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The Dark and the Bright Side of Global Banking: A (Somewhat) Cautionary Tale from Emerging Europe

  • Ralph de Haas

Abstract

What are the costs and benefits of cross-border banking integration and how has the balance between the two shifted in the aftermath of the global financial crisis? This question is not only of academic interest but also pertinent to policy discussions in the wide range of countries that have opened up their banking sectors to foreign investors over the past three decades. The process of financial globalisation during this period has resulted in high levels of foreign ownership of banks across the world. To name but a few examples, Spanish and Portuguese banks developed a presence in Latin America on the back of the strong cultural and trade links between this region and the Iberian Peninsula. Nigerian and South African
Figure 2.1

Global banking across the globe

Note: Foreign bank assets as a percentage of total banking assets.

Source: Claessens and Van Horen (2014) and EBRD (2009).

banks created pan-African networks, while many of New Zealand’s banking assets are currently owned by Australian financial institutions.

Keywords

Financial Intermediation Foreign Bank Bank Lending Internal Capital Market Relationship Lending 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralph de Haas
    • 1
  1. 1.One Exchange SquareEBRDLondonUK

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