Javier Paz Valbuena

DPhil in Law, University of Oxford

Other affiliations

Mansfield College



Javi is a DPhil in Law candidate with research focusing on government intervention in situations of corporate distress and its effects, particularly in terms of transfers of wealth among different stakehodlers (including taxpayers and society at large). He is a dual-qualified lawyer in England & Wales (solicitor) and Spain (abogado).

Prior to embarking in his DPhil, Javi was a London-based investment and corporate finance advisor. Before then, he was an investment professional with a London-based pan-European real estate private equity firm. He also worked briefly for McKinsey in Madrid during his MBA. He began his professional career as a corporate/M&A lawyer with Uria Menendez in Madrid; he practised there from 2002 until 2009, being involved in some of the landmark transactions in the Spanish private equity market.

Javi holds undergraduate degrees in Law (Licenciatura en Derecho) and Economics & Management (Licenciatura en ADE) from ICADE E-3, Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid, Spain), an MBA (Hons, Finance & Accounting) from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA, USA), and an MSc in Taxation (Distinction) from the University of Oxford (Christ Church).

See his latest paper here (Towards a Principled Approach for Bailouts of COVID-distressed Critical/Systemic Firms, with Prof. Horst Eidenmueller). He presented it at the 4th Law and Macroeconomics Conference organised by Yale Law School, QMUL and the Bank of England on 27-28 October 2021.  

Javi is currently serving as an Associate Editor of the Oxford Business Law Blog.

Research Interests

Main areas of research interest

  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Macroeconomic Policy

Other areas of interest

  • Regulation of Financial Institutions and Digital Platforms
  • Law & Political Economy
  • Tax Policy and Corporate Taxation