cod. 18810

Academic year 2024/25
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Diritto commerciale (IUS/04)
Type of training activity
42 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

a) knowledge and understanding: The course has three parts. The first presents EU financial constitution with particular focus on law of firms and consumer protection and freedom of choice. The second part presents financial laws, their organizational structure and supervision. We focus on guidelines covering bank, insurance, financing and investment activities, as well as regulation of banks, insurance firms, financial intermediaries and investment firms and managers. Lastly we cover regulated and non-regulated markets, their workings and forms of management and supervision. The third part presents the basics of contractual autonomy and consumer protection, focusing on legislation of consumer contracts and products and services in the bank, insurance and financial sectors. We examine legislation on unfair practice and terms, transparency in bank insurance and financial contracts and in distance financial service contracts.

b) applying knowledge and understanding: Students acquire basic knowledge of the European economic system, the financial system and contracts used by banks, insurance and financial intermediaries.

c) making judgements: Students learn to make independent evaluations of private law issues particularly relating to contracts for banking, financial service and investment products, combined insurance- financial products from financial intermediaries and how to supply these bodies and their clients with solutions to problems in private law.

d) communication skills: Students learn how to communicate within the intermediary firm and with other firms and end users and in bank and financial services (firms and consumers) in particular regarding the organization and market supply of such products.

e) learning skills: Students acquire an independent capacity to make legal evaluations in the light of, and with the aim of, applying legislation.


Knowledge of private and business law

Course unit content

The course presents the Italian - European legal system of banks, financial intermediaries and their market organization, and the end market system of bank, insurance and financial services

Full programme

Full Programme
The European economic constitution.
The competition regime.
The protection of the company and consumer freedom of choice
Technical contractual autonomy in secondary legislation.

The financial law system.
Summit organizational structure
The supervisory system
Banking, insurance, financial and investment activities
Financial intermediaries.
Investment firms and managers.
Regulated and unregulated markets.
Management companies.

Consumer protection
The rules governing unfair practice in transactions between businesses and consumers.
Unfair contract terms in consumer contracts.
Transparency in consumer contracts.
Bank contracts.
Insurance contracts.
Financial market contracts
Distance marketing of financial services.

For students enrolled on previous degree courses, the current syllabus of Financial Market Law now replaces exams of the same name from previous courses, irrespective of the number of hours previously allotted


LUCA DI NELLA, Diritto dei mercati finanziari. Profili istituzionali e contrattuali, Parma, most recent edizione. The book comprises the complete syllabus for the examination.
Texts of legislation are available from online sources, including the Consob and Banca d’Italia websites which supplies the updated national regulations on banks, intermediaries and markets.

Teaching methods

Theoretical and practical classroom lectures lessons with information and exercises by university teachers and specialists including overseas experts
Acquiring knowledge – class lectures
Learning to apply skills – exercises and practice
Acquiring independent evaluation skills – case studies
Acquiring learning skills – description of topic and critical examination of legislation applied
Acquiring technical language – legal terminology is explained and applied during the course

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam is a one hour written paper consisting of five open questions printed on two sides of an A4 sheet.
The use of any type of text, books, notes phones, media etc. is not permitted.
Students passing the written paper may request by email an optional supplementary oral exam on fixed exam dates, which can raise or lower the mark from the written questions by a maximum of two marks.
Answers will be assessed overall for knowledge, the ability to apply knowledge, the capacity to communicate with appropriate technical language and terminology, independence of judgment and capacity to learn. Any oral integration - to be implemented on the date  communicated to essetre and/or ELLY together with the results - is reserved for the students who received a positive vote, upon request  to the teacher, and involves a change of the final score within a maximum Of two points in positive or negative. With each criterion carrying a maximum of six marks, which will be added together for a possible final maximum total of thirty plus an eventual distinction when the exam results more than excellent.
At the end of the course, a written exam can be conducted using the same methods and criteria of the examination; any oral integration - to be
implemented on the date  communicated to ELLY together with the results - is reserved for the students who received a positive vote, upon request  to the teacher, and involves a change of the final score within a maximum of two points in positive or negative. The student can validate the outcome of the exam exercise previously indicated.

Other information

Additional seminars on topics covered in the course may be held according to the availability of external specialists.
See ELLY for supplementary material, including material for the preparation of the exam.