Jeffrey Manns

Portrait of Jeffrey Manns
Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Jeffrey Manns is a Professor of Law whose teaching and research interests focus on securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate law. He also has a courtesy appointment as a Professor of Finance in the George Washington University School of Business.

Professor Manns is a graduate of Yale Law School and received his doctorate from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He served as a Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal and received the Israel H. Peres Prize for the best student publication in the Yale Law Journal. Before joining the law school faculty, Professor Manns clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and practiced law in Washington, D.C.

His most recent articles assess the degree of editorial churning and inefficiency in both the macro and micro levels of merger agreement drafting. His current projects entail proposals to overhaul oligopoly regulation and to reform the appointment process for independent agencies. He formerly served for four years as the Faculty Director for the Center for Law, Economics, and Finance during which he worked on a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign, developed an entrepreneurship initiative, and expanded the Business and Finance Law LLM program.



BA, University of Virginia; DPhil, Oxford University; JD, Yale University

In the News

"Wall Street’s Green Push Exposes New Conflicts of Interest"

January 31, 2022

Jeffrey Manns was quoted by the Wall Street Journal regarding the conflict of interests in credit-ratings firms’ sales of ESG services.

"County Will Provide Testing for Neighbors of Florida’s Lead Smelter"

April 22, 2021
Jeffrey Manns is quoted in PBS "Frontline" about how regulatory probes of a lead smelter may result in a downgraded credit rating.

"Ratings Shopping Never Died in CMBS Market Now Facing Crisis"

October 01, 2020

Jeffrey Manns is quoted in Bloomberg Quint about how the issue of ratings-shopping and grade inflation remains unresolved.

"SEC Urged to End Ratings Firms’ Conflicted Business Model"

November 04, 2019
Jeffrey Manns is quoted by The Wall Street Journal on the problematic nature of the "issuer pay" business model in the structured-bond market.