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Associate Professor of Law and Finance, University of Reading

Dr 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. He has served 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 financial institutions 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. Guira was Co-Executive Director of the Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation at the University of Reading, and is also the Director of the Program for Energy Law and Policy as well as the Project on Financial Innovation and Shadow Banking. He is an Associate Professor of Law and Finance.

He previously served as the Director of the International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation program, as well as Associate Professor in International Economic and Financial law at Warwick University Law School, among other positions.

In addition he has spent six years (2002-8, 2011-14) as a Visiting Fellow and Senior Fellow at Queen Mary-CCLS, University of London He is the author of many publications on financial and legal topics and is currently on the Advisory Board for certain PLI conferences and has given keynote addresses at various conferences.

His current focus is on sustainable finance, oil and gas, bail outs and financial crisis US/UK securities law,, debt capital markets i cluding bond and derivatives restructuring, and financial innovation. Environmental and energy issues and relationship to finance, as well as COVID-19 restructuring challenges, are therefore core areas.


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    Associate Professor of Law and Finance, University of Reading