“… presents a very different case: that of a civilized and cultivated cosmopolitan legal scholar, with a keen sense of international commercial and financial practice, with an in-depth grounding in both comparative legal history and comparative law, combined with the ability to transcend conventional English black-letter law description with critical judgment towards institutional wisdom and intellectual fashions.” (International and Comparative Law Quarterly)Volume 5 of this new edition uses the insights developed in Volumes 3 and 4 to deal with financial products and financial services, the structure and operation of banking and of the capital markets, and the role of modern commercial and investment banks. Sections on products and services address the blockchain and its potential in the payment system, in securitisations, in the custodial holdings of investment securities, and in the derivative markets. The complete set in this magisterial work is made up of 6 volumes. Used independently, each volume allows the reader to delve into a particular topic. Alternatively, all volumes can be read together for a comprehensive overview of transnational comparative commercial, financial and trade law.