The European Commission has published a legislative proposal that would prohibit certain large EU banks from engaging in selected types of risky proprietary trading. The proposal would also potentially require such banking groups to push out and ring-fence certain other high-risk trading activities. The UK, France and Germany have already adopted separate national ring-fencing legislation, while in the US the Volcker Rule, which bans proprietary trading, is now in final form. International banking groups will need to continue work on restructuring their businesses to comply with the overlapping and at times inconsistent sets of rules. This note summarises the key provisions of each measure.
View full memo, Comparison of New EU Proposals on Proprietary Trading and Ring-fencing Against US, UK, French and German Rules