Landsbanki Islands

Did a badly executed growth strategy lead to a funding crisis at an Icelandic bank in 2008?
David Beim  | Spring 2009
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The Jerome Chazen Case Series

Landsbanki Islands, the oldest of Iceland's three major banks, faced a funding crisis in March 2008 as its home country spiraled into a financial crisis. The astonishing growth rate of Landsbanki and Iceland's other top banks during the previous few years begged the question of whether such expansion can occur without strategic missteps. As the crisis worsened, the bank's leaders were under pressure to keep the institution afloat. In this case students examine Landsbanki's history and financial data, the close connections between Iceland's major corporations and banks, and the country's monetary policies to consider the reasons for the collapse and what steps the bank's management should take.

Case ID: 090304
Supplemental Materials: Teaching Note, Teaching Slides

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