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Durham University

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Mr Giovanni Bandi

Member of the Durham Law School

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Giovanni is a current PhD candidate in the Department of Law. He completed his undergraduate studies at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy graduating in October 2004 with a BSc in Finance (CLEFIN). He had already started working in industry when moved to Amsterdam to complete an LLM in European Business Law, sponsored by the PALLAS Program, and successfully graduated in September 2005.

Following the completion of his LLM Giovanni started working in the City of London first in the brokerage sector and then in risk management consulting. In the latter role he managed several projects combining quantitative methods and applications of EU financial laws. He progressed further and was hired by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) as Technical Specialist for Asset Management Supervision.

Giovanni currently works for the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority where he leads the Asset Management and Advisory Supervision Team. He is also Adjunct Lecturer at Northwestern University in Qatar, the Doha campus of Chicago’s Northwestern University, where he is responsible for the ECON242 - Principles of Economics course at the Liberal Arts program. 

Current Research

Giovanni commenced his PhD at Durham in October 2012 under the supervision of Dr Orkun Akseli from the Law Department. Giovanni is currently researching how the various regulatory environments for Collective Investment Schemes (CIS) are constituted and their principles of fairness to the parties involved. He is focusing on the intent of the regulations to design rights for the investors and the duties of the advisors and third parties. The goal of his research is to document whether there is a gap between that intent and de facto rules imposed on the CIS Markets.

In the course of his research Giovanni will analyze different existing national regimes of CIS and substantiate their differences in quality and structure. He will also look at the effectiveness of harmonization at international level and the limits of national regulation when not effective across regulative environments. He will finally conclude if there are effective risks or not for the international investors.

Research Interests

  • Financial Regulations
  • International Securities Law
  • Banking Law

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