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Dr Lydia Tsioli is a Teaching Assistant at King's College London and a Qualified Lawyer (Court of Appeal, Greece). She has been awarded a PhD in Law (Corporate Debt Restructuring & Insolvency) by King's College London.

Her PhD thesis constitutes, what is believed to be, the first comprehensive analysis of corporate debt restructuring law through the prism of the notion of viability. For this purpose, the thesis conducts an in-depth examination of US, UK and EU restructuring law, covering therefore most key jurisdictions in the field.

As a recognition of her research, Lydia was awarded the International Insolvency Institute's 2021 Silver Medal in its "Prize in International Insolvency Studies" and became a "Class X" member of the Institute's "NextGen Leadership Program", which recognises "the best of future experts in international insolvency". Moreover, her research has been recognised by the Insolvency Lawyers' Association (UK), which awarded her its sole scholarship for 2019-20. Lydia is also the 2019 First Prize Winner of the "Stichting Bob Wessels Insolvency Law Collection".

For her PhD research, Lydia has also received scholarships from the Modern Law Review (2021-22), King's College London (Global Research Grant, 2019), the Onassis Foundation (2018-22), the A.G. Leventis Foundation (2018-21) and the University of Athens A. Gazis Trust (2018-19). Lydia has been invited to present her research at INSOL International, INSOL Europe, the University of Oxford and the University of Leiden. She has been published in the Journal of Corporate Law Studies, the Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, INSOL Europe and Palgrave MacMillan. She has also been a contributor to the "World Bank Doing Business 2019" Report regarding Belgian Insolvency Law.

Lydia has studied and conducted research in English, American and European restructuring and insolvency law at the University of Cambridge, King's College London, the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Athens. More specifically, she has been a Visiting Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2020, 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 (2013).

Lydia has taught finance theory, debt finance and secured lending at King's College London and is a "2023 King's Education Award" Nominee for excellence in teaching and impact on student experience. Lydia has also worked as Research & Administrative Assistant for a British Academy-funded research project. Prior to that, she worked on corporate finance law, corporate debt restructuring and insolvency issues at White & Case LLP (Brussels), the European Commission and the European Banking Federation. At the European Commission and the European Banking Federation specifically, Lydia worked on the Directive on restructuring and insolvency, which later formed part of her doctoral research. Finally, Lydia has also worked in one of the four systemic banks in Greece (Eurobank Ergasias S.A.), in PricewaterhouseCoopers S.A. and in the Hellenic Parliament's diplomatic service, having therefore over the years gained exposure to practice (legal, banking and corporate services sectors), but also to academia and policymaking at European and national institutions.

She 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.

She speaks English, French, German and Greek.

Research interests (short)

  • Corporate Debt Restructuring
  • Corporate Insolvency Law
  • Corporate Finance Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Economic Analysis of Law
Awards & Invited Presentations
  • 2021 Silver Medal Winner - International Insolvency Institute

            - 2021 III Prize in International Insolvency Studies

  - Medal Award ceremony and short presentation of article 

    (10:05 -13:36 mins)

            - International Insolvency Institute profile

  • Insolvency Lawyers' Association (UK) 2019-20 Scholar
            - ILA research interview
  • University of Oxford, Commercial Law Centre - Invited Presentation (14 June 2022): "Rescue financing under a 'viability spotlight'"
  • INSOL Europe Academic Forum Conference 2019, Copenhagen - Invited Presentation (25-26 September 2019): "Viability test in a European Corporate Debt Restructuring Framework" (Edwin Coe LLP - INSOL Europe Travel Award Recipient)


Academic experience

  • Teaching Assistant at the LL.B. module "Finance, Credit and Security" (Jan - May 2023)

 - "2023 King's Education Award" Nominee for excellence in teaching and impact on student experience

  • Teaching Assistant at the LL.B. module "Finance, Credit and Security" (Sept 2019 - Jan 2020)

LL.B. module "Finance, Credit and Security" : Introduction to principles of finance theory and its practical application in debt finance and secured lending. Focus on modern lending techniques (term loans, lines of credit, syndicated loans) and debt securities (bonds, notes, hybrid instruments), as well as mechanisms for securing repayment (security interests and quasi-security).

  • Research & Administrative Assistant, British Academy-funded research project "The Too-Big-To-Fail Problem and the Blockchain Solution" (Oct - Dec 2020)



  • Lydia Tsioli, "Rescue financing under a 'viability spotlight'" (2023) 22 (2) Journal of Corporate Law Studies 843
  • Lydia Tsioli, "Viability Assessment in Corporate Debt Restructuring: Optimizing the Filtration Effect of the European Directive on Restructuring and Insolvency" (2021) 30 (5) Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice 397.


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