Afra Afsharipour

Associate Professor, History

Office: 2110 King HallAfra Afsharipour

Phone: (530) 754-0111

E-Mail: aafsharipour (at) ucdavis (dot) edu

Afra Afsharipour researches in the areas of comparative corporate law, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, and transactional law. Prior to joining the Davis faculty, Professor Afsharipour was an attorney with the corporate department of Davis Polk & Wardwell in both New York, NY and Menlo Park, CA. There she advised clients on domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, and corporate governance and compliance matters. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rosemary Barkett of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Afsharipour received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and served as an articles editor of the Columbia Law Review and a submissions editor of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. She received her B.A. (magna cum laude) from Cornell University, where she studied government, international relations and women's studies. Professor Afsharipour blogs on legal developments in mergers & acquisitions at the M&A Law Prof Blog .

Special Interests

Comparative Corporate Law, Corporate Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities Regulation, Transactional Law

Selected Career Highlights

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall Research Scholar 2009-present

  • Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee 2009, 2012, 2013

  • Treasurer & Executive Committee, AALS Section on Transactional Law and Skills 2011-Present

  • Executive Committee & Secretary, Section on Law and South Asian Studies 2012-Present

  • Board of Directors, The American Society of Comparative Law 2009-Present

  • Affiliated Faculty, Middle East/South Asia Studies Program, UC Davis 2007-Present

  • The Conference Board, Inc. - Consultant for The India Project 2010-Present

  • Corporate Associate, Davis Polk & Wardwell 2000-2007

  • Research Fellow, Program on Careers in Law Teaching, Columbia Law School 2005

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Rosemary Barkett, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals 1999-2000

Selected Publications

The India Corporate Governance Handbook (forthcoming The Conference Board 2013)

Private Equity Investments in Indian Firms: Structure, Control and Exit in an Environment of Legal Uncertainty (Forthcoming National Stock Exchange of India Working Paper Series 2013)

Law and the Evolution of Outbound Acquisitions by Indian Companies, National Stock Exchange of India Limited (May 2012) (edited transcript)

The Evolving Role of Independent Directors, National Stock Exchange of India Limited (May 2012) (edited transcript)

A Shareholders’ Put Option: Counteracting the Acquirer Overpayment Problem, 96 Minnesota L. Rev. 1018 (2012)

  • Selected by the Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF) for Second Annual Junior Faculty Business and Financial Law Workshop

Directors as Trustees of the Nation? India’s Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility Reform Efforts¸ 34 Seattle U. L. Rev. 996 (2011) (invited symposium article) (

Outbound Mergers and Acquisitions by Indian Firms, The Conference Board Director Notes No. DN-V3N10 (2011) (

Rising Multinationals: Law and the Evolution of Outbound Acquisitions by Indian Companies, 44 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1029 (2011) (invited symposium article) (

The Promise and Challenges of India’s Corporate Governance Reforms, 1 Indian J. of L. & Econ. 33 (2010) (invited inaugural issue) (

A Brief Overview of Corporate Governance Reforms in India, The Conference Board Director Notes No. DN-020 (December 2010) (

Transforming the Allocation of Deal Risk Through Reverse Termination Fees, 63 Vanderbilt L. Rev. 1161 (2010) (

  • Selected by the Corporate Practice Commentator as one of the Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles of 2011

Integrating the Financial Crisis in the Business Associations Course: Benefits and Pitfalls, 5 J. Bus. & Tech. L. 5 (2010) (invited conference essay) (

Corporate Governance Convergence: Lessons from the Indian Experience, 29 Northwestern J. Int'l L. & Bus. 335 (2009) (

Incorporating “Business” in Business Law Classes, 8 U.C. Davis Bus. L.J. 1 (2007) (invited essay) (

Note, Empowering Ourselves: The Role of Women’s NGOs in the Enforcement of the Women’s Convention, 99 Colum. L. Rev. 129 (1999) (