International regulatory bodies, working alongside their regional and national counterparts, have spent more than four years attempting to mend the global financial system by strengthening its stability and resilience. In 2012, the stream of regulations does not appear to be slowing, as governments and regulators continue to address the issues arising from the financial crisis.

This banking industry regulatory update, the sixth in the series, sets out the key banking industry reforms, and proposals for reform, in the international, European and UK spheres. This paper sets out the position as at February 2012.

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