Part F Cross-Border Issues, 41 The Banker–Customer Contract in Private International Law
- Regulation of banks
This chapter revisits the banker–customer relationship. The contractual nature of the relationship considered in Chapter 15 assumed that the bank was established in England and that its customer was also resident in the same country. However, that analysis is by no means of universal. Multinational companies, for instance, may need to have bank accounts in a number of different countries; wealthy individuals may opt to maintain accounts with banks in more advanced jurisdictions to gain access to portfolio management or other services. Banks may promote their services to overseas customers and wish to take security over assets situate outside England. How do these affect the legal nature of the banker–customer relationship? The chapter discusses the governing law of the banker–customer relationship; the effect and consequences of the applicable law; the law governing capacity and authority; and the situs of deposit obligations.