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Insider Trading in U.S. and E.U. Law: A Comparison

33 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2008 Last revised: 6 Jul 2010

Eric Engle

Date Written: September 22, 2008


Insider trading law is theoretically problematic. Despite this, an essentially coherent transatlantic insider trading regime has been established by the E.U. Insider trading directive. This paper shows that the E.U. Directive is heavily influenced by U.S. securities law. Of interest however is the implicit critique in the rejection of some features of U.S. securities law.

Keywords: inside trading, insider trading, insider dealing, inside dealing, Europe, EU, EC, European Union

JEL Classification: G32, E02

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Engle, Eric, Insider Trading in U.S. and E.U. Law: A Comparison (September 22, 2008). European Business Law Review, Vol. 26, pp. 465-490, 2010. Available at SSRN:

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