Kern Alexander

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"Kern Alexander was appointed in 2010 to the Professorial Chair in Law and Finance at the University of Zurich and is Senior Research Fellow in International Financial Regulation at the Centre for Financial Analysis and Policy, University of Cambridge. Kern is a lawyer and economist with a research focus on the regulation of systemic risk in financial markets. He is the author of academic articles and books, including one of the first books critically analysing Basel II and the structured finance markets before the global credit crisis began in 2007. He has authored several commissioned reports for the European Parliament, is a Member of the Expert Panel on Financial Services for the European Parliament and has served in senior public policy advisory roles in the UK Parliament.

"Kern is leading a CISL research project sponsored by the Banking Environment Initiative (BEI) analysing the Basel Capital Accord’s (also known as ‘Basel III’) impact on lending for clean energy projects. Based on this analysis, the project will produce a report in 2014 explaining the research findings and making recommendations for how Basel III can be modified and/or how optimal financing structures can be devised (e.g. financial innovations with lower risk weights/capital charges) so that banks are treated in a policy-neutral manner with respect to lending to environmentally sustainable projects that help achieve international climate change objectives. His research is also concerned with the macro-prudential economic effects of bank capital regulation on certain areas of sustainable finance."[1]


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  1. Institute for Sustainability Leadership Fellows, organizational web page, accessed May 8, 2014.