Dr. Watters is an Assistant Professor in Business Law and Corporate Governance at Nottingham Business School China. Before joining NUBS China, he was the Yong Pung How Research Fellow at Singapore Management University School of Law’s Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia (“CEBCLA”). Dr Watters completed a JD at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law before joining the California bar and subsequently completed a PhD at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research is focused on commercial law, where his has published on corporate insolvency, bankruptcy, cross-border insolvency, mergers & acquisitions and piercing the corporate veil.
- Corporate Restructuring and Governance
- Business Law A
- Business Law B
Asian Journal of Law and Society, Shanghai, China, 2013- current
China Oceans Law Review, Shanghai, China, 2011
Foreign Language Editor
West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, San Francisco, CA, 2010-2011
Staff Editor (University of California, Hastings College of the Law)
- Corporate Insolvency
- Company Law
- Corporate Governance
“SPVs as a Barrier to Cross-Border Insolvency Proceedings: Lessons from Indonesia” 32 Australian Journal of Corporate Law 241 (2017) (ABDC Level A).
“Singapore Amends Companies Act to Strengthen its Role as a Regional Restructuring Hub” 38 Company Lawyer 293 (2017) (ABDC Level B).
“Understanding the Presumption of Innocence in China: Institution and Practice,” in Chinese Legal Reform and the Global Legal Order, Yun Zhao & Michael Ng eds. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) (2017 forthcoming) (with Lin Xifen).
“Cross Border Insolvency Law: Principles and Practice” Journal of International Banking and Financial Law 513 (September 2017) (Book Review).
“Guidelines for Cooperation and Communication Between Courts in Cross-Border Insolvency Matters: Too Far or Not Far Enough?” 38(6) Company Lawyer 169 (2017) (ABDC Level B).
“Cross-Border Insolvency Law” 32 Australian Journal of Corporate Law 57 (2017) (Book Review) (ABDC Level A).
“Singapore M&A Code Amended to Clarify Provisions and Establish an Auction System,” 37(10) Company Lawyer 327 (2016) (ABDC Level B).
“Do All Roads Lead to China? Chinese Commercial Law Scholarship in the Past Decade (Part 1)” The China Review, Vol. 16, No. 2 (Spring 2016) (with Shen Wei) (SSCI; ABDC Level C).
“Do All Roads Lead to China? Chinese Commercial Law Scholarship in the Past Decade (Part 2)” The China Review, Vol. 16, No. 3 (Fall 2016) (with Shen Wei) (SSCI; ABDC Level C).
“Does the Housing Market and Absence of Consumer Bankruptcy Protection Make Interpretation (III) of the Chinese Marriage Law Beneficial to Women, Not Men?” 3 Property Law Journal 101 (2016) (with Charlie Xiao-chuan Weng).
“Empowering States to Set the Priority of Environmental Claims in Bankruptcy,” 31(1) Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law 55 (2015).
"Is China Creating A New Business Order? -- Rationalizing China’s Extraterritorial Attempt to Expand the Veil-Piercing Doctrine," Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business, Vol. 35 (2015) (with Shen Wei) (SSCI; ABDC Level B).
“Piercing the Corporate Veil in Singapore and Hong Kong” QMUL – SMU Research Forum, London, UK, June 8, 2017. Hosted by Queen Mary University of London
“Cross-Border Insolvency in SE Asia: Procedural Exclusion as a Barrier to Coordination” Corporate Law Teachers Association Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, February 5-7, 2017. Hosted by Griffith University.
“Cross-Border Insolvency in SE Asia” Asian Financial Law and Regulation, Singapore, December 7, 2016. Hosted by the University of Melbourne and Singapore Management University.
“Bankruptcy Penalty Provisions: Alleviating Risk or Harming Debtors?” Personal Insolvency Conference, Brisbane, Australia, September 7-9, 2016. Hosted by Queensland University of Technology.
“Chinese Derivative Suits: An Incompatible Adoption of Foreign Law” Conference on Interdisciplinary Business & Economics Research, Bangkok, Thailand, June 5-7, 2014. Hosted by SIBR – Thammasat University Faculty of Economics.
“Empowering States to Set the Priority of Environmental Claims in Bankruptcy” U21 Doctoral Forum, Shanghai, China, April 26, 2014. Hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.