Public Events 2019

Forthcoming events


52nd Forum Financial Market Regulation of 20 September 2019

Topic: Brexit and Financial Services: an 11th Hour Perspective

Abstract: The presentation will consider what is known about UK and EU preparedness for Brexit, and the wider implications, including for the future,  of how the UK and EU respectively have addressed the different challenges over the last few months. It will also seek to predict how the EU and UK financial regulation regimes are likely to evolve and the prospects for Capital Market Union, and the evidence of how a new UK/EU relationship might be constructed.

Speaker: Prof. Niamh Moloney (London School of Economics)

Date: Friday 20 September 2019, 12:15pm-1:45pm

Venue: University of Zürich, Institute of Law, Ramistrasse 74, 8001 Zurich (RAI-G-41)




Symposium on the Financial Stability Assessment Program with Switzerland 2018/2019

We are priviliged to announce that the URPP FinReg, together with experts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and top-level representatives from industry and practice will hold an event on the Financial Stability Assessment Program (FSAP) with Switzerland 2018/2019 on 23 September 2019. This program assesses the progress made since the last IMF FSAP, drawing on a few selected FSAP recommendations. Further information can be found in the flyer.

FSAP Symposium 2019 _invitation (PDF, 815 KB)



FINMA 10 Year Anniversary

We would like to announce that the URPP FinReg will organize together with FINMA an event on "10 years of FINMA" on 7 November 2019. Further information can be found in the flyer.

FINMA Jubiläum_2019_Einladung (PDF, 293 KB)




Unfortunately, the UFSP FinReg / EFDI / esisuisse Symposium on Deposit Insurance and FinTech originally planned for late summer 2019  had to be canceled due to an unexpected date collision. We are pleased to announce that the new date for the International Symposium will be 15 November 2019. Please refer to the flyer for more information.

Save the Date Deposit Insurance Symposium_2019 (PDF, 632 KB)







Past events:

7th Annual URPP Conference 5 June 2019


Topic:           The new Federal Financial Services and  Financial Institutions Act
Date:            Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Venue:         Universität Zürich, Rämistrasse 74, 8001 Zürich

Presentations: For the slides, please see the German Version of this website.

Invitation 2019 (PDF, 792 KB)


51st Forum Financial Market Regulation of 8 May 2019

Topic: The future of data-driven finance

Speaker: Prof. Ross P. Buckley (KPMG Law - King & Wood Mallesons Professor of Disruptive Innovation and Law, UNSW Sydney)

Date: Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Venue: University of Zürich

FF 51 Invitation (PDF, 262 KB)

Slides Buckley (PDF, 1008 KB)

SSRN Paper Buckley Weber 2019 (PDF, 2797 KB)



50th Forum Financial Market Regulation of 29 March 2019

Speaker: Prof. Andreas Schrimpf (BIS)

Prof. Andreas Schrimpf (BIS)

Date: Freitag, 29. März 2019, 12.15 - 13.30 Uhr

Venue: Universität Zürich

FF 50 Invitation (PDF, 271 KB)


49th Forum Finanzmarktregulierung of 5 February 2019

Topic: A Tale of Two Financial Safety Nets: The Euro Area and Switzerland

Speakers: Attila Arda and Jan Nolte (both International Monetary Fund, Financial Sector Assessment Programme Switzerland FSAP)

Date: 5 February 2019, 12.15 - 1.45 pm
Venue: Universität Zürich, RAI, Rämistrasse 74, 8001 Zürich

FF 49 Invitation (PDF, 270 KB)

FF 49 Presentation (PDF, 1355 KB)


4th FIDLEG-Symposium  of 29th January 2019

Topic: FIDLEG (Federal Financial Services Act) - Distribution and Products

Language: German

Date: Tuesday, 29 January 2019, 1:30 - 6:15pm

Venue: University Zurich, RWI, Rämistrasse 74, 8001 Zürich

Invitation 4. FIDLEG-Symposium (PDF, 744 KB)




One Year of Implementation of the MiFID II - MiFIR
regulatory framework

Conference co-organised by the Hellenic Association of Banking and Capital Markets Law and the URPP

Language: English

Date: Monday, 10 December 2018

Venue: Athens, Nomiki Bibliothiki Publishing House Europa Conference Room, 23 Mavromichali str., Athens

Invitation Athens 2018 (PDF, 230 KB)



1st International FinTech, InsurTech & Blockchain Forum  of 24th October 2018

Topic: Research on FinTech, InsurTech and Blockchain

Language: English

Date: 24 October 2018, 08:00-05:15pm

Venue: Kraftwerk, Selnaustrasse 25, 8001 Zürich


47. Forum Finanzmarktregulierung  7 November 2018
Topic: Responsibilities in the case of a bank crisis (in German)

Speaker: Dr. Rastko Vrbaski (FINMA)

Date: 27. November 2018, 12.15 - 13.45 Uhr
Venue: Universität Zürich, RAA, Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zürich (Auditorium)

FF 48 Invitation (PDF, 241 KB)



47. Forum Finanzmarktregulierung  of 7 November 2018
Dr. Marc Mauerhofer (FINMA) spoke about the new risks in the area of money laundering in the age of cryptocurrencies.

Invitation (PDF, 256 KB)



46. Forum Finanzmarktregulierung  04 October 2018
In this seminar, Prof. Dr. Samuel P. Baumgartner and Prof. Dr. Tanja Domej (both UZH) gave an overview of the legal protection in financial market law. Their talk was divided into two parts: i) Advantages and disadvantages of US-Class Action and ii) reform projects in Switzerland.

FF 46 Invitation (PDF, 275 KB)

Slides FF 46 final (PDF, 271 KB)



6th Annual Conference 6 June 2018

Topic:             Towards the Euro‘s third decade:
                         regulatory challenges for Europe and implications for Switzerland
Keynotes:      Thomas Wieser (Former Chairman, Eurogroup, Brussels); 
                         Prof. Charles Wyplosz (The Graduate Institute, Geneva)
Date:               Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 12:00-6:40 pm

Venue:             University Zurich, Rämistr. 59, 8001 Zürich (RAA-Auditorium)


Charles Wyplosz Presentation_Wyplosz_URPP 2018 (PDF, 218 KB)
Wolfgang Ernst Presentation_Ernst_URPP_2018 (PDF, 194 KB)
Mathias Hoffmann Presentation_Hoffmann_UFSP 2018 (PDF, 421 KB)
Seraina Grünewald Presentation_Grunewald_URPP_2018 (PDF, 250 KB)
Federico Fabbrini Presentation_Fabbrini_URPP 2018 (PDF, 240 KB)
Thomas Wieser no slides

Please consult the invitation for details of the programme. The conference language is English.

Invitation (PDF, 798 KB)

Annual Conference Report 2018 (PDF, 146 KB)




45. Forum Financial Market Regulation of 22 May 2018

In this seminar (in German), Dr. Reto Schiltknecht gave an overview of the current Swiss deposit scheme, and he touched upon the main challenges facing the scheme.

Schiltknecht Invitation (PDF, 242 KB)

FF 45 Presentation (PDF, 387 KB)


FIDLEG/FINIG Vortragsveranstaltung 17. April 2018

At the university of Liechtenstein, this event highlighted the current developments in Swiss financial services law, which are also important for the Liechtenstein financial center - above all those national financial intermediaries that operate across borders.This event took place in co-operation with the Institute of Law at the University of Liechtenstein.


44. Forum Financial Market Regulation of 13 April 2018

In this timely seminar (in German), Prof. Dirk Niepelt from the University of Berne gave background to the Swiss "Vollgeldinitiative". The initiators of this initiative claim that a full-money reform would make the financial and banking system crisis-proof and safer. The public vote will take place on 10 June 2018. Prof. Niepelt talked about the basic idea of ​​the initiative, and he suggested an alternative.

FF 41  Invitation (PDF, 247 KB)


43. Forum Finanzmarktregulierung of 12 April 2018

Dr. iur. Romeo Cerutti, Rechtsanwalt, LL.M. (General Counsel and Member of the Executive Board Credit Suisse Group AG) gave a seminar on regulatory trends in the global financial markets (in German).

FF43 Cerutti Invitation (PDF, 243 KB)



42. Forum Finanzmarktregulierung of 23 March 2018


Prof. Luc Laeven (Director-General, Research Dept., European Central Bank) gave a seminar on "Safe Asset Shortages: Evidence from the European Government Bond Lending Market". This Forum was a joint event with the Department of Banking and Finance. Please see the invitation for further detail.

FF 42 Invitation Laeven (PDF, 258 KB)



41. Forum Financial Market Regulation of 15 March 2018

Dr. Alessandro Rebucci (Carey Business School Edward St. John Real Estate Programm; Economics Department of Krieger School of Art & Science) gave a seminar (in English) on his recent research on house prices and capital flows. Based on his recent and ongoing research on house prices and capital flows, Dr. Rebucci presented a set of stylized facts about residential house prices in advanced and emerging markets, a theoretical framework to think about the role of house prices in the transmission of capital flows shocks and some evidence on the importance of the exchange rate regime and macro-prudential policies in mitigating countries’  vulnerability to such shocks. Dr Rebucci concluded highlighting areas of future research, with particular reference to his work in progress on the ongoing German housing boom.This Forum is a joint event with the Department of Economics UZH and ETH.

FF 41 Rebucci Invitation (PDF, 247 KB)



40th Forum Financial Market Regulation of 28 February 2018

Juliet Beckwith (Legal Counsel, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd) gave a presentation about blockchain and smart contracts in the reinsurance industry. In the Q & A, she was joined by Prof. Helmut Heiss (University of Zurich) and Peter Wedge (Global Contracts Knowledge Manager, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd).

Invitation (PDF, 254 KB)

FF 40 Slides (PDF, 1630 KB)



39th Forum Financial Market Regulation of 14 December 2017

Dr. Filipa Sà from the School of Management & Business, King's College London, gave a seminar on the effect of foreign investors on local housing markets, using evidence from the UK. Further detail can be found in the invitation below.

Invitation (PDF, 271 KB)




38th Forum Financial Market Regulation of 14 December 2017

Dr. Stijn Claessens from the Bank for International Settlement gave a seminar on "Bank Capital, Portfolio Rating Change and Loan Conditions" . Further detail can be found in the invitation below.

Invitation (PDF, 262 KB)


Symposium of 3 November 2017

Topic: Blockchain from a central Bank Perspective

This one-day symposium, jointly organized by the Universities of Zurich and Lucerne, brought togetherexperts from central banks, the financial services industry and academia in order to discuss legal, economic and technical ramifications of central bank digital currencies and blockchain-based securities.

Invitation Blockchain from a central banking perspective (PDF, 1282 KB)



37th Forum Financial Market Regulation of 31 October 2017

Prof. Dr. Nicolas Raschauer of the University of Liechtenstein discussed the new data protection regulation and its effects on financial intermediaries. Further detail can be found in the invitation below and in his slides.

Invitation (PDF, 248 KB)

Slides_Raschauer (PDF, 525 KB)



36th Forum Financial Market Regulation of 27 September 2017

Mark-Oliver Baumgarten has been working as an economic attorney in Zurich for more than 20 years. He is an economic consultant with his own office in Basel and supports as consultant and attorney Mercury Compliance in Zurich, a specialist law firm specializing in financial markets. In this forum, he addressed the new Swiss market regulation Fidleg and FINIG in their impact on the relationship between the bank and the external asset manager. Please see for further details the invitation.

Invitation (PDF, 257 KB)

Presentation_FF 36 (PDF, 197 KB)



5th Annual Conference of the URPP of 14 June 2017

Topic:                     Corporate Governance of financial institutions
Keynote-Speech:      Walter B. Kielholz (Swiss Re)

Topics: Which lessions were learnt from the financial crisis?  Are the reforms effective? What is the position of Switzerland in an international comparison? Is there a best practice of corporate governance with regards to financial institutions?

Speakers: Prof. Kern Alexander (UZH), H.E. Etsuro Honda (Ambassador to the Swiss Confederation, Ambassador for Financial & Economic Affairs in Europe), Andreas Ita (UBS), Dr. Reto Schiltknecht (FINMA) and Prof. Alexander Wagner (UZH, SFI).

Date: Wednesday, 14  June 2017, 9:30am-5:30 pm (incl.reception)

Venue: University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 74, 8001 Zurich (RAI-G-41)

Datum: Mittwoch, 14. Juni 2017, 9:30-17:30 Uhr inkl. Apéro

Ort: Universität Zürich, Rämistrasse 74, 8001 Zürich (RAI-G-41)


Kern Alexander Praesentation_Kern Alexander (PDF, 1264 KB)
Alexander Wagner
Andreas Ita Praesentation_Andreas Ita (PDF, 319 KB)
Reto Schiltknecht Praesentation_Reto Schiltknecht (PDF, 317 KB)
H.E. Etsuro Honda Praesentation_H E Etsuro Honda (PDF, 1377 KB)

Detail about the programme can be found in the "Einladung" and in the conference report.

Einladung Jahrestagung 2017 (PDF, 818 KB)

Link to conference report (PDF, 261 KB)



35th Forum Financial Market Regulation of 1 June 2017

Bruno Dorner from the Swiss State Secretariat for International Financial Matters (SIF) gave some background to the Federal Financial Services Act and Financial Institutions Act.

Please see the invitation and the presentation for further information.

FF_35 Presentation (PDF, 172 KB)

Invitation (PDF, 230 KB)


34th Forum Financial Market Regulation of 23 May 2017

Dr. Monica Mächler (attorney-at-law, board member of various financial service providers) discussed the issues surrounding the new insurance regulation. This talk was held in German.

Please see the invitation for further information.

Invitation (PDF, 236 KB)

FF 34_Praesentation (PDF, 61 KB)



33rd Forum Financial Market Regulation of 3 May 2017

Pierre M. Gentin (Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, New York; Lecturer, MBA Program, Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia) draws on twenty-five years of experience including nearly two decades as a senior in-house lawyer for a Swiss-based financial services company and as a lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice, to describe how American regulatory investigations have evolved over the years, and to consider what effect the recent American election may have on U.S. investigations of European companies in the future. There are no slides available.

Invitation (PDF, 250 KB)


FINTECH SYMPOSIUM 13 March 2017, Zurich

FinTech, a new challenge for deposit insurance?


On Monday, 13 March 2017 everybody interested in the question whether or not „FinTech Poses New Challenges for Deposit Insurers“ should come to Zurich, Switzerland. Why? Because on this day EFDI, esisuisse and the URPP Financial Regulation of the University of Zurich will host a conference at the university dealing with exactly this question.

The scope of the symposium will include new forms of deposits such as crowdfunding, mobile subscription or e-payment. Deposits in virtual currencies like Bitcoin and new cross-border settings will also be dealt with. All these new factors bear the risk of deposits “disappearing” in unexpected ways which will most probably lead to special regulation for start-ups and new legislation for FinTech companies (RegTech). The speakers will also consult the famous crystal ball and discuss legal and technical developments.

Who will these experts be? Representatives from the University of Zurich and other academics will address the audience. Specialists from various central banks, regulators, venture capital experts, as well as IADI (International Association of Deposit Insurers) and EFDI (European Forum of Deposit Insurers) representatives will speak at this symposium addressing issues that could not be more topical.

Updated Programme (PDF, 752 KB)

Nadia Manzari Presentation_Manzari (PDF, 596 KB)
Presentation_Schaefer_new (PDF, 422 KB)
Presentation_Schaad (PDF, 1079 KB)
R. Wyss/
S. Bucherer
Presentation_Wyss_Bucherer (PDF, 326 KB)
Presentation_Stevenson_new (PDF, 743 KB)
Juan Carlos
Presentation_Lopez (PDF, 534 KB)
De Lisa
Presentation_De Lisa (PDF, 797 KB)
Rolf H.
C. Zellweger-
Presentation_Zellweger-Gutknecht (PDF, 95 KB)


32. Forum Financial Market Regulation of 3 March 2017

Prof. Gregor Matvos (Universität Chicago, Booth School of Business) gave a presentation about the market for financial adviser misconduct. This forum took place in co-operation with the Department of Banking & Finance at the University of Zurich. 

More information can be found in the invitation and the paper.


Paper (PDF, 1038 KB)



31. Forum Financial Market Regulation of 28 February 2017

Richard Olsen (Lykke Corp.) and Dr. Martin Hess (Partner, Wenger & Vieli) presented the new global market exchange "Lykke".

Further information can be found in the invitation and in the presentation.


Presentation (PDF, 2816 KB)


30th Forum Financial Market Regulation of 1 December 2016

Prof. Florian P. Ederer from the Yale School of Management talked about the issues arising from common ownership, competition and top mangement. Further detail can be found in the invitation and in the paper.

Invitation (PDF, 253 KB)

Paper (PDF, 598 KB)


The 3rd FIDLEG-Symposium of the URPP took place on Wednesday, 09 November 2016.


Topic:                FIDLEG - Distribution and Sale of financial products

Presenters:       Luca Bianchi, RA, Niederer Kraft & Frey AG
                            Stephanie Comtesse, RAin, Bär & Karrer AG
                            Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Thorsten Hens, IBF, UZH
                            Prof. Dr. iur. Rolf Sethe, RWI, UZH  
                            Stefan Simon, RA, HSW Legal AG

Please find further information in the invitation below.

Einladung (PDF, 2147 KB)

Präsentationen (PDF, 2956 KB)


The 29th Forum Financial Market Regulation of 25 October 2016

Prof. Werner Hildenbrand from the University of Bonn discussed Thomas Piketty's analysis in the best-selling book "Le Capital au XXIe siècle". The talk was in English. Further detail can be found in the invitation.

Invitation (PDF, 272 KB)

Paper (PDF, 308 KB)



The 28th Forum Financial Market Regulation of 19 October 2016


Prof. Arthur B. Laby from the Rutgers Law School (The State University of New Jersey, USA) will talk about the fiduciary structure of investement management regulation. The talk is in English. Further detail can be found in the invitation.

Invitation (PDF, 231 KB)

Paper (PDF, 371 KB)


The 27th Forum Financial Market Regulation of 22 September 16


Dr. Michel Kähr from FINMA will talk about reorganisation law and insurance companies. The talk is in German. Further detail can be found in the invitation.

Invitation (PDF, 243 KB)

Präsentation (PDF, 323 KB)


4 th Annual Conference of the University Research Priority Project (URPP) Financial Market Regulation of 8 June 2016

Subject:     "FinTech: New Challenges for the Legislator and the Supervisor"

The programme for the conference and further information is outlined in the invitation (please refer to the link below). 

Invitation (PDF, 2080 KB)

Abraham Bernstein Big Data: Herausforderung oder Chance für die FinTech Industrie? (PDF, 11979 KB)
Urs Haeusler Schweizer Regulierung aus FinTech Sicht und im internationalen Vergleich (PDF, 1689 KB)
Thomas Puschmann Überblick über das FinTech Ökosystem der Schweiz (PDF, 3644 KB)
Gerhard Schwabe Mensch oder Maschine - wie wird zukünftig beraten? (PDF, 1166 KB)
Rolf H. Weber Regulierung von Robo-Advice (PDF, 374 KB)

Media reports on the 4th annual conference of the URPP Financial Market Regulation:

Media report in the UZH news

Media report in the Unternehmerzeitung

Farewell Lecture Prof. Dr. Rolf H. Weber of 31 May 2016

Prof. Dr. Rolf H. Weber gave his farewell lecture on the subject of

"Framework for and Directions of Global Legal Developments"
("Rahmen und Wege für globale Rechtsentwicklungen") 

Invitation (PDF, 168 KB)

Zurich meets London - a Festival of two Cities      17-21 May 2016

Within the framework of the Zurich meets London festival, the University of Zurich and the London School of Economics & Political Science organised a public panel discussion on the subject of

"Financial Market Regulation: Exploring the impact of MiFID II"

Presentations and Panel Discussion:
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Hens                          Financial Economics, University of Zurich 
Prof. Dr. Niamh Moloney  Law, London School of Economics & Political Science
Prof. Dr. Kern Alexander Law & Finance, University of Zurich
Prof. Dr. Rolf H. Weber  Civil, Commercial and European Law, University of Zurich

Date:                  Thursday, May 19, 2016                  

Venue:                Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Council Chamber, Charles
                            Clore House, 17 Russel Square, London

Time:                  6:00 - 7:30 p.m., followed by a short reception  

Admission:        free 

Invitation / Programme (PDF, 7501 KB)

Website "Zurich meets London"

26th  Forum Financial Market Regulation on 10 May 2016

Rodolfo Straub, Head SIX Exchange Regulation, will give a lecture about the implication of the new  financial markets regulation on the Swiss stock exchange.

"Between the Federal Financial Market Infrastructure Act and the Financial Services Act - the view from the Swiss Exchange"

Further detail can be found in the invitation.

Invitation (PDF, 238 KB)

Presentation (PDF, 480 KB)

25th  Forum Financial Market Regulation on 12 April 2016

Prof. Dr. Niamh Moloney of the London School of Economics will give a lecture about consumer protection issues in financial market regulation.This will be followed by a short talk on the Swiss perspective by Prof. Dr. Franca Contratto.

"Consumer Protection Issues in Financial Market Regulation"

Further detail can be found in the invitation.

Einladung (PDF, 235 KB)

Presentation (PDF, 4531 KB)

24th  Forum Financial Market Regulation on 6 April 2016

Prof. Dr. Niamh Moloney of the London School of Economics will speak about the new MiFID II regulation and its implications for cross-border banking. This will be followed by a short talk on the Swiss perspective by Prof. Dr. Rolf H. Weber.

"MiFID II and its implications for Cross-border Banking"

Further detail can be found in the invitation.

Invitation (PDF, 256 KB)

Presentation (PDF, 5512 KB)

"FIDLEG special - Assurances" – Seminar on 17 March 2016

Conference on the implications of a future FFSA (Federal Financial Services Act) on the insurance sector.
Organiser: Europe Institute at the University of Zurich in collaboration with the URPP Financial Market Regulation

Chairpersons:      Prof. Dr. Helmut Heiss, Dr. iur. Ulrike Mönnich, Prof. Dr. Rolf Sethe 

Venue:                    Kongresshaus Zurich, Gotthardstrasse 5, 8002 Zürich 
                                Kammermusiksaal, Entrance"V" 

Invitation (PDF, 653 KB)

23nd Forum Financial Market Regulation on 15 March 2016

 Attorney-at-law Daniel Zuberbühler, former vice-president of the FINMA and member of a bank's board of directors, gave a talk on the subject of

"Risikomanagement als Kernaufgabe - Erfahrungen eines Ex-Regulators, Beraters und Bankverwaltungsrates"

Further detail can be found in the invitation.

Invitation (PDF, 253 KB)

Presentation (PDF, 1674 KB)

22nd Forum Financial Market Regulation on 10 March 2016

Prof. Dr. Christos Gortsos of Panteion University Athens gave a speech on the subject of

"The vicious circle between sovereign and banking crises: case studies from the euro area and policy responses"

Further detail can be found in the invitation.

Invitation (PDF, 240 KB)

Presentation (long version) (PDF, 445 KB)

Presentation (short version) (PDF, 225 KB)

Article Prof. Gortsos on the Greek Fiscal Crisis (PDF, 273 KB)

List of Publications (PDF, 39 KB)

2nd Symposium on the FFSA (Federal Financial Services Act) on 3 February 2016

Topic:              "FIDLEG oder FIDLEG light? - Richtungsenetscheide der Botschaft 
                          des Bundesrates"

Speakers:       Dr. iur. René Bösch, Attorney-at-law
                          Alex Geissbühler, Attorney-at-law
                          Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Thorsten Hens 
                          Prof. Dr. iur. Rolf Sethe 

Fee:                   CHF 100.- including coffee break refreshments

Invitation (PDF, 2103 KB)

René Bösch
Alex Geissbühler
Thorsten Hens
Rolf Sethe