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Charles D. Booth

Special Counsel
New York
T: 212.653.8192
F: 917.438.6142


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1984, cum laude
  • B.A., Yale University, 1981, summa cum laude
  • New York
  • New Jersey

Charles Booth is a special counsel in the Finance and Bankruptcy Practice Group in the firm's New York office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. 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.

Mr. Booth is a Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai`i and is the Founding Director of the Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law (IAPBL). He was a Carlsmith Ball Faculty Scholar from Oct. 2012-July 2014.  Mr. Booth returned to the University of Hawaii after teaching in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong from 1989 to 2005, where he also served as the Director of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL) from 2000-2005. He is a Co-Director of the Professional Diploma in Insolvency Course run by Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Booth’s primary research interests are in comparative and cross-border insolvency and commercial law, Hong Kong and Chinese insolvency law reform, and the development of insolvency and commercial law infrastructures in Asia, the Pacific, and Europe. He publishes extensively on these topics and has authored or co-authored more than 60 publications, which have been published in eleven jurisdictions. He has authored The 2006 PRC Enterprise Bankruptcy Law: The Wait is Finally Over, 20 Singapore Academy of Law Journal Special Issue (Insolvency Law) (2008) and co-authored A Global View of Business Insolvency Systems (2010), the Hong Kong Personal Insolvency Manual (2nd ed, 2010), and the Hong Kong Corporate Insolvency Manual (2nd ed, 2009).

He 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 has served as a consultant on insolvency and commercial law reform projects for many international organizations including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the OECD, the ABA-UNDP, the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), the International Republican Institute, and the International Insolvency Institute. He has been involved in projects in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Mongolia, and Vanuatu, and in Europe and Asia generally. Over the last few years, he co-authored a Report for the EBRD evaluating its Legal Transition Programme for the period 2001-10, co-authored a Report on the Treatment of the Insolvency of Natural Persons for the World Bank, and assisted the Mongolian Judiciary with the drafting of an insolvency handbook. He is also the Chair of the Investor Rights in Insolvency Sub-Group for an Asia-Pacific Financial Forum/Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Advisory Council project. 


  • Member, World Bank Creditors Rights Task Force – Working Group on Insolvency of Non-Bank Financial Institutions. Participated in workshop held in Washington, DC, from Jan. 12-13, 2009 and commented on Rapporteur’s draft report. (Jan. 2009-Present).
  • Consultant, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Conducted a review of corporate insolvency law reforms in Asia in the aftermath of the 1997 Asian financial crisis and prepared a policy paper, Asian Corporate Insolvency Reform: The Need for Continued Development of Effective Insolvency Infrastructures, to be discussed at upcoming meeting of the Forum on Asian Insolvency Reform in July 2009 (Dec. 2008-July 2009).
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law Expert, Asian Development Bank. Advising the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission on personal bankruptcy and corporate insolvency law reform as part of an Institutional Legal Reforms project. Drafted a diagnostic report, preliminary recommendations, and a discussion paper, and assisted in drafting new Personal, Corporate, and Cross-Border Insolvency Acts. (Mar. 2007-March 2010).
  • Member, four-person team drafting a Comparative Survey of International Commercial Enforcement & Insolvency Practices for the World Bank (June 2001).


  • Director, Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law (IAPBL)
  • Carlsmith Ball Faculty Scholar (2012-2014)
  • Chair, Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS) Committee