Co-operation between Competition Agencies and Regulators in the Financial Sector: 10 years on from the Financial Crisis


 4 December 2017  Paris

In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, an international consensus emerged that financial institutions should be regulated more strongly to improve their resilience. Indeed the OECD suggested that in order for the benefits of competition to flow through the whole market, an appropriate regulatory and competitive framework for the financial sector must be identified and implemented. In doing so, it said that where appropriate, competition within the financial sector should be encouraged, facilitated and protected. However, it also acknowledged that competition in the absence of adequate regulation could be problematic. It therefore suggested that close co-operation between competition and regulatory authorities, including prior consultation on relevant decisions, is needed to deliver policy objectives in the financial sector. 

In December 2017, 10 years after the global financial crisis began to unfold, the OECD will hold a roundtable discussion, using the specific experiences of agencies, to look at what has happened and ask whether financial regulators and competition agencies have successfully co-operated to implement a regulatory and competitive framework that works for consumers by delivering a stable system in which innovative and efficient firms can thrive. All related materials and papers will become available on this page.

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» Background paper by Prof. E. Carletti (Bocconi University and CEPR) and A. Smolenska (European University Institute)



Disruptive innovation in financial markets (2015) 

Competition issues in the financial sector (2011)

Competition and payment systems (2012)

Role of competition in financial consumer protection (2011)

Regulated conduct defence (2011)

Competition, concentration and stability in the banking sector (2010)

Exit strategies (2010)

Competition and credit rating agencies  (2010)

Competition and financial markets (2009)

The failing firm defence (2009)

Competition and regulation in retail banking (2006)


» Access the full list of Competition Policy Roundtables

» Link to the  OECD Competition Home Page 


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