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Dr. Felix Mezzanotte
Assistant Professor, Law

Biography

Félix teaches courses in financial services law, legal aspects of sustainable finance and insolvency law. He also acts as Director of the MSc in Law and Finance Programme jointly managed by our school and Trinity Business School.

His research has addressed legal problems in the areas of investor protection, EU sustainable finance, corporate law and governance, and competition law in the EU, Hong Kong and China. His work has been published in highly-regarded law journals including the Capital Markets Law Journal, European Law Journal, Journal of Corporate Law Studies, Review of Banking & Financial Law, and the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, among others.

Prior to Trinity, Félix taught law at the Faculty of Business of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University for almost a decade and he was awarded the 'Faculty of Business Award for Outstanding Teaching'.

In the past, Félix worked as policy advisor for the World Bank in Washington DC in the areas of pension, access to credit and property rights and as a research associate at the Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia, Norwich (UK). As visiting scholar, he completed research projects at Columbia Law School (Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment), Melbourne Law School, and Koguan Law School (Center for Competition Law and Policy), Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Félix earned his undergraduate law degree in Buenos Aires (UNMDP) and graduate degrees in the United Kingdom at the University of East Anglia, University of London (SOAS) and the University of Warwick.

PhD/Doctoral Candidates:

Candidates considering or planning undertaking doctoral studies in law are strongly encouraged to contact Felix directly: felix.mezzanotte@tcd.ie.

He is particularly keen to supervise students interested in legal problems related to sustainability in companies and financial markets such us greenwashing, non-financial information disclosure, duties of investment advisers and managers in a sustainable finance context, investor protection, regulatory compliance, enforcement issues in sustainable finance, among other topics.

Drafts of the publications cited below are available in the SSRN website and in research gate at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Felix_Mezzanotte.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Felix E Mezzanotte, Recent Law Reforms in EU Sustainable Finance: Regulating Sustainability Risk and Sustainable Investments, American University Business Law Review (forthcoming), 2022 Journal Article, 2022 URL

Blanaid Clarke and Felix E Mezzanotte, Sustainable Finance in Ireland, Sustainable Finance in European Jurisdictions, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Ferenc Madl Institute of Comparative Law, Budapest, 2022 Conference Paper, 2022

Felix E Mezzanotte, Accountability in EU Sustainable Finance: Linking the Client's Sustainability Preferences and the MiFID II Suitability Obligation, Capital Markets Law Journal, (4), 2021, p1-21 Journal Article, 2021 URL

Felix E Mezzanotte, The EU Policy on Sustainable Finance: A Discussion on the Design of ESG-Fit Suitability Requirements, Review of Banking & Financial Law, 40, 2020, p249 - 313 Journal Article, 2020 URL

Felix E Mezzanotte, An Examination into the Investor Protection Properties of Robo-Advisory Services in Switzerland, Capital Markets Law Journal, 15, (4), 2020, p489 - 508 Journal Article, 2020 URL

Felix E Mezzanotte, 'Crypto-Assets and Securities Regulation: Recent Developments and Trends, Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, 34 , (8), 2019, p564 - 567 Journal Article, 2019

Felix E Mezzanotte, Comments on Argentina's New Leniency Program, Hofstra Journal of International Business & Law, 18, (2), 2019, p163 - 184 Journal Article, 2019

Felix E Mezzanotte, Suitable Investment Advice in Hong Kong: Restrictions on Contractual Disclaimers, Capital Markets Law Journal, 13, (4), 2018, p600 - 618 Journal Article, 2018 URL

Felix E Mezzanotte, Do (Underperforming) Students Benefit from a Flipped Lecture? Evidence from Business Students Studying Company Law, Legal Education Review, 28, (1), 2018 Journal Article, 2018 URL

Felix E Mezzanotte and Simon Fung, Do Institutional Owners Monitor? Evidence from Voting on Connected Transaction Proposals in Hong Kong-Listed Companies, Michigan Business and Entrepreneurship Law Review, 7, (2), 2018, p221 - 257 Journal Article, 2018

Felix E Mezzanotte, Do Institutional Owners Monitor? Evidence from Voting on Connected Transactions in Hong Kong-listed Companies, Corporate Law Teachers Association (CLTA) Annual Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Felix E Mezzanotte, The Unconvincing Rise of the Statutory Derivative Action in Hong Kong: Evidence from its first Ten Years of Enforcement, Journal of Corporate Law Studies, 17, (2), 2017, p469 - 496 Journal Article, 2017 URL URL

Felix E Mezzanotte, Use of 'Reading Quizzes' to Foster Learning: Evidence from Teaching Company Law in Business Programmes', The Law Teacher, 51, (3), 2017, p349 - 363 Journal Article, 2017

Felix E Mezzanotte, The Unconvincing Rise of the Statutory Derivative Action in Hong Kong: Evidence from its first Ten Years of Enforcement, European-China Law Studies Association (ECLS) 2016 Annual Conference, Rome, 21-24 September, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Felix E Mezzanotte, Notices, Enforcement and the Making of the Hong Kong Competition Ordinance, China-EU Law Journal, 4, (2), 2015, p201 - 222 Journal Article, 2015

Felix E Mezzanotte and Liyang Hou, The Role of Presumptions of Market Dominance in Civil Litigation in China, Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, 3, (suppl 1), 2015 Journal Article, 2015

Felix E Mezzanotte, Notices, Enforcement and the Making of the Hong Kong Competition Ordinance, European-China Law Studies Association (ECLS) 2014 Annual Conference, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China , November 15th-16th, 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

Interpreting the Boundaries of Collective Dominance in Article 102 TFEU [Reprint] in, editor(s)Greaves, R. , The Library of Essays on Antitrust and Competition Law, Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2013, pp255 - 273, [Felix E Mezzanotte] Book Chapter, 2013

Felix E Mezzanotte, Presumptions of Market Dominance and Oligopoly in Europe and China: A Comparison, World Competition, 36, (2), 2013, p313 - 338 Journal Article, 2013

Felix E Mezzanotte, Understanding the Implications of the Infringement and Warning Notices in the Hong Kong Competition Ordinance: Some Evidence from the Lawmaking Process, Annual Asian Competition Forum Conference (9th), Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, December 8th-10th, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

Felix E Mezzanotte, Proof of Market Dominance and Presumptions in China: Insights and Questions, Annual Asian Competition Forum Conference (8th), Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, December 11th-12th, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Felix E Mezzanotte, EU Anti-Collusion Toolkit: Limits of a Policy that Combats the Facilitation of Collusion, European Law Journal, 17, (4), 2011, p495 - 512 Journal Article, 2011

Felix E Mezzanotte, Government Misuse of Competition Laws: Discussing the Telecom Italia Case in Argentina, Law & Business Reviews of the Americas, 2011, p181 - 193 Journal Article, 2011

Felix E Mezzanotte, Interpreting the Boundaries of Collective Dominance in Article 102 TFEU, European Business Law Review, 21, 2010, p519 - 537 Journal Article, 2010 URL

Felix E Mezzanotte, Comentarios Sobre el Caso Telecom, LA LEY, 2010 Journal Article, 2010

Felix E Mezzanotte, Using Abuse of Collective Dominance in Article 102 TFEU to Fight Tacit Collusion: the problem of Proof and Inferential Error, World Competition, 33, (1), 2010, p77 - 102 Journal Article, 2010 URL

Felix E Mezzanotte, Es La Collusión Tácita Ilegal? El caso Sony/BMG, LA LEY, 2009 Journal Article, 2009

Felix E Mezzanotte, Tacit Collusion as Economic Links in Article 82 EC. Revisited., European Competition Law Review, 30, (3), 2009, p136 - 141 Journal Article, 2009

Felix E Mezzanotte, Direct Versus Indirect Proof of the Airtours Criterion in Impala, World Competition, 31, (4), 2008, p523 - 540 Journal Article, 2008

Felix E Mezzanotte, Securitización y la Protección de los Acreedores del Originador, LA LEY, 2006 Journal Article, 2006

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Trinity Law School (Technologies, Law and Society Research Group), International Symposium 'Governing Artificial Intelligence: Designing Legal and Regulatory Responses', June 3rd, 2022, Trinity College Dublin (Panel Chair) Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2022

Felix E Mezzanotte, 'Regulating Sustainability Risk and Sustainable Investments in Europe' / Research Note / The FinReg Blog, Global Financial Markets Center, Duke University School of Law, 2022, - Miscellaneous, 2022 URL

Felix E Mezzanotte, 'Robo-Advisers and Investor Protection: A View from Switzerland' / Research Note / University of Oxford (Business Law Blog), 2021, - Miscellaneous, 2021 URL

Felix E Mezzanotte, The Flipped Classroom, Roundtable Teaching and Learning: MOOCs and the Flipped Classroom (EDC), Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, January 27th, 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Felix E Mezzanotte, The Monitoring Role of Institutional Owners: Evidence from Shareholders' Voting on Connected Transaction Proposals in Hong Kong, Melbourne Law School, Australia, October 15th, 2015, Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation (CCLSR) and Asian Law Centre Invited Talk, 2015

Felix E Mezzanotte, Notices, Enforcement and the Making of the Hong Kong Competition Ordinance, Hong Kong Competition Commission, Hong Kong, China, July, 2014 Invited Talk, 2014

Felix E Mezzanotte, Tips and suggestions in Using Blackboard for Teaching & Learning: Pre-Unit Quizzes and Case Study, AF Teaching and Learning Workshop, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, October 31st, 2014 Invited Talk, 2014

Felix E Mezzanotte, Class Participation, Workshop, School of Accounting and Finance, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, March, 2013 Invited Talk, 2013

Felix E Mezzanotte, Presumptions of Market Dominance in Article 19 AML: Problems and Limits from the Perspective of Evidence and Law Enforcement, International Symposium on the Frontier of Antimonopoly Law Enforcement, Hangzhou, China, August 13th-15th, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Felix E Mezzanotte, Article 19 AML's Presumptions of Dominance and Oligopoly: Some Insights, International Seminar: Asian Competition Law and Economics Centre (ACLEC), Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, December 3rd, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Felix E Mezzanotte, Using Article 9 Decisions to Fight Tacit Collusion: A Viable Tool for the Commission?, Workshop, ESRC Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia (UEA), United Kingdom, June, 2009 Invited Talk, 2009

Felix E Mezzanotte, The Downsides of Using Article 9 Decisions to Resolve Concerns of Tacit Collusion, Workshop, Tilburg Law and Economics Centre, Tilburg University, Netherlands, May, 2009 Invited Talk, 2009

Research Expertise

Description

Currently, my research focusses on the legal aspects of EU sustainable finance policy. Within this field, I am particularly interested in problems of compliance, disclosure and investor protection. Fintech developments have also interested me, especially in the asset management industry where I have investigated the extent to which information disclosures in robo-advisors' websites have been conducive to retail investor/customer protection. More broadly, my research track record has included publications in the field of competition law, company law and governance, financial law and legal education.

Projects

  • Title
    • Sustainable Finance in Ireland: Integrating Social Objectives in Investment Decisions
  • Funding Agency
    • Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund, FAHSS, Trinity College Dublin
  • Date From
    • 01 April 2021
  • Title
    • Comparing the Traditional Lecture With the Flipped Class in AF3507 Company Law
  • Funding Agency
    • Faculty of Business/ Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Title
    • The Statutory Derivative Action in Hong Kong: Has It Increased Shareholder Protection? An Empirical Study
  • Funding Agency
    • Rearch Grants Council - Hong Kong
  • Title
    • Understanding the Effects of Presumptions of Market Dominance on the Enforcement of Article 17 of China's Antimonopoly Law: A Three-Dimensional Approach
  • Funding Agency
    • Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Title
    • Teaching Company Law to Students of Accounting and Finance: Enhancing the Students' Learning Experience and Outcomes
  • Funding Agency
    • University Grants Committee - Hong Kong
  • Title
    • An Examination Into the Effectiveness of the 'First Conduct Rule' in the HK Competition Bill from the Perspective of Deterrence of Collusive Behavior
  • Funding Agency
    • Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Title
    • Will China Defeat Oligolopy? An Analysis of the Presumptions of Market Dominance in Article 19 of China's Antimonopoly Law
  • Funding Agency
    • School of Accounting and Finance / Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Keywords

Antitrust Law; Banking Law; Business Law; Business/Corporate Law; Capital Markets Law; Company law; Comparative law; Competition Law; Competiton policy; Consumer behaviour, society; DIGITAL; ECONOMICS; Economics and Law; EU Financial Services Law; EU REGULATIONS; European Union Law; FINANCIAL MARKET INTEGRATION; FINANCIAL-MARKETS; Insolvency/Bankruptcy; LAW; Law and Finance; Law and Society; law and technology; Law Enforcement; Legal Reform; Sociolegal Studies; SUSTAINABILITY; SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT; Sustainable Finance