The European Parliament signed off this month on
new laws to make it easier — and less costly for taxpayers — to
wind down problem banks, after long wrangling over rules for an
industry blamed for triggering the worst economic slump in a
S&P said extraordinary government support for these banks would
likely diminish as regulators implement the reforms, downgrading
them to "negative" from "stable".
The banks, many of which are systemically important, also
included ABN AMRO, Bank Of Ireland and ING Bank.
"We observe similar powers coming into force in Liechtenstein
and Norway, and already in place in Switzerland, which are not
EU members," the ratings agency added.
S&P also raised its ratings on Danske Bank <DANSKE.CO> and
Argenta Spaarbank <ARGSP.UL>, while keeping 'negative' outlooks
on 38 banks and 'stable' outlooks on 15 banks. It maintained its
CreditWatch rating on five banks, with negative implications.
(Reporting by Richa Naidu in Bangalore;
editing by David
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