Visiting teachers

Autumn 2018

George Vernon (USA)

In Autumn 2018, some classes on European and International Company Law will be taught by George Vernon, an attorney at law from Monroe, Wisconsin. He will present lectures on U.S. courts and the regulation of business, including several areas of law affecting corporations and business transactions.
Mr. George Vernon has 35 years experience as national products liability counsel, including litigation and counseling, for major farm and industrial equipment manufacturers. He also has 40 years experience in general civil litigation including products liability defense, professional liability defense, antitrust, insurance coverage, unfair competition and employment. George Vernon is a lecturer in the Senior Lawyer Program of the Center for International Legal Studies since 2010, having previously taught in Poland (2 times), Ukraine (3 times), Slovakia, Lithuania, Kosovo and Russia.
Mr. Joel will present an U.S. law overview, describe business entities and business finance in the U.S., public company disclosures and governance, creditors’ and shareholders’ rights, the treatment of non-U.S. companies, etc..

Spring 2018

Dr. Marek Beneš (Czech Republic)

In March 2018 some classes on Industrial Property Law were taught by Marek Beneš. Mr. Marek Beneš is a member of the Industrial Property Department at Metropolitan University Prague, where he teaches copyright law and copyright aspects of media communication. He graduated from the Charles University in Prague (Law) and from the Metropolitan University Prague (Legal specialisation in industrial property). He has worked at the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic and as a lawyer for the public service broadcaster Czech Radio. On behalf of the Czech Radio he participated in the Legal and Public Affairs Committee of the European Broadcasting Union. He is currently (since 2011) the Director of Metropolitan University Prague. His research interests cover copyright law, trademark law, and broadcasting law. As a Ph.D. candidate at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, he currently focuses on civil law aspects of radio broadcasting.


Autumn 2017

Felix Steffek (JK, Germany)

In September 2017, some classes on European and International Company Law and European and International Insolvency Law were taught by Dr Felix Steffek, a Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Cambridge and a Senior Member of Newnham College. His research interests cover corporate law, insolvency law, commercial law and dispute resolution law. He applies doctrinal analysis, comparison of laws, economic analysis and justice theory to develop practical solutions and advance theory. Felix Steffek has published widely in his areas of interests and is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Corporate Law Studies, the Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies and other academic journals. He has acted as policy advisor and expert for the European Commission, the European Parliament, the World Bank, the OECD, national governments, courts, parliaments and science foundations. He took his education at Cambridge (LLM), Heidelberg (PhD, undergraduate) and Hamburg (Habilitation, court clerkship).

Pierre-Henri Conac (Luxembourg)

In November 2017, a lecture on corporate groups (within the frame of the course on European and International Company Law) was presented by Pierre-Henri Conac, Professor of Commercial and Company Law at the University of Luxembourg. From 1999 to 2006, he was Associate Professor of Law at the University of Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne). He graduated from the University of Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) in business law (1991), from HEC School of Management (1990), and from the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (1994). He also earned an LL.M. from Columbia Law School (1995). His research areas deal principally with securities law, company law, and comparative law in these fields, especially with the United States. He has written numerous articles on corporate, securities and comparative law, in French, English, German and Spanish and co-edited several books with national and international publishers. He has been member of several working groups in these areas, including the EU Commission appointed Reflection Group on the Future of EU Company Law of 2011, the DG Markt Informal Company Law Expert Group (ICLEG) in 2014 and is the chair of the European Model Company Act (EMCA) Group. He has been involved in policy making in company, banking and financial markets law at the EU and at national level. Pierre-Henri Conac is managing editor of the Revue des Sociétés (Dalloz), France’s oldest corporate law review, and co-managing editor of the European Company and Financial Law Review (ECFR).


Autumn 2016

Joel M. HurwitzJoel M. Hurwitz (USA)

In October 2016 some classes on European and International Company Law were be taught by Joel M. Hurwitz, an experienced attorney at law from Chicago, U.S.. Mr. Joel presented an U.S. law overview, described business entities and business finance in the U.S., public company disclosures and governance, creditors’ and shareholders’ rights, the treatment of non-U.S. companies, etc..

Joel M. Hurwitz is a problem solver with a broad-based practice focusing on the representation of corporations, high net worth individuals and financial institutions, pertaining, inter alia, to corporate formation and operating issues. Prior to specializing in business, trusts and real estate matters, Mr. Hurwitz was a commercial litigator.

Spring 2016

Sascha.FerzAssoc. Prof. Dr. Sascha Ferz (Austria)

On 11th May 2016 visiting professor from Austria Dr. Sascha Ferz gave lecture on alternative dispute resolution and Austrian experience in mediation. His lecture was integrated into International Commercial Litigation subject.

Mr. Sascha Ferz is a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Graz in the research field Mediation. He is qualified as a lecturer in the subjects of administrative law, mediation, sociology of law, and development of law.

Since the beginning of 2011, he is also the head of the interdisciplinary Centre of Social Competence at the same university. In addition, he represents the “Universities Austria” in the advisory board for mediation of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Justice, and he works as a registered mediator (ZivMediatG), member of the editorial office of the journal “Perspektive mediation” and as a trainer, all in addition to his work at the university.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eirikur Elis ThorlakssonAssoc. Prof. Dr. Eirikur Elis Thorlaksson (Iceland)

In May 2016 visiting professor from Iceland Eirikur Elis Tholaksson gave lectures on insolvency law issues in European and International Insolvency Law subject.

Mr. Eiríkur is an associate professor at Reykjavik University, where he teaches financial law and procedural law. Also, Mr. Eiríkur is an experienced attorney with an extensive professional background in the international business environment. He graduated with a Cand. jur. degree from the University of Iceland and has an LLM from King’s College in London. He became a Supreme Court Attorney in 2008. He has recently been working with the complicated issues related to the failure of Icelandic banks as a result of the 2008 financial crisis. He has been appointed by the Icelandic government to several different committees and serves on the boards of several prominent Icelandic companies.

Autumn 2015

Marshall N. LesterMarshall N. Lester (USA)

In October 2015 some classes on European and International Corporate Law were taught by Marshall N. Lester, an experienced attorney at law from New York, U.S.. Mr. Marshall has presented lectures and workshops on U.S. law regulating corporate law issues, U.S. law firms, types and choice of business entities in U.S., relationship of shareholders, duties of directors, corporate finance (capital structure, source of funds), mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Lester is the partner at Warshaw Burstein, LLP and has over 40 years experience in the corporate arena, concentrating primarily in the areas of joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions (both domestic and international), corporate finance and securities law matters. Mr. Lester served as Managing Partner of our firm from 2000-2009 and during that same period served as our firm’s representative to the Euro-American Lawyers Group.

Jennifer L. Zordani Jennifer L. Zordani (USA)

In September 2015 the lectures of Jennifer L. Zordani, an experienced attorney at law from Chicago, the U.S., were integrated into International Banking Law subject. Ms. Jennifer has taught the U.S. legal regulations of securties transactions and legal regulation of investment activities and investment services.

Jennifer Zordani’s experience encompasses more than 20 years in the futures and securities industry. Prior to founding Zordani Law, Ms. Zordani was a Partner at Ungaretti & Harris LLP where she practiced law as a member of the firm’s Financial Services and Corporate Law departments. During her 17 years as an attorney at Ungaretti & Harris, Ms. Zordani maintained a diverse practice that encompassed a wide range of regulatory, transactional and litigation matters with a particular emphasis on issues affecting financial service companies. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Zordani was a member of the Chicago Board of Trade trading municipal bond futures. Ms. Zordani works on matters for professional trading firms, broker-dealers, investment advisers, private funds and individuals working in securities and futures firms.

Spring 2015

Prof. dr. Edward J. KellyProf. dr. Edward J. Kelly (USA)

On 23rd April and 14th May visiting professor from U.S. Edward J. Kelly gave lectures on negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. These lectures were integrated into International Commercial Litigation subject.

Edward J. Kelly is a Fulbright Scholar here in Lithuania lecturing on negotiation, mediation and arbitration. He was previously a Fulbright Scholar in Ukraine and has taught in Azerbaijan Belarus,, Kazahkstan, Krygystan and Tajikistan. He is the University Counsel of East Tennessee state and the Quillen College of Medicine and has taught as an adjunct professor at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia. Prior to coming to East Tennessee State University he was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York. Kelly worked his way through college and law school as a police officer in Buffalo New York.

Autumn 2014

Prof. dr. Hans De WulfProf. dr. Hans De Wulf (Belgium)

In September 2014 some classes on European and International Corporate Law were taught by Hans De Wulf, a professor of Ghent Law School. The professor presented an introduction to corporate governance, duties and liability of directors, shareholder activism, executive compensation, etc.

Hans De Wulf studied law at the University of Ghent and obtained an LL.M degree in German Civil Law from the University of Tübingen. After a brief stint as an attorney, he joined the Financial Law Institute as a full time researcher and obtained his Ph.D. in 2001 with a thesis on the duty of loyalty of company directors. Since 2001, he teaches several courses on Belgian and European company law, including M&A. He also teaches a course on private law and one on corporate governance at the Economics Department of University College Ghent. He has been a full professor since October 2003. Apart from numerous articles on company law, he has also written a few articles in the areas of general commercial law and international insolvency. He is currently (since May 2009) the Director of International Relations of Ghent Law School and has been the deputy director of its LL.M program in European Law for some years now. His current research focuses on shareholder suits for damages in the form of direct, derivative and class actions.

Spring 2014

Merrilee A. MacLeanMerrilee A. MacLean (USA)

In April 2014 some classes on International Commercial Litigation were taught by Merrilee A. MacLean from Washington, U.S.. Merrilee A. MacLean presented an overview of the U.S. legal system, international proceedings and enforcement of foreign judgements, insolvency laws in the United States, as well as alternative dispute resolution options in the U.S.

Being the senior counsel to the law firm, Merrilee’s practice focuses on creditors’ rights, commercial collections, and bankruptcy.  Generally representing creditors in all aspects of bankruptcy practice, she has been selected to be committee counsel in a number of large cases, been appointed trustee in chapter 11 cases, and served several years as a chapter 7 panel trustee.  She practices in bankruptcy courts throughout the country.  Active in the bar, she served on the Bankruptcy Court’s Local Rules Committee for over fifteen years, served four years on the Advisory Board of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council and was selected to serve on the Executive Committee to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.  She is currently a member of the Board of the Wombats (Women Bankruptcy Attorneys) and served on the Legislative Committee to the Washington State Bar Association for a number of years.

Autumn 2013

Bruce A. RichBruce A. Rich (USA)

In September-October 2013 some classes on European and International Corporate Law were taught by Bruce A. Rich, an experienced attorney at law from New York, U.S.. Mr. Bruce have presented to students a basic survey of the U.S. corporate/business law, together with some historical background including constitutional concepts of federalism (federal government versus states rights), as well as the regulation of foreign business in the US.

Mr. Rich in his practice focuses on corporate finance and other capital generation projects. He renders legal assistance to corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies engaged in private or public debt or equity financing and in acquisitions and dispositions of businesses, and also represents broker-dealers in corporate finance transactions. His clients range from large listed companies to venture capital startups. He also advises 1934 Exchange Act issuers with their various SEC reporting and compliance obligations, including acting as special securities counsel to some issuers. Mr. Rich also helps clients structure private investment limited partnership and offshore funds.

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