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Legal and Conduct Risk in the Financial Markets, 3rd Edition by McCormick, Roger; Stears, Chris (22nd March 2018)

Part I The General Context, 1 Why Legal and Conduct Risks are Important: A Short History

Roger Mccormick, Chris Stears

From: Legal and Conduct Risk in the Financial Markets (3rd Edition)

Roger McCormick, Chris Stears

Subject(s):
Credit risk — Derivatives — Financial stability

This chapter traces the emergence of concerns about legal and conduct risk. From around the time of the first major UK privatization share issues of the 1980s, the history of the financial markets has featured a number of significant developments that have tended to bring concern about legal risk to the fore, albeit in specific contexts. These include the growth of global markets, the arrival of ‘universal’ banks (whose business involves much more than banking, as traditionally understood), and the huge expansion of markets in instruments commonly known as ‘derivatives’ and other highly structured financial products. Although such developments have brought benefits, they have also increased the complexity of financial activity. Many argue that these directly contributed to the underlying causes of the recent global financial crisis.

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