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2013

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Banking and Finance Law

Bonds

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How Markets Work: The Lawyer’S Version, Mitu Gulati, W. Mark C. Weidemaier Jan 2013

How Markets Work: The Lawyer’S Version, Mitu Gulati, W. Mark C. Weidemaier

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In this article, we combine two sources of data to shed light on the nature of transactional legal work. The first consists of stories about contracts that circulate widely among elite transactional lawyers. Surprisingly, the stories portray lawyers as ineffective market actors who are uninterested in designing superior contracts, who follow rather than lead industry standards, and who depend on governments and other outside actors to spur innovation and correct mistakes. We juxtapose these stories against a dataset of sovereign bond contracts produced by these same lawyers. While the stories suggest that lawyers do not compete or design innovative contracts ...