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The Mechanics and Regulation of Market Abuse: A Legal and Economic Analysis Hardcover – 1 Sep 2005

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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reprint edition (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199244529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199244522
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 3.8 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,311,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "lyssander" on 4 Oct. 2005
Format: Hardcover
A very powerful and provokative analysis of market abuse.
A massive page turner, which is all the more remarkable for an academic work of such magnitude, depth and quality. It will soon be regarded as an all time classic, a true masterpiece.
The stuff on regulation of insider dealing, behavioural analysis of market abuse an the accounts of the Enron and Wall Street scandals have to be among the most incisive and objective.
A truly fascinating book, if you look for scholarship of a very high quality that is also entertaining.
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Amazon.com: 1 review
An oasis in the dessert 12 Jan. 2008
By Bryan P. Sykes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
For those who do not know much about financial markets and their regulation this is an excellent place to start. Dr. Avgouleas is clear without being simplistic and sophisticated without being unduly complex. It is the kind of book that the reasonably intelligent reader with no prior knowledge could read with ease. The most pernickety of law professors will find more than enough to ponder. Dr. Avgouleas tells his readers at the beginning of each chapter and each section of the chapter what he will be dealing with so that the reader can decide whether he needs to read that chapter.

The book covers the arguments for and against regulation of financial markets and in particular the author examines in detail the difficult question of insider trading, and market abuse through actions such as pumping and dumping, washed sales, matched orders and other forms of price manipulation. This book is well researched and although the author's preferences are known he presents contrary arguments fairly. He examines the European Union's as well as the United Kingdom's regime for controlling market abuse.

The weakness of the book is that he could have gone focussed on the United States a bit more and have a better index. It is the kind of book that you need to read with your note book because trying to find what you read in the index may prove quite a challenge.

Despite these short comings I strongly recommend it to anyone who is lost and is looking for a beacon. You will find a safe haven.It will serve as an excellent reference text (keep your note books at hand) because he refers to the work of many if not all the leading writers on the subject he covers.

Even though the coverage of the United States could have been better, readers in the United States would benefit immensely from reading this text. Much of the underlying premises and arguments in favour of market regulation were developed in the United States and the author recognises this by extensive reference to works by leading American academics and important cases decided by the United States Supreme Court.

For those, like me, who wish to have a good basic understanding of this area by reading one text - this is the book for you.

Bryan Sykes
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