Yael Diamant appointed as Professor of Financial Networks and European Property Law

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Tilburg University has appointed Yael Diamant as Professor of Financial Networks and European Property Law at Tilburg Law School, effective April 1, 2023. Her research will focus primarily on the interface of property law and financial regulatory law.

Relevant topics in this field are the legal aspects of the digital euro, cryptocurrencies, and the safeguarding of clients’ funds by financial enterprises. With her research, she wants to build a bridge between property law and financial regulatory law on the one hand and between theory and practice on the other. Therefore, besides her work as a professor, she will continue to work as senior counsel at De Nederlandsche Bank N.V., the Dutch central bank. Diamant will teach in the field of (European) property law, focusing on ownership, security interests, and bankruptcy.

Connecting Organizations

Diamant’s research forms an essential link within Tilburg Law School’s research program Connecting Organizations: Private, Fiscal and Technology-Driven Relations in a Sustainable Society in which researchers from various legal disciplines collaborate.

Central to this program is the way in which law facilitates connections and the process of connecting between organizations, for example in blockchain and the platform economy. In combining property law and financial regulatory law, Diamant aims to provide better insight into the underlying legal structures of financial networks, with a view to achieving optimal results for all market participants.

Prof. Geert Vervaeke, Dean of Tilburg Law School: "We are very pleased with the arrival of Yael Diamant. Her expertise is a valuable addition to the Connecting Organizations research program. Moreover, her appointment as senior counsel at De Nederlandsche Bank N.V. is valuable for Tilburg Law School’s ambition to connect practice and scholarship more closely. I am confident that Prof. Yael Diamant will succeed in making this connection visible in her research and teaching. I wish Yael Diamant every success."

Yael Diamant earned her PhD at Tilburg University in 2015 with a comparative law PhD thesis on the Financial Collateral Directive. She holds an LLM in Civil Law from Leiden University and an LLM from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany.

After her PhD, Diamant was an attorney-at-law with NautaDutilh N.V. In this capacity, she advised financial enterprises including banks, investment firms, and investment institutions on financial regulatory law and private-law aspects. Since 2019, Diamant has worked as senior legal counsel at the Legal Services Division of De Nederlandsche Bank N.V., the Dutch central bank, concentrating on financial contracts, insolvency law, and property law. Diamant will combine this position with her professorship at Tilburg University.

Diamant regularly publishes and teaches in the field of private law and financial regulatory law. Every year, she teaches the course Financial Collateral Arrangements as part of the specialization program ’Financiering en Zekerheden’ of Radboud University Nijmegen’s Centre for Professional Legal Education (Grotius Academie).