Friday, September 13, 2013
Consultants to Banking Industry Come Under Scrutiny
The New York Times reports that regulatory scrutiny of the consulting industry is intensifying. The US Government is investigating the consulting industry which, as one government regulator says, has been infected by an ‘I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine’ culture and a stunning lack of independence.” A senior federal banking regulator said he was exploring new ways to curb the use of consultants by the banking industry. These developments should give Equator Principles Financial Institutions (EPFI) pause when deciding whether to work with consultants to advise on Equator Principles compliance. As we have discussed, no legal professional privilege attaches to the advice of consultants, which could be very valuable in the event of a regulatory investigation.