Laura T. Starks

Charles E. and Sarah M. Seay Regents Chair in Finance;
McCombs School of Business,
University of Texas at Austin

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Laura Starks is an expert on capital markets, financial institutions, investment management, and corporate finance issues. She conducts research in the areas of asset pricing, mutual funds, retirement plans, corporate finance, and environmental social and corporate governance (ESG).

In her expert testimony Professor Starks has addressed a variety of allegations. These issues have included ERISA company stock drops, retirement plan fees, institutional investing, mutual fund management and fees, employee stock options, spin-offs, investment prudence, board prudence, securities lending, and information effects on financial markets.

Professor Starks is an independent director for CREF Retirement Accounts and TIAA-CREF Mutual Funds, and serves on the Investment Advisory Committee for the Employees Retirement System of Texas, the Board of Governors of the Investment Company Institute, and the Governing Council of the Independent Directors Council. She also served on the 2013 Strategy Council and the 2014 Expert Panel for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund (the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world). She currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Norwegian Finance Initiative.

Professor Starks edited the Review of Financial Studies, and has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Finance, Financial Management, and the Journal of Financial Services Research, among others. She has published her research in many scholarly journals, and has received many awards for her research, as well as awards for excellence in teaching.

Professional Affiliations

Brieger et al. v. Tellabs, Inc., et al.


Hecker et al. v. Deere & Company et al.


Baker v. American Century Investment Management, Inc.