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Law, Ethics and the business world

Thursday, 25 October, 2012 - 16:30 to Thursday, 25 October, 2012 - 18:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Aula QD
Ivan Van de Cloot (Itinera), Geert Noels (Econopolis), Benoît Frydman (ULB & Sciences-Po Paris) & Marc Beaujean (P&V Group) moderated by Steven Rombaut (VRT journalist)
Panel discussion

Panel discussion with Ivan Van de Cloot (Itinera), Geert Noels (Econopolis), Benoît Frydman (ULB & Sciences-Po Paris), Marc Beaujean (P&V Group) moderated by Steven Rombaut (VRT journalist).

Topics:

  • The issues of fraud and of “white collar” crime (Savings & Loan, Salomon Brothers)
  • National and cultural legal traditions put the emphasis either on the spirit or the letter of the law
  • Transparency and “symmetry of information” are necessary for market operations. Insider dealing runs counter this (however there is no insider dealing on the commodities markets, why the difference – allowing arbitrage?)
  • Profitability is often allowed to prevail against transparency: “dark pools” and high frequency trading are tolerated despite their undermining of transparency
  • During the current financial crisis conflict of interest (e.g. the Libor affair) and moral hazard (e.g. socialization of losses) have been rampant
  • Changes in the law reflect historical trends, so does evolution of accounting rules
  • Has fraud been a cause or an auxiliary factor in the subprime crisis? 

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