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Jeffrey N. Gordon is the Richard Paul Richman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, Visiting Professor in the Law Faculty of Oxford University, and a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute.  He is co-director of Columbia Law School’s Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership as well as co-director of the Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy.


Professor Gordon teaches and writes extensively on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, comparative corporate governance, and, more recently, the regulation of finance institutions.  He is the co-author of Principles of Financial Regulation, Oxford University Press 2016, and co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Corporate Law and Governance, Oxford University Press 2017.  


Recent articles relevant to current debates include:  The Agency Costs of Agency Capitalism: Activist Investors and the Re-valuation of Governance Rights, 113 Columbia Law Review 863 (2013) (with Ronald Gilson); The Empty Call for Benefit-Cost Analysis in Financial Regulation, 43 Journal of Legal Studies S351 (2014); Systemic Harms and Shareholder Value, 6 Journal of Legal Analysis 35 (2014) (with John Armour); Money Market Funds Run Risk: Will Floating Net Asset Value Fix the Problem? 2014 Columbia Business Law Rev. 313 (with Christopher M. Gandia), and Bank Resolution in the European Banking Union: An American Perspective on What It Would Take, 115 Columbia Law Review 1297 (2015) (with George Ringe). 


Professor Gordon graduated from Yale and Harvard Law School, clerked for a federal appeals court judge, practiced at a New York law firm, and worked in the General Counsel’s office of the U.S. Treasury. He began his academic career at NYU in 1982 and moved to Columbia in 1988.  While at Treasury, he worked on the Chrysler Corporation loan guarantee program and financial regulation.

Research Interests

Corporations, Mergers and acquisitions, Foundations of the regulatory state, Contemporary corporate law scholarship reading group

Working Papers



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