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The Little Book of Market Manipulation

An Essential Guide to the Law

by Gregory J Durston and Ailsa McKeon


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Market manipulation comes in many forms. For a wrong that some say started life with groups of men dressed in Bourbon uniforms spreading false information in cod French accents, the speed of change has accelerated dramatically in the modern era, via the Internet, novel forms of electronic communication, ultra-fast computer-generated trading, new types of financial instruments, and increased globalisation. This means that opportunities for carrying-out new forms of manipulation now exist on an exponential scale.

Looks at the mechanisms, criminal and civil, to confront market manipulation, its enforcement regimes, legal and evidential rules and potential loopholes. Shows how every individual involved in market transactions can fall foul of the law if they do not ensure integrity in their dealings. The ‘tricks’ used by those seeking to benefit from this special category of fraud and the relationship of dedicated provisions to the general law is outlined, with key statutory provisions set out in an appendix.

A good accompaniment to The Little Book of Insider Dealing (Waterside Press, 2018). An invaluable pocket guide and law primer. An essential guide for investors. With practical examples and decided cases. An up-to-date treatment of a fast-moving topic. Describes both criminal and regulatory regimes.


‘Do not be misled by the title. This is a very comprehensive guide to the subject, and is an interesting companion piece to The Little Book of Insider Dealing… This is a complex subject but here it is set out comprehensively.’– Law Society Gazette.

Contents include

Forms of Market Manipulation; Suspicion, Identification, Detection and Investigation; Obligations and Enforcement; Criminal Offences, Defences and Punishment; Regulatory Provisions and Penalties; Evidence; Acronyms; Select Bibliography; Key Statutory Provisions and Index.


Gregory J Durston is a barrister who has taught law in England and Japan, having been Reader in Law at Kingston University, Surrey. He is currently Adjunct Professor Southern Cross University School of Law, New South Wales, Australia and author (among other works) of The Little Book of Insider Dealing (with Mohsin Zaidi, 2018, Waterside Press). Ailsa McKeon is a barrister at 6KBW College HILL, having obtained a distinction in the Cambridge LLM.

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Weight165 g
Dimensions204 × 134 × 9 mm


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