Merritt B. Fox
Merritt B. Fox
Merritt B. Fox is Michael E. Patterson Professor of Law and the NASDAQ Professor for the Law and Economics of Capital Markets at Columbia Law School. He is Co-Director of the Center for Law and Economic Studies and co-director of the Program in the Law and Economics of Capital Markets.
Fox teaches international securities regulation, securities regulation, corporate finance, and capital markets regulation at the Law School, which he joined as a faculty member in 2003.
Fox's belief that law is significantly informed by the social sciences led him to pursue a Ph.D. in economics at Yale University in 1980 to more deeply understand his chosen field.
Prior to entering teaching, he practiced law with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. One of his areas of practice was international lending to Latin America, which led him to spend time in Brazil. Fox uses such experience to help students understand the variety of considerations that go into designing workable vehicles for the international transfer of capital.
His academic interests include corporate and securities law, capital markets regulation, law and economics, international securities regulation, and comparative corporate law. Fox's articles have appeared in the Duke Law Review, Business Lawyer, Stanford Law Review, Columbia Law Review, and the New York University Law Review. He is also the author of Finance and Industrial Performance in a Dynamic Economy, 1987, and The Signature of Power: Buildings, Communication and Policy, (with H. Lasswell), 1979.
Fox practiced law with the New York City firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and taught at Yale University, Fordham Law School, and Indiana University Law School in Bloomington. He served as a University of Michigan Law School faculty member in 1988. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and past chair of the business association's section of the American Law School’s Association.
In addition to earning a Ph.D. at Yale, Fox also has a J.D. from Yale Law School and is a graduate of Yale College.