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The EU Issuer- Disclosure Regime: Objectives and Proposals for Reform by Gaëtane Schaeken Willemaers

The EU Issuer- Disclosure Regime: Objectives and Proposals for Reform

By Gaëtane Schaeken Willemaers


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“In 2011, it was awarded ex aequo the prestigious Pierre Coppens Prize that rewards a book on company law.”

In an examination that is at once critical, comparative and interdisciplinary, the book discusses the stated objectives of the EU issuer-disclosure regime – principally about retail investor protection – and then goes on to identify objectives that can actually be met in practice, i.e. market efficiency and corporate governance. The author concludes by drawing concrete policy and regulatory implications, along the way covering such aspects and ramifications of the regime as the following:

  • the need for retail investor protection;
  • the relevance of education programmes for retail investors and of their involvement in the law-making process;
  • the importance of behavioural researches;
  • market efficiency and its impact on the performance of the economy;
  • the concepts of ‘relative’ as opposed to ‘perfect’ market efficiency;
  • shareholders’ engagement in corporate affairs;
  • the importance of more sophisticated market actors;
  • the addressees of the issuer-disclosure regime;
  • reducing, where possible, the costs for issuers to enter European regulated markets;
  • the importance of the investor-investment firm (or other financial intermediary) relationship;
  • content, level and format of issuer-disclosure;
  • quality of issuer-disclosure;
  • the importance of enforcement of disclosure requirements, including a proper civil liability regime in case of violation of the EU issuer-disclosure regime; and
  • the importance of complementary substantive rules.

In its defence of the power of market forces as regulatory means, and its clear argument that market finance should be seen at a minimum as a useful complement to bank credit and other financing sources, this important book can claim a privileged space in the debate over the role of disclosure requirements in securities regulation.


Last Updated 02/28/2011
Update Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041133946
SKU 10059061-0001
Table of Contents




List of Abbreviations

Part I General Introduction

Part II Objectives of the EU Issuer-Disclosure Regime

Chapter 1 Investor Protection

Chapter 2 Market Efficiency

Chapter 3 Corporate Governance

Part III Regulatory Implications

Chapter 1 Issuer-Disclosure Addressees and Consequences

Chapter 2 Issuer-Disclosure of Well-Established Companies in Efficient Markets

Part IV General Conclusions

Selected Bibliography

Table of Legislations