The LLM in Banking and Finance Law provides a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles of international finance and financial services law, covering local and international developments from practical, regulatory and policy perspectives. A wide range of regulatory and transactional areas are covered including, monetary law, banking law, financial regulation, central banking, securities law, secured transactions, corporate finance and M&As, insolvency cross-border insolvency, electronic banking, financing of developing economies, EU financial law and business ethics. You can choose from a wide selection of modules to design a programme of study that best facilitates your interests.
Our academics are engaged in current banking and finance policy making and legal regulatory reforms. In light of the recent economic global crisis and the ensuing new regulations, modules have been developed to reflect these changes, for example ‘Islamic Finance and Commercial Law’ and ‘Ethics in Business and in Finance’. This has led to the creation of a seminar series, featuring prominent figures from both industry and academia.
On many of our modules, you will have the opportunity to hear from and discuss with prominent figures from leading institutions, including the Bank of England, the World Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the European Central Bank, the Bank for International Settlements, the International Monetary Fund, as well as partners in law firms from across the world.
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On the application form you will be applying for entry to your chosen LLM programme. All individual module choices will be finalised after enrolment and induction. You will have a two-week induction and a full week of teaching before making your selection to enable you to make an informed final choice.
The LLM in Banking and Finance Law course so far could not be better. The lectures are first class and supplemented by leading expert practitioners from city-law firms and international institutions such as the EBRD and the ECB. Queen Mary staff, both academic and non-academic, are most cooperative and friendly...
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Professional Module Exemptions for the Chartered Banker Diploma from the Chartered Banker Institute (CBI)
The Chartered Banker Institute (CBI) has recognised masters programmes offered by the School of Economics and Finance for advanced standing for the Chartered Banker Diploma. Graduates can proceed directly to the Chartered Banker Diploma with no requirement for prior underpinning study, recognising the high level of commonality of elements within LLM Law and Economics programme content against the CBI’s Diploma modules.
Students on the LLM programme who take both the QLLM136 Ethics in Business and in Finance and QLLM007 Banking Law modules will be eligible for exemption from the Chartered Banker Diploma compulsory module: Professionalism Regulation and Ethics.
For an LLM in Banking and Finance Law, students must select the equivalent of a minimum of two full modules from this list and do their compulsory dissertation in the field of Banking and Finance Law. Two half modules are the equivalent of a full module. The additional required full module (or equivalent half modules) can be in this area OR can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of available modules.
Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed by teaching academics.
- QLLM007 Banking Law
- QLLM028 EU Financial Law
- QLLM054 International Economic Law
- QLLM062 International Tax Law
- QLLM064 International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement
- QLLM068 Law of Economic Crime
- QLLM069 Law of Finance and Foreign Investment in Emerging Economies
- QLLM073 Legal Aspects of International Finance
- QLLM082 Regulation of Financial Markets
- QLLM084 Secured Financing in Commercial Transactions
- QLLM085 Securities Regulation
- QLLM114 Corporate Insolvency Law
- QLLM122 European Union Tax Law
- QLLM133 Intellectual Property and Finance
- QLLM135 Corporate Finance Law
- QLLM136 Ethics in Business and in Finance
- QLLM137 Insurance Law
- QLLM138 General Principles of Insurance Law (22.5 credit module Semester 1)
- QLLM139 Insurance Regulation (22.5 credit module Semester 2)
- QLLM140 Marine Insurance Law
- QLLM141 Insurance Contracts (22.5 credit module Semester 1)
- QLLM142 Reinsurance Law (22.5 credit module Semester 2)
- QLLM155 Principles of Regulation (22.5 credit module Semester 1)
- QLLM156 Introduction to Insurance Regulation (22.5 credit module Semester 1)
- QLLM164 Elements of Islamic Law (22.5 credit module Semester 1)
- QLLM165 Islamic Finance and Commercial Law (22.5 credit module Semester 2)
- QLLM180 US International Taxation
Teachers contributing to this programme include:
- Professor Peter Alldridge
- Dr Gabriel Gari
- Dr Andromachi Georgosouli
- Professor Rosa Maria Lastra
- Professor Loukas Mistelis
- Dr Valsamis Mitsilegas
- Dr Tom O'Shea
- Professor Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal
- Dr Christiana HJI Panayi
- Dr Shalini Perera
- Professor Philip Rawlings
- Dr Costanza Russo
- Dr Leon Vinokur
- C Chatterjee (V)
- Andrew McKnight (V)
- Graham Roberts (V)
- Dr Dorit Samuel (V)
Pelin Okcay, Turkey
LLM in Banking and Finance Law, Chevening Scholar 2013/14
I graduated from Yeditepe University, Istanbul and worked as Deputy Legal Counsel at a stock listed, foreign invested joint venture company which is one of the leading players in Turkish Energy Market where I was responsible for drafting and negotiating various types of business contracts in almost every field as diverse as marketing, project finance, international trade and construction as well as providing legal support in labour law, energy law and any matters concerning corporate governance and capital markets law.
Practicing law in such a large-scale enterprise where each and every project is subject to a process of project finance in large amount helped me to realize that managing the legal works in such entity requires not only the knowledge of basic legal principles but also the fundamental principles of finance law. My thorough research showed me that LLM in Banking and Finance Law at Queen Mary University of London would highly meet my expectations because of its strong cooperation with leading institutions and law, its highly qualified faculty members, strong place among global elite and emphasis on teaching.
Queen Mary University offered me invaluable opportunities to specialize, to develop advantageous business networks and broaden my perspective, knowledge and way of thinking. Last but not the least, the academic and administrative teams of Queen Mary were supportive in terms of my studies and career opportunities.
Thanks to Queen Mary, now I feel confident that I possess the required potential, motivation and energy for better accomplishments to reach my future goals.
Diana Kull, Estonia
LLM in Banking and Finance 2010-2011
I graduated from Tartu University in Estonia and Humboldt University of Berlin in Germany. I did my postgraduate judicial service in Berlin, and I am a German qualified lawyer.
After having gained my first practical experience in taxation and finance in Berlin, London and Brussels, the LLM within the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary was an evident choice for me. I was attracted by the outstanding reputation of the Law School and the CCLS in the area of banking and financial law, the variety of specialised courses, and the highly professional academic staff.
Within the wide spectrum of teaching modules, I could particularly benefit from the latest developments in financial law at the European level along with gaining a profound knowledge in the legal aspects of international finance. Hereby, the contribution of partners from the leading law firms was a useful supplement to the lectures from the practical point of view. The administrative staff of Queen Mary were kindly supportive to me during the whole academic year.
I am grateful to the Centre for Commercial Law Studies of Queen Mary for awarding me a scholarship for the completion of my LLM degree. The knowledge and skills acquired in this specialised programme will definitely enhance my career perspectives.
Michael Burket, Germany
LLM in Banking and Finance Law 2009-2010
“I studied law and Business Administration at the universities of Bayreuth, Tomsk (Siberia) and Leipzig and did my legal clerkship in Frankfurt am Main.
I obtained professional experience as an intern or trainee with leading American, English and German law firms in Moscow, Frankfurt, London and Brussels. Whilst working as an intern in London, one of the Partners who specialised in Banking and Finance suggested Queen Mary.
The LLM programme so far could not be better. The lectures are first class and supplemented by leading expert practitioners from city-law firms and international institutions such as the EBRD and the ECB. Queen Mary staff, both academic and non-academic, are most cooperative and friendly.
When it comes to my goals afterwards, it is clear that my LLM will open up additional career opportunities for me. I hope to spend my first years after qualifying in London gaining as much experience in debt capital markets as possible. I am convinced that my LLM degree in Banking and Finance will be an important element in succeeding in such an environment.”
Natthaphong Sirijirasuk, Thailand
LLM Banking and Finance 2006-2007
"Before studying LLM at Queen Mary, University of London I was an in-house lawyer practicing corporate and financial law area in a public company in Thailand. I have decided to expand my knowledge in banking and finance law. After researching a lot of information about LLM in banking and finance from several universities, I found that QMUL is an outstanding university that provides a wide range of courses in this field. Including the world class reputation, I had no hesitation to go for the LLM at QMUL.
While I studied the LLM, I did enjoy the Legal Aspects of International Finance. This subject is very useful and practical to your career as a lawyer in financial law area. Lecturers come from various top leading legal firms in London, including remarkable professors in this field. Content and method of teaching are excellent. We have tutorial and revision classes for catching up the points that you don't understand.
I can definitely say that studying LLM at QMUL was the most memorable and fantastic time of my life!
Since returning to Thailand, I have been working in the Financial Service Practice Group as a lawyer with Baker and McKenzie."
Vladimir Jelacic, Serbia
School of Law Alumni
LLM in Banking and Finance Law
"It was not long after I first applied for the LLM in Banking and Finance Law at the QMUL that I realized I made the right choice. All the replies I got from the staff and all the answers to my anxious inquiries were timely and, what at first struck me as odd, friendly and almost informal, but still professional and appropriate. Right after I came to London and first got introduced to the program and the people behind it, my expectations were confirmed – I found a top-quality LLM program without a stiff upper lip, a place where you work hard, but also play hard, a perfect combination. Throughout the year, beginning with the amazing Cumberland Lodge induction seminar, I kept noticing that the importance has been placed on both curricular and extra-curricular needs of the students. The time spent on lectures as well as the studying time needed to keep up with the course was well balanced, which in my opinion, kept the course intense, but pressure-free. For me this was very important, because the course recognized the significance of leisure and extra-curricular activities while studying in London.
Direct contact with the professors, frequent tutorials, feed-back sessions with the students, individual research support, the best tailored distance learning facility, ample free literature, but also out-of-London inductions, parties, career services, well located lecture venue and friendly staff that gives a completely new meaning to the word administration. When you put that all together, you get a postgraduate law course that managed to escape the stiffness and inflexibility of the corporate approach to education, but maintained the capability to prepare you more than adequately for the encounter with the corporate world awaiting."
Gabriel Gómez Giglio, Argentina
LLM in Banking and Finance Law
Gabriel Gómez Giglio, Lawyer, Baker & McKenzie Sociedad Civil, Argentina
"The main reason that made me chose to pursue postgraduate studies at Queen Mary, University of London was the specialised LLM programme in the area of Banking and Finance. Some of the best things about Queen Mary are the variety of subjects offered, its educational benefits which include libraries and all the resources of the University of London, and specialised LLM programmes in several subjects. Needless to say, living one year in the most exciting city in the world has also provided me with a unique experience.
On the personal level, London and its cosmopolitan environment have given me the opportunity to meet people not only form the UK but literally from all over the world, that was as valuable as the education itself. That opened my mind to many cultures and beliefs and gave me the opportunity to make personal and professional contacts with colleagues from all over the world.
The university offers an excellent programme and variety of different lectures as well as extremely reputable and well known academics. My studies with QMUL proved to be a great asset during my job applications and interviews. I am now a partner with Baker & McKenzie, Buenos Aires, and may say that a degree granted by QMUL has provided me with an unique competitive advantage".