On 10 March 2017 the University of Oxford’s Commercial Law Centre, the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen’s Business and Law Research Centre, and 
the University of Oxford’s Business Law Hub jointly hosted a group of academics and practitioners at Harris Manchester College for the launch of the book ‘Regulation of the EU Financial Markets – MiFID II and MiFIR (OUP, 2017)’, and the celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Oxford Business Law Blog.

The book provides a comprehensive and expert examination of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (‘MiFID II’), which comes into force in January 2018 and will have a major impact on investment firms and financial markets.  It offers detailed guidance on interpretation of MiFID II, its measure and aims which include: to increase transparency; to better protect investors; to reinforce confidence; to address unregulated areas; and to ensure that supervisors are granted adequate powers to fulfil their tasks.

After some opening words by Professor Louise Gullifer and Professor Paul Davies QC (hon), the conference took off with an overview of MiFID II given by Professor Simon Gleeson, and continued with a presentation on the overarching duty to act in the best interest of clients in MiFID II delivered by Professor Luca Enriques, a presentation on product governance and product intervention under MiFID II/MiFIR delivered by Professor Danny Busch, and an analysis of conduct and enforcement in the MiFID era presented by Mr Jonathan Kelly.

The day concluded with a speech delivered by Professor Luca Enriques to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Oxford Business Law Blog.

This event was organised by Professor Louise Gullifer (Oxford), Professor Luca Enriques (Oxford), and Professor Danny Busch (Radboud), and chaired by Professor Paul Davies QC (hon).