Ring-fencing and Lloyds Banking Group
Following the financial crisis, UK legislation was passed to better protect customers and the day-to-day banking services they rely on.
The new rules mean large UK banks must separate personal banking services such as current and savings accounts, from risks in other parts of the business, like complex wholesale and investment banking. This is called “ring-fencing”.
Banks are taking different approaches to how they are implementing these rules and are making changes now, to complete them by 1 January 2019.
The legislation requires all UK banking groups with core deposits - broadly deposits from retail and small business clients - of over £25bn (averaged over a 3 year period) including their branches in the European Economic Area (EEA), to separate their activities into:
- A ring-fenced bank (RFB) – for retail activities, and which is also permitted to carry on most commercial activities.
- A non-ring-fenced bank (NRFB) – for complex wholesale client banking needs and banking that is booked outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
Lloyds Banking Group has set up a new non-ring-fenced bank, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc, and remains on track to comply with the legislation in advance of the 1 January 2019 deadline.