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An Economic Analysis of the Bekaert NV Insider Trading Case

Peter-Jan Engelen

No 06-04, Working Papers from Utrecht School of Economics

Abstract: This article contains a clinical study of Bekaert NV, the biggest insider trading case inBelgium. Up to now, no economic analysis of this case was ever conducted. It showed thatBelgian courts currently seem to lack knowledge of the functioning of financial markets toassess an insider trading case. Therefore their decisions give little guidance to futurelitigants. Using a law and economics framework, this case study is clarifying in severalaspects compared to a traditional legal analysis. The analysis focuses on two aspects of aninsider trading case. First, the price-sensitive character of the information is examined.Second, the standard of proof was examined.

Keywords: insider trading; regulation; criminal prosecution; standard of proof; law & economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2006-06
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