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Professor Jeffrey Gordon

Richard Paul Richman Professor of Law and Co-Director, Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership
Columbia Law School
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Jeffrey Gordon, Richard Paul Richman Professor of Law and Co-Director, Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership, Columbia Law School
ECGI Fellow (2008) :

Jeffrey N. Gordon B.A. Yale, 1971; J.D., Harvard, 1975. He was senior articles editor, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. He was law clerk to the Hon. William E. Doyle, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1975-76. He practiced law at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New York, specializing in corporate law and securities litigation and transactions, 1976-79. He was Attorney at U.S. Department of the Treasury, 1979-81, advising on such issues as loan guarantees for Chrysler, the Synfuels Corporation, and New York City; deregulation of financial institutions; and regulation of financial futures trading.

He taught at New York University School of Law, 1982-88 and he joined the Columbia faculty in 1988.

Recent publications include "What Enron Means for the Management and Control of the Modern Business Corporation: Some Initial Reflections," 69 Univ. of Chicago Law Review 1233 (2002); "Controlling Controlling Shareholders," 152 Univ. of Pennsylvania Law Review 785 (2003) (with Ronald Gilson); and "An American Perspective on Anti-Takeover Laws in the EU: A German Example," in Modern Company and Takeover Law in Europe (2004). He co-edited “Convergence and Persistence in Corporate Governance” (Cambridge Univ. Press 2004) with Mark Roe. His current issues of scholarly interest are corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, the regulation of capital markets and financial fiduciaries, and adjustment costs of economic change. Current teaching includes corporations, mergers and acquisitions, foundations of the regulatory state, and a contemporary corporate law scholarship reading group.

He was elected an ECGI Research Associate in 2004.

Research Interests
Contemporary corporate law scholarship reading group
Foundations of the regulatory state
Mergers and acquisitions

ECGI Working Papers (Click title for more details)
Money Market Funds Run Risk: Will Floating Net Asset Value Fix the Problem? ECGI Finance Working Paper 338/2012 October 2012
Bank Resolution in Europe: the Unfinished Agenda of Structural Reform ECGI Law Working Paper 282/2015 January 2015
Principles of Financial Regulation ECGI Law Working Paper 277/2014 December 2014
Avoiding Eight-Alarm Fires in the Political Economy of Systemic Risk Management ECGI Finance Working Paper 277/2010 March 2010
Agency Capitalism: Further Implications of Equity Intermediation ECGI Law Working Paper 239/2014 February 2014
The Empty Call for Benefit-Cost Analysis in Financial Regulation ECGI Law Working Paper 233/2014 January 2014
Systemic Harms and Shareholder Value ECGI Law Working Paper 222/2013 August 2013
Executive Compensation and Corporate Governance in Financial Firms: The Case for Convertible Equity-Based Pay ECGI Law Working Paper 161/2010 August 2010
'Say on Pay': Cautionary Notes on the UK Experience and the Case for Shareholder Opt-In ECGI Law Working Paper 117/2009 January 2009
Shareholder Initiative: An Informal Social Choice and Game Theoretic Approach ECGI Law Working Paper 093/2008 February 2008
Proxy Contests in an Era of Increasing Shareholder Power: Forget Issuer Proxy Access and Focus on E-Proxy ECGI Law Working Paper 092/2008 February 2008
The Rise of Independent Directors in the United States, 1950-2005: of Shareholder Value and Stock Market Prices ECGI Law Working Paper 074/2006 August 2006 Winner of the 2007 Egon Zehnder International Prize (Best paper on company boards and their role in corporate governance)
Executive Compensation: If There's a Problem, What's the Remedy? The Case for 'Compensation Disclosure and Analysis' ECGI Law Working Paper 035/2005 April 2005
An International Relations Perspective on the Convergence of Corporate Governance: German Shareholder Capitalism and the European Union, 1990-2000 ECGI Law Working Paper 006/2003 January 2003
An American Perspective on the New German Anti-takeover Law ECGI Law Working Paper 002/2002 December 2002

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