How Europe Is Regulating Capital Markets As Brexit Looms

Law360, New York (April 3, 2017, 12:29 PM EDT) -- Peter Young

Christopher Sullivan When the European Commission launched its Capital Markets Union (CMU) reform program in 2015, market participants hoped that the initiative would involve a slimming down of regulations.

However, CMU is adding another layer to the existing patchwork of regulations, which has increased steadily since the financial crisis. While unhelpful aspects of regulation have indeed been proposed, a close analysis reveals some benefits as well.

The tone taken by EU institutions in respect of CMU has changed since the UK voted to leave the EU. There is a drive towards greater harmonization and regulatory convergence and a more...

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