Youssef Cassis is Professor of Economic History, Emeritus, at the European University Institute, in Florence. His work mainly focuses on banking and financial history, as well as business history more generally. His most recent publications include Capitals of Capital. A History of International Financial Centres, 1780-2005, (Cambridge University Press, 2006, 2nd revised edition, 2009), Crises and Opportunities. The Shaping of Modern Finance (Oxford University Press, 2011), and, with Philip Cottrell, Private Banking in Europe: Rise, Retreat and Resurgence (Oxford University Press, 2015). He has also recently co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Banking and Financial History, (Oxford University Press, 2016, with Richard Grossman and Catherine Schenk); International Financial Centres after the Global Financial Crisis and Brexit (Oxford University Press, 2018, with Dariusz Wojcik); and Financial Elites and European Banking:Historical Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2018, with Giuseppe Telesca). He was the co-founder/editor, in 1994, of Financial History Review (Cambridge University Press). He was a long serving member of the Academic Advisory Council of the European Association for Banking and Financial History (EBHA) and past President (2005-2007) of the European Business History Association.