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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Schwarcz on Defining Securitization

What is Securitization? And for What Purpose?, by Steven L. Schwarcz, Duke University - School of Law, was recently posted on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

In Re: Defining Securitization, Professor Jonathan Lipson attempts to define a “true” securitization transaction. My article engages Lipson’s, exploring how securitization should be legally defined. As a starting point, even a normative approach to defining a financial concept should be pragmatic, taking into account how the concept is used in the real world. The definition also should take into account dynamically changing financial markets and, in what I call an audience-adaptive approach, the different perspectives of policymakers and lawmakers, market participants and their lawyers, regulators and judges, and other members of the “audience” affected by the definition.

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