Karel Lannoo (1961) has been Chief Executive of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) since 2000 and Senior Research Fellow since 1997. He is a member of the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee (ESFRC) and has published widely on EU and financial regulation matters. He holds an MA in history from the University of Leuven, Belgium (1985) and a postgraduate degree in European studies from the University of Nancy, France (1986). Karel Lannoo is an independent director of BME (Bolsas y Mercados Españoles), the company operating the securities markets in Spain.
Diego Valiante, Ph.D. (1982) is a Research Fellow at the European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI) and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) since March 2009, where he coordinates the research activities and projects on capital makets. He holds a BSc in Economics (2004) and an MSc in Law and Economics (2006) from LUISS – Guido Carli in Rome, both degrees summa cum laude. He also earned a LL.M. Master in Law and Economics (EMLE) jointly from Hamburg and Bologna University, and in 2010 the Ph.D. in Law and Economics from LUISS University. As a result of his interdisciplinary studies, Diego’s specialties are financial and securities regulation, capital markets, market structure, competition policy and corporate governance. He has published extensively on economic and regulatory aspects of financial markets and services. He regularly advises European institutions through official studies and through group of experts on economic and regulatory issues of capital markets. Diego often speaks at international conferences and seminars, and delivers lectures on financial regulation and capital markets policies. He is regularly interviewed and quoted on international newspapers and specialised blogs. In the past (2007), he also worked as intern in the Public Authorities Division of a major investment bank in Canary Wharf, London. In 2011, Diego has been included by the Financial News in the list of the “Top 40 Rising Stars in Trading and Technology” under the age of 40 in the EMEA.
Mirzha de Manuel (1985) is a Researcher at the European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI) and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) since September 2010. His research relates mainly to asset management regulation where he has coordinated a task force with various industry participants and regulators. He has also carried out research on takeover regulation for the European Commission. His publications at CEPS have so far referred to the AIFM Directive and its implementation. He has also been a contributor on these issues for the Financial Times. Mirzha is MA in European Economic and Legal Analysis from the College of Europe in Belgium (2010) and a qualified lawyer from the Bar of Madrid. He holds both a master in Business Economics and master in Spanish and Common Law (2009) from the University of Valladolid (Spain).
Associate Research Fellow
Jean-Pierre Casey (1980) is an Associate Research Fellow at ECMI. He is currently a Partner at Azure Wealth LLP in London, a boutique independent investment management firm, and also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe since 2010. Previously, was a Director at Barclays, where he was Head of Investment Advisory in the International Private Bank in London, having previously held different posts, including Head of Regulatory Policy in the private bank. Before joining the private sector, Jean-Pierre was Head of Research at ECMI and published a number of books, reports and articles, including in the Financial Times and The Economist, while being regularly consulted by regulatory authorities and governments, including the Asian Development Bank, the U.S. SEC, FINRA, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the U.K. Financial Services Authority and the French financial markets regulator.