LL4K9      Half Unit
European Capital Markets Law

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Niamh Moloney NAB7.16


This course is available on the MSc in Regulation, MSc in Regulation (Research), Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course capped at 30 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSEforYou.

Course content

The course examines the EU's regulation of the capital markets. It considers the harmonized regulatory regime which applies to capital market actors across the Member States and which supports the integrated market. The topics covered include: the rationale for integration and the role of law, the evolution of the integration project, the Financial Services Action Plan, and the Lamfalussy Report; the deregulation, liberalization, harmonization, and re-regulation mechanisms used to integrate and regulate the EU market; market access and the passport for investment services; the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive 2004 and regulation; the liberalization of order execution and the regulation of trading markets; the UCITS mutual funds regime; retail investor protection; the prospectus and disclosure regime; and the institutional structure for law-making and for supervision. It also covers the EU’s financial crisis reform programme and the new European Securities and Markets Authority. Course coverage may vary slightly from year to year.


20 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

One 2,000 formative essay will be set in MT.

Indicative reading

Reading lists will be provided in advance for each seminar. Sample texts include: Moloney, EC Securities Regulation, 2nd edition (2008); Chiu, Regulatory Convergence in EU Securities Regulation (2008); Skinner (ed), The Future of Investing in Europe's Markets after MiFID (2007); Ferrarini and Wymeersch (eds), Investor Protection in Europe. Corporate Law Making, the MiFID and Beyond (2006); Ferran, Building an EU Securities Market (2004); Avgerinos, Regulating and Supervising Investment Services in the European Union (2003).

Preliminary reading

Moloney, EC Securities Regulation (2008), chapter 1 and Ferran, Building an EU Securities Market (2004) chapters 1 and 2.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2012/13: 22

Average class size 2012/13: 11

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills