Faculty Profile

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Yong Pung How School of Law


Full-time Faculty

Associate Professor of Law; Lee Kong Chian Fellow

  • JSM, Stanford University
  • MSc in Law and Finance, University of Oxford
  • PhD in Law, CEU San Pablo University
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Granada
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Granada

Academic Positions Held

Current Appointment:

  • Associate Professor of Law, Singapore Management University, January 2023- Present
  • Head, Singapore Global Restructuring Initiative, SMU Centre for Commercial Law in Asia, May 2020-present

Previous Appointment:

  • Assistant Professor of Law, Singapore Management University, August 2018- December 2022.
  • Visiting Scholar, Becker-Friedman Institute for Economics, University of Chicago, June 2022.
  • Fellow, Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems and Program on Corporate Governance, September 2016-July 2018.
  • Visiting Researcher, Columbia Law School, January 2014-March 2015.
  • Advisor, Ministry of Justice, Government of Spain, June 2015-May 2018.
  • Visiting Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg, Germany, March-June 2015.
  • Lecturer in Comparative Corporate Law, University of Los Andes, Summer School, 2015-2019.
  • Lecturer in Business Law, CEU San Pablo University, Madrid, Spain, September 2010-September 2014.
  • Partner, Corporate, Finance & Restructuring Department, Dictum Abogados, September 2010-July 2018.
  • Auditor, Audifaith Europe, July 2008-September 2010

Other Positions

  • Visiting Professor, Reichman University, Harry Radzyner Law School, 2023.
  • Member, INSOL International, Governance Task Force, 2022-present
  • Member, Advisory Panel for work relating to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Working Group V (Insolvency), Singapore Ministry of Law, December 2021-present
  • Member, Drafting Team, Asian Principles of Business Restructuring, International Insolvency Institute and Asian Business Law Institute, 2021-present
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute, 2021-present
  • Member, Academic Steering Committee, INSOL International, 2020-present
  • Member, OECD-Latin America Corporate Governance Roundtable, 2017-present
  • Member, International Insolvency Institute NextGen Group, 2017-present
  • Director, Ibero-American Institute for Law and Finance, 2015-present
  • Member, American Law and Economics Association, 2014-present
  • Academic Member, European Corporate Governance Institute, 2013-present
  • Member, Spanish Bar Association, 2009-present
  • Member, Spanish Registry of Qualified Auditors, 2009-present

Honours & Awards

  • American Bankruptcy Institute’s 40 under 40 Award, 2021
  • Master of Laws Teaching Award, SMU Yong Pung How School of Law, 2021
  • Research grant for project on the use of litigation funding in insolvency proceedings, INSOL International and University of South Australia, 2021
  • Lee Kong Chian Fellowship, Singapore Management University, 2021
  • Research Grant, Ministry of Law, 2020
  • Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award, SMU School of Law, 2019
  • Silver Medal in International Insolvency Studies, International Insolvency Institute, 2017
  • Rising Star of Corporate Governance Award, Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership, Columbia University, 2016
  • Cruz de San Raimundo de Peñafort (Medal of honor granted by the Spanish Ministry of Justice for contributions to the development of law in Spain), 2016
  • Talentia Fellowship to pursue studies at the University of Oxford, Andalusian Government, 2013
  • FPU Fellowship for Young Researchers, Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, 2010-2014

Courses Taught in SMU

  • Comparative Corporate Governance
  • International and Comparative Insolvency Law
  • The Law and Finance of Corporate Transactions
  • Securities and Financial Regulation
  • Company Law

Research Areas / Areas of Specialisation

  • Corporate insolvency law
  • Business restructuring
  • Corporate governance
  • Capital markets and financial regulation
  • Law and finance
  • Fintech

Selected Publications

  • Aurelio Gurrea-Martinez, ‘The Future of Insolvency Law in a Post-Pandemic World’ (2022) International Insolvency Review, 31(3) International Insolvency Review, pp. 385-402.
  • Aurelio Gurrea-Martinez, ‘The Rise of Pre-Packs as a Restructuring Tool: Theory, Evidence and Policy’ (2022), European Business Organization Law Review.
  • Aurelio Gurrea-Martinez, ‘Towards an Optimal Model of Directors' Duties in the Zone of Insolvency: An Economic and Comparative Approach’ (2021) 21 (2) Journal of Corporate Law Studies, pp. 365-395
  • Aurelio Gurrea-Martinez, ‘Implementing an Insolvency Framework for Micro and Small Firms’ (2021) 30 International Insolvency Review, pp. 46-66. 
  • Aurelio Gurrea-Martínez, ‘Theory, Evidence, and Policy on Dual-Class Shares: A Country-Specific Response to a Global Debate’ (2021) 22 European Business Organization Law Review, pp. 475-515.
  • Aurelio Gurrea-Martínez, ‘The Future of Reorganization Procedures in the Era of Pre-Insolvency Law’ (2020) 21(4) European Business Organization Law Review, pp. 829-854.
  • Aurelio Gurrea-Martínez, ‘Towards a Credible System of Independent Directors in Controlled Firms’ (2020) 35 (1) Australian Journal of Corporate Law, pp. 31-55.
  • Aurelio Gurrea-Martínez, ‘Insolvency Law in Times of COVID-19’ (2020) 41 (7) The Company Lawyer, pp. 191-198.
  • Aurelio Gurrea-Martinez (with Martin Gelter), ‘Addressing the Auditor Independence Puzzle: Regulatory Models and Proposal for Reform’ (2020) 53 (3) Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, pp. 787-827.
  • Aurelio Gurrea-Martínez (with Nydia Remolina), ‘The Law and Finance of Initial Coin Offerings’, in Chris Brummer (ed.), Cryptoassets: Legal, Regulatory and Monetary Perspectives, Oxford University Press, pp. 117-156 (2019).
  • Aurelio Gurrea-Martínez, ‘The Avoidance of Pre-Bankruptcy Transactions: An Economic and Comparative Approach’ (2018) 93(3) Chicago-Kent Law Review, pp. 711-650.
  • Aurelio Gurrea-Martínez, ‘Re-examining the law and economics of the business judgment rule’ (2018) 18(2) Journal of Corporate Law Studies, pp. 417-438.

For additional publications, please see SSRN and curriculum vitae.

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