Dear Fellows, Professors and Nominators,

On Behalf of the Radboud Excellence Initiative we would like to invite you to the Radboud Excellence Lunch & Lecture on Tuesday 26th of March 2019. During this lunch Radboud Excellence Professor Veerle Colaert will give an informative lecture entitled ‘Financial Regulation: Levelling the cross-sectoral playing field’.

Prof. dr. Veerle Colaert is Radboud Excellence Initiative Professor since September 2018. Together with Prof. Dr. Danny Busch (Radboud Institute for Financial Law) and an international team of researchers, she is developing the project “Financial Regulation: Levelling the cross-sectoral playing field”. As the project is in its final stage, she will give a lecture with the same title to discuss the results of the project. For more information about Prof. dr. Colaert and the project see below.

The Lunch & Lecture will start at 12.30h and will last until 14:00h. It will take place at Grotius Building 1.176.

Please register for this event by sending an email to (or reply to this e-mail) before Wednesday 20th of March including your name, department and any special catering needs.

We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday the 26th of March.


Thanks and kind regards,

Karin van den Heuvel & Jolien Huisman

Hospitality Officers 


Professor Colaert

Prof. Dr. 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 is the chairwoman of the Securities and Markets Stakeholders Group (SMSG) advising the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and member of the Sanctions Commission of the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA). She is also 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. She has published numerous articles and is a regular speaker at international and national conferences on financial regulation.


The Project

Financial law as we know it today mirrors the traditional structure of the financial industry. In most legal systems, it is thus divided into banking, insurance and investment services law. In recent decades, however, the clear separation between financial sectors has gradually evaporated, as business lines have converged across sectors. Moreover, various FinTech solutions have emerged, which do not fit traditional sector boundaries. This raises the question whether a more cross-sectoral approach to financial regulation would be feasible and more efficient. The sectoral approach to financial regulation has indeed led to certain marked inefficiencies, including regulatory arbitrage. The European legislator has thus far responded by introducing a rather limited set of targeted regulatory modifications. This research project aims at a fundamental analysis of the entire body of financial regulation, in order to identify similarities and differences in regulatory approach to often very similar problems in the different sectors, and to assess the feasibility and desirability of a more cross-sectoral approach to regulation.

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