Kern Alexander holds the Professorial Chair in Law and Finance and is Professor of Banking Regulation at the University of Zurich. He is the author of many research articles and books, including most recently Principles of Banking Regulation (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Brexit and Financial Service (co-author, Moloney et al, Bloomsbury, 2018), Global Governance of Financial Systems (co-author, Oxford Univ Press 2005), and Economic Sanctions: Law and Public Policy (Macmillan 2009). Recently, he led research projects and authored commissioned reports and articles for the United Nations and Cambridge University on international banking regulation and environmental sustainability. His path breaking report, Stability and Sustainability in Banking Reform: Are Environmental Risks Missing in Basel III (Cambridge, 2014) was the first study of the interrelationship between banking regulation, environmental sustainability, and climate change. His report has been widely cited and has spawned a growing area of research that analyses the relationship between law/regulation, finance, and sustainability. He is the Founder of the Research Network for Sustainable Finance.
His public service includes serving as Specialist Adviser to the UK Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on the Financial Services Act 2012 and as Adviser to the UK Serious Fraud Office on the LIBOR investigations and prosecutions (2013-2019). He has also advised HM Treasury on economic policy and financial regulation and advised HM Foreign and Commonwealth Office on international and UK economic sanctions. He has given invited oral and written evidence on many occasions to the UK Parliament’s House of Commons Treasury Committee and the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs and House of Lords Committee on Europe about European and UK banking and financial market regulation. He also gave invited evidence on UK economic sanctions policy to the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs in 2006 (chair Lord Wakeham) that was widely cited in the Committee’s Final Report. His public service also includes Member of the Expert Panel on Financial Services for the European Parliament (2009-2014) and Subject Matter Expert in Banking Regulation and Resolution for the European Court of Auditors (2016-2019). His academic work and parliamentary evidence is cited extensively in British and European Parliamentary reports. He comments regularly for the BBC and Bloomberg on UK, European and Swiss banking and financial regulation issues. He is a Member of the Bar.
Since 2018, he is Chairman of the Department of Commercial, Corporate and Financial Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Zurich. Since 2015, he has taught the Principles of Financial Regulation course at the University of Cambridge and is a Director of Studies at Queens' College. He has taught and advised board members and senior management of major multinational banks on executive education programmes for over 20 years and is Lead Lecturer of the Understanding the Regulatory Environment course at the Barclays Compliance Academy at the University of Cambridge. He is Co-Director of the Oxford Bank Governance Programme. He was educated at the University of Cambridge where he read economics and law, M.A., M.Phil. (Honours), and PhD (Law), and Cornell University, A.B. (magna cum laude) in Economics and History.