I'm an Assistant Professor at Leibniz Institute for Financial Research, Frankfurt. I hold an MPhil in Economics (2015) from Oxford University and a PhD in Finance (2021) from Imperial College London where I was supervised by Professors Franklin Allen and David Miles. My research interests are in corporate finance, financial intermediation, systemic risk and macroeconomics.
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In many countries, financial institutions receive preferential treatment in bankruptcy. More specifically, interbank liabilities are given seniority over general claims, a policy designed to prevent cascading losses in the financial system. This paper investigates how seniority of interbank liabilities affect financial stability. I develop a model that features a trade-off between protecting banks versus short-term creditors. The model identifies a new channel by which preferential treatment in bankruptcy can increase the probability of a bank-run - through reduced risk sharing. This channel has been ignored by previous studies, which focus only on the benefit of reducing domino-effect contagion. In order to evaluate the relative importance of these two channels, I calibrate my model to the U.S. banking system between 1997-2007 and quantify the conditions under which the domino-effect dominates risk sharing. I find that large bankruptcy costs are required for the domino-effect to dominate the risk-sharing benefits of interbank credit exposures.