Law - Finance Law

Law Society of Ireland

Law - Finance Law

Programme objectives
On completion of this training programme, participants will have:

A comprehensive understanding of finance law and legal regulations/directives that relate to specific financial services sectors in Ireland, and the impact of Brexit on these;

A thorough understanding of the regulatory framework for the financial services industry in this jurisdiction and the ability to analyse recent developments in this area;

A specialised knowledge of the banking industry and a detailed knowledge of the provisions of a range of banking documentation;
Familiarity with a range of various industry sectors, including investment firms, investment funds, insurances/reinsurance, and undertakings and stockbroking;

A knowledge of the use of technology to improve activities in finance, such as FinTech and RegTech;

An overview of the effects of recent case law and legislative developments on financial services in Ireland.

Programme structure and approach to learning
This diploma provides participants with a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the law in relation to the provision of financial services from a national and international perspective. This dynamic area is constantly subject to regulatory and statutory changes at both a European and national level.

The modules in this diploma will consider the current financial services market in Ireland and the regulatory framework in which it operates. Ireland is recognised as a global financial services and technology hub, and the course will examine the use of FinTech and RegTech in the industry. The course also focuses on specific technical and legal aspects, including a review of the underlying principles and characteristics of banking and financial markets, perspectives on corporate finance, and the regulatory issues that relate to domestic and international capital markets.

We have designed our courses to enable you to satisfy as much of your CPD requirement as possible. Time spent attending lectures and workshops in person or completing these via e-learning as part of your course can be claimed towards your annual CPD requirement. The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to your diploma/certificate course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions. For further information, visit the CPD scheme and download the CPD booklet.

The Diploma Centre team will host our annual CPD conference in November 2023. This complimentary event is a dedicated management and professional development skills and regulatory matters session. We will post an invitation on your Diploma Hub page later in the year.

Subjects taught

The programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Financial services market
Legislative provisions,
The Central Bank and regulation,
Investment firms,

Module 2: Industry sectors
Investment funds,

Module 3: Banking sectors
Regulation of banking in Ireland,
Codes of practice,
Corporate banking.
Individual Accountability Framework and SEARS.

Module 4: Loan financing
Loan Market Association,
Equity financing,
Recovery and restructuring.

Module 5: Capital markets and corporate governance
Bond markets,
International Swaps and Derivatives Association,
Irish Stock Exchange.
Corporate governance,
Money laundering,
Insider dealing and market manipulation.

Workshops are a key feature of this course. These are designed to be interactive and involve working in groups on selected case study problems and analysis with an emphasis on the application of finance law to common scenarios encountered in practice.

1 The Financial Services Market
Tuesday 14 November 2023 6:00pm - 8:30pm

2 Regulation of Banking
Tuesday 12 December 2023 6:00pm - 8:30pm

3 Loan Financing
Tuesday 30 January 2024 6:00pm - 8:30pm

4 Exam Prep Workshop
Tuesday 5 March 2024 6:00pm

Entry requirements

Who should attend?
This course is suitable for the following:

Solicitors, trainee solicitors, paralegals, and other suitable professionals who wish to expand their knowledge of the financial services industry with a view to moving into the area,

Solicitors, those in the banking industry, and other suitable professionals seeking to gain a thorough understanding of the rules governing the regulation of banking and a detailed knowledge of banking documentation,

Tax consultants, accountants, bankers, fund managers and other suitable professionals who wish to familiarise themselves with the funds industry in Ireland, and

Directors or relevant professionals who wish to familiarise themselves with compliance issues in relation to the financial services industry.

We welcome applications from others who are suitably qualified. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee of €335.

Application dates

The closing date for applications for this course is 26 September 2023. To apply please follow the instructions on the course webpage - link below.


Delivery Method
Lectures Tuesday 6pm-9pm with interactive workshops. Also available to view on demand.

Enrolment dates

Start Date
Tuesday 10 October 2023 at 6:00 PM

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