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Professor Francisco Reyes is a member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law (IACCL).
Bachelor of Laws from Javeriana University in Bogotá, Master of Laws from the University of Miami School of Law and PhD in Law from the University of Tilburg (The Netherlands). He also holds a diploma in Portuguese Culture from the University of Lisbon (Portugal).
Mr. Reyes has been a Visiting Professor at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University, Stetson College of Law (Saint Petersburg, Fl.), University of Fribourg (Switzerland), Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Universidade Agostinho Neto in Angola, and Universidad Católica Argentina.
Author of several books and articles in the fields of Business Associations and Bankruptcy written in English, Spanish and Portuguese. His publications include the books Disolución y Liquidación de Sociedades ("Dissolution and Liquidation of Corporations") (three editions: 1992, 1994 and 1998), Sociedades Comerciales en Estados Unidos, Introducción Comparativa ("Business Associations in the U.S. a Comparative Approach") (two editions: 1995, and 2005), "Reforma al Régimen de Sociedades y Concursos" ("Reforms to the Law of Corporations and Bankruptcy") (two editions: 1996 and 1999), Transformación, fusión y escisión de sociedades ("Change of form, Mergers and Corporate Divisions") (2000), Arbitraje Comercial en los Estados Unidos (Corporate Arbitration in the U.S.) (Coauthored with Professor Alan R. Palmiter), a two-volume treatise on Corporate Law (Derecho Societario, 2002 and 2006), "SAS, La Sociedad por Acciones Simplificada (SSC: The Simplified Stock Corporation) (2009 and 2010), and Latin American Company Law from and Economic and Development Perspective (forthcoming 2011).
He was an active participant and draftsman of the 1995 and 2008 comprehensive reforms to the Colombian laws of Corporations and Bankruptcy. He designed and implemented the law that introduced the so-called Simplified Stock Corporation (sociedad por acciones simplificadas or SAS). This new form of business entity has been the most successful experiment in Latin American Company Law in the last decades. In 2010 he presided over the governmental commission for the amendment to the Colombian bankruptcy law.
He has been a lecturer in several international fora and events, including the American Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association, Supreme Court of Mexico, Supreme Federal Tribunal of Brazil, Florida International University, Washington University, Columbia University, Frodham University, Catholic University at Portoalegre, and Universidad Torquatto Di Tella.