This important Research Handbook series presents high quality, original reference works that cover a range of subjects within the evolving field of financial law. National, regional and global financial markets are at the epicenter of economic, political and social developments. They are shaped by their own intrinsic dynamics, but are also at the receiving end of potent external forces, including monetary developments, state regulation and policies towards international and regional financial integration and free trade areas. Under the general editorship of Rosa Lastra, these Research Handbooks are edited by leading scholars in their respective fields, and comprise specially commissioned contributions from distinguished academics, who critically, innovatively and substantially analyze a wide range of current issues in financial law. Each of the individual Research Handbooks is a definitive reference work, essential for both scholars of financial law as well as for practicing lawyers. The comprehensive coverage and thorough examinations of the significant topics and ideas in financial law signify the Research Handbooks’ position as authoritative and scholarly information resources.