Kern Alexander holds the Chair in Law and Finance at the University of Zurich where he is Professor of Banking Regulation, Corporate Law and Governance, and Financial Market Law. He is also Director of Studies in Finance and Law at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, and Co-Director of the Oxford University Said Business School Bank Governance Program.
His research focuses on bank corporate governance and systemic and conduct risk in financial markets. He has advised bank boards and senior management on corporate governance, risk management, strategy and environmental sustainability and has directed and taught executive education courses for many banks and financial institutions for over twenty years, including for Barclays, Credit Suisse, and UBS. He was a founding Academic Program Director for the Barclays Compliance Academy at the Judge Business School in 2012. He directs a major research program for UBS on understanding bank customer attitudes to sustainability and the role of regulation.
He has advised governments and international organisations at senior levels. He was an advisor and expert witness for the UK Serious Fraud Office on the LIBOR investigations and prosecutions (2013-2019). He was Specialist Advisor to the British Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on the Financial Services Act 2012. He has given oral and written evidence on UK and European banking and financial regulation on many occasions to the House of Commons Treasury Committee, the House of Lords Committee on Europe and the House of Lords Committee on Economic Affairs.
He is the author of many research articles and books, including Principles of Banking Regulation (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and Brexit and Financial Service (co-authored, 2018). He has also authored commissioned reports for the G20, the United Nations, the European Parliament and the European Commission on financial regulation and environmental sustainability. His 2014 report, ‘Stability and Sustainability in Banking Reform: Are Environmental Risks Missing in Basel III?’, is widely cited and has influenced the bank risk governance debate. He is a graduate of Cornell, Oxford and Cambridge Universities.