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Dr Francesco De Pascalis
Senior Lecturer in Financial Law


Dr Francesco De Pascalis joined Brunel Law School in 2017. Before that, he worked as a research fellow at the 'Chair for Law and Finance' held by Professor Kern Alexander at the University of Zurich, which he joined in 2013. He has also taught, as external lecturer, at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), University of London. He qualified as a Solicitor in Italy in 2008. Dr De Pascalis currently holds external examiner positions at the University of Glasgow-Law School. Dr De Pascalis's research interests include banking and finance law, financial regulation, digital finance and technology, and sustainable finance. his monograph Credit Ratings and Market Over-reliance: An International Legal Analysis (Brill-Nijoff 2017) is the first book analysing, from a legal perspective, the phenomenon of ivestors' over-reliance on external credit ratings and providing a critical assessment of the post-crisis regulatory strategies to tackle the phenomenon in question. At present, Dr De Pascalis is working on two book projects: Open Banking: Global Development and Regulation (forthcoming Routledge 2023) in co-authorship with Dr Monomita Nandy (Brunel Business School) and Dr Alan Brener (UCL), which will be part of the Routledge International Studies in Money and Banking series'; and Principles of Law and Finance (forthcoming Edward Elgar 2026). Dr De Pascalis has presented his research and delivered workshops/masterclasses in the UK and abroad (inter alia Norway, The Netherlands, Belgium). He is member of the editorial board of top academic journal such as Law and Financial Markets Review (Taylor and Francis). His research ahs been published in established academic journals such as the International and Comparative Corporate Law Journal, European Business Law Review, Capital Markets Law Journal, European Journal of Law Reforms, Business Law Review, King's Law Journal, and in edited collections. He served three years (2019-2021) as co-convener of the UK Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Banking and Financial Services Law Section. He is also Fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies, Fellow of the European Law Institute, and Honorary Fellow of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL) University of Hong Kong. Dr De Pascalis is member of the Centre for AI: Social and Digital Innovation (Brunel University), the Research Centre for Law, Economics and Finance (Brunel University) and of the Research Network on Sustainable Finance (University of Zurich). At Brunel Law School he teaches the following courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels: Banking Law, Theory of International Financial Regulation (module leader), Practice of International Financial Regulation, Banking and Technology Law).


Fellow of Higher Education Academy

PHD, IALS University of London

LLM in Banking and Finance Law, Queen Mary university of London

Master's degree in Advanced Studies of EU and Transnational Law, University of Trento (Italy)

LLB, University of Parma (Italy)

Registered lawyer (Verona Bar Association)

Newest selected publications

De Pascalis, F. (2022) 'Crowdlending and crowdinvesting in Europe: A comparative analysis between the UK and EU regulatory frameworks', in Eugenia Macchiavello. (ed.) Regulation on European Crowdfunding Service Providers for Business: A Commentary (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2022).

Book chapter

De Pascalis, F. (2022) 'The Journey to Open Finance: Learning from the Open Banking Movement'. European Business Law Review, 33 (3). pp. 397 - 420. ISSN: 0959-6941 Open Access Link

Journal article

De Pascalis, F. (2021) 'FinTech credit firms: Prospects and Uncertainties', in Chiu, IH-Y. and Deipenbrock, G. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Financial Technology and Law. Routledge (April 2021). pp. 119 - 137. ISBN 13: 9780367344146.

Book chapter

De Pascalis, F. and Reisberg, A. (2020) 'Consumer financial well-being in the post-crisis era: financial education on the cross-road to prominence', in Cash, D. and Goddard, R. (eds.) Regulation and the Global Financial Crisis: Impact, Regulatory Responses, and Beyond. London, United Kingdom : Routledge. , 1. pp. 1 - 15. ISBN 10: 0367186195. ISBN 13: 9780429199561. Open Access Link

Book chapter

De Pascalis, F. (2020) 'Public Enforcement and the Civil Liability Regime in the European Regulation of Credit Rating Agencies (CRAs): A Quest for Interplay', in Cherednychenko, O. and Andenas, M. (eds.) Financial Regulation and Civil Liability in European Law. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar. pp. 202 - 220. ISBN 13: 9781789908107. Open Access Link

Book chapter
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