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Financial Contract and Financial Regulation

Droit des contrats, Droit international, Droit européen

Du 22 octobre 2020 - 9h00
au 23 octobre 2020 - 15h00

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Université de Lausanne

1015 Lausanne


UNIL ou Webinaire (en fonction de la situation sanitaire)

UNIL has introduced a new postgraduate programme in law (LL.M. in International Business Law) with an interdisciplinary, comparative and practice oriented approach to business law, enabling young lawyers to face the legal challenges in today’s global business environment.

The programme offers the highest quality of teaching in small group settings delivered by an international team of distinguished academics and practitioners. It proposes 5 specialisations (International Business Law and Innovation, International Business Law and Sports, International Business Disputes, International Business Transactions, and International Business Regulation) or a bespoke pick-and-choose programme in International Business Law which enables students to select courses according to their personal interests and needs. A variety of courses offered abroad complement the programme.

Some of the courses, including Financial Contracts and Financial Regulation, are individually accessible to practitioners who wish to further develop their expertise.

Financial contracts form the backbone of the financial system. In this course, taught by Professor Matthias Lehmann*, participants will familiarise themselves not only with run-of-the-mill products like bonds and syndicated loans, but also with more exotic offerings, in particular structured products, such as asset-backed securities (ABS) or collateralised debt obligations (CDOs) and the myriad of derivatives, e.g. interest rate and credit-default swaps (CDS) or contracts for differences (CFD). The role that these instruments played during the last global financial crisis and the regulatory reactions they triggered will be analysed. Topics of study include the obligation to trade derivatives on exchanges, to centrally clear them and report trades, as well as the regulation of commodity swaps, the introduction of production intervention powers and the control and liability of rating agencies. At the end of the class, participants will be knowledgeable both about the contract practice of operators in the financial industry and about the regulatory framework by which they must abide.


Professor Matthias Lehmann is Director of the Institute for Private International and Comparative Law at the University of Bonn. He has studied in Jena, Paris and New York. He holds two doctoral degrees, one from the University of Jena and one from Columbia University, and has written a habilitation (second thesis) at the University of Bayreuth. His main areas of interest are conflicts of laws and jurisdictions, arbitration, European private law as well as banking and financial law. Professor Lehmann has extensively published in German, English, French and Spanish. He is also regularly acting as visiting professor at the Université de Bordeaux, the Université de Fribourg and the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville.

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LL.M. International Business Law, University of Lausanne