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Eric Talley

Eric Talley is an expert on corporate law, governance, and finance. His teaching and research focus on mergers and acquisitions, quantitative methods, machine learning, game theory, and the economic analysis of law. In recent empirical work, Talley examined the impact of Delaware’s decision to allow corporations to waive the duty not to exploit a corporate opportunity for personal gain without authorization.

Talley, who holds a Ph.D. in economics, was awarded the Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Columbia Law School students in 2017. He was part of an American Bar Association initiative to understand why women are underrepresented in mergers and acquisitions practice. In addition, he serves as an executive committee member for the Columbia Data Science Institute—which develops innovative technologies to better society—and on the board of directors of the American Law and Economics Association. He is also co-director of the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership.

Corporate law introduces myriad financial concepts that are foreign to students. I teach them this vocabulary systematically, remaining mindful of what entrepreneurs, shareholders, and investors want to accomplish.