Greg Van Elsen joined BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, in 2014. BEUC acts as the umbrella group in Brussels for its members and its main task is to represent them at European level and defend the interests of all Europe’s consumers. Just like the EU itself, BEUC’s membership has grown, and its members now include 41 well respected, independent national consumer organisations from 31 European countries. As a policy officer Greg Van Elsen works on issues of consumer and investor protection arising in financial services legislation. In this capacity he has worked on several files of financial legislation, including MiFID II, KID for PRIIPS and the Insurance Distribution Directive. As of 2016, he is representing European consumers within the Insurance and Reinsurance Stakeholder Group (IRSG), one of the main advisory bodies to the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA). Greg Van Elsen is also responsible for tracking digital innovation in financial services from a consumer perspective. In that capacity he is active in the European Crowdfunding Stakeholder Forum, an expert group set up by the European Commission. He has a diverse civil society background, previously working inter alia for Fairfin, a non-governmental organisation advocating sustainable finance. As a policy officer he focused on banking structural reform and socially responsible investing. Previously he spent four years at Oxfam, working on issues of fair trade. Greg Van Elsen holds a master in Applied Economic Sciences (University of Antwerp, 2002) and a master in International Politics (University of Leuven, 2003).
Chris Buijink is President of the Dutch Banking Association. Chris Buijink (1954) studied Political Science at the University of Amsterdam and worked there as a junior-assistant at the Europe Institute. In 1980 he entered the Ministry of Economic Affairs. He held several positions, a.o. deputy Director-general of Foreign Economic Relations and Director-general of Enterprise and Innovation. In 2007 he was appointed Secretary-general. When the ministries of Economic Affairs and Agriculture were merged in 2010, Chris Buijink was appointed Secretary-general of the new ministry. In June 2013 he left the civil service to assume the presidency of the Dutch Banking Association. Chris Buijink is a member of the Executive Board of VNO-NCW (the Dutch Employers Federation) and member of the SER (Social Economic Council). Chris Buijink is chairman of the Advisory Board of the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten and also a member of the board of the Hermitage Amsterdam.
Steven Maijoor has been the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) since taking up office 1 April 2011. He is the first chair of the authority and is currently serving his second five-year term. He is responsible for representing the Authority as well as chairing ESMA’s Board of Supervisors and the Management Board. The role of the Board of Supervisors is to give strategic guidance to ESMA and make all main regulatory and supervisory decisions. The Management Board's purpose is to ensure that the Authority carries out its mission and performs its tasks. Prior to taking up this role, Steven was Managing Director at the AFM, the Dutch financial markets regulator, where he was responsible for capital market supervision, including financial reporting and auditing, prospectuses, public offerings, and the supervision of the integrity of financial markets. During his term, the scope of activities of the AFM vastly expanded and he was responsible for building and implementing supervision in the capital market area. In his regulatory role at the AFM, Steven has held a number of international positions, including the Chairmanship of IFIAR (International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators). Before joining the regulatory world, Steven was the Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University, and had pursued a long career in academia which included a variety of positions at Maastricht University and the University of Southern California. He holds a PhD in Business Economics from Maastricht University, was a research student at the London School of Economics, and has a master in Business Economics from the University of Groningen.
Cynthia Williams, Osler Chair in Business Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada. Professor Williams practiced law for five years at the firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City, concentrating on securities, mergers and acquisitions and antitrust cases. From 1995 through 2013 Professor Williams was on the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Law, with research visits to Cambridge University; Georgetown University; the Vrije Universiteit (VU), Amsterdam; and Osgoode Hall Law School, where she was the inaugural Osler Chair in Business Law from 2007-2009. Professor Williams writes in the areas of securities law, corporate law, corporate responsibility, and transnational private business regulation, most often in interdisciplinary collaborations with John Conley (anthropology and law); Deborah Rupp (organizational psychology); and Ruth Aguilera (economic sociology). Her work has been published in such journals as the Harvard Law Review, the Georgetown Law Review, the Journal of Corporation Law, the University of Virginia Law Review, Theoretical Inquiries in Law, the Academy of Management Review, and Organizational Behavior. Her current research is examining DNB’s supervision of behavior and culture, conducted together with Prof. Lodewijk Smeehuijzen of the VU. Professor Williams is active in policy work, helping to found the Climate Bond Initiative, a London-based charity that is developing a new asset class, climate bonds, to fund the transition to a low-carbon economy; helping to found the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, a global think-tank of academics and financial market participants ; and most recently acting on behalf of a coalition of environmental organizations in drafting a Comment Letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission in the U.S. arguing for required sustainability disclosure by publicly-listed companies.
Frank Elderson has served as an Executive Director of De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) since 1 July 2011. In that capacity he is currently responsible for Pension Funds’ supervision, Horizontal supervisory functions, Banking Resolution and Legal Affairs. He is a member of the Plenary Session of the Single Resolution Board. The chairman of the Sustainability Committee of DNB reports to him. Before joining DNB’s Executive Board, Mr Elderson served as Head of the ABN AMRO supervision department (2006-2007), Director of the Legal Services division (2007-2011) and DNB’s General Counsel (2008-2011). He received his professional training as an attorney with Houthoff Advocaten & Notarissen from 1995 to 1998. Having studied various courses at the University of Zaragoza, Spain, he graduated in Dutch law at the University of Amsterdam in 1994. He obtained an LL.M. Degree at Columbia Law School, New York, in 1995.
Guido Roth graduated from the University of Amsterdam. He worked for seven years at the legal department of the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). After that he became Attorney at Law with Loeff Claeys Verbeke and Loyens & Loeff. In 2003 he joined Spigthoff (later: Spigt Litigators) and became a Partner of the firm in 2005. Since 2013 Guido is a partner of Simmons & Simmons LLP. He specializes in financial law related disputes with a focus on proceedings under administrative law against the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) and the AFM. Guido is the author of numerous articles on issues related to financial law and frequently lectures on enforcement issues. Furthermore, he is chairman of the Stichting Waakzaamheid Financial Toezicht (Stichting Wft).
Heinrich Winter is parttime Professor of Public Administration at the University of Groningen (Department of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Public Administration). In 1985/1986 he graduated in Legal Public Administration and Sociology at the University of Groningen. His PhD thesis (Groningen 1996) concerned evaluation of legislation and was the result of an interdisciplinary project. At this moment he teaches in the field of enforcement, administrative procedural law and evaluation research. He participates in the research programs Public Trust and Public Law and in the Groningen Centre for European Financial Services Law. Next to his academic work, he is director of research and consultancy firm Pro Facto in Groningen, which provides legal advice to governmental institutions and is commissioned with research projects, mainly in the Netherlands. Recently he, together with Olha Cherednychenko and collegues of the Asser Institute in The Hague published a study for the European Parliament on the effects of EU free trade and association agreements on money laundering, tax evasion and avoidance. This spring, together with a group of students, he undertook a study on the fit and proper test in the Dutch public housing sector.
Loes Lennarts currently holds a chair in Comparative Company Law at the University of Groningen (Institute of Company Law) and a chair in company law at the University of Utrecht (Molengraaff Institute of Private law). She s pecialises in (comparative and international) company law and insolvency law. She holds a doctorate in law from the University of Groningen, where she defended her PhD thesis on liability of corporate groups. Loes has advised the Dutch government on the reform of the capital maintenance law applicable to private limited companies. In 2006 she joined CMS Derks Star Busmann as an advisor. Loes is fellow of the Dutch Insolvency Practitioners Association (Vereniging Insolventierecht Advocaten (INSOLAD)) and a member of the editorial boards of Tijdschrift voor Insolventierecht (Review of Insolvency Law) and Tekst & Commentaar Ondernemingsrecht (Text and Commentary Company Law). She regularly publishes and lectures on matters of company law and corporate governance. Her recent research focuses on the duties and liabilities of board members.
Femke de Vries has been on the Executive Board of the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) since 1 October 2015. She is responsible for the departments Continuing Supervision, Customer Interests First, Supervision Service Centre, and Risk Analysis & Project Office. She joined De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) in 2003, initially as a Supervisor and Division Director. Subsequently, she became Secretary-director, in which position she managed the internal operations of DNB and bore responsibility for monitoring the running of the organisation. Before that, as Division Director she was first responsible for supervising pension funds and investment firms, and then for the Division for supervision of expertise centres. In these positions, she played a key role in changing the supervisory culture at DNB. Since March 2015, Dr de Vries has been Professor by Special Appointment of Regulatory Enforcement at the University of Groningen. In her research and teaching work, she focuses on supervisory developments relating to such issues as how transparency and the effects of supervision can boost compliance with the set norms and help to satisfy society's expectations in this context.
Jan de Bie Leuveling Tjeenk is an Attorney and Partner at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in Amsterdam. He specialises in mass litigation, financial Services litigation and corporate litigation. He is admitted to the Dutch Supreme Court bar. He regularly acts for financial institutions and corporates. His recent work includes advising and representing financial institutions on claims in relation to interest derivatives sold to small and medium sized enterprises and claims in relation to increases of surcharges on floating rate loans. His work includes acting in Dutch style class actions for a financial institution in relation to interest rate derivatives and for oil and gas companies in relation to oil spills in Nigeria and earthquakes in the Netherlands. He acted on numerous landmark cases for financial institutions before the Dutch Supreme Court as well, including a recent groundbreaking case in relation to right of pledge. He regularly lectures and publishes on topics of financial law and corporate law. Jan is a member of the editorial board of the Dutch law journal Maandblad voor Vermogensrecht. Before entering into private practice he taught law at the University of Leiden. He earned academic degrees at the University of Groningen (LL.M and M.A. in history), the University of London (M.A. in legal and political theory) and the University of Leiden (Ph.D).
Vincenzo Bavoso is a Lecturer in Commercial Law at the School of Law, University of Manchester. Previously he was a Research Associate in the “Tipping Points Project” at Durham University (Law School and Institute of Hazard Risk and Resilience), where he conducted researched on the global financial crisis in the banking sector. Before that he was a Lecturer in Law at Kingston University London and also a part-time Associate Lecturer in Company Law at Manchester. In 2012 he was awarded a PhD in corporate and financial law from the University of Manchester with a thesis titled “Explaining Financial Scandals: Corporate Governance, Structured Finance, and the Enlightened Sovereign Control Paradigm”. He has published in the areas of financial regulation, structured finance, corporate law and corporate governance.
Takis Tridimas is Professor of European Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London and Director of the Centre of European Law. He is also the Nancy A. Patterson Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor at Pennsylvania State University and a Barrister in Matrix Chambers. He has acted as advisor to many public and private organizations, and chaired the Committee responsible for drafting the Treaty of Accession of 2003 by which central and eastern European states joined the EU. His interests include the constitutional law of the EU, judicial protection, banking and financial law, and comparative law. He is the author of numerous publications, including the FIDE General Report on Banking Union (Kluwer, 2016), The ECJ and the National Courts: Dialogue, Cooperation, and Instability in A.M. Arnull and D. Chalmers (Eds), Oxford Handbook of European Union Law (Oxford, 2015, 403-430); Η. W. Micklitz and T. Tridimas (Eds), Risk and EU Law, (Edward Elgar, 2015); and The General Principles of EU Law (Oxford, 2nd Ed, 2006).
Wijnand van de Beek is Manager of Strategy, Policy and International Affairs at the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). Wijnand joined the AFM in 2003, and has fulfilled various roles: preparing the introduction of supervision of the Dutch Financial Services Act in 2006, and actual supervision of financial institutions from 2006 to 2008. In his current role he contributes to the AFM supervisory strategy and to national and international regulation for the financial retail sector. He is Chair of the ESA’s Joint Committee Sub-Committee for Consumer Protection and Financial Innovation (JC SC CPFI). Prior to joining the AFM, Wijnand has worked with McKinsey & Company for 11 years, in research, consulting and managerial roles. He managed EFIC, McKinsey’s European financial services research group, from 1998 to 2002.
Stijn Franken is an Attorney and Partner at NautaDutilh in Amsterdam. He specialises in insurance/reinsurance and regulatory law, as well as product liability. Stijn's clients include financial institutions and manufacturers. He presently represents insurers in mass claims pertaining to unit-linked life insurances. Stijn graduated in law from the University of Leiden in 1992 and obtained a master's degree from the University of London. He joined NautaDutilh in 1994 and became a partner in 2003. Stijn is a board member of various law associations, a member of the editorial staff of two legal journals and frequently publishes and lectures on liability and insurance issues. Stijn is recommended by Chambers ('star individual'). He is Vice-President of the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Actuarial Association and secretary of the Advisory Committee on Insurance Law of the Netherlands Bar Association.
Herman Bröring is full Professor of Integrative Law Studies at the University of Groningen (Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law and Public Administration). In 1983 he graduated in Dutch law (public, private and social-economic law). His PhD thesis (Groningen 1993, cum laude (highest degree); Amsterdam 1995, Stibbe Award) concerns a category of soft public law: non-statutory rules, quasi-legislation, administrative rules, policy rules, codes of practice, guidelines, et cetera. His current research concerns soft law, law enforcement, participation in public decision making, and public law of the Caribbean territories of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He is participating in the research programs Public Trust and Public Law and is a member of the Groningen Centre for European Financial Services Law. Recently, he published ‘Principle-Based Regulation and Public Trust in the Post-Crisis World: The Dutch Case of Financial Services’ (Den Haag: Eleven International Publishing, 2016, together with Olha O. Cherednychenko). His recent books are about punitive sanctions and the relationship between criminal and administrative law (2016, 2015, 2012, together with Berend F. Keulen). Prof. Bröring is lecturer in various aspects of administrative law, at the university and for, a.o., the judiciary and civil servant training programs. He is visiting professor of administrative law at the University of Aruba. Prof. Bröring is member of the editorial board of JBplus (chair, Sdu) and Module Algemeen Bestuursrecht (Wolters Kluwer). He is participating in several managerial, supervision and appeal committees and is chair of the scientific integrity committee of the University of Groningen.
Dirk Ulbricht is Director and Senior Researcher at iff (institut für finanzdienstleistungen, Hamburg), a research institute analysing financial services with a focus on consumer protection and access for vulnerable consumers funded through projects carried out amongst others, for the European Commission, German federal ministries, consumer agencies and providers. Dirk Ulbricht is currently involved in a project grant concerning the development of EU supplementary pensions through equity release schemes for the European Commission (DG EMPL) covering five European countries, the German annual report on over-indebtedness based on iff’s unique panel of about 50,000 consumers (Teambank foundation), a study analysing the role of guarantee banks in SME lending (Bürgschaftsbank Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), and in a capacity building project helping to establish consumer protection organisations in Turkey (Turkey Ministry for EU Affairs). Dirk Ulbricht is an empirical economist with a research focus on Consumer Finance, Over-Indebtedness, Housing, and Quantitative Forecasting. He has worked as a researcher at the DIW (German Institute for Economic Research) Berlin and the ifo Institute Munich in the economic forecasting and business cycle departments and lectured at the Hertie School of Governance and HWR Berlin. He has published in Economics Letters, Journal of Comparative Economics, and Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Journal of Forecasting and Economics Bulletin. He earned his PhD at the Ludwigs-Maximilians University Munich. He has gained practical experience as manager both in sales and internal departments at Allianz.
Jonathan Foster is an employed Barrister of the bar of England and Wales, and holds an LL.M from the University of London (University College). He began his legal career at the bar in general common-law practice. He later worked with several US law firms on international insurance fraud litigation. Jonathan has worked at Lloyd’s of London, where he managed the enforcement function, drafted secondary legislation and advised on insurance and public law matters. During this time he was seconded as secretary to an inquiry headed by the Chairman of the Securities and Investments Board (the precursor to the FSA) Sir David Walker into investor participation at Lloyd’s and the LMX spiral, a serious financial crisis in the Lloyd's and London insurance market in the 1990s. He also worked at the UK’s FSA, where he advised on the European regime for regulating insurance selling (the Insurance Mediation Directive) and the distance selling of financial services (the Distance Marketing Directive). More recently he worked with the UK Law Commission on new Consumer Insurance legislation, and with CEIOPS (now EIOPA), and on secondment to the European Commission, on proposals to revise the IMD. Jonathan managed a team of lawyers at the FSA which advises on policy and supervision matters in relation to investment, banking and mortgage conduct of business, and the Financial Ombudsman Service and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Jonathan spent some three years on secondment as counsel to the European Securities and Markets Authority in Paris (one of three new independent pan-European supervisory authorities established under European law) where he acted as leader of the legal team, drafting legislation, dealing with enforcement matters and appeal cases, and advising on a range of European law and other matters within ESMA’s remit. Jonathan returned to the FCA in November 2015, where he advises on European aspects of financial services regulatory law.
In 1990 Veerle de Schryver joined the Belgian financial regulator, the Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA). Since 2011 she is the Deputy Director of the Department which is responsible for the Transversal supervision of financial products, such as funds, banking products and insurance products (life and non-life). In the period 1990-2003 she worked for the Supervision of Financial Information and Markets for Financial Instruments Department, where she dealt mostly with public offerings of securities, legal questions concerning collective investment schemes and takeover bids. As a member of the Legal Department (2003-2011) she provided in-house legal advice in the field of securities law (in particular takeover law and the legislation on collective investments schemes) and company law. In the period 2008-2011 she was a Press Officer.
Jan Broekhuizen is a Partner at Amsterdam-based law firm Kennedy van der Laan. Jan specializes in Dutch and European financial regulation and represents insurance companies, banks, financial services providers and other financial institutions. He has also advised financial supervisory authorities and other public sector bodies in the financial sector. Jan started his career as an attorney in 1997 and has worked in the field of banking & financial services for Dutch law firms in their Amsterdam, London and New York offices. He is associated with the University of Groningen and the Groningen Cente for European Financial Services Law, where he is working on a dissertation in the field of “regulatory private law”. Jan is a member of the supervisory board of several non-profit institutions, including the supervisory board of CARE Netherlands. He is also a member of the Dutch Governance Committee for Housing Associations.
Olha Cherednychenko holds the Chair in European Private Law and Comparative Law at the University of Groningen. She is also a Founder and Director of the Groningen Centre for European Financial Services Law (GCEFSL). Previously she was a Senior Lecturer/Researcher at the VU University Amsterdam and a Lecturer/Researcher at the Utrecht University (the Netherlands) where she obtained her PhD with a thesis on the interplay between fundamental rights and European private law, with emphasis on risky financial transactions (published with Sellier. European Law Publishers in 2007). She has held visiting fellowships / appointments at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) in London, and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is also a member of several centres of expertise in the Netherlands. As a senior researcher, she has been involved in a number of European research projects, most recently for the European Parliament (2015/2016). Currently, she leads the project ‘Towards Sustainable Financial Practices’ at the University of Groningen. She has published widely on a variety of issues related to EU law, European and national private and regulatory law, and comparative law, in particular in the area of financial services. Her recent publications include i.a. ‘ Public Supervision over Private Relationships: Towards European Supervision Private Law?’, European Review of Private Law (2014); ‘Freedom of Contract in the Post-Crisis Era: Quo Vadis?’, European Review of Contract Law (2014); ‘Contract Governance in the EU: Conceptualising the Relationship between Investor Protection Regulation and Private Law’, European Law Journal (2015); ‘Public and Private Enforcement of European Private Law in the Financial Services Sector’, European Review of Private Law (2015); ‘ Cooperative or Competitive? Private Regulators and Public Supervisors in the Post-Crisis European Financial Services Landscape’, Policy and Society (2016).
Mark Wissink is Advocate General of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. He was appointed Professor of Private Law at the University of Groningen in 2001. He studied law at Leiden University (Dutch law, 1985) and Columbia University School of Law (LL.M., 1986). He worked at a law firm in The Hague and at the University of Leiden, where he took his doctorate, cum laude, in 2001. In Groningen Wissink was Academic Director of the master International and Comparative Private Law and chairman of the Department of Private Law and Notary Law. He was a member of the board of the Social Sciences Division of The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and a deputy judge at the Court of Appeals at Arnhem and Leeuwarden. He is editor of Contracteren, Monografieën Privaatrecht and T&C Vermogensrecht and member of the advisory board of the Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht
Fernando Gomez is Professor of Civil Law and Law and Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. A graduate of the University of Madrid and the University of Bologna (Italy), he has taught at several Universities in Europe (University of Madrid-Complutense, University of Wales, University of Hamburg), Israel (IDC-Herzliya) and the US (NYU, George Mason). He is currently co-editor of the Review of Law and Economics, and the European Review of Contract Law, managing editor of InDret, the leading Spanish e-journal in legal studies, and sits in the board of editors of other international and Spanish academic journals. He served in the Expert Group of the European Commission on a Common European Sales Law. His research has been published in leading journals and publications in the US, UK, Portugal, Italy, Germany, France, Colombia, Belgium, and Argentina, as well as in Spain. His research interests lie in the application of economic methods to a broad range of legal areas and topics, especially Contracts, Consumer Finance, Torts, Legal Harmonization, and Judicial Behavior. His most recent published paper is “Product Liability vs. Reputation”, Journal of Law, Economics & Organization (2016).
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