William W. Bratton

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law Emeritus

3501 Sansom Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

United States

University of Miami School of Law

de law Cruz Mentschikoff Chair in Law and Economics and Senior Lecturer

P.O. Box 248087

Coral Gables, FL 33146

United States

European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Research Associate

c/o ECARES ULB CP 114

B-1050

Brussels

Belgium

http://www.ecgi.org

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Scholarly Papers (43)

1.

Enron and the Dark Side of Shareholder Value

Number of pages: 79 Posted: 02 Mar 2002
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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Enron, Sarbanes-Oxley and Accounting: Rules Versus Principles Versus Rents

Number of pages: 35 Posted: 26 Nov 2003
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
Downloads 5,046 (1,990)
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Enron, Corporate Governance, Securities Law, Corporate Law, Sarbanes-Oxley

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A Transactional Genealogy of Scandal: From Michael Milken to Enron to Goldman Sachs

Southern California Law Review, Vol. 86, pp. 783-868 (2013), U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 12-26, Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 12-034, Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 12-126
Number of pages: 86 Posted: 15 Aug 2012 Last Revised: 13 Dec 2014
William W. Bratton and Adam J. Levitin
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and Georgetown University Law Center
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securitization, derivatives, CDO, CBO, CDS, Milken, Enron, SIV, Abacus, First Executive, Imperial Corporation, structured finance, firm, fiduciary, scandal, swaps, SPE, SPV

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Comparative Corporate Governance and the Theory of the Firm: The Case Against Global Cross Reference

Number of pages: 62 Posted: 26 Feb 2000
William W. Bratton and Joseph A. McCahery
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and Tilburg University - School of Law; European Banking Center (EBC)
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Hedge Funds and Governance Targets

Georgetown Law Journal, Vol. 95, p. 1375, 2007, Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 928689, ECGI - Law Working Paper No. 80/2007
Number of pages: 59 Posted: 06 Sep 2006 Last Revised: 22 Jan 2019
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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corporate governance, corporations, dividends, hedge funds, proxy voting, shareholder activism, securities regulation

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The New Dividend Puzzle

Georgetown Law Journal, Vol. 93, p. 845, 2005, Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 535462
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 28 Apr 2004 Last Revised: 14 Aug 2010
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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Berle and Means Reconsidered at the Century's Turn

Number of pages: 40 Posted: 31 Jan 2001
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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Berle and Means Reconsidered at the Century's Turn

Number of pages: 34 Posted: 16 Nov 2001
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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How Does Corporate Mobility Affect Lawmaking? A Comparative Analysis

ECGI - Law Working Paper No. 91/2008, Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 1086667, Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics Working Paper No. 2008-01
Number of pages: 44 Posted: 25 Jan 2008 Last Revised: 22 Jan 2019
William W. Bratton, Joseph A. McCahery and Erik P. M. Vermeulen
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, Tilburg University - School of Law; European Banking Center (EBC) and Tilburg University - Department of Business Law
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corporate mobility, costs of regulation, regulatory competition

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Shareholder Primacy's Corporatist Origins: Adolf Berle and 'The Modern Corporation'

Journal of Corporation Law, Vol. 34, Pg. 99, 2008, U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 07-24, Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 1021273
Number of pages: 54 Posted: 16 Oct 2007 Last Revised: 13 May 2009
William W. Bratton and Michael L. Wachter
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and University of Pennsylvania Law School - Institute for Law and Economics
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Adolf Berle, E. Merrick Dodd, corporate social responsibility, CSR, shareholder primacy, social welfare

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The Case Against Shareholder Empowerment

University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 158, p. 653, 2010, U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 09-35, Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 1480290
Number of pages: 76 Posted: 01 Oct 2009 Last Revised: 04 Apr 2010
William W. Bratton and Michael L. Wachter
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and University of Pennsylvania Law School - Institute for Law and Economics
Downloads 2,184 (8,257)
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Corporations, corporate governance, financial crisis, law reform, regulatory reform, shareholder wealth maximization, shareholder primacy, risk management, leverage, high risk strategies, balance of power between directors and shareholders, agency costs

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Bond Covenants and Creditor Protection: Economics and Law, Theory and Practice, Substance and Process

European Business Organization Law Review (EBOR), Forthcoming, Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 902910
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 17 May 2006
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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agency costs, bank loans, bonds and bondholders, bond covenants, creditors' rights, legal capital, private placements, trust indentures

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Venture Capital on the Downside: Preferred Stock and Corporate Control

Number of pages: 76 Posted: 22 Nov 2001
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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Fiscal Federalism, Jurisdictional Competition and Tax Coordination: Translating Theory to Policy in the European Union

Number of pages: 50 Posted: 23 Feb 2000
William W. Bratton and Joseph A. McCahery
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and Tilburg University - School of Law; European Banking Center (EBC)
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Sovereign Debt Restructuring and the Best Interest of Creditors

Vanderbilt Law Review, Vol. 57, Pg. 1, 2004, GWU Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 59, Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 387880
Number of pages: 79 Posted: 14 Mar 2003 Last Revised: 25 Dec 2014
William W. Bratton and Mitu Gulati
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and University of Virginia School of Law
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The New Bond Workouts

University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 166, No. 1597, 2018, U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 17-9, European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) - Law Working Paper No. 356/2017
Number of pages: 78 Posted: 03 Mar 2017 Last Revised: 11 Dec 2018
William W. Bratton and Adam J. Levitin
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and Georgetown University Law Center
Downloads 964 (29,205)
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Corporations, Bankruptcy, Corporate Finance, Securities, Bonds, Financial Distress, Reorganizations, Debt Restructuring, Trust Indenture Act, Collective Action Clauses, Unanimous Action Clause, Creditor Coercion, Exit Consents, Intercreditor Duty of Good Faith

Rules, Principles, and the Accounting Crisis in the United States

Number of pages: 32 Posted: 15 Nov 2004
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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Corporation and securities law, illegal behaviour, enforcement of law, accounting, auditing

Rules, Principles, and the Accounting Crisis in the United States

Posted: 30 Sep 2004
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

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Corporation and securities law, illegal behaviour, enforcement of law, accounting, auditing

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Shareholder Value, Financial Conservatism, and Auditor Independence

Number of pages: 38 Posted: 10 Oct 2003
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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A Theory of Preferred Stock

University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 161, P. 1815, 2013, ECGI - Law Working Paper No. 201, U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 13-3
Number of pages: 92 Posted: 10 Feb 2013 Last Revised: 22 Jan 2019
William W. Bratton and Michael L. Wachter
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and University of Pennsylvania Law School - Institute for Law and Economics
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Preferred shares, corporate equity, contractual debt, corporate finance, corporation law, securities law

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The Political Economy of Fraud on the Market

University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 160, p. 69, 2011, U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 11-17
Number of pages: 101 Posted: 28 Apr 2011 Last Revised: 20 Dec 2011
William W. Bratton and Michael L. Wachter
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and University of Pennsylvania Law School - Institute for Law and Economics
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Antifraud, class actions, corporate governance, law reform, Securities and Exchange Commission, securities regulation, shareholder rights

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Treatment Differences and Political Realities in the GAAP-IFRS Debate

Virginia Law Review, Vol. 95, p. 989, 2009, GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 461, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 461, Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 1375617
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 10 Apr 2009 Last Revised: 13 Aug 2010
William W. Bratton and Lawrence A. Cunningham
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and George Washington University
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GAAP, IFRS, FASB, Securities Exchange Commission

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The Equilibrium Content of Corporate Federalism

Wake Forest Law Review, Vol. 41, No. 3, p. 619, 2006, ECGI - Law Working Paper No. 23/2004; Georgetown Law and Econ. Research Paper No. 606481
Number of pages: 78 Posted: 10 Dec 2004 Last Revised: 22 Jan 2019
William W. Bratton and Joseph A. McCahery
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and Tilburg University - School of Law; European Banking Center (EBC)
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corporate law, corporate federalism, Delaware, shareholder value, fiduciary law

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Private Standards, Public Governance: A New Look at the Financial Accounting Standards Board

Boston College Law Review, Vol 48, Pg. 5, 2007, Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 902905
Number of pages: 50 Posted: 17 May 2006 Last Revised: 13 May 2011
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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Accounting, Securities Regulation, Administrative Law

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Pari Passu and a Distressed Sovereign's Rational Choices

Emory Law Journal, Vol. 53, p. 823, 2004, Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 505942
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 20 Feb 2004 Last Revised: 14 Aug 2010
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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Hedge Funds and Governance Targets: Long-Term Results

University of Pennsylvania Institute for Law & Economics Research Paper No. 10-17
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 15 Sep 2010
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
Downloads 481 (73,137)
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Corporate Finance, Hedge Funds, Empirical Research, Financial Performance, Changes External to the Investment Target, Value Creation

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The Academic Tournament Over Executive Compensation

Number of pages: 26 Posted: 08 Mar 2005
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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Hedge Fund Activism, Poison Pills, and the Jurisprudence of Threat

in The Corporate Contract In Changing Times: Is the Law Keeping Up? (William Savitt, Steven Davidoff Solomon, Randall Thomas eds.), Forthcoming, U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 16-20, European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) - Law Research Paper No. 330/2016
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 08 Sep 2016 Last Revised: 24 Sep 2016
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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Business Organizations, Corporations, Corporate Control, Corporate Governance, Corporate Voting, Merger, Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation, Proxy Contests, Restructuring, Shareholding, Takeover, Takeovers

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The Separation of Corporate Law and Social Welfare

Washington and Lee Law Review, Vol. 74, p. 767, 2017, U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 17-10, European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) - Law Working Paper No. 357/2017
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 04 Mar 2017 Last Revised: 01 Mar 2019
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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Corporate governance, corporation law, corporate legal theory, shareholder value, agency costs, shareholder empowerment, wealth maximization, law and economics, social responsibility, legal history, welfare economics

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Introduction to Institutional Investor Activism: Hedge Funds and Private Equity, Economics and Regulation

Institutional Investor Activism: Hedge Funds and Private Equity, Economics and Regulation (William W. Bratton and Joseph A. McCahery eds., Oxford University Press, 2015), U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 16-12
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 28 May 2016
William W. Bratton and Joseph A. McCahery
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and Tilburg University - School of Law; European Banking Center (EBC)
Downloads 411 (88,154)
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Law and economics, corporate governance and control, securities law and regulation, institutional investors, shareholder activism, European Union, firm financial performance, mergers and acquisitions, M&A, bankruptcy, takeovers

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Bankers and Chancellors

Texas Law Review, Vol. 93, P. 1, 2014, U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 14-23
Number of pages: 84 Posted: 07 Jun 2014 Last Revised: 13 Dec 2014
William W. Bratton and Michael L. Wachter
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and University of Pennsylvania Law School - Institute for Law and Economics
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Corporation law, mergers and acquisitions, M & A, M&A, takeovers, corporate finance, investment banking, conflicts of interest, fiduciary v. contractual relationships, conflict management, reputational marketplace

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Welfare, Dialectic, and Mediation in Corporate Law

Number of pages: 16 Posted: 08 Mar 2005
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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The Modern Corporation and Private Property Revisited: Gardiner Means and the Administered Price

Seattle University Law Review, Vol. 42, p. 591, 2019, U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 18-29, European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) - Law Working Paper No. 443/2019
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 12 Sep 2018 Last Revised: 18 Jan 2020
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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Berle & Means, separation of ownership & control, corporate governance, corporate legal history, corporatism, theory of administered prices, corporate concentration, inflexible prices

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Restoring Trust in America's Business Institutions

Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 784526, Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 05-25
Number of pages: 143 Posted: 24 Aug 2005
William W. Bratton and Margaret M. Blair
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and Vanderbilt University - Law School
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Tracking Berle’s Footsteps: The Trail of The Modern Corporation’s Last Chapter

Seattle University Law Review, Vol. 33, p. 849, 2010, U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 10-16
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 12 Sep 2010
William W. Bratton and Michael L. Wachter
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and University of Pennsylvania Law School - Institute for Law and Economics
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Corporations, Adolf Berle, corporatism, corporate social responsibility, social welfare, public interest, deregulation, regulatory state, corporate compliance, separation of ownership and control

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Lyondell: A Note of Approbation

New York Law School Law Review, Vol. 55, Pg. 561, 2010/11, U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 10-22
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 16 Oct 2010 Last Revised: 02 Apr 2011
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
Downloads 268 (140,891)

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corporate law, fiduciary duty, Delaware courts, good faith, Revlon scrutiny, mergers

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Corporate Law and the Myth of Efficient Market Control

Cornell Law Review, Vol. 105, p. 675, 2020, U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 19-21
Number of pages: 66 Posted: 10 May 2019 Last Revised: 19 Aug 2020
William W. Bratton and Simone M. Sepe
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law
Downloads 244 (154,641)

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corporate governance, theory of the firm, management agency costs

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Supersize Pay, Incentive Compatibility, and the Volatile Model of the Shareholder

Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 808027, Virginia Law & Business Review, Vol. 1, p. 55, 2006
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 29 Sep 2005 Last Revised: 12 Aug 2010
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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Shareholders and Social Welfare

Seattle University Law Review, Vol. 36, p. 489, 2013, U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 13-21
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 26 Jun 2013
William W. Bratton and Michael L. Wachter
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and University of Pennsylvania Law School - Institute for Law and Economics
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Corporate governance, securities, management, shareholder value, shareholder empowerment, agency cost, wealth distribution, financial markets, law and economics

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Framing a Purpose for Corporate Law

Journal of Corporation Law, Vol. 39, P. 713, 2014, U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 16-19
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 08 Sep 2016
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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Corporate Governance, Corporation Law, Corporate Legal Theory, Utility Maximization, Shareholder Value, Welfare Consequentialism, Efficiency, Competition

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A Tale of Two Markets: Regulation and Innovation in Post-Crisis Mortgage and Structured Finance Markets

U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 19-33 (2019), 2020:1 University of Illinois Law Review 47-122 (2020)
Number of pages: 76 Posted: 23 Aug 2019 Last Revised: 03 Sep 2020
William W. Bratton and Adam J. Levitin
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and Georgetown University Law Center
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structured products, financial crisis, securitization, financial regulation, home mortgages

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Reconsidering the Evolutionary Erosion Account of Corporate Fiduciary Law

U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 21-04, University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 3753589
Number of pages: 68 Posted: 22 Dec 2020 Last Revised: 04 Feb 2021
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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corporations, corporate law, corporate governance, boards of directors, fiduciary law, duty of loyalty, self-dealing transactions, legal history, Harold Marsh, David Kershaw, majority independent board, regulation, disclosure rules

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Foreword: Bankruptcy’s New and Old Frontiers

University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 166, Pg. 1571, 2018, U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 18-36
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 11 Dec 2018
William W. Bratton and David A. Skeel
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and University of Pennsylvania Law School
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Bankruptcy law, legal history, corporate reorganization, financial distress, 1978 Bankruptcy Code, Trust Indenture Act, Chapter 11, receivership, debtor in possession, securities, judges, judicial oversight, consensual agreements

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Deadweight Costs and Intrinsic Wrongs of Nativism: Economics, Freedom, and Legal Suppression of Spanish

Posted: 23 Jun 1999
Drucilla Cornell and William W. Bratton
Rutgers University School of Law and University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

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Dividends, Noncontractibility and Corporate Law

Cardozo Law Review, Vol. 19, No. 2 (1997) (Symposium on the Essays of Warren Buffett)
Posted: 09 Apr 1997
William W. Bratton
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

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