MPs take evidence from Goldman Sachs and HSBC

22 February 2010

The Treasury Committee takes evidence from Goldman Sachs and HSBC as part of its 'Too Important to Fail' inquiry. Watch live from 4pm.



  • Gerald Corrigan, Chairman, Goldman Sachs Bank, USA


  • Douglas Flint, Group Finance Director, HSBC

A further evidence session takes place on Tuesday 23 February at 10.30am.


  • Alfredo Saenz, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Santander

At the height of the financial crisis, Governments authorised a massive injection of public funds to rescue ailing private financial institutions in order to prevent a collapse of the financial system.

There is general agreement of the need to minimise the risk of this re-occurring both because of the cost to the public purse, and because, for many commentators, the implicit assumption that Governments will step in to support private financial institutions that are simply 'too important to fail' will drive excessive risk taking such as that which created the crisis.

The Committee is taking evidence on the extent to which the structure of the current financial system should be reformed, and certain activities regulated, on the grounds of systemic risk.

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