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Jorge Guira

Jorge Guira

Areas of interest

  • Sustainable Law and Finance (Climate Finance. Law and Economics)
  • Energy Transition (Oil and Gas, Renewables, Nuclear)
  • Financial Law and Regulation (Securities Law, Sustainable Reporting) 
  • ESG, Corporate Law and Finance (Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Family Offices) 
  • Banking (International Regulation, Shadow, Innovation, Debt and Financial crisis, AML-Financial Crime, Restructuring and its Ecosystem) 
  • Project and Infrastructure Finance (Environmental, and Financial)
  • Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration and Mediation; Appellate law and Complex Litigation including Group and Class Actions; Litigation Finance and Third Party Funding

Teaching

Current modules include Energy Law and Regulation (Climate Finance, Project finance, Arbitration and Litigation), Renewable Energy and Power (Sustainable Reporting and Climate Finance), Oil and Gas Contracts (Structuring, Regulation, and Litigation) Oil and Gas Commercial and Environmental Issues (Architecture, Core Law, Energy Transition, and Decommissioning); Mergers and Acquisitions (Private Equity and Venture Capital, Corporate Governance and ESG, Investment Funds and Activism, Restructuring)

Have taught Project Finance, Corporate Governance, International Banking, and International Investment Law, Valuation, Private Equity, Structured Financial Products, Trade Finance, Loans and Bonds, and Public Utility Regulation, among others. 

Supervise or Co Supervise PhD’s on Nuclear Regulatory Law, Third Party funding, Renewable energy and Project finance, Developing Country Finance issues. Examiner and Supervisor of a Number of Doctoral Thesis projects.   

Distance learning experience for over eight years in delivering global LLM and executive education programs at Reading and with corporate, energy, banking, and law firm programs. 

Structured, negotiated and implemented various Global International Partnerships and currently do so for PG programs. 

Research centres and groups

  • Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation (CCLFR)
  • Program on Energy and Climate Finance and Reporting (PECFR)
  • (Regulatory alignment, Climate Disclosure, TCFD, IOSCO, Sustainability Standards, Climate Tech, Decommissioning, Energy Transition, Scope 360) 
  • Program on Financial Innovation, Banking, and Arbitrage (PFIBA)
  • (ISDA, ICMA, Cryptocurrency, FinTech, Development Banks, Capital Markets, Shadow, Neurotechnology)
  • (Formerly Co-Director Centre for Reading CCLFR and for Warwick Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law)

Background

Associate Professor Jorge Guira’s core areas of expertise and current interest is law and finance. This includes sustainable and climate law and finance and reporting, the financial and environmental aspects of the energy transition, and the regulatory/litigation and dispute resolution/transactional nexus in these areas. He has been a practicing lawyer and advisory consultant and expert trainer on transaction structuring, regulatory compliance, and significant arbitration and litigation matters for over 30 years with over 200 blue chip clients including Tier One banks, and major energy firms, in over 70 countries. This involves core areas of oil and gas, renewable energy, mergers and acquisitions, financial regulation and reporting-especially as it pertains to climate and ESG. This engages the comparative and international dimensions between the US, the UK, and the EU, and developing countries. His professional background includes three key tracks. One, a focus on International financial and environmental matters, building on appellate/complex case advocacy and arbitration in securities fraud, mass environmental tort, trade finance and commodities fraud, sustainable finance, and renewables, project finance. Two, the structuring, drafting and deconstruction, of corporate and investment fund transactions and attending to disclosure and reporting obligations for arbitrage, alignment, or ambiguity purposes. Three, structuring derivative, and secured financial products. Director consultancy includes IMF-World Bank Global Bank Insolvency Project. Ongoing emphasis is sustainable and climate finance and reporting. The core questions are: Who will pay? And how effectively will it be reported and assessed, given evolving metrics.

Academic qualifications

  • PGCE (Higher Education Pedagogy)-University of Warwick 
  • PhD (International Banking and Finance/International Trade Nexus); LLM (International Banking and Financial law)-Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
  • JD (International Commercial Law, and Law and Economics Focus), PhD study (Comparative Legal and Economic History) MA (Public Administration, Finance, and Policy), BA (High Honours Top 1%-History Major (Nuclear Strategy Thesis) and Economics, and Politics (Minor)

Awards and honours

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) 
  • Cop26 Universities Network Expert 
  • Teacher of the Year Finalist (RUSU) 
  • Florida Bar member since 1991; ABA member 
  • Advisor to Summit of the Americas 
  • Best paper (UF JLPP Law and Economics)

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Financial Regulation International
  • Law and Business Review of the Americas (ABA, SMU)
  • UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment Consortia (UKCGFI) 
  • (Environmental Analytics/Software Development (SAAS)/Space and Alternative Asset Management) 
  • Space 4Climate Contributor (TCFD)
  • External Examiner for LLM programs (Energy, International Banking, Corporate, Investment Law)   
  • Visiting Lecturer/Professor/Senior Fellow/Fellow/Executive Educator-Moscow State Law, QMUL/University of London Law, Warwick BS, Grenoble Grande Ecole Business, Strathmore Law and Business, SMU Law, University of Chicago Business School (Cardean program), University of Florida Institute of Government 
  • International Tax Reporter (formerly Editor In Chief)
  • Hedge Fund Society (Board of Advisors) 
  • ABA Barrister (Editorial Board Member)
  • Society of Legal Scholars

Selected publications

Further list of publications (over 50), speeches, conference presentations and publications available on request.

Other

Fluent in Spanish. Read and speak Portuguese. 

Love Dogs. Play Chess-but not with the Dogs. 

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