Financial Markets and Funds partner Neil Robson spoke with Reuters on regulatory efforts to minimize crashing European markets as a result of coronavirus panic. It is noted that Italy and Spain have a ban in place on short-selling stocks, and that Germany is considering a similar ban to stem the tailspin. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) allows national authorities to introduce such bans. Neil noted that these bans typically do not require investors to unwind existing positions but apply to future moves. ("Italy, Spain curb trading to stem coronavirus market crash," March 13, 2020)