Prof. dr. Veerle Colaert holds the chair for financial law at KU Leuven University since 2011 and is co-director of the KU Leuven Jan Ronse Institute for Company and Financial Law. She teaches the courses “European Financial Regulation”, “European Banking and Investment Services Law”, and “Bank- en Effectenrecht”, next to a number of introductory courses in commercial law, and organises quarterly topical legal Clinics on European Financial Law.

She leads the Business Law option of the KU Leuven LL.M programme and is responsible member of the law faculty for the interdisciplinary Master in Economics, Law and Business.
She is a member of the Securities and Markets Stakeholders Group (SMSG) advising the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) since 1 July 2016, and is chairing the SMSG since February 2019.

She was a member of the Sanctions Commission of the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) from October 2016 until July 2019 and is an expert member at the Belgian Commission des Assurances since October 2012. Since August 2019 she is also member of the Belgian Resolution Board.

She is a member of the board of directors of the Belgian branch of the European Assocation for Banking and Financial Law (AEDBF Belgium) and of the editing board of the leading Belgian review on company and financial law, TRV-RPS. From 2000-2005 she was an attorney at the Brussels’ Bar. In 2006 she obtained the E.G. de Barsy scholarship for research in the financial sector from the Flemish Fund for Scientific research (FWO). In March 2010 she defended her PhD thesis on the relationship between the MiFID rules of conduct, consumer law and national civil law.
She has published numerous articles on different aspects of financial regulation and is a regular speaker at international and national conferences on financial regulation. Her main research interests relate to investor protection (MiFID, PRIIPs, IDD), sustainable finance, Banking Union, cross-sectoral financial regulation, and the interplay between different pieces of financial regulation.