William Wilson Bratton
Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law and Co-Director, Institute for Law and Economics
William Bratton is recognized internationally as a leading writer on business law. He brings an interdisciplinary perspective to a wide range of subject matters that encompass corporate governance, corporate finance, accounting, corporate legal history, and comparative corporate law. His work has appeared in the California, Cornell, Michigan, Northwestern, Pennsylvania, Stanford, Texas, and Virginia law reviews, and the Duke and Georgetown law journals, along with the American Journal of Comparative Law and the Common Market Law Review. His book, Corporate Finance: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 8th ed. 2016), is the leading law school text on the subject. Bratton is a Research Associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute. In 2009, he was installed as the Anton Philips Professor at the Faculty of Law of Tilburg University in the Netherlands, the fifth American academic to hold the chair. In 2013, he was Simizu Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of the London School of Economics.
CORPORATE FINANCE: CASES AND MATERIALS (Foundation Press, 8th ed. 2016).
Articles and Book Chapters
Hedge Fund Activism, Poison Pills, and the Jurisprudence of Threat, in THE CORPORATE CONTRACT IN CHANGING TIMES: IS THE LAW KEEPING UP? (Steven Davidoff Solomon & Randall Stuart Thomas eds., Chicago 2019).
A World Without Treasuries?, in IS U.S. GOVERNMENT DEBT DIFFERENT? 13 (Franklin Allen et al. eds., 2012).
Reforming Securities Law Enforcement: Politics and Money at the Public/Private Divide, in REGULATORY BREAKDOWN: THE CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE IN U.S. REGULATION 200 (Cary Coglianese ed., University of Pennsylvania Press 2012). (with Michael L. Wachter)
More publications can be found here.
Reconsidering the Evolutionary Erosion Account of Corporate Fiduciary Law (December 21, 2020). U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 21-04, University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper Forthcoming. (forthcoming)
Penn Law – Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law (2011-); Deputy Dean (2012- ); Professor of Law (2010-11)
Anton Philips Professor, Tilburg University, Department of Business Law (2009-10)
Research Associate – European Corporate Governance Institute (2007- )
Georgetown – Peter P. Weidenbruch, Jr. Professor of Business Law (2007-10); Professor of Law (2003-07)
George Washington University – Samuel Tyler Research Professor of Law (1999–2003)
Rutgers University School of Law-Newark – Professor of Law (Professor II) and Governor Woodrow Wilson Scholar (1995-99); Professor of Law (Professor I) (1990-94)
Board member, AALS Business Associations Section, 1990-1993, 1999-2003, 2005- 2008.
Board member, AALS Socio-Economics Section, from 1996-1999.
Member, American Law Institute; American Economics Association; American Finance Association; Society of American Law Teachers.
- Corporate Finance: Legal Aspects
- Corporate Governance Seminar