Securities Regulation in the International Marketplace: Bilateral and Multilateral Agreements

This article examines the experience of the SEC in securities regulation with respect to the international securities markets, focusing first as background upon recent developments in those markets, and then on the actual regulation of issuer disclosure, the trading markets, and enforcement in general. In each of the latter three areas, the article will consider the Commission’s direct domestic actions in response to international trade, and compare those with international approaches to establish standards in these areas. This comparison demonstrates that international cooperation can, and should, develop new protections and predictable, common themes of regulation, for disclosure, market regulation, and enforcement.