John F. Dolan

John F. Dolan is Distinguished Professor at Wayne State University Law School. He is a member of the American Law Institute and serves as an editorial board member of the Banking Law Journal and of the Journal of Payment Systems Law and as foreign contributing editor of the Banking & Finance Law Review.

Professor Dolan’s letter of credit treatise and articles are widely cited by U.S. courts and in scholarly books and journals. Professor Dolan has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Utrecht, the University of Maastricht, the University of Michigan, the University of California (Hastings), and Ave Maria School of Law, and he was a visiting scholar at University College Dublin.

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Walter (Buddy) Baker

Walter (Buddy) Baker has over 30 years of experience in international trade finance. In September 2005 he joined Atradius Trade Credit Insurance, where he is responsible for assisting exporters and banks with structuring financing for export receivables. Prior to Atradius, Buddy’s career was in banking, most recently including 10 years with ABN AMRO Bank as Global Head of Technical Trade Advisory/ Compliance.

Buddy is a recognized expert in trade finance, a long-time member of the IFSA Commercial Letter of Credit Committee, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Finance Credit and International Business Association (the FCIB) and as an adviser to the Institute for International Banking Law and Practice and to the Wolfsberg Group. He makes frequent presentations on letters of credit and trade finance for national and international groups of exporters, bankers, and lawyers. He earned his undergraduate degree at Yale University and his master’s degree at Northwestern University.