Senior Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank Group

Advisory Council, Committee on Global Thought

Antonia Menezes grew up in Zimbabwe, and is a Senior Financial Sector Specialist in the Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation Global Practice of the World Bank Group in Washington D.C.

 The focus of her work is advising governments on policy reform in the field of corporate restructuring and insolvency, including legal aspects of non-performing loan management.  Her work is particularly concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia.

Antonia has published widely in the field of insolvency and represents the World Bank Group at Working Group V (Insolvency) of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).  She is also a Co-Chair of the World Bank Group Insolvency & Creditor/Debtor Regimes (ICR) Task Force, which is responsible for developing global best practice standards in the insolvency field.  She is one of the founders of the World Bank-INSOL International Judicial Insolvency Program, which aims to strengthen judicial knowledge and technical expertise.

Antonia is on the INSOL International Academics Steering Committee, a Member of the International Insolvency Institute, and a 2014 INSOL International Fellow.  She was named as one of the top 500 leading global restructuring and insolvency lawyers by Lawdragon 2020.  Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she was in private practice at leading international law firms in France and the United Kingdom.  



  • LLB: London School of Economics & Political Science
  • LPC: Oxford Institute of Legal Practice
  • LLM: McGill University