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Dr Michael Schillig

Michael Shillig

Reader in International Commercial & Financial Law

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Michael joined King’s College London in 2007, following three years as the DAAD Lecturer in Law at the University of Sheffield. Michael read law at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, obtained his LLM from King’s College London and his PhD from Humboldt University Berlin. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of California, Los Angeles. Michael’s research and teaching generally focus on financial law from both a regulatory and transactional perspective, as well as on corporate law, corporate insolvency law and European contract law.

In 2013, he carried out an extensive comparative Study on the Unfair Contract Terms Directive across Europe for the Office of Fair Trading (now the Competition and Market Authority), which was funded by the European Union. In his most recent book on Resolution and Insolvency of Banks and Financial Institutions (Oxford: OUP, 2016) he comprehensively analyses the newly established bank resolution frameworks in Europe and the United States. At the moment, Michael works on a book on Comparative Company Law for Oxford University Press (with C Gerner-Beuerle) with the aim of producing a systematic and coherent volume on important issues in corporate law and capital markets regulation. Michael’s previous writings have been cited widely by Advocates General at the Court of Justice of the European Union and by national courts. 

Research interests

Michael’s research interests lie broadly in the areas of financial law and regulation, corporate law, corporate insolvency law, corporate finance and European contract and consumer law. His research often takes a transnational, European or comparative perspective and applies an interdisciplinary, in particular game-theoretical approach to law. At the moment, Michael is particularly interested in corporate insolvency law and financial regulation. He welcomes requests for PhD supervision in any of his areas of interest.

Selected publications


  • M Schillig, Resolution and Insolvency of Banks and Financial Institutions (Oxford: OUP 2016) 530pp.
  • M Schillig, Konkretisierungskompetenz und Konkretisierungsmethoden im Europaeischen Privatrecht (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2009) 540pp.

Peer reviewed articles

  • M Schillig, ‘Corporate Insolvency Law in the 21st Century: State Imposed or Market Based?’ (2014) 14 (1) Journal for Corporate Law Studies 1-38.
  • M Schillig, ‘Directive 93/13 and the 'price term exemption': a comparative analysis in the light of the 'market for lemons' rationale’ (2011) International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 60 (4), 933 - 963.
  • M Schillig, ‘The Transition from Corporate Governance to Bankruptcy Governance - Convergence of German and US Law?’ (2010) European Company and Financial Law Review, 7 (1), 116-157.

View the full list of Dr Shillig’s publications.




  • Finance Credit & Security  
  • Debt Restructuring & Corporate Insolvency Law
  • Consumer Protection Law


  • Transnational & Corporate Restructuring 
  • Transnational Bank Resolution
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