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Competition Among Securities Markets: A Path Dependent Perspective, John C. Coffee Jr. Jan 2001

Competition Among Securities Markets: A Path Dependent Perspective, John C. Coffee Jr.

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Today, there are an estimated 150 securities exchanges trading stocks around the world. Tomorrow (or at least within the reasonably foreseeable future), this number is likely to shrink radically. The two great forces reshaping the contemporary world – globalization and technology – impact the world of securities markets in a similar and mutually reinforcing fashion:

  1. they force local and regional markets into more direct competition with distant international markets;
  2. they increase overall market capitalization and lower the cost of equity capital, as issuers are enabled to access multiple markets; and
  3. they permit order flow and liquidity to migrate quickly from local markets ...


Litigation Governance: A Gentle Critique Of The Third Circuit Task Force Report, John C. Coffee Jr. Jan 2001

Litigation Governance: A Gentle Critique Of The Third Circuit Task Force Report, John C. Coffee Jr.

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The Third Circuit Task Force on the Selection of Class Counsel (the "Task Force") has worked hard, considered everything, and exhaustively summarized the problems associated with class counsel auctions. Its views will undoubtedly resonate with most of the Bench and the vast majority of the Bar-neither of whom were enthusiastic about the prospect of auctions in the first place. Personally, I agree with the Task Force that auctions are not the most promising reform and that they may exacerbate, rather than correct, existing problems. Still, what is missing from the Task Force Report is the candid recognition that the agency ...


Information Technology And Non-Legal Sanctions In Financing Transactions, Ronald J. Mann Jan 2001

Information Technology And Non-Legal Sanctions In Financing Transactions, Ronald J. Mann

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This Essay investigates the effect of advances in information technology on the private institutions that businesses use to resolve information asymmetries in financing transactions. The first part of the Essay discusses how information technology can permit direct verification of the information, obviating the problem entirely; the Essay discusses the example of the substitution of the debit card for the check, which provides an immediate payment that obviates the need for the merchant to consider whether payment will be forthcoming when the check is presented to the bank on which it is drawn.

The second part of the Essay discusses how ...