Founding Act

Decree of the Viceroy for the founding of the Milan Merchandise Exchange, 16 January 1808 (Archivio di Stato di Milano).The Milan Merchandise Exchange was formed by decree, issued by the Viceroy Eugène Napoléon, son of Joséphine de Beauharnais, on 16 January 1808, ordering that it be opened within a month. The decree also charged “a commission of fifteen members, including bankers, traders and merchandise brokers," appointed by the Minister of the Interior, to find temporary premises for the immediate opening, and a suitable building where the exchange could meet on a permanent basis. A second decree dated 6 February 1808 established the first regulations for the operation of the Stock Exchange.

Prior events
Before the Napoleonic institution, exchange...
Organisation
On the basis of the law of 6 February 1808, the...