Georges Ugeux is the Chairman & CEO of Galileo Global Advisors LLC, a firm he founded in 2003 to offer CEOs, Boards of Directors and governments independent advice on international business development, restructuring, compliance, and mergers and acquisitions. Galileo’s main focus has been advisory services in Europe and Asia, with a particular expertise in emerging markets like India and China. More recently, a series of assignments led Galileo to deepen its knowledge of climate change initiatives, including ESG investments.
Prior to Galileo, Mr. Ugeux was the Group Executive Vice President, International & Research, at the New York Stock Exchange. He built and managed the Exchange’s International Group and, during his tenure, spearheaded the listing of 308 companies from 43 countries, out of the 470 non-US companies listed on the NYSE with an aggregate value of $2.7 trillion. During that same period, the NYSE’s international trading moved from 40 to 140 million shares per day.
Mr. Ugeux is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia University School of Law, where he teaches the seminar “International Banking and Finance: the Challenges” and leads a reading group on Brexit. He is a frequent visiting professor at La Sorbonne University Paris I and has guest lectured at the Catholic University of Louvain, from which he holds a Doctorate in Law and is Licentiate in Economics, and the College of Europe in Bruges. He served as a Special Advisor to the Program on International Financial Systems at Harvard Law School and currently sits on the Board of Polyfinances, the financial vertical of Montreal-based Polytechnique Technical University. Mr. Ugeux is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Emerging Markets Institute of Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson School of Management. In 2021, he became Chairman of the Board of the Institut Droit et Croissance, an independent research institute that aims to promote a joint law and economics approach.