On December 7, 2016, the Millsten Center for Global Markerts and Corporate Ownership from Columbia University announced the 2016 Rising Star of Corporate Governance Awards. These awards recognize scholars, managers, auditors, lawyers, activists and financial experts younger than 40 years old whose merits, work and trajectory make them future leaders in the field of corporate governance. One of the recipients of the 2016 Rising Star Corporate Governance Award was a former MLF student from the University of Oxford: Aurelio Gurrea Martínez. 

Aurelio holds law and business degrees (LLB, BA, PhD) from Spain, where is also a qualified auditor. He also holds a Master of Science in Law and Finance from the University of Oxford and a Master of the Science of Law from Stanford Law School. He is currently a Fellow of the Program on Corporate Governance at Harvard Law School and Lecturer in Law, Finance and Accounting at the Centro de Estudios Garrrigues, as well as a founding partner at Dictum Abogados –a business law firm with offices in Spain and Hong Kong. Aurelio acts as an Advisor to the Spanish Ministry of Justice, and he has recently been proposed by the Ministry of Economy to act as a national expert for the assessment of the Spanish insolvency and secured transaction regime for a program conducted by the International Monetary Fund.

In 2014, Aurelio decided to launch and the Ibero-American Institute for Law and Finance, a non-profit organization formed by a group of experts from Spain, Portugal and Latin America committed to the improvement, cooperation and internationalization of legal scholarship in Ibero-American countries, as well as the interdisciplinary study of law, economics and finance with the purpose of proposing legal reforms that may improve the competitiveness, innovation and growth of the economy in Spain, Portugal and Latin America. He has been a Lecturer in Business Law at CEU San Pablo University (Spain) and Academic Director of the Program of Accounting for Lawyers at the Madrid Bar Association. Aurelio is a regular visiting lecturer in Comparative Corporate Law at the University of Los Andes (Colombia), and he has been a visiting researcher at several institutions in Europe, Latin America and the United States, including Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, Yale Law School, University of Sao Paulo, and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law. Aurelio´s research interests are corporate governance, corporate insolvency, capital markets, corporate finance and accounting law. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the Medal of the San Raimundo de Peñafort’s Order granted by the Minister of Justice to people who contribute to the development of law and jurisprudence in Spain, the FPU Fellowship given by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science to pursue doctoral studies, the Talentia Fellowship given by the Andalusian Government to conduct studies at Oxford, and the Class Prize for the Best Paper in Law and Economics at Stanford Law School.