genoa ( email )

Genova
Italy

HOME PAGE: http://www.clfge.org

European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) ( email )

c/o ECARES ULB CP 114
Brussels, B-1050
Belgium

HOME PAGE: http://www.ecgi.org

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