Diego Valiante

Diego Valiante
Head of Financial Markets and Institutions, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
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Ph.D. in Law and Economics (2010, LUISS - Rome) - 2 years MSc in Law and Economics (2006, LUISS) - LL. M. in Law and Economics (2008, University of Hamburg and Bologna) - Bachelor in Economics (2004, LUISS)
Italian (native), English (excellent) and French (basic)

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 a 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 (on takeover bids, financial services practices, MiFID II) and the European Parliament. Diego has also assisted the Qatar Central Bank to restructure the country's financial framework and the local Financial Markets Authority to set a strategic plan to align rules with IOSCO standards. Finally, he is currently coordinating a consortium 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 background, Diego has published extensively 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. 

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.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.


Financial and securities regulation (e.g., MiFID, EMIR), financial markets structure, financial integration, central banking, banking, commodities, investor protection.


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Featured non-CEPS publications

The Cypriot Precedent: a Banking Union Will Not Thrive on Shaky Foundations (Intereconomics editorial, forthcoming; April 2013)

Last call for a banking union in the Euro area (SSRN working paper; August 2012; forthcoming Applied Economics Quarterly) 

Building a political Euro area and a "Federation of Regions" (Intereconomics - p. 277; September 2012)



ECMI Working Papers, 05 September 2014
CEPS Working Documents, 03 February 2014
ECMI Commentaries, 15 November 2013
ECMI & ECRI Statistical Packages, 04 October 2012
ECMI & ECRI Statistical Packages, 04 October 2012
ECMI & ECRI Statistical Packages, 04 October 2012
Researchers' work published externally, 01 June 2012
ECMI Commentaries, 24 February 2012
ECMI Commentaries, 16 December 2011
ECMI & ECRI Statistical Packages, 30 November 2011
ECMI & ECRI Statistical Packages, 30 November 2011
ECMI & ECRI Statistical Packages, 30 November 2011
ECMI Commentaries, 01 June 2011
CEPS Task Force Reports, 18 February 2011
ECMI Policy Briefs, 30 April 2010
CEPS Task Force Reports, 23 February 2010