Executive Director

Professor Stavroula Karapapa

Dr Stavroula  KarapapaProfessor Stavroula Karapapa is Professor of Intellectual Property Law and the Director of the Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation. Having previously held posts as alaw lecturer at Brunel Law School and as a Barrister in Greece, she is an intellectual property lawyer with interests in digital copyright and data protection law, and has published original and influential research in these areas. Her monograph on the private copying exception in copyright law was published by Routledge in May 2012. Her most recent work (OUP, 2013) has explored and provided an extensive account of copyright in the mass digital age, including the consideration of monopolistic risks emerging with purely automated uses of creative works, which increasingly form part of 'Big Data'.


Dr Bolanle Adebola

Bolanle AdebolaDr Bolanle Adebola joined the School of Law as a lecturer in September 2015. Prior to this, she was a Post-doctoral Associate at University College London (UCL). During the currency of her post at UCL, she obtained the British Council, Early Career Researcher Links grant to conduct research on the Nigerian corporate rescue practice. She presented the findings of that research at the inaugural colloquium on insolvency law reform in Africa which she pioneered and co-organised with Centre for Advanced Corporate Insolvency Law (CACIL) at the University of Pretoria. She is actively engaged in capacity building and the development of modern insolvency and contemporary corporate rescue practices in emerging markets. She has facilitated events for the Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria (BRIPAN) and provided training at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS). She is a trained advocate with dual qualifications: Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Dr Folashade Adeyemo

Fola AdeyemoDr Folashade Adeyemo is a lecturer at the University of Reading, where she is the module convenor for Company Law, and teaches Commercial Law and International Corporate Governance (Postgraduate Level.) She previously taught at Kingston University, where she was the module leader for Company Law at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level, and module leader for Remedies & Restitution and Criminal Law.

Fola's jurisdictions of interest are Nigeria and the UK. She has published in the field of banking and financial regulation, and has a specific interest in bank insolvency, company law and whistleblower protection. Her most recent article will be published in the Journal of Business Law (2019), where she considers whether whistleblowers are adequately protected under PIDA, and her forthcoming monograph is titled Banking Regulation in Africa: The Case of Nigeria and Other Emerging Economies, (Routledge, 2020). She is also working on a research project which examines the management of troubled banks in Africa, with a specific focus on Nigeria. Fola is a qualified barrister and solicitor, called to the Nigerian Bar, and holds degrees from the University of Westminster (LLB, 2010); Brunel (LLM International Economic and Trade Law, 2011; PhD 2017) and is a member of the Nigerian Bar, (2013).

Dr Cosmas Anyakudo

Cosmas AnyakudoDr Cosmas Anyakudo joined the School of Law in 2019 on a part-time basis as an International Support Tutor focusing on contributing to teaching BA Law modules at the UNIST - Reading Academy, Nanjing, China. He completed a doctorate from Brunel University in 2017 researching corporate social responsibility in Nigeria. He holds an LLM in International Commercial law from the University of Surrey and an LLB from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria). Cosmas leads the Business Law module at the Brunel Business School, and the Company Law module at Arden University.

Cosmas has a keen interest in researching global commercial law frameworks and their relevance in emerging economies. He is currently researching corporate social responsibility and sustainability strategies of multinational corporations in developing countries, and the international legal agenda on artificial intelligence (AI) and cryptocurrency.

Cosmas was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1993 and formerly practised as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales for more than ten years.

Dr Jorge Guira

Dr Jorge GuiraDr Jorge Guira is an experienced energy as well as international banking and finance specialist. He has worked as a lawyer in a variety of roles and previously worked for a boutique which merged into a top twenty US firm, as well as serving as special counsel for hedge funds/ private equity firms, hedge funds, and various businesses, as well as serving as an arbitrator or counsel in substantial multi-million pound disputes. He has also served as a Director for the IMF/World Bank Global Bank Insolvency Project. He has worked closely with various central banks on law reform as well as training initiatives and policy implementation. His experience has taken him to over 70 countries and he has worked with blue chip clients all over the world in banking, corporate, and energy sectors as a consultant, trainer, and lawyer.

Dr Andrea Miglionico

Dr Andrea MiglionicoDr Andrea Miglionico joined the University of Reading School of Law in September 2015. Andrea's areas of interest include Banking Law, Law and Economics, Corporate Finance, Regulation of Financial Markets and Corporate Insolvency. Having previously worked as Research and Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, Andrea is a qualified lawyer in the banking and finance law sectors.

Dr Carol Padgett

Carol PadgettDr Carol Padgett is an associate professor in finance at the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School. She has extensive experience of teaching corporate finance and governance to both academic and professional audiences and is the author of Corporate Governance: Theory and Practice, published by Palgrave Macmillan. She is director of studies of the MSc in Corporate Finance at the University of Reading. Her research interests include governance in financial and non-financial institutions and the impact of governance on the performance of acquisitions.

Mr Adrian Storrier

Adrian StorrierMr Adrian Storrier joined the School of Law as a lecturer in September 2015. He is a Senior Fellow and doctoral candidate at the University of Melbourne, and prior to joining the University of Reading he was a Visiting Research Student at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London. Adrian's PhD dissertation project examines the relationship between copyright exceptions and inconsistent contractual provisions and his further research interests include the challenges posed by new technologies such as 3d printing on the existing intellectual property framework, as well as the protection of performers in the digital age (currently explored in a project in collaboration with Dr Ananay Aguilar at the University of Cambridge).

Dr Anne Thies

Ms A ThiesAnne joined the Law School in September 2007. She is Associate Professor in Law, admitted to the German bar as Rechtsanwältin (solicitor/barrister) and trained as a mediator. In her research Anne focuses on EU law and public international law. She is particularly interested in EU external relations law, international trade law, the interrelationships between different international legal systems and international dispute settlement. She has written a monograph on International Trade Disputes and EU Liability (Cambridge Studies in European Law and Policy series, CUP, 2013). She speaks English, French, German and Italian. In 2017, Anne established - together with her co-editors Professor Christina Eckes (Amsterdam) and Professor Piet Eeckhout (UCL) - the new academic journal Europe and the World - A Law Review, which is open access and peer-reviewed. Anne welcomes proposals from prospective doctoral students with an interest in international trade law, international dispute settlement, EU external relations law and related issues

Associate Members

Dr Laura Bennett

Laura BennettDr Laura Bennett is an associate professor in the School of Law at the University of Reading. She is Module Convenor of the LL.M modules on International Corporate Finance and the Law and Legal Aspects of International Finance (Distance Learning). Prior to becoming an academic, Laura spent eight years as a practising solicitor in the City of London in banking and commercial law roles both in private practice and in the London Office of a German bank, and so brings to her teaching an extensive knowledge of how the law operates and can be applied in a global commercial context. Immediately before joining the University of Reading, Laura was an Associate Professor and Practice Head of Banking at the College of Law (now the University of Law), where she developed, and taught on, a wide range of postgraduate banking, capital markets, and commercial law courses. Her role also brought considerable managerial responsibilities, notably in relation to quality assurance issues, which will also be a priority in her role as School Director of Teaching and Learning for the School of Law at the University of Reading from January 2015.

Laura has an excellent knowledge of German, and retains an active involvement in the sphere of practical banking law through her participation in the Secured Transactions Law Reform Project. The Project is looking at the current law relating to secured transactions in the UK with a view to suggesting efficient and practical reforms to create a more modern and streamlined system. The Steering Group of the Project includes The Right Hon Lord Saville of Newdigate, Professor Hugh Beale QC and Professor Sir Roy Goode QC as well as partners from a number of leading City law firms.

Professor Ioannis Kokkoris

Professor Ioannis Kokkoris is at the Queen Mary University, in the UK, where he teaches competition law, mergers and corporate finance. Prior to that he was a Principal Case Officer/Economic Advisor at the Office of Fair Trading, UK where he dealt with leading cases such as NASDAQ/LSE, NYSE/Euronext, Global/GCap and he was a member of the drafting team of the UK Merger Guidelines. He has worked at the DG Competition European Commission, as well as the US Federal Trade Commission. His background combines both law and economics. He holds a BA in Economics (Essex, UK) and an MPhil in Economics (Cambridge, UK), as well as an LLM (Warwick, UK), a PhD in Competition Law (King's College London, UK) and has conducted research at Harvard Law School. He has authored/co-authored/edited 12 books and has written over 40 articles in leading journals. His most recent books include Antitrust Law Amidst Financial Crisis (Cambridge University Press), Competition Law and the Enforcement of Article 102 (editor, Oxford University Press). He is in the process of authoring a book on EU Merger Control (Oxford University Press) and co-authoring a book on remedies in competition law (Hart). He is the Legal Expert in a research project for the European Commission on unilateral conduct legislation across the EU. He is also an International Consultant on Competition Policy for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, currently working on training in competition law in Armenia and other countries.

Visiting Fellows

Ms Bettina Bognar

Bettina BognarBettina Bognár joined the School of Law at the University of Reading as a Lecturer in September 2014. Prior to joining the University of Reading, she worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London and gained significant experience in insolvency and restructuring related issues in a number of jurisdictions, including Central Asian, Eastern European and Northern African countries. She was a Junior Lawyer at the prestigious law firm Dentons LLP (previously known as Salans) at its Budapest office and worked in Brussels at Mathijsen Law Firm on EU-related legal issues. She is an EU qualified lawyer and holds a final certificate for her PhD.

Dr Andreas Koutras

Andreas KoutrasDr Andreas Koutras is a derivative's professional with extensive quantitative and marketing experience across CEEMEA. He has started his financial career with Lehman Brothers were he was Fixed Income quantitative and derivatives modeler. In 2006 he became the Head of Interest Rate and Hybrids Structuring for CALYON -Credit Agricole in London, covering Central banks and government debt agencies on liability management. He joined Royal Bank of Canada as derivatives structurer in 2008 responsible for interest rate solutions.

Andreas is frequently quoted by Bloomberg, and newspapers with regards to the debt crisis in Europe. He has written extensively on the Greek PSI restructuring and the use of the Collective Action Clauses (CAC) and the ECB's non-participation. He has also given many public presentations and talks on the debt crisis and writes for the Greekeconomistsforreform.

Andreas studied Astrophysics at London University and got a First class degree before moving to do Part III of the Mathematical Tripos in Cambridge. After graduation he was given a scholarship to do a PhD in London. His subject was on Einstein's General Theory of relativity and he has written articles in referred scientific journals. Andreas spend two years as a postdoctoral fellow first in Jena, Germany with the Max Planck Gesellschaft and later as a NATO fellow at London University.

Dr Kiriakos E. Papadakis

Kiriakos E. Papadakis has studied Economics in London School of Economics (B.Sc. Economics) and Cambridge University (M.Phil Economics). He has worked in various finance/banking positions ranging from Corporate Finance-Citigroup (London, M&A Financial Institutions Group team), sell-side Capital Markets-JPMorgan (London, Structuring team of Asset Backed Securities and Covered Bonds) and investment-side Panthir Capital (Hedge Fund). During his banking career he focused on FIG/Retail Banking clients and the use of wholesale funding following the regulatory procedures and changes on capital requirements (Basel agreements, Capital Requirement Directive in EU) and participated in discussions for the establishment of Covered Bond legislation in different countries. Currently focused on Investment advisory & management of existing investments ranging from finance to tourism being senior partner of Decidendi Consultants. He has been co-author in various finance articles analysing the market-macro perspective and Sovereign Debt issues in Developed countries.

Toby Hornett

Toby HornettToby Hornett is a Learning and Development Manager at Canon Europe, and assists us with careers coaching, cv reviews and interviewing skills.

Toby trained and qualified as a solicitor with Clifford Chance, moved in-house early, and joined the Canon Europe Legal Department in 2006, where he became Legal Director in 2012.

Toby speaks fluent French, was at Edinburgh University, Guildford Law school and has a MBA from INSEAD.  

Dr Teresa Silva

Dr Teresa D. Silva is a specialist in European Union Constitutional Law and Latin American commercial integration. Her focus has recently been on the impact of financial crises on constitutional rights. She holds an LLB and a PhD in Constitutional Law; and, is licensed to practice law with more than fourteen years of experience in Civil and Public Law. She is a winner of the "Estimulo" prize by the Argentine Academy of Law, and the "Acc?sit" prize in Constitutional Law, granted by the Argentine Bar Association.

She has been a Senior Lecturer in Constitutional Law (undergraduate and postgraduate courses) in different Law Schools in Argentina and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Warwick Law School. She has authored a book on the Constitution of the European Union and Latin America's Integration. She has also published over 50 articles in leading peer-reviewed journals in Latin America and Europe and is a monthly columnist on the latest European Constitutional Law Developments for an Argentine Law Review.

Dr Costanza Russo

Costanza RussoDr Costanza Russo is Senior Lecturer in Banking Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University, London. She teaches the postgraduate modules in Banking Law and in Ethics in Business and in Finance. Prior to moving to London, she has held teaching and research positions at the Universities of Bologna and Trento, Italy; and Zurich, Switzerland. Dr Russo is also Visiting Lecturer at the University of Barcelona, Spain, where she teaches regulation of financial markets in the LLM programme in International Economic Law and Policy. She holds a Degree in Law and a PhD in Economics. Before moving to Academia she was a qualified solicitor in Italy where she practiced in the areas of corporate and commercial law. Her main fields of expertise include cross border bank insolvency, international banking regulation, international finance and ethics in finance on which she has extensively presented and written on academic and practitioner journals.

Professor Kevin Lee

Professor Kevin Lee holds a BA and MA from Colgate University, an MA from the University of Chicago, and graduated cum laude with a JD from New York Law School. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Herbert J. Hutton, Jr. in the Federal District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, after which he practiced for the Japanese Law firm, Braun, Moriya, Hoashi and Kubota in Tokyo, Japan. He began his teaching career in 2000 at Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he taught several classes in commercial and transactional law, including International Business Transactions, as well as jurisprudence and comparative law. He was promoted to Associate Professor at Ave Maria. In 2007, he moved to Campbell Law School, where he continued to teach Business Associations, International Business Transactions, and various jurisprudence courses. He received tenure in 2011. Professor Lee writes and speaks in the field of Law and Society. He focuses on bringing philosophical and historical perspectives to the social and political ethics of commerce and technology. He continues to consult on legal and business issues.

Dr Peter Romary

Peter RomaryPeter Romary holds an LL.B from the University of Reading, and a JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is admitted to the bars of North Carolina, the District of Columbia, and the US Supreme Court. He is also an arbitrator, mediator, and internationally recognized expert and trainer in the areas of deception detection, interviewing, elicitation, risk analysis and management, threat management, crisis management, negotiation, and conflict resolution. He has worked and consulted for government and private sector clients and has lectured to audiences throughout the U.S. and around the world. In 2002, Peter was recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the "Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40 Years Old" in the U.S. He has been honored for his work in 14 states, and has received the highest civilian honors awarded by several of those states. In 2004 he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He is a Partner and General Counsel in QVerity, a risk management consulting firm, and serves as Managing Partner of QVerity Legal, a law firm that utilizes the proprietary QVerity analytic methodologies. He has served as adjunct faculty for several law schools and university departments.

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