Biggest Banks’ Wind-Down Plans Seen Failing to Cut Risks
By Jesse Hamilton and Craig Torres
An increasingly vocal chorus of current and former U.S. regulators says the biggest banks still have not provided adequate plans to safely wind down in bankruptcy and may need to be restructured to reduce the risk they pose to the financial system. Jim Wigand, a Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. official responsible for planning for the failures of big banks, said none have yet been able to draw up bankruptcy plans that wouldn’t threaten to detonate the financial system. The plans, known as “living wills,” were a core demand of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act overhaul of financial oversight, and it gave regulators the authority require systemically risky banks to restructure if their plans aren’t “credible.” One or more of the largest banks is ’’likely to be required to restructure’’ after their October submissions as regulators seek to give the process more credibility, said Karen Shaw Petrou, managing partner of Washington-based Federal Financial Analytics, an independent banking consulting firm.