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Georges Ugeux

Lecturer in Law

Georges Ugeux

Lecturer in Law

Georges Ugeux is the founder of Galileo Global Advisors, which offers CEOs, boards of directors and governments independent advice on international business development, mergers and acquisitions, and capital raising. The firm specializes in cross-border transactions to and from emerging markets. Prior to founding Galileo, Ugeux was group executive vice president of International & Research at the New York Stock Exchange, where he built and managed the exchange’s international group.

Ugeux, a dual American and Belgian national, began his career at Société Générale de Banque, the leading Belgian bank, where he became general manager of the investment banking and trust division. He was the managing director of Morgan Stanley’s mergers and acquisitions department in London, as well as the group finance director at Société Générale de Belgique, the leading Belgian diversified industrial and financial conglomerate. In addition, Ugeux was the president and managing director of Kidder, Peabody Europe while serving as a member of the management committee and the board of directors of Kidder, Peabody, Inc. He was in charge of the firm’s global origination efforts, and was also a member of the European Corporate Executive Council of General Electric Inc.

He served as a special advisor of the Program on International Financial Systems of Harvard Law School. He is a U.S. FINRA registered representative with Series 24 and Series 62 licenses. Ugeux is honorary chairman of the Belgian American Chamber of Commerce and of the Catholic University of Louvain Foundation. He is a director of Amoeba Capital, British American Business, Inc., and the French-American Chamber of Commerce. Ugeux sits on the international advisory board of the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School and Oxford Analytica. He is officer of the Order of Leopold.

He is regularly called to speak or comment on international financial matters and recently published a book The Betrayal of Finance: Twelve Reforms to Restore Confidence, Odile Jacob, 2011.

Ugeux holds a doctorate in law and is licentiate in economics from the Catholic University of Louvain. He has lectured there and at the College of Europe in Bruges.



  • International Finance Regulation: The Quest for Financial Stability (2014)
  • The Betrayal of Finance: Twelve Reforms to Restore Confidence (French (2010), Dutch (2010), English (2011) and Mandarin (2017))
  • Floating Rate Notes (1981, updated 1985)


  • Preparing Central Banks Before the Next Systemic Crisis, Journal of Social, Economic and Political Studies by The Council for Social and Economic Studies (2016)
  • Building a European Central Markets Union: The Need for Liquidity and Focus, Journal of International Banking Law & Regulation (volume 30, issue 6, 2016)
  • Comment letter to the European Commission on the Capital Market Union (2015)
  • Could Solvency II Threaten the Financial Stability of European Insurance?, Blue Sky Blog of Columbia Law School (2015)
  • Le Rapport Moral sur l’Argent dans le Monde, Association d’économie financière. Les régulateurs doivent-ils encourager le développement de leur place financière? (pp 109-116, 2014)
  • En Europe, beaucoup reste à faire en matière de deleveraging, Revue-Banque (2013)
  • Comment letter on the Liikanen Report of the High Level Experts on European Banking, European Commission (2012)
  • Can Europe Produce a Coherent and Effective Financial Regulation?, Columbia Journal of European Law (2012)
  • Comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission on the issue of mutual recognition between the US and foreign regulators in the context of cross-listings on the US Stock Exchanges (2007)
Reading Group on Brexit
Reading Group on Central Banking
S. European Banking and Finance
S. International Banking and Finance: The Challenges