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Prof. Charles D. Booth


Current Position

Professor & Dir, Institute of Asian Pacific Business Law
University of Hawaii
William S. Richardson School of Law
2515 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822

Tel: 808-956-5355
Fax: 808-956-7623

Class: XI (2000)Circuit: Ninth


Yale University, B.A., History, summa cum laude (1981)
Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude (1984)

Professional Career

Associate Professor (2006-07); Professor (2007-); Carlsmith Ball Faculty Scholar (2012-2014), William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Senior Advisor, SNR Denton (2009-2013)
Director, Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law (2006-)
Director, Asian Institute of International Financial Law (2000-05)
Co-Designer and Co-Director, Hong Kong ICPA Diploma in Insolvency Course (1999-06; 2009-)
Associate Professor (1997-05); Acting Dean (1999); Associate Dean (1996-99); Lecturer in Law (1989-97), University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law
Assistant Professor of Law, The William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii (1986-89)
Of Counsel, Gelber & Gelber, Honolulu, Hawaii (1987-88)
Associate, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New York, New York (1984-86)
Special Counsel, Sheppard, Mullin Richter & Hampton (2015-2016)
Senior Advisor, Burford Capital (2014-)


World Bank, Member of the four-person team drafting the World Bank's Report on the Treatment of the Insolvency of Natural Persons (2011-2013)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Member of the four-person team evaluating the EBRD's Legal Transition Programs (2011-12)
New York Bar (1985)
American Bar Association (1985)
New Jersey Bar (1986)
International Bar Association (1987)
INSOL International (1997)
American Bankruptcy Institute (1997)
Hong Kong Insolvency Interest Group (1997)
International Insolvency Institute (2001)
World Bank Project for the Chinese State Economy and Trade Commission on the out-of-court restructuring of State-Owned Enterprises, Co-Manager (2001-02)
World Bank, Member of the four-person team drafting the Technical Paper on the World Bank's Insolvency Principles and Guidelines (2001-09)
Local Insolvency Consultant for Hong Kong Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines (1998-00)
Bankruptcy Expert, American Bar Association-United Nations Development Programme, International Legal Resources Center, advised the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice on insolvency law reform, Hanoi, Vietnam (2002)
Foreign Expert, International Republican Institute, Advising the Finance and Economic Committee of the PRC National People's Congress on insolvency law reform, Beijing, China (2002)
International Insolvency Review, Editorial Board (2005-)
International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law (2006)
Advisor as Bankruptcy and Insolvency Expert, Asian Development Bank Funded Project for The Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (2007-10)
World Bank, Creditors Rights Task Force, Working Group on Insolvency of Non-Bank Financial Institutions (2009-)
World Bank Group, Senior Insolvency Expert, World Bank Group project in Laos (2018-)
World Bank Group, Senior Evaluation Expert, Vietnam Debt Resolution Program (2016-2017)


"Rescuing Hong Kong Companies with Provisional Supervision: Proposals that Workers and Management Can Support," 40 Hong Kong Law Journal 271-292 2010 Co-author (with Trevor N. Lain)
"A Global View of Business Insolvency Systems," World Bank & Kluwer/Martinius 2010 Co-author (with Jay Westbrook, Christoph Paulus and Harry Rajak)
"Hong Kong Personal Insolvency Manual," Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants 2010 Co-author (with ELG Tyler)
"Hong Kong Corporate Insolvency Manual," 3rd edition LExisNexis, Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants 2015 Co-author (with ELG Tyler)
"The 2006 PRC Enterprise Bankruptcy Law: The Wait is Finally Over," 20 Singapore Academy of Law Special Issue 275-315 2008 Author
"Insolvent Liquidation in Hong Kong: A Crisis of Confidence," 4(5) International Corporate Rescue 263-275 2007 Co-author (with Philip Smart and Stephen Briscoe)
"Corporate Rescue in Hong Kong," Chapter 12 in Expedited Debt Restructuring: An International Comparative Analysis, Kluwer 2007 Co-author (with Philip Smart and Stephen Biscoe)
"Property Rights, Collateral Creditors' Rights and Insolvency in East Asia," 42 Texas International Law Journal 2-43 2007 Co-author (with Douglas Arner et al)
"The People's Republic of China," Collier International Business Insolvency Guide pp. 18-64 2006 Co-author (with Zhang Xian Chu and Wendy Chiu)
"Property Rights, Collateral, Creditors' Rights and Financial Development," 17 European Business Law Review 1215-1240 2006 Co-author (with Douglas Arner et al)
"Corporate Reorganization in Hong Kong: Can Provisional Liquidation Come to the Rescue?" 2(2) Journal of Restructuring Finance 183-188 2005
"Drafting Bankruptcy Laws in Socialist Market Economies: Recent Developments in China and Vietnam," 18(1) Columbia Journal of Asian Law 93-147 2005
Hong Kong Personal Insolvency Manual, Hong Kong Society of Accountants 2003 Co-author (with Philip Smart and Stephen Briscoe)
Hong Kong Corporate Insolvency Manual, Hong Kong Society of Accountants 2002 Co-editor (with Philip Smart and Stephen Briscoe)
"Current Trends in Consumer Insolvency in Hong Kong," Chapter 9 in Johanna Niemi-Kiesilainen, Iain Ramsey, and William C. Whitford (eds.), Consumer Bankruptcy in Global Perspective 187-202 Hart Publishing, 2003
"Chinese Bankruptcy Law in an Emerging Market Economy: The Shenzhen Experience," 15 Columbia Journal of Asian Law 1-32 2001 Co-author (with Zhang Xian Chu)
"Reforming Corporate Rescue Procedures in Hong Kong," Journal of Corporate Law Studies 485-499 2001 Co-author (with Philip Smart)
"Hong Kong Insolvency Law Reform: Preparing for the Next Millennium," Journal of Business Law 126-156 2001
"The New Avoidance Powers Under Hong Kong Insolvency Law: A Move from Territoriality to Extraterritoriality," 34 International Lawyer 255-65 2000 Co-author (with Philip St. J. Smart)
"Retrospective or Prospective?: Determining the Scope of Hong Kong's New Insolvency Law," 8 International Insolvency Review 27-37 1999 Co-author (with Philip St. J. Smart)
"Living in Uncertain Times: The Need to Strengthen Hong Kong Transnational Insolvency Law," 34 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 389-447 1996
Hong Kong Commercial Law: Current Issues and Developments Hong Kong University Press 1996 Editor


Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany, Max Kade Visiting Professor (2016)