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The Regulation of Illegal Fundraising in China

Liu, Xinmin and Huang, Flora and Yeung, Horace (2018) 'The Regulation of Illegal Fundraising in China.' Asia Pacific Law Review, 26 (1). 77 - 100. ISSN 1019-2557

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Abstract

The rise of financial technology means that it is easier than ever to raise funds from a large group of people, notably via P2P lending or crowdfunding platforms. This article seeks to discuss the law on illegal fundraising, which has existed for some time before the boom of the Internet, as a legal response to the increasing number of fundraising from the public. Regulation is necessary to ensure market order and investor protection. Virtually in all markets, there are restrictions on how entities can make a public offer of shares, bonds, and/or other investment schemes. There are several laws, most notably criminal law, in China that are relevant to illegal fundraising. An individual/company can potentially breach one or more of these rules as long as they attempt to raise funds from a non-conventional (i.e. not stock markets or banks) route. The worst outcome of this used to be death penalty. There has been a degree of ambiguities in the application of these laws. The article will attempt to clarify these ambiguities. The regulation of illegal fundraising can have a far reaching consequence on the financial markets in China, considering that non-state entities, particularly SMEs, have limited access to conventional finance. The article will consider whether China is on the right track in terms of regulation to allow alternative fundraising channels to thrive. This article is the first ever to present a holistic account of the regulation of illegal fundraising in China.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: China, criminal law, financial markets, financial regulation, illegal fundraising
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2018 12:55
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2019 01:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22796

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