Francesco Cannata is the head of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) Division at the Banca d’Italia, the Italian central bank, where he is in charge of the coordination of major SSM-related activities as well as the support to the participation of Banca d’Italia in the SSM Supervisory Board. Prior to this he was Head of the SSM Co-ordination Function, and Head of the Regulatory Impact Assessment Unit in the Regulation and Supervisory Policies Department (Banca d’Italia). He has been the representative of Banca d’Italia in a number of international working groups dealing with Basel II issues (IRB, Pillar 2, LGD, double default), supervisory cooperation (colleges of supervisors) and impact studies at the ECB, CEBS and the Basel Committee for Banking Supervision. At the Basel Committee and CEBS he was closely involved the quantitative impact studies conducted on the Basel III reform.
He is also following the monitoring activity that international regulators conduct on a regular basis on bank’s minimum requirements. His interests concern mainly the regulation on banks’ capital adequacy, economics of financial regulation, risk management. He has published several articles in Italian and international journals, including the Journal of Financial Services Research, the Journal of Banking Regulation and Risk. He is also the editor of a comprehensive book on internal ratings (The IRB method, Bancaria Editrice). He holds a M.Sc. in finance from the Cass Business School (United Kingdom) and a Ph.D. in banking and finance from III University of Rome (Italy).