Jeffrey N. Gordon

Richard Paul Richman Professor of Law; Co-Director, Richman Center for Business, Law & Public Policy

Office: 435 West 116th St.
New York NY 10027
Tel: (212) 854-2316
Fax: (212) 854-7946

Assistant Info

Name: Greg Klochkoff
Phone: 212-854-3739
Areas of Expertise
  • Corporations
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Foundations of the regulatory state
  • Contemporary corporate law scholarship reading group


  • B.A., Yale, 1971
  • J.D., Harvard, 1975.

Detailed Biography

Richard Paul Richman Professor of Law; Co-Director, Richman Center for Business, Law & Public Policy; Co-Director, Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership.

Professor Gordon teaches and writes extensively on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, comparative corporate governance, and, more recently, the regulation of finance institutions.  Recent papers relevant to current debates include: Executive Compensation and Corporate Governance in Financial Firms: The Case for Convertible Equity-Based Pay (forthcoming Columbia Business Law Review);  The Agency Costs of Agency Capitalism (with Ronald J. Gilson) (forthcoming Columbia Law Review), Money Market Funds Run Risk: Will Floating Net Asset Value Fix the Problem? (with Christopher M. Gandia); and Systemic Harms and the Limits of Shareholder Value (with John Armour).  He is working on a book on Principles of Financial Regulation with co-authors from Oxford and a revision of  the Law and Finance of Corporate Acquisitions with Professor Gilson and others.

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.


Recent publications include "What Enron Means for the Management and Control of the Modern Business Corporation: Some Initial Reflections," 69 Univ. of Chicago Law Review 1233 (2002); "Controlling Controlling Shareholders," 152 Univ. of Pennsylvania Law Review 785 (2003) (with Ronald Gilson); and "An American Perspective on Anti-Takeover Laws in the EU: A German Example," in Modern Company and Takeover Law in Europe (2004). Co-editor of Convergence and Persistence in Corporate Governance (Cambridge Univ. Press 2004) (with Mark Roe). Current issues of scholarly interest are corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, the regulation of capital markets and financial fiduciaries, and adjustment costs of economic change. Current teaching includes corporations, mergers and acquisitions, foundations of the regulatory state, and a contemporary corporate law scholarship reading group.