Reform Of Latin American Banking Systems

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This book discusses current issues affecting the development of banking activities in the Latin American region, together with various perspectives on possible reform. It presents a comparative study of several Latin American banking systems and their supervisory bodies, and examines the institutional structures put in place following the reforms of the last decade. There is further discussion about the relationship that should exist between regulations and discretionary power when banks face difficulties.

These various subjects are explored through national case studies including Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, Guatemala, Argentina, Costa Rica, and - by way of comparison - the United States and Canada.

In addition, the book covers general discussion of the wider international context. There is comparative study of the structure of supervisory bodies in developed countries and the implications for developing countries, and of how recent international trends in banking supervision have been reflected in the experiences of Latin American countries.

The authors examine the recent crises experienced by South East Asian financial systems and the ways in which they could impact Latin America. The book also investigates the integration of banking markets at an international level and the harmonisation of different regulatory frameworks. A study of the European Union experience provides a background for the discussion of harmonisation in the MERCOSUR countries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789041197368
  • Publisher: Kluwer Law International, BV
  • Publication date: 2/22/2000
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I The Structure of Banking Systems in Latin America
1 Basic Reforms of the Banking Systems in Latin America: Comparative Analyses, Trends and Outlook
2 Case Studies
Canada: A Comparative Study
Pt. II Integration of Financial Markets and the Harmonisation of Law
3 EU Banking Legislation and the Central and Eastern European Countries
4 Integration and Harmonisation of Financial Law in Mercosur
The Integration Process of Mercosur
Legislative Asymmetry and the Integration of Banking in Mercosur: A Preliminary Approach
Pt. III Rules and Discretionary Power in Relation to Troubled Banks
5 Case Studies
United States
Pt. IV International Trends in Banking Supervision
6 Recent Trends in Banking Supervision
7 Case Studies
Pt. V Structure of the Institutions of Banking Supervision and Regulation
8 The Experience of Developed Countries and the Possible Implications for Latin America and Other Developing Countries
Pt. VI Effectiveness of the Present Supervisory Paradigm - Problems and Solutions
9 Institutional Structures: Case Studies
Costa Rica
Pt. VII Crises of the Asian Financial System and its Consequences for Latin America
10 Mexico: Evolution of the Financial System and its Supervisory Structure
11 'Asian Contagion' and Latin America
12 The Impact of the Asian Crisis on Latin America
SELA (The Permanent Secretariat of the Latin American Economic System)
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