Dr Adolfo Paolini

Reader in Commercial Law, Director LLM programmes

adolfo.paolini@buckingham.ac.uk

University of Buckingham - Dr Adolfo PaoliniLLB (Abogado / Venezuela), LLM in Commercial Law (Cardiff), PhD (Southampton), PGCer (HE)

Dr Paolini is Reader in Banking and Company Law. His area of research and interest also includes Insurance Law and Dispute Resolution. He is the co-author of  Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance the winner of the British Insurance Law Association Insurance Book Prize in 2009.

Dr Paolini holds the position of Insurance Law Consultant to the International law firm Clyde & Co LLP with presence in more than 40 jurisdictions worldwide.   Dr Paolini’s consultancy, as a member of international dispute resolution of the firm, includes advising on directors’ and officers’ liability insurance, international insurance disputes and providing guidance as to the operation of the Latin American insurance market. He is also the vice chairman of the civil liability insurance working party in the International Insurance Law Association (AIDA).

Dr Paolini has been ranked twice, as a notable practitioner and foreign expert in Banking and Finance by one of the world’s leading guides to the legal profession. Chambers and Partners

Selected Publications

Books

  • Paolini A (ed.), ‘Research Handbook on Directors’ Duties’, Edward-Elgar Publishing, 2016, ISBN 978 1 78471 151 1
  • Paolini A & Nambisan D, ‘Directors and Officers Liability Insurance’, Informa Professional London 2008. British Insurance Law Association – Prize for Best Book 2009

Chapters in Books

  • Paolini A, The Dieselgate Scandal Watched with D&O Spectacles in Frigessi M, The Dieselgate a Legal Perspective, Springer Verlag GmbH, 2016, ISBN 978-3-319-48323-8 E-Book, 2017  Pages 121-143
  • Paolini A, Contributor to Chapter 23 (Directors and Officers) in Simpson M QC, Professional Negligence and Liability Looseleaf, Informa Law, London,  2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
  • Paolini A, Chapter 15, Non- Executive Directors in Financial Institutions: How much do we need them? In Paolini A, ‘Research Handbook on Directors’ Duties’, Edward-Elgar Publishing, November 2014, ISBN 978 1 78100 440 1

Articles

  • Paolini A, Auditors’ Liability and Corporate Fraud: Does Corporate Size and Structure Matter? 10 J. Bus. & Tech. L. pages 245-266 (2015). Journal ranked 3rd worldwide  in Commercial Law
  • Paolini A, ‘Lending Sub-Prime and Advising on Financial Investments from a D&O Insurance Perspective’, JBL [2012] Issue 5, pages 432-448. Journal ranked 14th worldwide  in Commercial Law

Practice-related & other Commentary

  • Paolini A, Initial Public Offering of Securities and the D&O Insurance reaction: How big the problem is? D&O and Financial Institutions Newsletter DACBeachcroft LLP, London,  March 2015
  • Paolini A, Secret Commissions held in trust for the principal: does it affect D&O insurance? D&O and Financial Institutions Newsletter DACBeachcroft LLP, London,  September 2014
  • Paolini A & Boto K, SMEs and D&O insurance: “Prest” for cover, In-house D&O and Financial Institutions Newsletter DACBeachcroft LLP, London,  September 2014
  • Paolini A, Are D&O Policies Company’s Assets? BOFI v Babcock & Brown [2011] NSWSC 1382, In-house Publication DACBeachcroft LLP, London,  October 2012
  • Paolini A, Argentina/Peru Regulation Update, Summer 2015, Latam Insurance Review, http://www.insurancelatam.com/
  • Paolini A, Venezuela Insurance Regulation Update, Winter 2015, Latam Insurance Review, http://www.insurancelatam.com/
  • Paolini A, Venezuela Insurance Regulation Update, Summer 2014, Latam Insurance Review, http://www.insurancelatam.com/
  • Paolini A, Venezuela Insurance Regulation Update, Autumn 2013, Latam Insurance Review, http://www.insurancelatam.com/

Conferences, Seminars and Presentations

  • Interaction Between Professional Indemnity Insurance and D&O Insurance: The Battle of Policy Exclusions, Queen Mary University of London, Company Law Symposium, November 2017
  • Interaction Between Professional Indemnity Insurance and D&O Insurance: The Battle of Policy Exclusions, Asia-Pacific Insurance Conference, Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore  October 2017
  • The Dieselgate: Corporate Governance and Insurance Issues,  Climate Carbon and Cars, From Mass v EPA to our Electric Future, Conference, University of Connecticut, USA, April 2017
  • Recent D&O Developments in the Dieselgate Scandal,  Association Internationale de Droit des Assurance (AIDA),  Climate Change Working Party, Vienna, November 2016
  • Asbestos-Related Illness and its Implications for Employers, Companies and Insurers. Aston Law School, Research Seminar Series, October 2016
  • New UK Developments in Employment Liability Insurance, conference paper,  Finnish Insurance Lawyers’ Association and Association Internationale de Droit des Assurance (AIDA), Civil Liability and Climate Change Working Parties, Helsinki, 2016
  • The VW Scandal Watched with D&O Spectacles, conference paper, Association Internationale de Droit des Assurance (AIDA), Civil Liability and Climate Change Working Parties, Paris 2015
  • Is the UK Supreme Court reshaping Civil Liability Insurance?, Keynote Speaker, New Zealand Insurance Law Association Annual Conference, Auckland, September 10th 2015
  • The effective use of the illegality defence: lessons from Bilta, University of Auckland, New Zealand, LLM Seminar Series, September  9th 2015
  • Lifting the Veil of Incorporation and D&O Insurance, DACBeachcroft LLP  Summer  Seminar, London, September 11th  2014
  • The Insured Rights to recover for sums paid and costs incurred: actual or arguable Liability? , conference paper, Association Internationale de Droit des Assurance (AIDA), Civil Liability Working Party, Athens May 2014
  • D&O insurance in Times of Economic Trouble II, conference paper, Association Internationale de Droit des Assurance (AIDA), Civil Liability Working Party, Lisbon May 2013
  • Directors’ And Officers’ Liability Insurance in China: some tips for the market, conference paper, University of Southampton, Insurance Law Research Group, April 2013
  • Misrepresentation and Bankers’ Liability: how naive is the Investor?, Guest Lecturer, University of Plymouth, UK, January 2013
  • Are you Being Served? Exploring Directors and Officers Insurance, Guest Speaker, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, London, October  2012
  •  D&O Liability Insurance in times of Economic Trouble, IV Association Internationale de Droit de Assurances (AIDA), European Conference, Civil Liability Working Party, London, September 2012
  • Venezuelan Insurance Market update, Guest Speaker, DACBeachcroft LLP, annual clients’ event, May 2012
  • Disclosure and Misrepresentation in the D&O Insurance Market, First Insurance Contract Law Reform Conference, University of Southampton Insurance Law Research Group, April 2012
  • D&O Current Issues. Guest Speaker, DACBeachcroft LLP  Spring Seminar, London, March 2012
  • Current and Future D&O Issues. Guest Speaker. McClure Naismith LLP. Glasgow Office, November 2011
  • Current and Future D&O Issues. Guest Speaker. McClure Naismith LLP. London Office, September 2011
  • Non- Executive Directors in Financial Institutions: How much do we need them? Society of Legal Scholars UK and Ireland, Annual Conference, Cambridge UK, September 2011.
  • Dear Auditors: If You Discover My Corporate Fraud Let Me Know It, Otherwise I’ll Sue You! Society of Legal Scholars UK and Ireland, Annual Conference, Southampton UK, September 2010.
  • Dear Auditors: If you do not discover my corporate fraud I will sue you. Annual Meeting, Law and Society Association, Chicago, USA,  May 2010
  • “The Present and Future of D&O Policies”, Guest Speaker, Travelers Insurance Company, London, UK  May 2010
  • D&O Insurance: Directors’ Exposures to third-party claims, Guest Speaker, Insurance Law Centre, University of Connecticut, United States, April 2010
  • Being a Bank Director: A Double Edge Knife. Conference Paper. Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Keele University, UK, September 2009
  • Does Insurance Cover Bankers’ Misjudgement? – We may need tighter rules in Banking Corporate Governance. Conference Paper, Annual Meeting, Law and Society Association, Denver, US May 2009
  • Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance Update. Insurance Online Congress Lecture, Informa Law, London, UK, April 2009
  • Assessing Bankers’ Duty of Care: Have They Gone Too Far? , Public Lecture, University of Buckingham Alumni Association (UBAA) Launch: Innovative Leadership in Challenging Times. Buckingham, UK, April 2009
  • Directors of Banks: Interaction between duty and liability from a D&O perspective, British Insurance Law Association (BILA), Lunchtime Lecture, The Old Library Lloyd’s, London, UK, April 2009

Arbitration Clauses in Company Constitution, Joint Annual Meeting, Law and Society Association and Canadian Law and Society Association, Montreal, Canada, May 2008

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