Professor Dr. José M. Garrido Garcia
Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha/
The World Bank
Washington DC – USA
José M. Garrido, Senior Counsel at the World Bank since 2009, and in charge of the World Bank Insolvency Initiative, is an internationally recognized specialist in company law and insolvency and creditor rights. He has led assessments of the insolvency systems of numerous countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, is also leading insolvency technical assistance programs in several developing countries, and has worked actively with UNCITRAL in the development of standards for insolvency and secured transactions. He is Professor of Commercial and Corporate Law at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain), and has practiced with one of the largest transnational law firms in Madrid, where, inter alia, he specialized in out-of-court workouts and restructuring. He has written extensively in the areas of corporate law, securities regulation, and insolvency law, where his main focus of research is the treatment of creditors in insolvency, having authored the influential “Treatise on credit priorities” Madrid, 2000. Under the auspices of the American Law Institute, he translated the Uniform Commercial Code into Spanish. He was General Counsel and Board Secretary of the Spanish Securities Commission (CNMV) from 2001 to 2005, and a member of the Spanish Anti-Money Laundering Commission (2001-2005). He is one of the drafters of the Spanish Unified Corporate Governance Code (2006). José Garrido was one of the members of the High Level Group of Company Law Experts, appointed by the European Commission in 2001, that produced a report on the Takeover Directive and a report on the policies to be pursued in European Company legislation. He was also a member of the European Corporate Governance Forum (2005-2009). He is a member of the INSOL academics group, a research associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute, and a member of the International Insolvency Institute and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He was one of the international consultants for the III-ALI project on principles for international insolvencies (2008-2012).
Mr. Garrido holds a Ph. D. in Law from the University of Bologna, Italy (with a dissertation on creditors’ protection in bankruptcy), and has also law degrees from Queen Mary & Westfield College, London University (LLM, corporate and commercial law) and from the University of Alcalá, Spain (JD). He has held visiting teaching positions at the universities of Paris-XII, Cambridge, Oxford, and Harvard.