Urs Zulauf Adjunct Professor (Fall term)

Contact Information

Cornell Law School
Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Fax: (607) 255-7193
Email: uz24@cornell.edu

Professional Biography

Since April 2013, Urs Zulauf has been active as an expert in Financial Market Regulation and Supervision, mainly in Switzerland. After 30 years of service for the Swiss Federal Banking Commission (SFBC) and (from January 2009) the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA, Urs Zulauf left FINMA in March 2013. He acted as FINMA’s Deputy CEO, General Counsel and Member of the Executive Board and headed FINMA’s Strategic Services Division. In FINMA, his responsibilities included the legal functions, the chair of FINMA’s enforcement committee deciding on all enforcement cases, the coordination of FINMA’s national and international regulation and policy. and international cooperation (until 2013). Temporarily he was also responsible for FINMA’s operations (IT, HR, Financials, Facility Management) and corporate functions including strategic planning, communication, and corporate secretary (from October 2009 until January 2011). FINMA’s enforcement functions reported to him until September 2009. Urs Zulauf was responsible for numerous regulatory projects on behalf of the Financial Regulator, such as the Insolvency Provisions in the Banking Act (1997 until 2004), the Bank Insolvency Ordinance specifying new restructuring and bail-in instruments in Swiss Law (2005 and 2012/13), and the FINMA Anti-Money Laundering Ordinance. His responsibilities included the handling of high profile enforcement and international cases such as the UBS Libor case (2012), the US Cross-Border cases in various banks (2008/2009), or the issue of dormant accounts of Holocaust victims (1996 – 2000). He represented FINMA and SFBC in various international groups and negotiations. Urs Zulauf was born in 1956. He studied at Berne University Law School and is authorized to practise as a lawyer. He joined the Swiss Federal Banking Commission (SFBC) in 1983 whilst working simultaneously as a research partner in civil and banking law at the University of Berne. From 1992 to 1993 he was seconded to the Bank of England. From 1996 until the creation of FINMA in 2009 he headed the Legal Service of the SFBC. In 1994, he completed a doctorate with a thesis on Bankers’ Diligence under Swiss Public Law. He is the author of numerous papers in law journals and reviews and the co-editor of the leading collection on Swiss Financial Market Law published on line and in print at the same time in German and French. Urs Zulauf is a regular conference speaker on various issues of Swiss and international financial market regulation and supervision. He is co-author of the textbook "Swiss Financial Markets Law in a Nutshell" published in German in January 2013 and to be published in English in August 2013.