A range of actors, including the domestic and regional (i.e. EU) legislatures, national and international standard-setting bodies, and private and voluntary sector organizations supply the legal and nonlegal norms, principles, standards, guidelines, and rules that go to make up the framework which is assigned with the task of governing corporate finance and related activities in the whole of UK.

The common purpose underlying this vast body of regulatory activity is to establish an optimal package of commands and incentives to stimulate desirable behavior and to curb undesirable behavior by affected parties.

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