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Professor of Law; Director of International Strategy and Partnerships; Director of the Centre for Corporate and Commercial Law (3CL); University JM Keynes Fellow in Financial Economics

LLM (Cambridge), PhD (Heidelberg), Habilitation (Hamburg)


Areas: Corporate finance law. Insolvency law. Commercial law. Dispute resolution. Artificial intelligence.

Methods: Doctrinal analysis. Comparison of laws. Economic analysis. Justice theory. Empirical research.

CV / Biography

Positions:  Professor of Law, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law, and Senior Member, Newnham College (since 2015).  Senior Research Fellow (2007–2015) and Research Fellow (2006–2007), Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law.  Research Fellow, Centre for European Economic Law, University of Bonn (2005–2006).  Research Assistant, then Research Fellow, Institute for German and European Corporate and Commercial Law, University of Heidelberg (1998–2004).

Education:  University of Hamburg: Habilitation (2009–2015).  High Court Hamburg: Clerkship, Second State Examination in Law (2006–2008).  University of Heidelberg: PhD in Law (2004–2007).  University of Cambridge: LLM (2002–2003).  University of Ferrara: Erasmus (1999–2000). University of Heidelberg: studies in law and economics, First State Examination in Law, French Law Certificate (1997–2002).  Scholarships and prizes:  Corporate Governance Publication of the Year (2013). Gravenbrucher Kreis (3rd prize, 2012).  Otto Hahn Medal (2009).  Hachenburg Prize (2008).  Cusanuswerk (1998–2006).  Whytehead Scholar, St John’s College (2003).  Research visits: University of Oxford (2014–2015, 2012), University of Cambridge (2012, 2013), Harvard University (2008).

Grants (selection):  Nuffield Foundation (2023–2025).  Accelerate-C2D3 (2024).  ESRC (2020–2023).  Cambridge Humanities Research Grant (2022).  DAAD Cambridge Research Hub (2018–2019).  Thyssen Foundation (2008, 2011–2013).  German-British Jurists’ Association (2009). Study Group Law and Economy (2007).

Visiting Professor and Guest Lecturer:  University of Notre Dame (since 2022), Singapore Management University (2024–2025), University of Vienna (2023, 2018), Hitotsubashi University (2021), Jindal Global Law School (2021), Lomonosov Moscow State University (2020–2021), Judge Business School (since 2016), Mykolas Romeris University (2017–2018), University of Warsaw (2006–2018), University of Hamburg (2009–2014), Australian National University (2012), China-EU School of Law (2009–2010); Bucerius-Cambridge Exchange Coordinator (since 2015).

Expert:  EBRD (since 2023), Financial Stability Board (2022), EU Expert Group on Restructuring and Insolvency Law (since 2021), UNIDROIT Working Group on Effective Enforcement (since 2020), Innovate UK (since 2018), OECD Senior Consultant (since 2017), Ministry of Justice, Germany (since 2017, 2010–2012, 2007–2008), European Commission (2019, 2012), EU-Georgia Association Agreement (2016-2021), European Parliament (2016), World Bank (2022, 2015–2016), German Parliament (2009), Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany (2009).

Journals:  Editorial Board, Journal of Corporate Law Studies (since 2015).  Editorial Board, Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies (since 2016).  Editorial Board, Journal of Conflict Management (Zeitschrift für Konfliktmanagement, since 2017).  Advisory Board, Universidade Lusófona do Porto (ULP) Law Review (since 2019).  Advisory Board, Heidelberg Law Review (StudRZ, since 2016).  Editorial Board, International Comparative Jurisprudence (since 2015).

Memberships (selection):  ESRC Peer Review College (since 2024).  INSOLTech Committee (since 2023).  Taskforce Emerging Markets, Insolvency Law Academy, (since 2023).  Management Committee, DAAD Cambridge Research Hub (since 2022).  International Advisory Council, Singapore Global Restructuring Initiative (since 2020).  Review Panel, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (since 2017).  Advisory Board, Rules for Growth (since 2017).  Council, British Association of Comparative Law (since 2016).  Member, Society of Legal Scholars (since 2016).  Academic Member, Insolvency Lawyers’ Association (since 2015).  Advisory Project Committee, European Law Institute (2016 – 2018).  Founding Member, European Law Institute (since 2014).

Complete list of publications and editorial board memberships

Publications and editorial board memberships

Complete list of presentations and conferences convened

Presentations and conferences convened