Adrian Walters

Professor Adrian Walters
Professor of Law
Director of the Program in Business Law
565 W. Adams St., Room 819
Chicago, IL 60661


  • G.D.L. (Graduate Diploma in Law), Nottingham Polytechnic
  • B.A., Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge


Professor Adrian Walters joined Chicago-Kent in 2011. He teaches Contracts, Bankruptcy, International Bankruptcy, and a range of other commercial law subjects. Born and raised in Nottingham in the United Kingdom, Professor 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, Professor 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.

Professor 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, International Insolvency Review, and Global Restructuring Review

He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, a member of the International Insolvency Institute, and an honorary academic member of the U.K.'s Chancery Bar Association. He 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. 

He is twice winner of Chicago-Kent's Student Bar Association Professor of the Year (2014–15 and 2016–17), and a winner of the Chicago-Kent College of Law Excellence in Teaching Award (2018) and IIT's Michael J. Graff Teaching and Advising Innovation Award (2021).

In 2020, Walters was named to the inaugural Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers list.

Selected Publications

European Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings in Collier International Business Insolvency Guide 43.01 - 43.14 (2021) (with Ian F. Fletcher).

The Characterization of Pre-insolvency Proceedings in Private International Law, European Business Organization Law Rev (2020)

Contracts: A Context and Practice Casebook (Carolina Academic Press, 3d ed., 2020) (with Michael Hunter Schwartz).

Modified Universalisms & the Role of Local Legal Culture in the Making of Cross-Border Insolvency Law, 93(1) American Bankruptcy Law Journal 47 (2019).

The Impact of Brexit on Judicial Cooperation in Cross-Border Insolvency and Restructuring in the European Union, (2018) 2 Rivista Orizzonti del Diritto Commerciale. 

United States’ Bankruptcy Jurisdiction Over Foreign Entities: Exorbitant or Congruent?, 17(2) Journal of Corporate Law Studies 367 (2017).

Disqualification of Those Engaged in the Management of Companies and Financial Institutions, in Research Handbook on International Financial Crime (Barry Rider ed., 2015).  

Contracts: A Context and Practice Casebook (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed., 2015) (with Michael Hunter Schwartz).

Statutory Erosion of Secured Creditors' Rights: Some Insights from the United Kingdom, 2015 University of Illinois Law Review 543. 

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).

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