EU policy in the area of corporate governance and capital markets is being reoriented. Harmonization is less frequently seen as a concept in company law; regulatory competition is on the rise; and experiments in soft law are being carried out. Several Member States have recently reformed their corporate laws, wither as a reaction to financial scandals or in an effort to enhance investment. Convergence has increased as a result, particularly towards Anglo-American standards. Yet differences still exist, profoundly rooted in national systems of corporate governance. By contrast, capital markets law would seem to be an exception, having undergone intense harmonization in the last few years through the Lamfalussy regulatory architecture. Nonetheless, a European system of securities regulation is not yet in place. Regulation is predominantly domestic, while private laws affecting capital markets are still divergent. This volume examines the ongoing debate from an interdisciplinary perspective. Part 1 explores the political determinants of corporate governance and evaluates likely convergence and the role of regulatory competition.
Part 2 considers the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MIFID) and its central role in harmonizing EU securities trading. Part 3 analyzes the MiFID more deeply and explores other measures including the Prospectus and Transparency Directives. Part 4 offers future perspectives on the post-FSAP era.
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Author Biography - Guido Ferrarini
Guido Ferrarini is Professor of Law at the University of Genoa and Director of the Centre for Law and Finance. Eddy Wymeersch is Professor at the University of Ghent and Chairman of the Banking, Finance, and Insurance Commission in Brussels. They have been involved with several successful volumes including Corporate Governance in Context: Corporations, States, and Markets in Europe, Japan, and the U.S. (Hopt, Wymeersch, Kanda, and Baum eds. OUP forthcoming 2006), Reforming Company and Takeover Law in Europe (Ferrarini, Hopt, Winter, and Wymeersch eds., OUP 2004), and Capital Markets and Company Law (Hopt and Wymeersch eds., OUP 2003).