UCL Faculty of Laws


Hybrid | Competition Law and Financialisation Workshop

18 May 2022, 10:00 am–3:00 pm

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This event is organised by the UCL Centre for Law, Economics and Society, with funding from the Bentham House Research Recovery Fund

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Open to



UCL Laws

An exploratory workshop organised by the UCL Centre for Law, Economics and Society.

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Open to: By invitation only

Organisers: Mr Andrew McLean and Dr Despoina Mantzari

Location: UCL Faculty of Laws

About this event

Through the process of financialisation, finance has become a dominant force in many economies. The importance of finance may be seen not only in the size and diversity of the financial system, but also in the reorientation of corporate governance around the principle of shareholder value maximisation. Financialisation has prompted the creation of new markets in the financial sector and changed the way in which firms in the real economy interact with one another. Nevertheless, such developments are yet to be fully recognised by the competition law mainstream, which largely disregards the role of finance in the operation of the economy. Bringing competition law scholars together with scholars from financial economics and corporate governance, the aim of this event is to explore the implications of financialisation for competition law in the UK, EU and beyond.

Programme and participants

  • What is financialisation and what might it mean for competition law: Andrew McLean and Ioannis Lianos (UCL)
  • Competition law and corporate governance: Florence Thépot (Glasgow) and Andriani Kalintiri (King’s College London)
  • Competition law and fintech: Despoina Mantzari and Iris Chiu (UCL) and Simonetta Vezzoso (Trento)
  • Common ownership: Anna Tzanaki (Lund) and Martin Schmalz (Oxford)
  • Competition law and private equity: Marc Moore (UCL) and Nicholas Shaxson (Balanced Economy Project)