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Lessons learned from past financial crises : Korea 1998-2000 - investing equity/quasi-equity with agility in financial institutions

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Title Lessons learned from past financial crises
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Korea 1998-2000 - investing equity/quasi-equity with agility in financial institutions

Material Type Reports
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Masse, Jean-Marie

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[Paris]:World Bank

Date 2008
Language English
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Subject Economy < Financial Policy
Holding World Bank

Abstract

International Finance Corporation (IFC) was very active in the Republic of Korea immediately after the Asian financial crisis erupted in 1997. IFC reestablished operations in Korea and opened a local office in October 1998, and closed it in late 2002 after Korea recovered from the crisis. At the end of 1997, the Korean economy suddenly started to contract, the Korean won plummeted by over 100 percent against the US dollar, and liquidity in the banking sector dried up. Major commercial banks as well as smaller specialized financial institutions all faced increases in non-performing loans and were unable to roll over their shorter-term funding. In response to this crisis, IFC's first priority was to strengthen financial institutions through both financing and advisory services, and enable them to lead the restructuring process. IFC then injected liquidity into the trading system through trade enhancement facilities. (The rest omitted)