Biographies


Michael B. Abramowicz
Michael B. Abramowicz is a professor of law at The George Washington University Law School. Professor Abramowicz’s publications include: Predictocracy: Market Mechanisms for Public and Private Decision Making; Intellectual Property for Market Experimentation; Predication Markets for Corporate Governance; The Danger of Underdeveloped Patent Prospects; The Hidden Beauty of the Quadratic Market Scoring Rule: A Uniform Liquidity Market Maker, with Variations; and The Uneasy Case for Patent Races over Auctions. Professor Abramowicz earned his B.A. from Amherst College and his J.D. from Yale University.

 

Robert Ahdieh
Robert Ahdieh is a professor of law at Emory University School of Law, where he also directs the Center on Federalism & Intersystemic Governance. Professor Ahdieh has written widely on questions of regulatory design in the financial markets, including particularly in the international arena. His publications include: “Trapped in a Metaphor: The Limited Role of Federalism in Corporate Governance”; “From ‘Federalization’ to ‘Mixed Governance’ in Corporate Law: A Defense of Sarbanes-Oxley”; “The Role of Groups in Norm Transformation: A Dramatic Sketch, in Three Parts; Between Dialogue and Decree: International Review of National Courts”; “Law’s Signal: A Cueing Theory of Law in Market Transition; Between Mandate and Market: Contract Transition in the Shadow of the International Order”; “The Strategy of Boilerplate”; and “Making Markets: Network Effects and the Role of Law in the Creation of Strong Securities Markets.” Professor Ahdieh earned his B.A. from Princeton University and his J.D. from Yale University. 

Edward Altman
Edward Altman is the Max L. Heine Professor of Finance at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is also currently the vice-director of the Altman-NYU Salomon Center. Professor Altman has published or edited almost two dozen books and over 100 articles in scholarly finance, accounting and economic journals. He is the current editor of the Handbook of Corporate Finance and the Handbook of Financial Market and Institutions. Some of Professor Altman’s published books include: Recent Advances in Corporate Finance; Investing in Junk Bonds; Distressed Securities: Analyzing an Evaluating Market Potential and Investment Risk; Corporate Financial Distress and Bankruptcy; Managing Credit Risk: The Next Great Financial Challenge; Recovery Risk; and Bankruptcy, Credit Risk an High Yield Junk Bonds. Professor Altman received his M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Dennis Berman
Dennis K. Berman is the Global Deals Editor at the Wall Street Journal and is responsible for mergers and acquisition coverage. He is the author of a bi-weekly column, “The Game,” that covers Wall Street. Mr. Berman’s recent articles include: “B of A’s Merrill Deal Exposes Myth of Transparency,” “CEO Lewis Kept Mum After a Meeting With Chiefs of Treasury, Federal Reserve; Answering Morgan Stanley Riddle: CEO Selection Holds Key to What Firm, and Wall Street Become; Following the Lead of Cerberus: Washington’s Priority Should Be Getting Capital to Ailing Companies; Paulson Plan: ‘Truly Idiotic’; and “One Cure for Financial Mistrust: Create New Banks.” Mr. Berman earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

William W. Bratton
William W. Bratton is a professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center. Some of Professor Bratton’s many publications include: Bratton’s Corporate Finance; “The New Dividend Puzzle: Rules, Principles, and the Accounting Crisis in the United States”; “Pari Passu and a Distressed Sovereign’s Rational Choices”; “Shareholder Value and Auditor Independence”; “Sovereign Debt Restructuring and the Best Interest of Creditors”; “Enron, Sarbanes-Oxley and Accounting: Rules Versus Principles Verses Rents”; “Venture Capital on the Downside: Preferred Stock and Corporate Control”; and “Enron and the Dark Side of Shareholder Value.” Professor Bratton earned a B.A. from Columbia College and a J.D. from Columbia University.

 

Robert Bruner
Robert Bruner is dean and Charles C. Abbott Professor of Business Administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. He is also Darden’s Distinguished Professor of Business Administration. Mr. Brunner most recently co-authored, along with Sean D. Carr, The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market’s Perfect Storm. Mr. Bruner’s earlier books include Deals from Hell and Applied Mergers and Acquisitions. Mr. Bruner’s research has been published in journals such as Financial Management, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and Journal of Money, Credit and Banking. Mr. Bruner received his B.A. from Yale University, and holds M.B.A and D.B.A. degrees from Harvard University.

 

Sean Carr
Sean Carr is the director of corporate innovation programs at the Batten Institute at the University of Virginia. He is co-author, along with Robert F. Bruner, of the book The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market’s Perfect Storm. Mr. Carr holds an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree in Classics from Northwestern University.

 

Rodgin Cohen
Rodgin Cohen is a partner in the New York office of Sullivan and Cromwell LLP. The primary focus of Mr. Cohen’s law practice is acquisition, corporate governance, regulatory and securities law matters for major U.S. and non-U.S. banking and other financial institutions and their trade associations. Mr. Cohen currently serves on the IIF Special Committee for a Strategic Dialogue for Effective Regulation, the Treasury Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession created by Treasury Secretary Paulson, The New York State Commission to Modernize the Regulation of Financial Services and The Financial Services Roundtable’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Enhancing Competitiveness. Mr. Cohen’s recent articles include: “Compliance by International Banking Organization: The Need for Prioritization, Balance and Cooperation”; “M&A Outlook 2005: Ten Factors for the Financial Services Industry”; “Avoiding Legal Landmines in Financial Services”; and “Compliance and Regulatory Uniformity: The Two Principal Issues for the Banking Industry and Bank Regulators.” Mr. Cohen has a B.A. and LL.B. from Harvard University and an honorary LL.B. from the University of Charleston.

 

James Cox
James Cox is the Brainerd Currie Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law. Professor Cox is co-author of Financial Information, Accounting and the Law; Cox and Hazen on Corporations; and Securities Regulations Cases and Materials.  Professor Cox earned his B.A. from Arizona State University, J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, and LL.M. from Harvard University.

 

Rob Cox
Rob Cox is the US editor of breakingviews.com and heads up the New York bureau. Some of Mr. Cox’s recent articles include: “So much for hope trumping fear – in the markets”; “Hedge funds should adopt private equity model”; “Citigroup identifies workable structure – for future breakup”; “M&A Excesses produces impairment reflux”; and “A list of New Year’s resolutions for Obama.” Mr. Cox is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Vermont.

 

Lawrence A. Cunningham
Lawrence A. Cunningham is the Henry St. George Tucker III Research Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School. Professor Cunningham’s numerous publications include: The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America; Introductory Accounting, Finance and Auditing for Lawyers; “A Prescription to Retire the Rhetoric of ‘Principles-Based Systems’ in Corporation Law, Securities Regulation, and Accounting”; “Beyond Liability: Rewarding Effective Gatekeepers”; and “Securitizing Audit Failure Risk: An Alternative to Caps on Damages.” Professor Cunningham earned his B.A. at the University of Delaware and his J.D. at Yeshiva University.

 

Jesse Eisinger
Jesse Eisinger is a senior writer covering finance and Wall Street for Condé Nast Portfolio. Before that, Mr. Eisinger worked at the Wall Street Journal in New York and London. Mr. Eisinger initiated three columns on the financial world including the weekly “Long & Short” and the daily “Ahead of the Tape.” Mr. Eisinger earned his B.A. from Columbia College.

 

Lisa M. Fairfax
Lisa M. Fairfax is a professor of law and director of the Business Law Program at the University Of Maryland School Of Law. Professor Fairfax is the author of many articles including: “Making the Corporation Safe for Shareholder Democracy”; “Shareholder Democracy on Trial: Some International Perspective on the Effectiveness of Increased Shareholder Power”; “Easier Said Than Done? A Corporate Law Theory for Actualizing Social Responsibility Rhetoric”; “Foreword: A Symposium Exploring the Role and Impact of Women in a Changing Corporate Environment”; “Clogs in the Pipelines: The Mixed Data on Women Directors and Continued Barriers to their Advancement”; “Some Reflections on the Diversity of Corporate Boards: Women, People of Color, and the Unique Issues Associated with Women of Color”; and “Sarbanes-Oxley, Corporate Federalism, and the Declining Significance of Federal Reforms on State Director Independence Standards.” Professor Fairfax earned her B.A. and J.D. from Harvard University.

 

James A. Fanto
James Fanto is a professor of law at Brooklyn Law School and an associate director of the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law. Professor Fanto is the author of several books including: Broker-Dealer Law and Regulation, Directors’ and Officers’ Liability, and Corporate Governance in French and American Law. Professor Fanto’s recent articles have appeared in the Columbia Business Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, and Florida Law Review. He has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, a M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Tamar Frankel
Tamar Frankel is a professor of law at Boston University Law School and is perhaps the leading authority on money managers in the United States. Professor Frankel is the author of many books including: The Regulation of Money Managers, Securitization; Investment Management Regulation, Trust and Honesty, America’s Business Culture at a Crossroad, The Regulation of Money Managers; and Investment Management Regulation. Professor Frankel has a S.J.D. and L.L.M. from Harvard University and a diploma from Jerusalem Law Classes.

 

Theresa A. Gabaldon
Theresa A. Gabaldon is the Lyle T. Alverson Professor Law at The George Washington University Law School. Professor Gabaldon’s numerous publications include: "Milberg Weiss: Of Studied Indifference and Dying of Shame"; "Joe Camel Explains It to the Board: Corporate Law, Women in the Workforce, and the Exploitation of Children"; "Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle: Public Corporations and their Shareholders"; "Assumptions about Relationships Reflected in the Federal Securities Laws"; and "Corporate Conscience and the White Man’s Burden." Professor Gabaldon earned her B.S. at the University of Arizona and her J.D. from Harvard University.

 

Charles Geisst
Charles Geisst is a professor of finance at Manhattan College. Profess Geisst’s publications include: Undue Influence: How the Wall Street Elite Put the Financial System at Risk; Wall Street: A History; Deals of the Century: Wall Street, Mergers, and The Making of Modern America; Wheels of Fortune: The History of Speculation From Scandal to Respectability; The Last Partnerships: Inside the Great Wall Street Money Dynasties; and The Future of Wall Street. Professor Geisst has a B.A. from the University of Richmond, a M.A. from the New School for Social Research, and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economic & Political Science.

 

Anna Gelpern
Anna Gelpern is an associate professor of law at Rutgers School of Law – Newark. She is also a visiting fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics. Professor Gelpern’s recent publications include: “Domestic Bonds, Credit Derivatives, and the Next Transformation of Sovereign Debt”; “Odious, Not Debt”; “Wal-Mart Bank in Mexico: Money to the Masses and the Home-Host Hole”; and “Public Symbol in Private Contract: A Case Study.” Professor Gelpern earned a B.A. from Princeton University, a J.D. from Harvard University, and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 

Harvey Goldschmid
Harvey Goldschmid is the Dwight Professor of Law at Columbia University and a former member of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Professor Goldschmid’s publications include: Cases and Materials on Trade Regulation; The Impact of the Modern Corporation; Business Disclosure: Government’s Need to Know; Industrial Concentration: The New Learning; Foreword to Enforcement and Corporate Governance: Three Views, Global Corporate Governance Forum; “The SEC at 70: Let’s Celebrate Its Reinvigorated Golden Years”; and “The Myth of Absolute Confidentiality and the Complexity of the Counseling Task.” Professor Goldschmid received his B.A. from Columbia College and his J.D. from Columbia University.

 

Daniel Gross
Daniel Gross is a senior editor at Newsweek, where he writes the “Money Culture” column. He also writes the “Moneybox” column for Slate. For several years, he was a contributor to the “Economic View” column for the New York Times. From 1998 to 2007, he served as editor of Stern Business. Mr. Gross is the author of several books on business and economic history, including: Forbes Greatest Business Stories of All Times; Generations of Corning: 150 Years in the Life of a Global Corporation; and Pop! Why Bubbles Are Great for the Economy. His book on the credit meltdown, Dumb Money: How Our Greatest Financial Minds Bankrupted the Nation, was published by Simon & Schuster in February. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, and holds a M.A. in American history from Harvard University.

 

William C. Handorf
William C. Handorf is a professor of finance at The George Washington University School of Business. Professor Handorf is the author of many publications including: “Commercial Real Estate Lending and the New Basel Capital Accord”; “Commercial Real Estate Investment, Leverage and Interest Rates”; “Sovereign Latin American Eurobonds”; and International Banking. Professor Handorf earned his B.A. and M.B.A. at the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. at Michigan State University.

 

Henry Hu
Henry Hu is the Allan Shivers Chair in the Law of Banking and Finance at the University of Texas Law School. Professor Hu's recent publications include: “Models and Mayhem: The Current Financial Crisis”; “Financial Innovation and International Financial Salability: Certain Aspects”; “Equity and Debt Decoupling and Empty Voting II: Importance and Extensions”; “Debt Equity and Hybrid Decoupling: Governances and Systemic Risk Implication”; “Competing for a Share of Global Derivatives Markets: Trends and Policy Choices for the United States”; “Abolition of the Corporate Duty to Credits”; and “The New Vote Buying: Empty Voting and Hidden (Morphable) Ownership.” Professor Hu earned his B.S., M.A., and J.D. from Yale University.

 

Susan L. Karamanian
Susan L. Karamanian is the associate dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies and professorial lecturer in law at The George Washington University Law School. Dean Karamanian has authored many articles including: “Briefly Resuscitating the Great Writ: The International Court of Justice and the U.S. Death Penalty”; “Introductory Note to the Decision of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals”; “Is Saddam Hussein or International Law on Trial in Iraq?; Overstating the ‘Americanization’ of International Arbitration: Lessons from ICSID;’ Plaintiff’s Diplomacy’: A review of the Issues”; and “The Imposition of the Death Penalty is ‘Fraught with Error’: Where do we go from here?.” Dean Karamanian earned a B.S. from Auburn University, a B.A. from Oxford University, and a J.D. from the University of Texas.

 

Maury Klein
Maury Klein is professor emeritus of history at the University of Rhode Island. He is the author of many books, including Rainbow’s End: The Crash of 1929; The Life and Legend of Jay Gould; and The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Made Modern America. Professor Klein earned his B.A. from Knox College and his M.A., and Ph.D. from Emory University.

 

Edward Labaton
Edward Labaton is a senior partner at Labaton, Sucharow & Rudoff LLP. Mr. Labaton has specialized in the areas of securities and corporate litigation. Mr. Labaton has been president of the Institute for Law and Economic Policy since its founding in 1996. Recently Mr. Labaton co-authored Keys to Avoiding Compensation Suits Governance. Mr. Labaton earned a B.B.A. from  the City University of New York, Baruch College, and a LL.B. from Yale University.

 

Donald C. Langevoort
Donald Langevoort is the Thomas Aquinas Reynolds Professor Law at the Georgetown Law Center. Professors Langevoort is the co-author of Securities Regulation: Cases and Materials and the author of a treatise entitled Insider Trader: Regulation, Enforcement and Prevent. Professor Langevoort has a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Harvard University.

 

Jonathan Macey
Jonathan R. Macey is deputy dean and Sam Harris Professor Corporate Law, Corporate Finance and Securities Law at Yale University, and professor in the Yale School of Management. Professor Macy is the author of several books including the two-volume treatise, Macey on Corporation Laws, and co-author of two casebooks, Corporations: Including Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies and Banking Law and Regulation. Some of Professor Macey’s recent articles include: “Delaware: Home of the World’s Most Expensive Raincoat”; “Stock Transfer Restrictions and Issuer Choice in Trading Venues”; “Institutional and Evolutionary Failure and Economic Development in the Middle East”; “Positive Political Theory and Federal Usurpation of the Regulation of Corporate Governance: The Coming Preemption of the Martin Act”; and “Best Execution Regulation: From Orders to Markets.” Professor Macey earned his B.A. from Harvard College and his J.D. from Yale University.

 

 

Gregory E. Maggs
Gregory E. Maggs is the senior associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law at The George Washington University Law School. Professor Maggs has authored many publications including: Terrorism and the Law: Cases and Materials; “A Complaint About Payment Law Under the U.C.C.: What You See is Often Not What You Get”; “A Concise Guide to the Federalist Papers as a Source of the Original Meaning of the United States Constitution”; “Assessing the Legality of Counterterrorism Measures Without Characterizing Them as Law Enforcement or Military Action”; “Forward: Symposium on the New Face of Armed Conflict--Enemy Combatants after Hamdan v. Rumsfeld”; and “How the United States Might Justify a Preemptive Strike on a Rogue Nation’s Nuclear Weapon Development Facilitates Under the U.N. Charter.” Professor Maggs earned his B.A. and J.D. from Harvard University.

 

Joseph McCahery
Joseph McCahery is a professor of corporate governance and business innovation at the University of Amsterdam Center for Law and Economics. Professor McCahery’s papers include: “How Does Corporate Mobility Affect Lawmaking? A Comparative Analysis”; “Optional Rather than Mandatory EU Company Law: Framework and Specific Proposals”; “The New Company Law - What Matter in an Innovative Economy?”; “Corporate Governance and Innovation – Venture Capital, Joint Ventures, and Family Businesses”; “The Rise and Fall of the European New Markets: on the Short and Long-run Performance of High-tech Initial Public Offerings”; “The Equilibrium Content of Corporate Federalism”; and “Company and Takeover Law Reforms in Europe: Misguided Harmonization Efforts or Regulatory Competition?”  Professor McCahery received a B.A. from the University of Michigan, a Ph.D. from Warwick University (UK), and a J.D. from the City University of New York, Queens College.

 

Patricia McCoy
Patricia McCoy is a professor of law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Professor McCoy’s books include: Banking Law Manual: Federal Regulation of Financial Holding Companies, Banks and Thrifts; and Financial Modernization After Gram-Leach-Bliley. Professor McCoy received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Lawrence E. Mitchell
Lawrence E. Mitchell is the Theodore Rinehart Professor of Business Law at The George Washington University Law School. Professor Mitchell’s recent publications include: Progressive Corporate Law (editor, 1995); Stacked Deck: A Story of Selfishness in America (1998); Corporate Irresponsibility: America’s Newest Export (2001); and The Speculation Economy: How Finance Triumphed Over Industry (October 2007). Professor Mitchell earned his B.A. from Williams College and his J.D. from Columbia University.

Floyd Norris
Floyd Norris is the New York Times Chief Financial and writes a weekly column for the financial section. Mr. Norris and his wife, Christine Bockelmann, compiled and edited The New York Time Century of Business. Some of Mr. Norris’s recent articles include: Do New Year Stocks Foreshadow Year-End Stocks?; Sharp Trade Contraction Knows No Borders; Credit Markets Showing Some Signs of Revival; Investment Tax Cuts Help Mostly the Rich; Easy Loans Financed Dividends; Foreign Investors Trade Safe for Safest; and A Year of Chaos in Finance. Mr. Norris earned his under graduate degree at the University of California in Irvine. He was a Walter Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism Columbia University for two terms and received an M.B.A.

 

Frank Partnoy
Frank Partnoy is the George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance at the University of San Diego School of Law. His most recent book is The Match King: Ivar Kreuger, The Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals. Other books include a corporate law casebook, Infectious Greed: How Deceit and Risk Corrupted the Financial Markets, and F.I.A.S.C.O.: Blood in the Water on Wall Street. His most recent articles were published in the Journal of Finance and the University of Chicago Law Review. Professor Partnoy earned a B.A. and B.S. from the University of Kansas, and a J.D. from Yale University.

 

Irving M. Pollack
Irving M. Pollack if Of Counsel at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. and is a former commissioner and director of the Division of Enforcement and Market Regulation for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Pollack co-edited The Handbook on Fixed Income Securities and The Municipal Bond Handbook. Mr. Pollack earned his B.A. at Brooklyn College and his LL.B. from Brooklyn Law School.

 

Jay R. Ritter
Jay R. Ritter is the Cordell Professor of Finance at the Warrington College of Business Administration, University of Florida. Some of Professor Ritter’s many publications include: “Analyst Behavior Following IPOs: The ‘Bubble Period’ Evidence”; “Testing Theories of Capital Structure and Estimating the Speed of Adjustment”; “Forensic Finance; Affiliated Mutual Funds and the Allocation of Initial Public Offerings”; “Do Today’s Trades Affects Tomorrow’s IPO Allocation?”; “Short Interest, Institutional Ownership, and Stock Returns”; “Economic Growth and Equity Returns”; and “Why Has IPO Underpricing Changed Over Time?” Professor Ritter earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.

Jeffrey Rosen
Jeffrey Rosen is a professor of law at The George Washington University and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic. His most recent book is The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America. He also is the author of The Most Democratic Branch, The Naked Crowd, and The Unwanted Gaze. Rosen is a graduate of Harvard College, summa cum laude; Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar; and Yale University. Professor Rosen’s essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, on National Public Radio, and in The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer. The Chicago Tribune named him one of the 10 best magazine journalists in America and the L.A. Times called him, “the nation’s most widely read and influential legal commentator.”

 

Heidi Schooner
Heidi Schooner is a professor of law at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. Some of Professor Schooner’s many publications include: “Gringott’s: The Role of Banks in Harry Potter’s Wizarding World”; “What’s Wrong With Wal-Bank?”; “Consuming Debt: Structuring the Federal Response to Abuses in Consumer Credit”; “Bank Insolvency Regimes in the United States and the United Kingdom”; “OCC Fumbles Over 'Bank of Presidents'“; “Spitzer’s Main Street Beat”; “The Secrets of Bank Regulation: A Reply to Professor Cohen”; and “Central Banks’ Role in Bank Supervision in the United States and United Kingdom.” Professor Schooner received her B.A. from Duke University and her J.D. from Georgetown University.

 

Steven L. Schwarcz
Steven L. Schwarcz is the Stanley A. Star Professor of Law & Business at Duke University School of Law. Professor Schwarcz’s many publications include: “Systemic Risk; Protecting Financial Markets: Lessons from the Subprime Mortgage Meltdown”; “Disclosure’s Failure in the Subprime Mortgage Crisis”; “Rethinking the Disclosure Paradigm in a World of Complexity”; “Enron and the Use and Abuse of Special Purpose Entities in Corporate Structures”; “Private Ordering of Public Markets: The Rating Agency Paradox; and Securitization, Structured Finance, And Capital Markets.” Professor Schwarcz earned his B.S. from New York University School of Engineering and Science and his J.D. from Columbia University.

 

David Skeel
David Skeel is the S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Skeel’s publications include: Debt’s Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America; Icarus in the Boardroom: The Fundamental Flaws in Corporate America and Where they Came From; “Odious Debts or Odious Regimes?”; “Christianity of the (Modest) Rule of Law”; “An Efficiency-Based Explanation for Current Corporate Reorganization Practice”; and “Redesigning the International Lender of Last Resort.” Professor Skeel received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

 

Heather Slavkin
Heather Slavkin is the senior legal and policy advisor for the AFL-CIO Office of Investment. Ms. Slavkin’s work focuses on legal, regulatory, tax and corporate governance issues that impact union- and other worker-based pension, health and savings funds. She has also been active in the AFL-CIO’s efforts to improve transparency and accountability of private equity and hedge funds. Ms. Slavkin works with legislators, political organizations, pension funds and union affiliates to build support for policies that improve investor protections, regulatory oversight and tax fairness. Prior to joining the AFL-CIO, Ms. Slavkin was assistant counsel at BISYS Fund Services where she provided legal services related to establishing and maintaining mutual funds, money market funds and registered hedge funds of funds. Ms. Slavkin received her J.D. from Boston University and a B.S. in journalism from the University of Florida.

 

Ken Snowden
Ken Snowden is an associate professor and director of Graduate Studies in Economics at The University of North Carolina Greensboro. Professor Snowden’s publications include: “Building and Loan Associations in the US, 1889-1893: The Origins of Localization in the Residential Mortgage Market”; “Mortgage Lending and American Urbanization, 1880-1890”; “Mortgage Rates and American Capital Market Development in the Late Nineteenth Century; and Historical Returns and Security Market Development, 1872-1925.” He is also editor of “Construction, Housing and Mortgages” in the Millennial Edition of Historical Statistics of the United States. Professor Snowden earned his B.Sc. from East Tennessee State University, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

 

Stanley Sporkin
Stanley Sporkin a member of the Gavel Consulting Group and is a former judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Judge Sporkin also worked for the Securities Exchange Commission and served as Director of Enforcement. Judge Sporkin received an A.B. from Pennsylvania State University and an LL.B. from Yale Law School.

 

Richard Sylla
Richard Sylla is the Henry Kaufman Professor of the History of Financial Institutions and Markets and a professor of economics, entrepreneurship, and innovation at New York University Stern School of Business. He is the author of several books, including The American Capital Market and A History of Interest Rates. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, Small Business and American Life: A History and Business and Economic History. He is also on the editorial board of many journals that include the Financial History Review, Enterprise and Society, and Economic and Financial History Abstracts. Professor Sylla received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.

 

Michael Waibel
Dr. Michael Waibel is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Law and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Cambridge University. He is also a Bye-Fellow of Downing College. His main interests are international economic law, international finance and the settlement of international disputes. He is currently writing a book on financial crises in international law. This research explores the extent to which the law protects sovereign creditors and enables countries in financial distress to restructure their debt. Michael is co-rapporteur of the International Law Association’s study group on sovereign insolvency. In 2008, the American Society for International Law awarded him the Francis Deak prize for his AJIL article “Opening Pandora’s Box: Sovereign Bonds in International Arbitration.” Dr. Waibel holds Mag. iur. and Dr. iur. degrees from the Universität Wien, an MSc (Econ.) from the LSE and an LLM from Harvard University. He is admitted to the New York bar. Before coming to Cambridge, he was a DOC scholar of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and taught economics at the LSE and Harvard. He has also worked at the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

 

Peter J. Wallison
Peter J. Wallison is co-director of, American Enterprise Institute’s program on financial market deregulation where he is the Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies. He is also a member of the S.E.C’s Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting and the Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee. Prior to joining AEI, he practiced banking, corporate, and financial law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C., and New York. Mr. Wallison has held a number of government positions; he was general counsel of the United States Treasury Department and the Depository Institutions Deregulation Committee, and was White House counsel to President Ronald Reagan. Mr. Wallison’s publications include: Competitive Equity: A Better Way to Organize Mutual Funds; Ronald Reagan: The Power of Conviction and the Success of His Presidency; Nationalizing Mortgage Risk: The Growth of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; The GAAP Gap: Corporate Disclosure in the Internet Age; and Back From the Brink. He is also the editor of Optional Federal Chartering and Regulation of Insurance Companies and Serving Two Masters, Yet Out of Control: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both published by the American Enterprise Institute. Mr. Wallison received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and law degree from Harvard University.

 

Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr.
Art Wilmarth, Jr. is a professor of law at The George Washington University Law School. Since joining the Law School’s faculty in 1986, he has taught courses in banking law, contract law, corporate law and American constitutional history. He has published numerous law review articles and book chapters in the fields of banking law and constitutional history, and he has co-authored a book on corporate law. In 2005, the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers awarded him its prize for the best law review article published in the field of consumer financial services law during 2004. Professor Wilmarth received his B.A. degree from Yale University and his J.D. degree from Harvard University. Following his graduation from law school, he practiced law for twelve years and was a partner in the law firms of Jones Day (Washington, DC) and Barley Snyder, LLP (Lancaster, PA). He has filed briefs and presented oral arguments in banking cases in the United States Supreme Court and lower federal courts. He has also testified on issues concerning banking regulation before committees of the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, the California state legislature, and the District of Columbia Council. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Banking Regulation (Palgrave Macmillan, U.K.). He served as Chair of the Section on Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services of the Association of American Law Schools in 2008-09, after serving as Chair-Elect and Annual Program Chair of the Section in 2007-2008.

 

David Zaring
David Zaring is an assistant professor of legal studies and business ethics at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Professor Zaring’s recent publications include: “Networking Goes International: An Update; Informal Procedure, Hard and Soft in International Administration”; “National Rulemaking Through Trial Courts: The Big Case and Institutional Reform”; “Best Practices as Regulatory Regimes: The Case of Nonpoint Source Pollution”; “International Law by Other Means: The Twilight Existence of International Financial Regulatory Organizations”; “Extraterritoriality in the Globalized World”; “Federal Legislative Solutions to Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution: A Public Choice Analysis”; “Managing Medical Waivers: 1115 and State Health Care Reform”; and “Journalist Responses to Ethnic Tensions: A Study of Press in Kenya.” Professor Zaring earned his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his J.D. from Harvard University.

 


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