This issue of the European Business Organization Law Review is devoted to the full range of fundamental problems in the field of law and finance. At the same time, it highlights the major disruptions of financial markets at the example of these issues. Ultimately, this raises the forward-looking question about changes for the paradigm in law and economics possibly resulting therefrom. The articles in this issue originate from papers and proceedings of the kick-off conference for the new doctorate and PhD programme at the Goethe University on ‘Law and Economics of Money and Finance in Times of Financial Crisis’, which took place at the House of Finance/Goethe University of Frankfurt on 15 and 16 May 2009. As programme directors and organisers of the conference, we are proud and delighted that so many outstanding scholars from Europe and the United States agreed to present a paper and participate in the ensuing, most lively discussions, thus contributing to a very prolific intellectual exchange and a very successful kick-off of our programme to be launched this fall term.