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Tel: +441223335822

LLM (Cambridge), PhD (Heidelberg), Habilitation (Hamburg)
Associate Professor (Grade 10); Director of the Law Tripos; Co-Director of the Centre for Corporate and Commercial Law (3CL); University JM Keynes Fellow in Financial Economics


Areas: Corporate finance law. Insolvency law. Commercial law. Dispute resolution. Technology and law.

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

CV / Biography

Positions:  Associate Professor, 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).

Visiting positions:  Visiting Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (since 2015).  Visiting Professor, Mykolas Romeris University (2017–2018).  Research Associate and Max Planck Fellow, University of Oxford and St Catherine’s College (2014–2015).  Faculty Visitor, University of Cambridge (2013).  Academic Visitor, University of Oxford (2012).  Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College (2012). Visiting Researcher, Harvard Law School (2008).

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).

Grants (selection):  ESRC (2020–2023).  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:  Judge Business School (since 2016), Bucerius-Cambridge Exchange Coordinator (since 2015), Hitotsubashi University (2021), Jindal Global Law School (2021), Lomonosov Moscow State University (2020–2021), University of Vienna (2018), 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).

Expert positions:  EU Expert Group on Restructuring and Insolvency Law (since 2021), UNIDROIT Working Group on Effective Enforcement (since 2020), OECD Senior Consultant (since 2017), Ministry of Justice, Germany (since 2017, 2010–2012, 2007–2008), Innovate UK (since 2018), EU-Georgia Association Agreement (since 2016), European Commission (2019, 2012), European Parliament (2016),  World Bank (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).  International Editorial Board, The Moscow University Herald, Series 11: Law (Vestnik Moskovskogo Universiteta, Seriya 11: Pravo, since 2021). Advisory Board, Heidelberg Law Review (StudRZ, since 2016).  Editorial Board, International Comparative Jurisprudence (since 2015).

Memberships (selection):  International Advisory Council, Singapore Global Restructuring Initiative (since 2020).  Review Panel, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (since 2017).  Advisory Board, Rules for Growth (since 2017).  Management Committee, Centre for European Legal Studies (since 2016). 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).  Expert Advisory Group, Security Rights and the European Insolvency Regulation (2014–2016).  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