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Afra Afsharipour

Professor of Law

Education

B.A., magna cum laude, Cornell University 1996

J.D., Columbia Law School 1999

Biography

Afra Afsharipour researches in the areas of comparative corporate law, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, and transactional law. In 2014 she was selected for the Lawyers of Color's 50 Under 50 list, a comprehensive catalog of minority law professors making an impact in legal education. Prior to joining the Davis faculty, Professor Afsharipour was an attorney with the corporate department of Davis Polk & Wardwell in both New York, NY and Menlo Park, CA. There she advised clients on domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, and corporate governance and compliance matters. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rosemary Barkett of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professor Afsharipour received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and served as an articles editor of the Columbia Law Review and a submissions editor of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. She received her B.A. (magna cum laude) from Cornell University, where she studied government, international relations and women's studies. Professor Afsharipour blogs on legal developments in mergers & acquisitions at the M&A Law Prof Blog.

Subject Areas

Comparative Corporate Law, Corporate Governance, Mergers And Acquisitions, Securities Regulation, Transactional Law

Selected Career Highlights

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall Research Scholar 2009-present
  • Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee 2009, 2012, 2013
  • Chair-Elect (2014-2015), Treasurer & Newsletter Editor (2011-2013), AALS Section on Transactional Law and Skills
  • Executive Committee, Section on Law and South Asian Studies 2012-Present
  • Board of Directors, The American Society of Comparative Law 2009-Present
  • Affiliated Faculty, Middle East/South Asia Studies Program, UC Davis 2007-Present
  • The Conference Board, Inc. - Consultant for The India Project 2010-Present
  • Corporate Associate, Davis Polk & Wardwell 2000-2007
  • Research Fellow, Program on Careers in Law Teaching, Columbia Law School 2005
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Rosemary Barkett, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals 1999-2000

Selected Publications

The India Corporate Governance Handbook, (forthcoming The Conference Board 2014)

The Development of the Uncorporation in India, Research Handbook on Partnerships, LLCs and Alternative Forms of Business Organizations (eds. Robert W. Hillman and Mark J. Lowenstein) (Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. forthcoming 2014)

Gender Diversity on Indian Boards, Contemporary Approach to Corporate Governance: The Indian Context (Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs forthcoming 2014)

Corporate Social Responsibility in India, The Conference Board Director Notes No. DN-___ (forthcoming 2014) (co-authored with Shruti Rana)

The Emergence of New Corporate Social Responsibility Regimes in China and India, 14 U.C. Davis Bus. L.J. 175 (2014) (co-authored with Shruti Rana)

The Indian Private Equity Model, National Stock Exchange of India Limited, NSE Working Paper WP/8/2013 (July 2013)

Law and the Evolution of Outbound Acquisitions by Indian Companies, National Stock Exchange of India Limited (May 2012) (edited transcript)

The Evolving Role of Independent Directors, National Stock Exchange of India Limited (May 2012) (edited transcript)

A Shareholders’ Put Option: Counteracting the Acquirer Overpayment Problem, 96 Minnesota L. Rev. 1018 (2012) selected by the Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF) for Second Annual Junior Faculty Business and Financial Law Workshop

Directors as Trustees of the Nation? India's Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility Reform Efforts, 34 Seattle U. L. Rev. 996 (2011) (invited symposium article)

Outbound Mergers and Acquisitions by Indian Firms, The Conference Board Director Notes No. DN-V3N10 (2011)

Rising Multinationals: Law and the Evolution of Outbound Acquisitions by Indian Companies, 44 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1029 (2011) (invited symposium article)

The Promise and Challenges of India's Corporate Governance Reforms, 1 Indian J. of L. & Econ. 33 (2010) (invited inaugural issue)

A Brief Overview of Corporate Governance Reforms in India, The Conference Board Director Notes No. DN-020 (2010)

Transforming the Allocation of Deal Risk Through Reverse Termination Fees, 63 Vanderbilt L. Rev. 1161 (2010) selected by the Corporate Practice Commentator as one of the Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles of 2011

Corporate Governance Convergence: Lessons from the Indian Experience, 29 Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business 335 (2009)

Integrating the Financial Crisis in the Business Associations Course: Benefits and Pitfalls, 5 J. BUS. & TECH. L. 5 (2010)

Incorporating Business in Business Law Classes, 8 UC Davis Business Law Journal (2007)

Empowering Ourselves: The Role of Women’s NGOs in the Enforcement of the Women’s Convention, 99 Column. L. Rev. 129 (1999)

Service Activities

Chair-Elect & Executive Committee, AALS Section on Transactional Law and Skills

Executive Committee, AALS Section on Law and South Asian Studies

Board of Directors, The American Society of Comparative Law

Affiliated Faculty, Middle East/South Asia Studies Program at UC Davis

Projects

The Conference Board, Inc. - Consultant for The India Project