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Financial capital regulation drives almost every aspect of the financial markets, from the structures of financial groups and the way they raise capital to the development of investment structures and financial engineering such as derivatives, securitisations, structured finance, credit derivatives, repos and stock lending.
Capital regulation is a little studied area of law. This book provides an introduction to the structure of bank financial regulation for financial lawyers and other non-statisticians interested in the regulatory drivers which shape modern financial transactions and techniques. Although the regulations are based on complex statistical models, the legal and regulatory principles which underlie these regulations are capable of being articulated without formulae and in a structured fashion.
This aspect of regulation is currently in a state of transition, due to the international implementation of the Basel II Accord. Basel II introduces a wholly new structure for bank financial regulation, and requires banks worldwide to re-examine their structures, activities and business models. It will result in both substantial change in regulatory structures and a significant increase in the complexity of those structures.
The focus of the work is on the general principles set out in the Basel II and on the implementation of those principles in the EU through the Capital Requirements Directive. It should therefore be of direct relevance to readers in all EU and most non-EU significant financial jurisdictions. Providing a clear and comprehensive introduction to the regulatory drivers shaping financial transactions , this work is an accessible guide for lawyers and bankers.