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Dry Tinder

Wall Street's favourite lawyer says there is still 'dry tinder' in the banking system. Rodgin Cohen warns that the tinder could be set alight by 'lightning strikes and arsonists'.

Rodgin Cohen, as Wall Street's most influential lawyer, had a ringside seat at the biggest dramas of the financial crisis. He was in the room when major financial rescues were arranged in 2008, to prop up failing companies such as Bear Stearns, Wachovia, and AIG. And he was part of the negotiations which failed to save Lehman Brothers from bankruptcy.

He told Lesley Curwen that danger still exists in the banking system. Calling it 'dry tinder', he suggested it could be set alight by 'lightning strikes and arsonists'.

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