The Triumph, Tragedy and Lost Legacy of James M Landis

A Life on Fire

By Justin O'Brien

James M. Landis - scholar, administrator, advocate, and political adviser - is known for his seminal contribution to the creation of the modern system of market regulation in the US. As a highly influential participant in the politics of the New Deal, Landis drafted the statute which was to become the foundation for Securities Regulation in the US, and, by extension, the founding principle of financial market regulation across the world. He was also a complex and, in some ways, a tragic figure, whose glittering career collapsed following the revelation that he had evaded paying taxes. This candid and revealing book sets his life and achievements in the context of his work, as an academic, legislative draughtsman, Dean and administrator. It explains, for the first time, how and why, shortly before his early death, James M. Landis abandoned his theory of market regulation in favor of a model which finds loud echoes in the aftermath of the world's recent financial crises. [Subject: Finance Law, Banking Law, Legal History]

Publication Date: 11/20/2014
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781849466172

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