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Banking & Financial Regulation

Course Number: LAW 6031 Credits: 2-3

This course will analyze and compare the market and regulatory architecture of the entire U.S. financial sector as it exists today, from banks, insurance companies, and broker-dealers, to asset managers, complex financial conglomerates, and government-sponsored enterprises.  We’ll explore a range of financial activities, from consumer finance and investment to payment systems, securitization, short-term wholesale funding, money markets and derivatives.  We’ll also focus on the perspectives of the regulators and their range of regulatory techniques, including supervision, enforcement, and rule-writing, as well as crisis-fighting tools such as resolution and the lender of last resort.  Finally, we’ll also approach the field international comparatively, noting the cross-border implications of U.S. rules, and compare, where appropriate, the U.S. financial regulatory framework and policy choices to those in other places around the globe, especially the EU.