The LIBOR, FOREX and other benchmark scandals demonstrated the vulnerability of financial benchmarks to market abuse and the need for closer scrutiny by regulators. The European benchmark regulation has been strongly criticised for its harsh regulatory approach. Despite the importance of the problem, there is a dearth of research into the proportionality of the benchmark regulation.
This study provides a comprehensive analysis of the compliance of the EU benchmark regulation with the principle of roportionality. The book discusses the role of benchmarks in financial markets, investigates benchmark scandals, provides international perspectives on benchmark reform, and analyses the application of the proportionality principle to the EU Benchmark Regulation. The book concludes with novel policy options to make the EU Benchmark Regulation more proportionate.