M Merlin joined the Commission in 1997, initially working on insurance and pension funds issues; progressing in 2000 to the position of Assistant to the Director General before joining the Cabinet of Commissioner Charlie McCreevy in 2004.

From 2008-2014 he was Head of Unit responsible for Financial Services Policy and Relations with the Council, within DG MARKT.  The unit was responsible, inter alia, for defining and implementing the European Commission‘s policy in the area of financial supervision and the response to the global financial crisis.

In the re-organised DG for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union Martin Merlin was appointed Director of Financial Markets 2014-2016, responsible for Capital Markets Union, Financial Markets Infrastructure, Securities Markets and Asset Management.  In May 2016 he was moved to become Director of Regulation and Prudential Supervision of Financial Institutions.  He manages Bank Regulation and Supervision, Banks and Financial Conglomerates, Retail Financial Services and Payments and Insurance and Pensions dossiers.  M. Merlin holds Masters Degrees in Political Sciences and Philosophy.