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the law of sovereign wealth funds cover

Hardcover: 180 pages
Publisher: Edward Elgar
Publishing Ltd (1 Aug 2011)
ISBN-10: 0857932357
ISBN-13: 978-0857932358


This book provides a definition and classification for Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) and discusses its phenomenon within the legal context.

It identifies the rules applicable to SWFs and focuses on the bilateral relationships between states. In eight extensive chapters, Fabio Bassan considers whether SWFs may enjoy immunity with respect to host state measures as well as protection in Bilateral Investment Treaties.

Written from an international law perspective, The Law of Sovereign Wealth Funds will appeal to students of international business, international organizations, banks and governments.

'Bassan provides a remarkable compendium on the relevant laws, regulations, and standards affecting sovereign wealth funds. These institutions are now at the very centre of the global financial system and demand greater appreciation of their distinctive qualities as well as their likely implications for nation-states and the global economy.  Bassan's book is a unique contribution to understanding the governance and regulation of these institutions and will be an important resource book for those who must grapple with the growing power and global scope of these institutions.'
-  Gordon L. Clark, University of Oxford, UK and Monash University, Australia.

'This book covers a true vacuum in international legal literature thanks to its multi-facet in-depth analysis of SWFs, a new type of  protagonists of transnational investments in the global economy. It analyses critically the various approaches put forth to pinpoint real nature, legal set-up, relevant features in the diverse operating activity of SWF in the perspective of addressing the issue of the most appropriate regulation that  would ensure two apparently conflicting goals: the protection of SWF investments and of host states’ legitimate concerns for vital national political or economic interests and the diverse activities. On this basis, the author reviews the various international hard and soft law regulations proposed and the relevance of existing disciplines including  Bilateral Investment Treaties. The full coverage of the issue of sovereign immunity in respect of SWF is a useful completion of the author’s analysis.'

- Giorgio Sacerdoti, Bocconi University, Italy