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Emanuel van Praag


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Emanuel van Praag is a specialist in the area of Financial Law. He assists financial institutions in the implementation of regulations, the development of new products and services and disputes with clients or regulators.

In addition, he is part of FSO, an international financial service line of EY, which provides wide-ranging support for financial institutions.


Emanuel combines in-depth legal knowledge with a practical approach. As a former in-house lawyer, he understands how rules affect commercial decisions and operations and he takes a pragmatic approach. Emanuel can also review legal issues in-depth. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Amsterdam. Because of his experience as a litigator he takes account of the fact that a decision may have to be explained to a court or regulator (sometimes years later).

His other great interest is FinTech. He finds it challenging to understand new business models and technologies and translate them to the legal world. As former Head of Regulatory Compliance of a FinTech company, Emanuel understands the special challenges of (start-up) FinTech companies.

Additional information

Emanuel worked as an attorney for seven years and as in-house lawyer with financial companies for four years.

Emanuel studied at the universities of Leiden (Master’s in Law 2006), Oxford (Magister Juris 2007), and Amsterdam (doctorate 2017).

Emanuel has specialist knowledge in the area where European law and financial law intersect. He is the author of the handbook: “Europees financieel toezicht; Bevoegdheden in het Europees financieel toezicht”.

Emanuel is a senior fellow with the Erasmus University Rotterdam, conducting research and teaching about financial law.