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European Banks’ Legal Provisions and Financial Crises: The Influence of Corporate Governance and Institutional Environment


  • Jorge Gallud Cano

    (Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain)

  • Felix J.Lopez-Iturriaga

    (Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain
    National Research University Higher School of Economics, Perm, Russia)

  • Oscar Lopez-De-Foronda Perez

    (University of Burgos, Burgos, Spain)


We study the legal provisions of 92 European systemic banks from 18 countries over the years 2008-2017. Since legal provisions may be viewed as a mechanism for disclosing information to capital markets, the creation of legal provisions is determined by the risk taken by the bank and the managerial incentives to disclose information. Our results show an initial negative relationship between managers’ discretionary investments and legal provisions, even when we control for risk taking. We also find that board of director independence has a moderating effect in order to guard against future lawsuits. Similarly, a better institutional framework amplifies the positive influence of the board of directors.

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  • Jorge Gallud Cano & Felix J.Lopez-Iturriaga & Oscar Lopez-De-Foronda Perez, 2020. "European Banks’ Legal Provisions and Financial Crises: The Influence of Corporate Governance and Institutional Environment," Czech Journal of Economics and Finance (Finance a uver), Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, vol. 70(1), pages 70-93, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:fau:fauart:v:70:y:2020:i:1:p:70-93

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    legal provisions; risk; corporate governance; institutional framework; European banks;
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    JEL classification:

    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation


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