Research Handbook on Asian Financial Law
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Research Handbook on Asian Financial Law

Edited by Douglas W. Arner, Wai Yee Wan, Andrew Godwin, Wei Shen and Evan Gibson

This comprehensive Research Handbook provides an in-depth analysis of the different financial law approaches, legal systems and trends throughout Asia. It considers how reforms following the crises have been critical for the development and growth of the region and explores a broad range of post-crisis financial regulatory issues. This timely book also examines how inconsistent and divergent approaches to financial market regulation are curtailing the region’s potential.
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Chapter 2: The historical development of financial regulatory principles: influences on Asia-Pacific systemic supervision

Evan Gibson and Douglas W. Arner


Throughout history finance and its regulation have evolved, yet the underpinning regulatory principles have remained fundamentally static. The first measures were taken to counter market inefficiencies which led to the introduction of conduct regulations to give effect to consumer protection. By the fourteenth century the financial stability principle had been recognized and subsequently developed over the following 600 years, notably in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The development of the financial stability principle reached a pinnacle following the 2008–09 global financial crisis as the prevailing regulatory approach was deemed thoroughly inadequate. Insufficient or non-existent systemic risk supervision was central to this assessment. To redress this flaw, systemic supervisors have been introduced. In the Asia-Pacific, central banks are integral to systemic supervision as banking dominates most financial systems. This Chapter analyses systemic supervision in Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Indonesia, China, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.

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