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  Philip Wood QC (hon)

Special Global Counsel


Head, Allen & Overy Global Law Intelligence Unit

Special Global Counsel

Visiting Professor in International Financial Law, University of Oxford

Yorke Distinguished Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge

Visiting Professor, Queen Mary College, University of London

Philip Wood is one of the world's leading experts in comparative and cross-border financial law, a celebrated speaker, a well-known writer and an experienced practitioner. He works full-time for Allen & Overy in the firm's London office. He has written around 18 books, including nine volumes in the series Law and Practice of International Finance published in 2007.

His university textbook on international finance has been translated into Chinese. He was a partner in Allen & Overy from 1973 to 2002 and was, for ten years, head of Allen & Overy's Banking department. He is chairman of the Sovereign Bankruptcy Group of the International Law Association and a member of the Market Monitoring Committee of the Institute of International Finance. One of his recent assignments was acting for the steering committee of the bondholders in relation to the bankruptcy of Greece. In a recent period of about a year, he delivered about 140 lectures in 30 countries.

He is on the editorial board of many law journals and on the advisory council of law faculties at universities in India and Hong Kong.

His 40 years experience in the firm includes most aspects of international banking and finance, including financial regulation, risk management, bank loan syndications, project finance, asset-based finance, leasing, securitisations, insolvency and debt restructuring, netting, clearing houses, payment systems, trade finance, derivatives, security interests, capital market issues, sovereign insolvencies, expert witness in litigation and law reform.

He has experience and knowledge of financial law in most jurisdictions, including those in Britain and others in the European Union, Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, Russia, the Central Asian republics, India, China and other countries in South East and East Asia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, the Middle East and Arab countries, the United States, Canada, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. He is qualified as an English lawyer.

He pioneered a method of measuring financial law according to key indicators and is particularly well-known for his colour-coded global law maps. He has developed a methodology for legal risk ratings of the jurisdictions of the world with regard to both their written law and the application for the law.

He completed the London Marathon in 2005, and the Berlin Marathon in 2011 (at age 69). He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2009.

The garden at his Surrey home, designed and built by his wife, was featured in the Austrian TV programme England's Most Beautiful Gardens and the book Britain's Most Amazing Gardens.

He is interested in literature, economics, history, architecture and science, and plays popular tunes on the piano.

He was born in Livingstone, Zambia and is married with four children.

Professional qualifications

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1970

Academic qualifications

BA, University of Cape Town

MA, English, Hertford College, Oxford University, 1970

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