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Private law and financial crises

Braithwaite, Jo and Bridge, Michael G. (2013) Private law and financial crises. Journal of Corporate Law Studies, 13 (2). pp. 361-399. ISSN 1473-5970

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Identification Number: 10.5235/14735970.13.2.361


Regulation has been at the centre of the financial debate since the global financial crisis, but a full appreciation of the lessons of the crisis also requires account to be taken of private law. This article begins by considering the overlapping functions of private law in the financial markets, including its capacity to address the unprecedented and complex problems that arise during crises and their aftermath. Focusing on the role of property law in insolvency proceedings, we use four case studies to evaluate the wider implications of this function of private law. Our research suggests that the use of private law to manage the fall-out to the recent crisis has come at a price, which is the impact on a number of fundamental legal principles that underpin the markets. We conclude that the continued robustness of private law requires a more proactive approach from various constituencies

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Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2013 16:32
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:03

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