This study analyses Articles 24-30 of Directive 2014/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 "on markets in financial instruments" (MiFID II), which govern, as of January 2018, the most important aspects of investor protection of clients to whom credit institutions and investment firms provide investment services. These Articles contain code-of-conduct and product governance rules, which constitute cornerstones of contemporary EU capital markets law as shaped to address the weaknesses revealed in capital markets' micro-prudential regulation and supervision after the recent international financial crisis of 2007-2009. The book concisely identifies the elements of continuity and change in relation to the repealed Directive 2004/39/EC (MiFID I), while also presenting the detailed delegated acts of the European Commission and Guidelines of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), which were adopted on the basis of Articles 24-30 MiFID II.
Christos Gortsos is Professor of Public Economic Law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He is also a Visiting Professor at the European Institute of the University of Saarland, Germany, a Research Partner in the University Research Priority Program "Financial Market Regulation" of the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and a Research Associate in the European Research Center for Economic and Financial Governance, the Netherlands. He also has teaching assignments at the European Institute of the University of Zurich and at the European Law Academy, Germany. His publications include Potential Concepts for the Future EU-UK relationship in financial Services (2017) and The Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) - Legal aspects of the first pillar of the European Banking Union (2015). He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic branch of the International Law Association.