International Finance

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Spring 2014 Course
Meets: M, T 1:30pm - 3:00pm in Hauser Hall Room 104
3 classroom credits

This course focuses on how law and regulation affects international finance. It examines policies and regulation affecting cross-border banking and securities transactions in the three major markets, the United States, the European Union and Japan. In the U.S. the focus is on how post-Enron capital market regulation affects foreign firms, in the E.U. on continuing efforts to build integrated financial markets, and in Japan on the role of foreign firms in rebuilding the Japanese financial system after the "lost decade." The course also looks at the infrastructure that underlies the global financial system--the U.S. dollar payment system, the Basel Capital Accord, global standards for the clearing and settlement of securities, and rules for different exchange rate regimes. In addition, the course deals with offshore markets--like the Euromarkets and various derivatives markets (including the securitized markets impacted by the subprime crisis), as well as global competition bet ween stock and derivatives exchanges and some key aspects of the emerging markets, for example sovereign debt and project finance. The course ends with an examination of how the international financial system has been regulated to control the financing of terrorism.

Subject Areas: International, Comparative & Foreign Law , Regulatory Law , Business Organization, Commercial Law, and Finance .