Diego Valiante

Diego Valiante

Head of Financial Markets and Institutions at CEPS

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Diego Valiante, Ph.D. is Head of Capital Markets Research at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI). He is also Member of the Group of Economic Advisers (GEA) to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). Current research activities focus on trading of financial instruments (MiFID and EMIR), financial markets structure and institutional aspects of the Eurozone crisis and central banking. He advises EU institutions, such as the European Commission and the European Parliament (e.g. financial regulation and central banking). Diego has also assisted the Qatar Central Bank to restructure the country's financial framework and to align regulations with IOSCO principles. Finally, he is currently coordinating a consortium in charge of delivering support to ESMA in the data collection and the drafting of the cost-benefit analysis of MiFID II/MiFIR level 2 rules. As a result of his interdisciplinary academic and market background, Diego has published on economics and regulation of financial markets, banking and EU institutions for academic research, specialized policy portals (such as LaVoce and Economonitor) and newspapers. He regularly advises EU institutions and participates to international working groups. His publications have been so far downloaded +55,000 times. In 2011, Diego was included by the Financial News (Dow Jones) in the list of the “Top 40 Rising Stars in Trading and Technology” under the age of 40 in the EMEA.  Diego holds a BSc in Business Economics and a MSc in Law and Economics from LUISS University in Rome, both ‘summa cum laude’. He also earned a joint LL.M. Master in Law and Economics (EMLE) from Hamburg and Bologna University, and in 2010 a Ph.D. in Law and Economics from LUISS University.

Member of the Group of Economic Advisers (GEA)

European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)

| settembre 2014 – presente (8 mesi) Parigi, Francia

Head of Financial Markets and Institutions

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

| 2009 – presente (6 anni) Brussels Area, Belgio

Key activities: - Management of the CEPS unit dedicated to financial markets and institutions, including an independent unit called European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI). - Advice to EU institutions, international organisations, central banks and national governments - Drafting (academic) policy research - Lead (as rapporteur) or participation to Task Force groups with practitioners, academics and policy-makers on financial markets, central banking and institutions. - Organisation of international conferences with leading academics, market participants and regulators

Head of Research

European Capital Markets Institute

| marzo 2009 – presente (6 anni 2 mesi) Brussels area, Belgium


2010 PhD Law and Economics


| gennaio 2007 – febbraio 2010 (3 anni 2 mesi) Rome Area, Italy

Economics of financial regulation, corporate governance and competition policy.


Barclays Capital

| giugno 2007 – agosto 2007 (3 mesi) Londra, Regno Unito

I worked in the public authority division. I collected data and analyzed balance sheets to find new business opportunities. I provided economic and legal support to my team.