Prof. Dr. Zetzsche, LL.M., is Professor of Financial Law at the University of Luxembourg where he holds the ADA Chair in Financial Law (inclusive finance) since March 2016 and leads the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance’s House of Sustainable Governane & Markets. Professor Zetzsche also functions as one of the Directors of the Center for Business & Corporate Law at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. His research focuses on corporate and financial law and related aspects of private law, with special emphasis on FinTech, RegTech and sustainable finance.

Prof. Zetzsche is the author of some 350 publications, including some leading articles on FinTech/RegTech, corporate governance, sustainable finance and two treatises on collective and alternative investment law and regulation, as well as financial law and cross-border financial services more generally. He functions as co-editor of the most extensive commentary on the German stock corporation act, the Kölner Kommentar zum Aktiengesetz, 4th ed. 2021-27 (20,000 pp.) and co-edits a major commentary on the German Collective Investment Schemes Act (“KAGB”), 2nd ed. 2022. His current projects include a monograph to be published with Cambridge University Press (US) on Financial Technologies together with Professors Douglas W. Arner (Hong Kong University) and Ross P. Buckley (UNSW Sydney), a solely authored Commentary on the EU Law and Regulation of Sustainable Finance (Cambridge University Press UK, 2023) as well as a monograph on the European law and regulation of crypto-assets (Cambridge University Press UK, 2023). Prof. Zetzsche is listed on SSRN ( in the Top 10 law authors globally, measured by downloads in the last 12 months (per October 2022).
Prior to his call to Luxembourg Prof. Zetzsche held the Propter Homines Chair for Banking and Securities Law at the University of Liechtenstein (2011-2016), headed as assistant professor Düsseldorf Law School, the Graduate Unit of Heinrich Heine University’s Faculty of Law, and lead as executive manager the Center for Business & Corporate Law (CBC) at Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf. Prof. Zetzsche obtained a postdoctoral degree (Dr. iur. habil) for his critically acclaimed thesis on collective investment schemes from Heinrich Heine University as well as an LL.M. from the University of Toronto for a thesis on comparative corporate governance and securities law, and earned his doctoral degree (summa cum laude) from Heinrich Heine University in 2004 for his thesis on shareholder information in listed companies.

Prof. Zetzsche has held presentations and lectures at leading universities around the world, for instance (in alphabetical order) Cambridge University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, London School of Economics, National University of Singapore, Oxford University, University of Chicago, University College London, University of Hong Kong, University of Paris I / Sorbonne, University of Toronto, University of Zürich, UNSW Sydney, Yale University.
Prof. Zetzsche has advised and presented to regulators, inter alia, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Banking Authority, the European Securities & Market Authority, the European Insurance & Occupational Pensions Authority, the Australian Securities / Investment Committee, the Bank of International Settlement, the Financial Stability Board, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the German Ministry of Justice, the German Ministry of Finance as well as the Governments of the Nethederlands, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein and various central banks. He regularly cooperates with development organizations and agencies across the globe, including ADA, the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, the Asian Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, the German GIZ, the Toronto Centre, the Worldbank, the United Nations, and the Carnegie Establishment on International Peace, among others.


Prof. Zetzsche is a member of the European Securities & Markets Authority’s standing Consultative Working Group on Financial Innovations, co-chairs the European Banking Institute’s FinTech working group, functions as steering committee member of the Sustainable Market Actors’ research group at the University of Oslo and as Director of the Society of Investment Law (Chicago, Illinois). He has also been appointed by the Luxembourg government to the Unidroit steering committee on the harmonization of private law on digital assets. He also functions as independent board member for financial institutions.

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