Insolvency Institute

Lydia Tsioli

PhD in Law Candidate

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Corporate Debt Restructuring
Corporate Insolvency Law
Corporate Finance Law
Economic Analysis of Law


Lydia is a PhD in Law Candidate at King's College London as well as a Qualified Lawyer (Court of Appeal) at the Athens Bar Association, Greece. From January till July 2020 she has been a Visiting Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and for this research stay she was awarded a competitive "Global Research Grant" from King's College London. Her research focuses on Corporate Debt Restructuring and she conducts her PhD as a scholar of the Insolvency Lawyers' Association (UK), the Modern Law Review, the Onassis Foundation, the A.G. Leventis Foundation and the University of Athens A. Gazis Trust. She holds an LL.M. in Commercial Law from the University of Cambridge (2016) and an LL.B. from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (Valedictorian 2015 & State Scholarships Foundation Scholar). She has also completed summer courses at the London School of Economics and the European Public Law Organization.

Lydia is the 2021 Silver Medal Winner in the International Insolvency Institute's 'Prize in International Insolvency Studies'. She is also a 'Class X' member of the Institute's 'NextGen Leadership Program'. According to the Institute, the program's members 'represent the best of the future experts in international insolvency'. Lydia is also as the holder of the 2019 First Prize by the 'Stichting Bob Wessels Insolvency Law Collection'. Her research uses a doctrinal, comparative [USA, UK, EU] and economic analysis of law approach in order to examine the notion of viability under the European directive on restructuring and insolvency.

Lydia has worked as a Visiting Lecturer at King's College London and as a Research & Administrative Assistant for a British Academy-funded research project. Prior to that, she has worked in the legal, banking and corporate services sectors (White & Case LLP, European Banking Federation, Eurobank Ergasias S.A, PricewaterhouseCoopers), at the diplomatic service of the Hellenic Parliament, as well as at the European Commission with the team that negotiated the adoption of the Proposal for a Directive on preventive restructuring frameworks and second chance (now Directive (EU) 2019/1023). The said directive has also been the focal point of Lydia's work at the European Banking Federation and now contitutes part of her PhD project.

Overall, Lydia has a strong knowledge of US, UK and EU restructuring and insolvency law, having studied and conducted research in both the US and the UK, having worked on domestic and cross-border insolvency cases in White & Case LLP in Brussels, as well as having worked on the European Commission's Directive on restructuring and insolvency.

Lydia is an active member of leading professional associations for restructuring and insolvency specialists in the US, the UK and the EU, including the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American Law & Economics Association, the Insolvency Lawyers' Association (UK), the Turnaround Management Association (UK), INSOL International, INSOL Europe and the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation.

Lydia has co-authored in the book "Non-Performing Loans and Resolving Private Sector Insolvency: Experiences from the EU Periphery and the Case of Greece" (Palgrave MacMillan 2017). She has also published in the Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, with her article been also published by the Harvard Law School Bankruptcy Roundtable, the Oxford Business Law Blog and republished by the European Association of Certified Turnaround Professionals. Lydia has also been a contributor in the "World Bank Doing Business 2019" Report regarding Belgian Insolvency Law. She is fluent in English, French, German and Greek.

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