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MiFID II/MiFIR: Evolution and Revolution


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  • General description

    The MiFID II/MiFIR package has strengthened the EU regime for investor protection, and market transparency and efficiency. The new rules have substantially affected the way banks and investment firms provide investment services and perform trading activities. The implications are remarkable both from a practical and a theoretical perspective. This course, taught by experts from practice and academia, will address the main aspects of MiFID II and MiFIR, also in the light of their initial impact.

  • Topics covered

    • Overview of MiFID II and MIFIR: services, activities, instruments, players, markets.
    • Relationship with CMU & Brexit
    • Scope and exemptions
    • Governance of investment firms
    • Duties of information
    • Suitability and appropriateness test
    • Best execution & client order handling
    • Conflicts of interest and self-placement (including structural measures and remuneration)
    • The new regime for inducements and independent financial advice
    • Product governance & product intervention
    • Regulated markets, MTFs, OTFS and systematic internalisers
    • SME Growth Markets
    • Pre- and post-trade transparency regimes
    • Monitoring and compliance duties for regulated markets, MTFs, OTFs
    • Algorithmic and high-frequency trading
    • Relationship with MAR
    • Public enforcement
    • Private enforcement
    • Regime for Third-Country Firms: MiFID II/MiFIR and Brexit
    • Ensuring equivalent treatment of equivalent financial services: MiFID II and the IDD

  • What you will learn

    After having completed the course, you will have an in-depth practical and theoretical knowledge of the main aspects of the new MiFID II/MiFIR framework.

  • How the course will work

    Total course length: 12 hours.

    The course will consist of face-to-face lessons and practical sessions.

    A certificate of attendance will be provided to all participants after the course.

  • Meet the instructors

    Danny Busch is Full Professor of Financial Law and Director of the Institute for Financial Law (IFL), University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Prior to that, he worked as an attorney-at-law for De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in Amsterdam, a Dutch international law firm. He has published many articles and books on financial markets regulation, including Busch & Ferrarini (eds), Regulation of the EU Financial Markets: MiFID II & MiFIR, Oxford University Press 2017. He is extensively engaged in the provision of training to attorneys-at-law, financial regulators and financial professionals.

    Matteo Gargantini is Assistant Professor of European Economic Law at the University of Utrecht. Previously, he worked at Consob, the Italian Securities and Exchange Commission, and at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law (as a Senior Research Fellow). He also worked in the Capital Markets and Listed Companies Unit of Assonime, the Association of the Italian joint-stock companies. Matteo holds a PhD in Law and Economics (Banking and Financial Markets Law) from the University of Siena, and in 2012 he received the Italian National Academic Qualification as Associate Professor (Law and Economics and Financial Markets Law). His main fields of research are capital markets, banking, and company law.

    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.

    Pedro Pinto is Director for Advocacy at AFME’s Brussels Office. Pedro has extensive experience working in the financial services industry. Prior to his current position he worked at NYSE Euronext Lisbon where he headed the Legal and Regulatory department for 6 years. Mr. Pinto held these responsibilities in conjunction with his position as Chief Compliance Officer. From 2002 to 2005, he was a Senior Legal and Regulatory Counsel at Euronext and Euronext Lisbon Corporate Secretary. Pedro started his career as a Lawyer in a Portuguese law firm alongside tenure as a lecturer in economics at the Law School of the University of Lisbon. Mr. Pinto is a lawyer by training with a degree in law and post graduate studies in Securities Law from the Law School of the University of Lisbon and executive management studies at the INSEAD and at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.

    Diego Valiante is a senior officer and team leader at the European Commission (DG Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, FISMA) and Adjunct Professor at the University of Bologna. Between 2009 and 2016, he was Head of Financial Markets and Institutions at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), among the top 5 European think tanks, and Head of Research of the European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI). He was also Member of the Group of Economic Advisers (GEA) to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) between 2014 and 2016. Before joining the European Commission, Diego advised several international organisations and institutional investors, including the European Parliament, European Commission and ECB. He is author of numerous publications in the fields of financial markets economics and regulation, banking, central banking and economic policies. He holds a Ph.D. in Law and Economics from LUISS University, a Joint LL.M. in Law and Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and Bologna University, a M.Sc. in Economic Analysis of Law and a B.Sc. in Business Economics from LUISS University Rome.

  • Prerequisites

    BA/MA degree in Law, Economics, Management, Political Science or equivalent degree or experience. A basic knowledge of financial markets regulation is required to follow this course.

  • Fees

    1750€ – Public Authorities (e.g. National Competent Authorities, Central Banks) and European Institutions

    1900€ – Private Sector

    1000€ – Academics (Assistant, Associate or Full Professors)

    850€ – Students (with certificate of studies)

    The course fee covers coffee and lunch breaks. Travel and hotel costs are not included.


    • In case of registration of 3 participants from the same organisation, the course fee is waived for one of them.
      To benefit from the deal, the names of the 3 participants have to be communicated to fbf@eui.eu before registering. We cannot communicate the names of other registered people from the same institution (it is upon your responsibility to get in touch with your HR division). A single debit note will be issued for the 3 participants followed by one payment.
    • Special deals apply for larger groups.


    • In case a course is cancelled, registered participants will receive the full refund.
    • In case a course is moved to another date, registered participants may request a voucher to attend another FBF course.
    • Registered participants who cancel their participation will receive a voucher to attend another FBF course.

    For more details, please contact fbf@eui.eu
  • Practical information


    Please notice that the course dinner, and most of the social activities, will take place downtown.

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    Suggested restaurants in Florence city centre


    On arrival, participants will be provided with temporary wi-fi access for the whole duration of the course.

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    General information on local transport

    From Florence airport:

    Florence airport is located 8 km from the city centre, approximately 30 minutes by taxi or bus. Taxis can be found outside the arrivals terminal; no reservation is needed. A taxi ride from the airport costs about €20 and takes approximately 25/30 minutes.

    A tramway (line T2) connects the airport to the city centre. Trains leave from the airport terminal and take 20 minutes to the main railway station. One-way tickets can be bought from vending machines for €1.50.

    The airport is also connected to the main railway station in Florence by a shuttle bus (‘Vola in bus’) that leaves every 30 minutes (on the hour and on the half-hour) and takes 25 minutes. Tickets are available on board for €6.00.

    From the central railway station:

    Take bus n. 7 at the bus stop Stazione Nazionale in the direction “Fiesole Piazza Mino”, get off at the stop ‘San Domenico 01’. For bus routes and timetables consult the official timetable.

    Bus tickets are sold outside the railway station, at ATAF ticket kiosks and vending machines, tobacconists (tabacchi), newspaper kiosks (edicole), and most cafes (bar). They must be bought before boarding and stamped using the machine on the bus. A ticket costs €1.50 and it is valid for 90 minutes. Bus tickets can be purchased also on board (€ 2.50), but the driver is not obliged to give change.

    Private car

    From the A1 Milano-Napoli (Autostrada del Sole), take the Firenze Sud exit and follow directions to the city centre/Stadio. Follow the directions to the stadium (Stadio), then for Fiesole. San Domenico is on the main road to Fiesole.

    The EUI has several free parking areas available all over the Campus.

  • Course material

    Registered participants can access the course material using the password provided by the FBF secretariat.