Steven Davidoff Solomon

Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law,
Faculty Codirector, Berkeley Center for Law and Business,
UC Berkeley School of Law, University of California

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Steven Davidoff Solomon is a widely recognized authority on corporate and securities law. Professor Solomon specializes in corporate law and governance, capital markets regulation, contract interpretation, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A). He also conducts interdisciplinary research on topics involving law and finance. Professor Solomon studies and has been retained by the Securities and Exchange Commission in litigation related to special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs).

Professor Solomon has testified before the U.S. Senate, and in complex litigation involving antitrust and competition, M&A, disclosure, corporate governance (including nonprofit and real estate investment trust matters), and corporate law issues such as piercing the corporate veil, evaluating contracts, and analyzing damages, among others. The National Association of Corporate Directors has honored him multiple times as one of the 100 most influential governance professionals in the United States.

For almost a decade, Professor Solomon wrote a weekly column on corporate issues for the New York Times as the Deal Professor. He coauthored Mergers and Acquisitions: Law, Theory, and Practice, a leading casebook in the field, as well as several other volumes focused on M&A and corporate law. Professor Solomon has published his research in leading academic journals, including the Harvard Business Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Journal of Financial Economics. A noted study has identified him among the most-cited U.S. scholars of corporate law and securities regulation.

At UC Berkeley School of Law, Professor Solomon teaches courses on law, economics and accounting, M&A, capital markets, and business associations.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Solomon practiced as an attorney for nearly a decade, with Shearman & Sterling in New York and London and with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London. He represented U.S. and European clients in securities law matters, acquisitions and sales of public and private companies, joint ventures, and private equity and venture capital investments.

Professor Solomon sits on the board of directors of a SPAC, where he serves on the audit, nominating, and compensation committees.


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