Veerle Colaert holds the chair for financial law at KU Leuven University since 2011 and is co-director of the KU Leuven Jan Ronse Institute for Company and Financial Law. She has been a member of the Securities and Markets Stakeholders Group advising the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) since 1 July 2016, a member of the Sanctions Commission of the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) since October 2016, and an expert member at the Belgian Commission des Assurances since October 2012. She is a member of the board of directors of the Belgian department of the European Association for Banking and Financial Law (AEDBF Belgium) and of the editing board of the leading Belgian review on company and financial law, TRV-RPS. From 2000-2005 she was an attorney at the Brussels’ Bar. In March 2010 she defended her PhD thesis on the relationship between the MiFID rules of conduct, consumer law and national civil law. She has published numerous articles and is a regular speaker at international and national conferences on financial regulation. Her main research interests relate to investor protection (MiFID, PRIIPs, IDD), deposit insurance and Banking Union, FinTech, and the interplay between different pieces of financial regulation.