On May 22, 2015, the BoE launched a consultation on its proposed approach for exercising its power to direct firms to address impediments to resolvability under the Banking Act 2009, including a proposed Statement of Policy. The Banking Act 2009 implements the BRRD. The Bank of England, in preparing the resolution plan for a firm, must assess the resolvability of a firm. If any substantive impediments are identified during that assessment or otherwise, the Bank has the power to require the firm to remove any such obstacle, including requiring the amendment of a group financial support agreement, the disposal of certain assets or a change to its legal or operational structure. The proposed Statement of Policy also includes a list of possible scenarios in which the Bank might consider using its power of direction, including: (i) the issuance of debt instruments at parent company level to allow for loss absorption and recapitalization of group entities; (ii) to ensure continuity of services in resolution such as operational services, trading agreements and access to payment services and financial market infrastructures; and (iii) for systems to be put in place to support rapid and effective valuation. The consultation is open until August 22, 2015. The Bank of England intends to issue later this year a separate statement on its power to direct firms to maintain a minimum requirement for own funds and eligible liabilities, known as MREL.
The consultation paper is available at: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/financialstability/Documents/role/risk_reduction/srr/cp/resolutiondirectinstitutions .pdf.