Small jurisdictions have become significant players in cross-border corporate and financial services. Their nature, legal status, and market roles, however, remain under-theorized. Lacking a sufficiently nuanced framework to describe their functions in cross-border finance - and the peculiar strengths of those achieving global dominance in the marketplace - it remains impossible to evaluate their impacts in a comprehensive manner.
This book advances a new conceptual framework to refine the analysis and direct it toward more productive inquiries. Bruner canvasses extant theoretical frameworks used to describe and evaluate the roles of small jurisdictions in cross-border finance. He then proposes a new concept that better captures the characteristics, competitive strategies, and market roles of those achieving global dominance in the marketplace - the "market-dominant small jurisdiction" (MDSJ). Bruner identifies the
central features giving rise to such jurisdictions' competitive strengths - some reflect historical, cultural, and geographic circumstances, while others reflect development strategies pursued in light of those circumstances. Through this lens, he evaluates a range of small jurisdictions that have
achieved global dominance in specialized areas of cross-border finance, including Bermuda, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Switzerland, and Delaware. Bruner further tests the MDSJ concept's explanatory power through a broader comparative analysis, and he concludes that the MDSJs' significance will likely continue to grow - as will the need for a more effective means of theorizing their roles in cross-border finance and the global dynamics generated by their ascendance.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 418 g
Dimensions: 234 x 157 x 16 mm
Christopher Bruner's Re-Imagining Offshore Finance: Market-Dominant Small Jurisdictions in a Globalizing Financial World is a significant contribution to the literature that should become required reading for both consumers and producers of knowledge concerning the regulation of global financial transactions. ... Bruner's careful comparative case studies cut through ideologically charged old labels and reveal several important characteristics shared by certain small
jurisdictions, like Bermuda and Singapore, that account for their disproportionate success in the global market for cross-border finance. * William J. Moon, Michigan Law Review *
Christopher Bruner's important and timely book convincingly argues that we need to take seriously a handful of small jurisdictions that, for better and worse, have managed to compete for ever-increasing shares of the market for cross-border finance. Through a careful study of the institutional features of a number of jurisdictions, Bruner identifies a special group, 'market-dominant small jurisdictions', that have excelled in this competition, and distills the
essential factors leading to their success. This is a major contribution to the literature. * Erin O'Hara O'Connor, Dean and McKenzie Professor of Law, Florida State University College of Law *
Are tax havens good or bad? Professor Bruner brings a fresh new perspective to this tantalizingly simple question in his book Re-Imagining Offshore Finance. By engaging an impressively broad scope of literatures and breaking through old, unhelpful labels, Bruner is able to identify fascinating new themes in offshore tax and financial competition. In bringing to light the concept of 'market-dominant small jurisdictions', Bruner helps move the intellectual debate
forward in a truly novel and important way. * Adam Rosenzweig, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law *
Re-Imagining Offshore Finance is an excellent read for anyone with an interest in international finance. It provides a thorough conceptual framework for the rise of MDSJs. Bruner's clear language and thorough analyses make a complicated theoretical analysis easy to understand. * Zachary S. Freeman, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics *