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Adrian Walters

Ralph L. Brill Professor of Law

Professor Adrian Walters joined IIT Chicago-Kent in 2011 where he teaches Contracts, Bankruptcy, International Bankruptcy, and Business Organizations. Born and raised in Nottingham in the United Kingdom, Walters earned his bachelor's degree from Cambridge University (1989) and a graduate diploma in law from Nottingham Trent University (1990). He practiced as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales between 1991 and 1994 at the law firm of Eking Manning, which later merged with Geldards LLP.

Before joining Chicago-Kent, Walters was the Geldards LLP Professor of Corporate and Insolvency Law at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University (NTU).  He began his academic career at NTU in 1994 as a Lecturer, becoming a Reader in Law in 2002 and a Full Professor in 2005.  Alongside his academic role he also provided consultancy service to Geldards LLP between 2005 and 2011.  He remains a Fractional Visiting Professor at NTU and a member of NTU's Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, which he helped to establish.

Walters has published widely in the areas of bankruptcy law and general corporate and commercial law. He is co-author of Directors' Disqualification and Insolvency Restrictions (Sweet & Maxwell, 3d ed. 2010) (with M. Davis-White Q.C.), a leading treatise on the U.K.'s Company Directors Disqualification Act of 1986. His articles, notes and reviews have appeared in journals including American Bankruptcy Law Journal, European Company and Financial Law Review, International Insolvency Review, Journal of Corporate Law Studies, Law Quarterly Review, and Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly. He is a past general editor of the Nottingham Law Journal and is a current editor of Company Lawyer and International Insolvency Review. He blogs, primarily for a law student audience, at The Walters Way.

He is an honorary academic member of the U.K.'s Chancery Bar Association and has served as an INSOL scholar at INSOL International, a global umbrella organization for national associations of accountants and lawyers focusing on bankruptcy and restructuring. He was the academic member of the U.K. Insolvency Service's Policy Evaluation Group between 2005 and 2011. 

Professor Walters is married to Rachel, and they have one daughter, Alice. He remains a devoted supporter of Nottingham Forest, his hometown's professional soccer team.

Selected Publications

Involuntary Bankruptcy as Debt Collection, 87 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 123 (2013) (with Jason Kilborn)

The Costs and Benefits of Secured Creditor Control in Bankruptcy: Evidence from the U.K., 8 Review of Law & Economics 101 (2012) (with John Armour & Audrey Hsu)

'Bankruptcy Tourism' under the EC Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings, 19 International Insolvency Review 181 (2010) (with Anton Smith)

>> For more, visit Professor Walters's SSRN author page.