Commerzbank Stiftung Visiting Professors

Thanks to the support of the Commerzbank Stiftung, many international experts from all over the world have been appointed as Commerzbank Stiftung Visiting Professors to teach at the ILF. The academic structure and content of the LL.M. Finance program are greatly enriched by their expertise and teaching, and they have always provided our students with new and dynamic perspectives on important issues relating to the world of law and finance.

Summer Semester 2006 & 2013 - Professor Guido A. Ferrarini

Prof. Guido Ferrarini is Professor of Business Law and Capital Markets Law at the University of Genoa, Department of Law, and Director of the Centre for Law and Finance. He holds a J. D. (University of Genoa, 1972), an LL.M. (Yale Law School, 1978) and a Dr. jur. (h.c., Ghent University, 2009). He is a founder, director and fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI), Brussels. He was a member of the Board of Trustees, International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC) and an independent director at several Italian blue-chip companies. He was an advisor to the Draghi Commission on Financial Markets Law Reform, to Consob (the Italian Securities Commission) and to the Corporate Governance Committee of the Italian Stock Exchange.

He has held Visiting Professor positions at several universities in Europe (Bonn, Frankfurt, Hamburg, LSE, UCL, Tilburg and Duisenberg) and the US (Columbia, NYU and Stanford), teaching courses on comparative corporate governance and financial regulation.

He is author of many articles in the fields of financial law, corporate law and business law, and editor of several books, including the recent Financial Regulation and Supervision: A Post-crisis Analysis (with E. Wymeersch and K. Hopt).

Summer Semester 2012 - Professor John Armour

John Armour is the Hogan Lovells Professor of Law and Finance and a Professorial Fellow of Oriel College at Oxford University, and a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute. Professor Armour’s research interests encompass corporate law, financial regulation, corporate insolvency,
and the impact of law on corporate finance and the financial system. He has served as consultant to the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (formerly Department of Trade and Industry), Insolvency Service, and Financial Services Authority, and the Jersey Economic Development Department.

He has published widely in the fields of company law, corporate finance, and corporate insolvency and is a co-author of The Anatomy of Corporate Law, 2nd ed. (OUP, 2009), co-editor of After Enron: Improving Corporate Law and Modernizing Securities Regulation in Europe and the US (Hart Publishing, 2006) and co-author of Vulnerable Transactions in Corporate Insolvency (Hart Publishing, 2003). Prior to his appointment at Oxford in 2007, he was a University Senior Lecturer in Law and Fellow of Trinity Hall at Cambridge University. He studied law (MA, BCL) at the University of Oxford and Yale Law School (LLM). He has held visiting posts at various institutions including Columbia Law School the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the University of Bologna, and the University of Western Ontario.

Summer Semester 2011 - Professor Howell Jackson

Professor Howell Jackson is the James S. Reid, Jr., Professor of Law at  Harvard Law School. His research interests include financial regulation, international finance, consumer protection, federal budget policy, and entitlement reform. 

Professor Jackson has served as a consultant to the United States Treasury Department, the United Nations Development Program, and the World Bank/International Monetary Fund. He is a member of the National Academy on Social Insurance, a trustee of the College Retirement Equities Fund (CREF) and its affiliated TIAA-CREF investment companies, a member of the panel of outside scholars for the NBER Retirement Research Center, and a senior editor for Cambridge University Press Series on International Corporate Law and Financial Regulation. Professor Jackson frequently testifies before Congress and consults with government agencies on issues of financial regulation. He is co-editor of Fiscal Challenges: An Inter-Disciplinary Approach to Budget Policy (Cambridge University Press 2008), co-author of  Analytical Methods for Lawyers (Foundation Press 2003) and  Regulation of Financial Institutions (West 1999),  and author of numerous scholarly articles. 

Before joining the Harvard Law School faculty in 1989, Professor Jackson was a law clerk for Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall and practiced law in Washington, D.C.  Professor Jackson received J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard University in 1982 and a B.A. from Brown University in 1976.

He taught the course "Current Issues in the Regulation of International Finance" to ILF students in the Summer Semester 2011.

Summer Semester 2004, 2005 & 2010 - Professor Geoffrey P. Miller

Professor Geoffrey P. Miller, the Stuyvesant P. Comfort Professor of Law at New York University Law School, is a nationally recognized expert on the topic of class action litigation. Professor Miller attended Columbia University Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, served as a judicial clerk to Judge Carl McGowan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to Justice Byron White of the United States Supreme Court, and worked as an attorney in the United States Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel and at a private law firm before entering law teaching.

Professor Miller is the Director of NYU Law School’s Center for the Study of Financial Institutions and a founder and co-president of the Society for Empirical Legal Studies. He has been or will be a visiting professor or visiting scholar at institutions around the world, including Columbia University, Cornell University, University of Sydney (Australia), University of Basel (Switzerland), University of Auckland (New Zealand), University of Frankfurt (Germany), University of Genoa (Italy) (Summer 2008), University of Minnesota (Spring 2008) and Harvard University (Fall 2010). Professor Miller is author of three books and nearly two hundred scholarly articles in the fields of civil procedure, corporate law, banking law, legal ethics, and law and economics.

Professor Miller taught the course "Banking Regulation in Crisis" at the ILF during the Summer Semester 2010.

Summer Semester 2009 - Professor Stanislaw J. Soltysinski

Professor Stanisław Sołtysiński (1939) has been teaching civil and commercial law at A. Mickiewicz University, Poznań, until his retirement in 2007. He graduated in 1961 at Poznań Law School. Subsequently, he spent 9 months at LSE, Oxford and Cambridge as a British Council research student (1967) and studied at Columbia University (LLM program) in 1972-73. He was teaching as a recurring visiting professor at Pennsylvania University Law School (Philadelphia) between 1975-1992. He also taught at the College of Europe (Brugge) and has been teaching at Munich Intellectual Property Center (since 2006).

Professor Sołtysiński is a member of Poland’s Codification Commission since 1997. He chairs the Subcommittee on Company Law. As chairman of special task force, he co-authored the draft of the Code of Commercial Companies adopted by the Polish Parliament in 2000. Professor is the author of more than 300 books and other publications published in Polish, English, German and other languages.

Professor is a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Arts, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Academy of Comparative Law. Since 2002, he is a member of the Governing Council of UNIDROIT. Professor Sołtysiński is also a member of the Working Group on the Model European Law. Professor Sołtysiński combines academic activities and legal counseling. He is a founder of “Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak”, a leading Polish law firm where he now serves as an of counsel.

Summer Semester 2008 - Professor James D. Cox

Professor Cox is Brainerd Currie Professor of Law at the Duke University, Durham, USA. He joined the faculty of the School of Law at Duke in 1979 where he specializes in the areas of corporate and securities law. Prior to moving to Durham, Jim taught at the law schools of Boston University, the University of San Francisco, the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and Stanford. During the 1988-89 academic year Jim was a Senior Research Fulbright Fellow at the University of Sydney. Professor Cox earned his B.S. from Arizona State University and law degrees at University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D.) And Harvard Law School (LL.M.)

In addition to his texts Financial Information, Accounting and the Law, Corporations (2d ed 2003)(with Hazen & O’neal) and Securities Regulations Cases and Materials (3d ed 2002)(with Hillman & Langevoort), Professor Cox has published extensively in the areas of market regulation and corporate governance as well as having testified before the U.S. House and Senate on insider trading and market reform issues. The Corporation treatise won the Association of American Publishers National Book Award for Best New Professional/Scholarly Legal Book for 1995. He served as a member of the corporate law drafting committees in California (1977-80) and North Carolina (1984-1993). He serves as an consultant to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Recently Professor Cox has conducted training programs for securities regulators in Bosnia, China and Thailand and has lectured in Argentina, Australia, Chile, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom.

Professor Cox's memberships include the American Law Institute, the NYSE Legal Advisory Committee, the NASD Legal Advisory Board, and Fulbright Law Discipline Review Committee.

Summer Semester 2007 - Professor Douglas G. Baird

Professor Baird is the Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. Prof. Baird has been a visiting professor at Stanford, Harvard, and Yale. He is currently a Director of the American College of Bankruptcy, and served as Vice Chair of the National Bankruptcy Conference from 1997 until 2004.

Baird received his undergraduate degree from Yale University summa cum laude and his J.D. from Stanford University, where he was Managing Editor of the Stanford Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif. He joined Chicago’s faculty in 1980 and was its Dean from 1994 to 1999.

Among Prof. Baird's numerous books are Contracts Stories (editor, 2007), Elements of Bankruptcy (4th edition, 2006), Cases, Problems, and Materials on Bankruptcy (3rd co-edition, 2000), and Game Theory and the Law (co-author, 1994). Recent articles include “Serial Entrepreneurs and Small Business Bankruptcies” in the Columbia Law Review, “Discharge, Waiver, and the Behavioral Undercurrents of Debtor-Creditor Law” in the University of Chicago Law Review, and “Absolute Priority, Valuation Uncertainty, and the Reorganization Bargain” in the Yale Law Journal.

Winter Semester 2004/05 - Professor Katharina Pistor

Professor Pistor is Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, New York. She teaches courses on corporate law, corporate governance, European and comparative private law as well as law and development. Prior to joining the faculty of Columbia Law School in 2001, Professor Pistor also taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as well as at Harvard Law School.

She also held research positions at well-known institutions such as the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg and the Harvard Institute for International Development. She has presented numerous papers at conferences, seminars and workshops and is the author of countless publications in the area of law and economics.

Winter Semester 2003/04 - Professor Bob Wessels

Professor Wessels is Professor of International Insolvency Law at the University of Leiden Law School, the Netherlands, an independent legal counselor and advisor, primarily in the area of cross-border insolvency, and since 1987 Deputy Justice at the Court of Appeal, The Hague. He is Chairman of the Academic Forum of INSOL Europe, and has over thirty years of experience in general commercial and corporate law, contract law, and insolvency law.

With numerous books on (international) insolvency law, Professor Wessels is among the world's primary experts on international insolvency.