Here, for the first time, two men who have worked within the system describe its origins and development in clear and accessible terms. Howard Davies was the first Chairman of the UK's Financial Services Authority, the single regulator for the whole of Britain's financial sector. David Green was Head of International Policy at the FSA, after spending thirty years in the Bank of England, and has been closely associated with the development of the current European regulatory arrangements.
Now with a revised and updated introduction, which catalogues the changes made since the credit crisis erupted, this guide to the international system will be invaluable for regulators, financial market practitioners and for students of the global financial system, wherever they are located. The book shows how the system has been challenged by new financial instruments and by new types of institutions such as hedge funds and private equity. Furthermore, the growth in importance of major developing countries, who were excluded for far too long from the key decision-making for a has led to a major overhaul.
The guide is essential reading for all those interested in the development of financial markets and the way they are regulated.
The revised version is only available in paperback.
List of abbreviations viii
1 The Objectives of International Financial Regulation 7
2 The Current International Regulatory System: Theory and Practice 32
3 The International Financial Institutions and their Role in Financial Regulation 110
4 The European Union: A Special Case 127
5 Regulatory Structures in Individual Countries 155
6 The Debate on Regulatory Structure 187
7 The Need for Reform 214