A recognised expert on capital markets, financial services regulation, and corporate strategies, Nicolas Véron has been involved with the development of Bruegel since its inception in late 2002 and works there on a full-time basis as a Research Fellow since 2005.
Véron’s background is in both public policy and corporate finance. In his early career, he worked for the Saint-Gobain Group in Berlin, for Rothschilds in Paris, and as economic aide to the state representative (Préfet) in Lille, France. Between 1997 and 2000, he was the corporate adviser to France’s Labour Minister. He then became chief financial officer of a publicly-listed Internet company in Paris (2000-2002), and in mid-2002 founded ECIF, a financial-services consultancy.
He is the author of Smoke & Mirrors, Inc.: Accounting for Capitalism, a book on accounting standards and practices in a changing financial system (Cornell University Press, 2006), and of several policy papers and essays at Bruegel, including on the internationalisation of large companies, accounting standards, banking supervision, financing of high-growth firms, oversight of foreign investment, and rating agencies. Since March 2005 he also writes a column on business and markets for La Tribune, France’s second-leading business daily. He comments regularly on radio and TV including the BBC, CNBC, and Bloomberg TV.
Véron is a member of the Panel of Financial Services Experts to the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, of the Corporate Disclosure Policy Council of the CFA Institute, and of the Accounting and Auditing Practices Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network. He has initial training from Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France) and Ecole des Mines in Paris and speaks fluent English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.