COMPLEMENTARY COURSE: "Financial market contracts"

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course is aimed to provide students with the following skills:
- Knowledge and understanding in the field of study. The student will acquire a specific knowledge of contract law that provides a basis for originality in developing and/or applying ideas, also within a research context.
- Students are requested to apply their knowledge and understanding, and problem solving abilities in contexts related to contract law;
- Students are requested to develop the ability to gather and interpret relevant data within their field of study to inform judgments and reflections on contract law.
- Students are requested to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions regarding contract law to specialist audience;
- Students are requested to develop those learning skills that are necessary for them to continue to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students who have successfully studied the subject will have a detailed knowledge of the topics covered by the course and will develop a method in order to tackle and communicate more specific and complex legal issues than basic elements of private law, with specific reference to the subject covered by the course.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Teaching methods: the lessons require the active participation of the students, who are asked to prepare the content of the lessons in groups through materials uploaded by the professor and independent (but guided) research. While hoping to meet in classroom, this teaching method will be tested online on the Teams platform.

Program and reference material: it will not change and will be indicated on the Ariel platform of the course.

Methods of evaluation: students will be evaluated through active participation in the class only (which requires them to work at home on the materials and to carry out autonomous research).
Course syllabus
The course focuses on legal aspects that raises in Italy the trading of derivative financial instruments . In particular, also with a view to the most recent case-law (in particular, Cass. SSUU 8770/2020), the main issues concerning derivatives under Italian law will be covered:
- What is a derivative?
- Derivatives and regulation of investment services (advice, client classification, conduct of business rules, margins)
- Derivatives: hedging and speculation
- Derivatives: mark to market, implicit costs and probability scenarios
- Derivatives: the problem of the cause
- Derivatives: the object problem
Prerequisites for admission
The course is designed for students of the last three years who have a strong interest (and preparation) in civil and business law, and who want to develop legal research and communication skills.
Teaching methods
If the number of participants will allow it, the course will require students to work in group and discuss, from various perspectives, a complex legal problem, underlying a case taken from business practice.
Teaching Resources
Handouts will be uploaded on Ariel before the course begins.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The aforementioned skills are verified through discussion in class.
IUS/01 - PRIVATE LAW - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Dalmartello Andrea
Educational website(s)
Wednesday, h. 14.15
Private Law and Legal History Department