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The New European Financial Markets Legal Framework: A Real Improvement? An Analysis of Financial Law and Governance in European Capital Markets from a Micro and Macro Economic Perspective


Lorenzo Sasso


London School of Economics and Political Science ; University of Bologna

Nicolette KOST DE SEVRES


NYSE Euronext - New York Stock Exchange; Capital Markets CRC Limited; University of Montreal - Faculty of Law; University of New South Wales (UNSW)

April 13, 2011

Capital Markets Law Journal, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
The recent financial crisis has highlighted the need for a global response to the shortcomings of the international financial system. In this context and following the G20 recommendations, the European Commission has established new supervisory authorities dedicated to the task of overseeing systemic risk and ensuring more harmonized supervisory powers. This article addresses both the prevention role of this new structure which is reflected through the creation of the European systemic Risk Board (ESRB) and the supervision role which is reflected through the establishment of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESA) and particularly the European Securities Markets Authority (ESMA). This article identifies and comments the peculiarities of these new institutional bodies in Europe by providing a critical appraisal of their roles and powers against the background of Member State powers, while identifying main legal, political and economical implications that arise in different aspects including the oversight of Credit Rating Agencies (CRA) as mechanisms of global governance. The article contends that the new structure is a clear improvement for European Capital Markets, although several legal, political and practical weaknesses remain, mostly as a result of compromise between Member states, these issues will need to be addressed through the on-going process of the EU.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: ESMA, ESRB, micro and macro prudential supervision, EU market regulation, systemic risk

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Date posted: May 30, 2011 ; Last revised: July 1, 2011

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Sasso, Lorenzo and KOST DE SEVRES, Nicolette, The New European Financial Markets Legal Framework: A Real Improvement? An Analysis of Financial Law and Governance in European Capital Markets from a Micro and Macro Economic Perspective (April 13, 2011). Capital Markets Law Journal, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1855636

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Lorenzo Sasso (Contact Author)
London School of Economics and Political Science ( email )
Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom
University of Bologna ( email )
Piazza Scaravilli 2
Bologna, 40100
Italy
Nicolette Kost De Sevres
NYSE Euronext - New York Stock Exchange
1 Wall Street, NY 10005 US
39 Cambon
Paris, 75001
France
Capital Markets CRC Limited
GPO Box 970
55 Harrington Street
Sydney, NSW 2001
Australia
University of Montreal - Faculty of Law
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia
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