Profession calls for global financial regulator

Profession calls for global financial regulator

Accountants urge world leaders at the G20 summit to create global financial regulator to help stabilise the world economy

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Senior figures in the profession have urged world leaders at the G20 summit
to agree plans for a global financial regulator at the meeting this week in
London.

John Tattersall, chairman of the UK regulatory practice at
PricewaterhouseCoopers,
called for a global regulatory body to help stabilise the world economy.

He also called for leaders at the G20 summit to explain the principles that
will underpin financial regulation and how global regulation will be
co-ordinated.

One body to co-ordinate global regulations could be the European Systemic
Risk Council, as proposed by the de Larosière High level group on cross-border
financial supervision, perhaps based on the IMF, Tattersall said.

‘It would be unrealistic to expect G20 members to agree to cede
responsibility for the supervision of their major financial institutions to a
super-regional or global micro-prudential regulator, but there is real scope to
establish proper dialogue between a global body and supervisors in individual
countries,’ Tattersall said. He added that future regulations had to be more
effective and ‘smarter’.

Colin Martin, head of financial services technical advisory at KPMG, welcomed
the idea of a global regulator, but said no one body was currently big enough
for the role.

‘A global regulator won’t happen overnight,’ he said. ‘Infrastructure will
have to be built.’

He urged politicians not to rush any changes to international accounting
rules in their eagerness to strengthen the banking system. Standards issued
without proper consultation risk being ‘not fit for purpose or being open to
misinterpretation’, said Martin.

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