Jasper Aerts is currently Head of Legal and Procurement of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), co-responsible for the daily management of the Legal and Procurement Department, after a temporary leave from the ESM working at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Mr Aerts joined the ESM in September 2012 as Team Lead and Practice Area Leader for the Lending and Banking team within Legal and responsible for all legal aspects of the financial assistance operations of the ESM and the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF).
Before joining the ESM, Mr Aerts worked as a principal finance lawyer and manager of several dedicated legal transaction teams within the Commercial Banking division of ING Bank in Amsterdam, developing his current expertise in public and private sector international finance transactions. Earlier, he worked as an insolvency and restructuring lawyer at a mid-sized boutique law firm in Amsterdam.
Mr Aerts studied Dutch law at Maastricht University and did a post-graduate in Finance and Security Law at the Grotius Academy of the University Nijmegen. He is currently finalising his EU Law Master's at King's College in London.