Gambling for resurrection in Iceland

Friðrik Már Baldursson, Richard Portes 06 January 2014

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The demise of the three large Icelandic banks, just after the fall of Lehman Brothers, was a key event in the spread of the financial crisis. A couple of weeks before its collapse in October 2008, Kaupthing bank announced that the Qatari investor Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Bin Hamad al-Thani had bought a 5.01% stake. This briefly boosted market confidence in Kaupthing (Financial Times 2008). What market participants did not know was that Kaupthing illegally financed the deal, which was without risk to al-Thani.

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Topics:  Financial markets

Tags:  Iceland, financial crisis, moral hazard, banking, banks, gambling for resurrection