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Charles Booth

William S. Richardson School of Law
Professor of Law
Director, Institute of Asian Pacific Business Law (IAPBL)
Chair, Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Committee

Area/Regional Expertise

Pacific-Asian Commercial & Insolvency Law

PALS Courses Taught

Asian Pacific Insolvency Law


JD, Harvard Law School, cum laude
BA, Yale University, summa cum laude


Professor Booth returned to the faculty in January 2006 after spending 16 1/2 years at the University of Hong Kong. He teaches Asian-Pacific Insolvency Law, Second Year Seminar (with a focus on Asian-Pacific Commercial Law Topics), Secured Transactions. Corporate Reorganization, and Equitable Remedies. He is the Founding Director of the Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law (IAPBL).

Professor Booth practiced with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York from 1984 to 1986, taught in the faculty at the Law School from 1986-89, and taught in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong from 1989 to 2005 where has also served as the Director of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL) from 2000-2005. In Hong Kong, he was a member of the Editorial Committee of the Hong Kong Law Journal for more than a decade, a member of the Hong Kong Inland Revenue Board of Review, and a member of the Law Reform Commission of Hong Kong Sub-Committee on Debt Collection. He continues to serve as a member of the Hong Kong Deposit Protection Appeals Tribunal Panel.

Professor Booth is a leading expert on comparative and cross-border insolvency and commercial law, and is especially well known for his work on Asian law. His current research examines Hong Kong and Chinese insolvency law and reform, the role of asset management companies in China and Asia generally, and the development of insolvency and commercial law infrastructures in Asia in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis. He publishes extensively on these topics and has authored or co-authored more than 60 publications, which have been published in eleven jurisdictions.

Professor Booth is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, a Founding Member of the International Insolvency Institute, and a member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law. He is frequently invited to speak or moderate panels at conferences organized by INSOL International, the American Bar Association, the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, the International Bar Association, and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association.

Professor Booth is very active in law reform. He has served as a consultant on insolvency and commercial law reform projects sponsored by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the International Republican Institute, and the ABA-UN Development Programme International Legal Resources Center. He headed up the insolvency portion of an ADB law reform project for Vanuatu. As part of this project, a legal draftsman and Professor Booth drafted three pieces of legislation to be considered by the Vanuatu Parliament later this year. Professor Booth was a member of the four-person team on a multi-year comparative insolvency law and commercial law enforcement project for the World Bank. Recently, Booth was appointed as a member of the World Bank Creditors’ Rights Task Force – Working Group on Insolvency of Non-Bank Financial Institutions, which met in January 2009. He was also selected by the OECD to write a policy paper analyzing the results of Asian insolvency law reforms and developments over the last decade.

Selected Publications


Charles D. Booth & Edward Tyler, Hong Kong Personal Insolvency Manual (2nd edition) (Hong Kong: HKICPA, 2010).
Jay Westbrook, Charles D. Booth, Christoph Paulus & Harry Rajak, A Global View of Business Insolvency Systems (World Bank & Kluwer/Martinius, 2010).
Stephen Briscoe & Charles D. Booth, Hong Kong Corporate Insolvency Manual (2nd edition) (Hong Kong: HKICPA, 2009) (370 pp.).

Book Chapters

Charles D. Booth, Philip Smart & Stephen Briscoe, Chapter 12, Corporate Rescue in Hong Kong, in Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal (ed.), Expedited Debt Restructuring: An International Comparative Analysis, pp. 291-315 (The Netherlands: Wolters Kluwer, 2007).
Charles D. Booth, Zhang Xian Chu & Wendy Chiu, The People’s Republic of China, Chapter 18, in Collier International Business Insolvency Guide, pp. 18-1 to 18-64 (LexisNexis, 2006).


Philip Smart, Charles D. Booth & Stephen Briscoe, Investigation of Insolvent Companies in Hong Kong: A Corporate Governance Crisis, 39 HONG KONG LAW JOURNAL 59-63 (2009).
Andrew J. Halkyard & Charles D. Booth, In Memoriam: Philip St. John Smart, 1961-2008, 38 HONG KONG LAW JOURNAL 321-323 (2008); republished in 18 INTERNATIONAL INSOLVENCY REVIEW 1-3 (UK, 2009).
Charles D. Booth, The 2006 PRC Enterprise Bankruptcy Law: The Wait is Finally Over, 20 SINGAPORE ACADEMY OF LAW SPECIAL ISSUE 275-315 (2008).
Philip Smart, Stephen Briscoe & Charles D. Booth, Insolvent Liquidation in Hong Kong: A Crisis of Confidence, (2007) 4(5) INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE RESCUE 263-275 (UK).
Douglas W. Arner, Charles D. Booth, Paul Lejot & Berry F. Hsu, Property Rights, Collateral, Creditor Rights and Insolvency in East Asia, 42 TEXAS INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL 515-60 (USA, 2007).
Douglas W. Arner, Charles D. Booth, Berry F. Hsu & Paul Lejot, Property Rights, Collateral, Creditor Rights and Financial Development, 17 EUROPEAN BUSINESS LAW REVIEW 1215-1240 (The Netherlands, 2006).
Charles D. Booth, Corporate Reorganization in Hong Kong: Can Provisional Liquidation Come to the Rescue? 2(2) JOURNAL OF RESTRUCTURING FINANCE 183-188 (Singapore, 2005).
Charles D. Booth, Drafting Bankruptcy Laws in Socialist Market Economies: Recent Developments in China and Vietnam, 18(1) COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF ASIAN LAW 93-147 (USA, 2004).
Philip Smart & Charles D. Booth, Cross-Border Insolvency and the Discharge of Debts, 20(4) INSOLVENCY LAW & PRACTICE 147-150 (UK, 2004).
Charles D. Booth, Current Trends in Consumer Insolvency in Hong Kong, Chapter 9, in Johanna Niemi-Kiesilainen, Iain Ramsey &William C. Whitford (eds.), Consumer Bankruptcy in Global Perspective 187-202 (Oxford and Portland, Oregon: Hart Publishing, 2003.
Charles D. Booth, Securitization in Emerging Markets, Including Government Promotion of Securitization: A Comment on Hill and Arner, 12(2) DUKE JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE & INTERNATIONAL LAW 533-536 (USA, 2002).
Co-participant with George M. Kelakos, Saturo Murase, Arnold M. Quittner & Mark Sterling, Corporate/Debt Restructuring Roundtable: Japan, The Hong Kong SAR & the People’s Republic of China – A Roundtable Discussion, 10 AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY INSTITUTE LAW REVIEW 1-28 (2002).
Philip Smart & Charles D. Booth, Corporate Rescue: Hong Kong Developments, 10 AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY INSTITUTE LAW REVIEW 41-45 (2002). 
Zhang Xian Chu & Charles D. Booth, Chinese Bankruptcy Law in an Emerging Market Economy: The Shenzhen Experience, 15 COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF ASIAN LAW 1-32 (USA, 2001).
Philip Smart & Charles D. Booth, Reforming Corporate Rescue Procedures in Hong Kong, JOURNAL OF CORPORATE LAW STUDIES 485-499 (UK, Dec. 2001).
Zhang Xian Chu & Charles D. Booth, Beijing’s Initiative on Cross-Border Insolvency: Reflections on a Recent Visit of Hong Kong Professionals to Beijing, 31 HONG KONG LAW JOURNAL 312-323 (2001); republished in 10 AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY INSTITUTE LAW REVIEW 29-39 (USA, 2002).
Philip Smart & Charles D. Booth, Provisional Supervision and Workers’ Wages: An Alternative Proposal, 31 HONG KONG LAW JOURNAL 188-199 (2001).
Charles D. Booth, Hong Kong Insolvency Law Reform: Preparing for the Next Millennium, JOURNAL OF BUSINESS LAW 126-156 (UK, 2001).
Charles D. Booth & Philip Smart, The New Avoidance Powers under Hong Kong Insolvency Law: A Move from Territoriality to Extraterritoriality, 34 INTERNATIONAL LAWYER 255-65 (USA, 2000); republished in 17(5) NATIONAL INSOLVENCY REVIEW 54-63 (Canada, Oct. 2000).
Charles D. Booth, When Government Intervenes: Winding Up Fraudulent Companies in Hong Kong, Analysis, 29 HONG KONG LAW JOURNAL 368-92 (1999); republished in 4 RECEIVERS, ADMINISTRATORS & LIQUIDATORS QUARTERLY 41-71 (UK, 2000).
Charles D. Booth & Philip Smart, Retroactive or Prospective? Determining the Scope of Hong Kong’s New Insolvency Law, 8 INTERNATIONAL INSOLVENCY REVIEW 27-37 (UK, 1999).
Charles D. Booth, Hong Kong Corporate Rescue Proposals: Making Secured Creditors More Secure, Analysis, 28 HONG KONG LAW JOURNAL 44-59 (1998); republished in 14(4) INSOLVENCY LAW & PRACTICE 248-55 (UK, August 1998).
Charles D. Booth, Leaping forward to 1997: Bankruptcy Law Reform in Hong Kong, 6 INTERNATIONAL INSOLVENCY REVIEW 183-209 (UK, 1997).
Charles D. Booth, The Effect of 1997 on Hong Kong's Law of Transnational Corporate Insolvency, 7 AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF CORPORATE LAW 206-26 (1997).
Charles D. Booth, Living in Uncertain Times: The Need to Strengthen Hong Kong Transnational Insolvency Law, 34 COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF TRANSNATIONAL LAW 389-447 (USA, 1996).
Charles D. Booth, The Transnational Aspects of Hong Kong Insolvency Law, 2 SOUTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF LAW & TRADE IN THE AMERICAS 1-80 (USA, 1995).
Charles D. Booth, The Old Age Pension Scheme: A Tax by Any Other Name . . . , Comment, 24 HONG KONG LAW JOURNAL 319-27 (1994).
Charles D. Booth, Recognition of Foreign Bankruptcies: An Analysis and Critique of the Inconsistent Approaches of United States Courts, 66 AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY LAW JOURNAL 135-232 (1992.
Charles D. Booth, A History of the Transnational Aspects of United States Bankruptcy Law Prior to the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978, 9 BOSTON UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL 1-38 (USA, 1991).
Charles D. Booth & Donald J. Lewis, Liwan District Construction Company v. Euro-America China Property Limited, Case Digest, 6 CHINA LAW & PRACTICE 27-34 (Hong Kong, 1990).
Charles D. Booth, The Cramdown on Secured Creditors: An Impetus Toward Settlement, 60 AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY LAW JOURNAL 69-108 (1986).




Professor Booth Teaching Class In Courtyard

Professor Booth Celebrating Release of New Book