Taming the Markets: Regulatory and Criminal Justice Responses to Misconduct in Financial Services

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18 September 2015

Time: 9:00am
Venue: Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB

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This workshop comprises a group of invited scholars and practitioners to consider the broader issues of misconduct in the UK financial markets, and the variety of enforcement efforts undertaken to tackle noncompliance. The financial crisis and the recent serious allegations of misconduct in the wholesale markets connected to the LIBOR and ForEx benchmarks revealed the wide-ranging consequences of financial misconduct. However, the markets??? complex and increasingly global nature is equally reflected in the special challenges regulators and prosecutors alike face in detecting, investigating and sanctioning non-compliance and crime within them. Certain governmental actions such as the reform of LIBOR, the new legal regime for senior managers and the proposals for a tougher market abuse regime have been undertaken, but questions remain on their effectiveness and implications.

Speakers at the workshop represent the cutting edge of those working in the area of financial misconduct. The participants have been invited to make short presentations on either regulatory or criminal justice approaches, and to engage in dialogue and discussion about their relevance and relative success. This would also contribute towards an overall discussion on the variations in the mobilisation of these systems in times of crisis and post-crisis responses. The workshop brings a highly topical theme and brings together well-known academics and practitioners, as well as a comparative insight from the United States.

Within the workshop we are also organising a special Roundtable on the Dynamics of Investigating and prosecuting Financial Crimes in the UK. The aim of the Roundtable is to identify good UK operational models for investigating financial and economic crimes which could be replicated for the future European Public Prosecutors Office. There will be consideration of investigative powers, shared competencies and coordination with European actors. Discussion will try to draw out thoughts from those with practical experience in order to identify particular best practices.


General Registration - £10 

QMUL Student Registration - Free