Legal passion burns strong for EU stability lawyer

Does a legal role in the EU translate into a relaxing life? Hardly.

It’s more like working “in the fire department”, according to European Stability Mechanism (ESM) in-house lawyer Ralf Jansen. That doesn’t mean Jansen spends his days in yellow overalls (at least we don’t think so) but rather that his role is all about reassurance.

As the general counsel of the organisation set up to safeguard European financial stability he thinks, “everyone sleeps better knowing it’s there”. Dealing with the European financial markets was never going to be an easy ride, but his team is most definitely up for the challenge.

“The ESM is the expression of solidarity among euro member states,” he says. “We really feel we’re making a difference, not just chasing five basis points on a transaction.”

Looks like the fire hasn’t gone out in this lawyer’s heart.

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