Capital Markets

Module code: LW7008

This module is designed to contribute to your understanding of the ways in which the contractual relationship between financial intermediaries and their customers as such. Introductory sessions will examine the public regulations of financial markets, that is, the relationship between central government, independent government agencies or indeed international organisation on the one hand and financial markets or market participants on the other. The module also focuses on the private law of the financial markets drawing specific emphasis on the capital market by selective products (OTC derivatives (ISDA Master Agreement), Bond, Eurodollar bond and Securitisation). Thus the module will briefly, in light of the last financial crisis, discuss the main reasons for government intervention in financial markets by analysing the inherent weaknesses of the financial system and explain the role of law in correcting those deficiencies and examining the importance of capital regulation for stability of the banking system.

This module also introduces the existing and forthcoming regulatory components of the global financial system towards a stronger global financial system following a recent sequence of devastating financial crises in the US, UK, and Europe. In particularly, this module will discuss the legal aspect of OTC derivatives, based on ISDA Master Agreement 2002, and the impact of Lehman Brothers bankruptcy filing. This will lead to discussion of the recent G20 summit to regulate OTC derivatives and analysis of the legal role of the Clearing and Settlement System under the Central Counterparty system. The module will also discuss the legal aspect of bond issuance, debenture, and how this could be applied to other financial products to generate what market generally refers to as securitisation. With the discussion of the Euro dollar bond, the module will discuss the application of US Securities Law. Securitisation will be analysed in terms of how it can be used to securities all sort of financial contracts.

Learning 

  • 16 hours of seminars
  • 134 hours of guided independent study 

Assessment 

  • Research paper, 5,000 words (100%)