The State Guarantee of External Debt of Korean Banks (South Korea GFC)
17 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2020 Last revised: 27 Aug 2021
Date Written: October 10, 2020
Following the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy of September 15, 2008, a number of foreign governments enacted stabilization measures in order to bolster their currencies and inject much-needed liquidity into domestic markets. As part of its effort, the Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance announced a series of government interventions that included a three-year guarantee of foreign debt issued (including extensions of maturity) by domestic banks between October 20, 2008, and June 30, 2009. This opt-in program was introduced as a preemptive step in ensuring that Korean financial institutions would retain competitive access to external funding in the wake of the global credit crunch. Though the guarantee cap was set at $100 billion, maximum utilization totaled only $1.3 billion issued by a single participant (Hana Bank). On June 30, 2012, the guarantee scheme was terminated with the repayment of all obligations by Hana Bank.
Keywords: Korea, foreign debt, government guarantee
JEL Classification: G01,G28
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