Associate in Law
- D.Phil. (cand.), University of Oxford
- J.D./M.B.A., Columbia University, 2007
- M.A., Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, 1996
- University of Washington (visiting scholar 2009–10); London School of Economics (certificate in international business, 2002); Università “La Sapienza” and Pontificia Università “Gregoriana” (visiting scholar 1994–95)
Research and Teaching Interests
- Contract Law
- Corporate Law and Financial Markets
- Law & Economics
- Intellectual Property
- Art and Media Law
- Comparative Law and Jurisprudence
- Legal Anthropology
Alexander Pulte’s scholarship follows his multi-disciplinary focus on law and economics with an emphasis on the interconnected changes in both disciplines within broader historical, sociological and anthropological developments. He completed his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees at Columbia University in 2007, clerked for Justice Asher D. Grunis of the Supreme Court of Israel in 2011 and is currently completing a D.Phil. degree at the University of Oxford. He is a member of the American Bar Association and supports several non-profit organizations in the areas of art law and environmental protection through ongoing scholarship and pro-bono legal advice.
Before joining the Columbia faculty, Alexander worked for two years at the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and for nine months at the Frankfurt office of Shearman & Sterling LLP. With a practice broadly focused on corporate and security laws, he advised international corporations and sovereign issuers on accessing the capital markets, represented companies in domestic and international IPOs and counseled participants in international business combinations, such as the merger of Germany’s second and third-largest banks in 2008. During the financial crisis in 2008/9, his primary focus became the restructuring and corporate reorganization of financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs’ conversion from investment bank to bank holding company. He also represented several banking clients, including American Express, in accessing the U.S. Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program. Most recently, he worked with DLA Piper UK LLP as a senior associate on developing the firm’s International Capital Markets practice within the firm’s five German offices.
In addition to his expertise in corporate and securities laws, Alexander has several years of experience working as a London-based media strategy consultant. This position as advisor to the Council of Europe and to the government of Great Britain, as well as to several Hollywood studios, established him as an expert on international content distribution and media finance with several publications in the areas of home entertainment, movie marketing and venture capital funding for emerging media companies. His contributions to the international media business were honored with elections to membership of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the European Film Academy and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. His scholarly interests in this area concern primarily differences between national intellectual property protection measures, legal concerns in the context of global digital data networks and first amendment considerations in media regulation.