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Professor Randall Thomas

John S. Beasley Professor of Law and Business
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Randall Thomas, John S. Beasley Professor of Law and Business, Vanderbilt University Law School and Owen School of Management
ECGI Research Associate (2006) :

Randall S. Thomas has earned a reputation of being one of the most productive and thoughtful corporate and securities law scholars in the nation. His recent work addresses issues such as executive compensation, corporate voting, corporate litigation and the structure of firms. He joined the Vanderbilt law faculty in 2000, having served previously in on the law faculties of the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, Duke University, Boston University, and the University of Washington. Prior to teaching law, Professor Thomas was in private practice for four years, and clerked for U.S. District Judge Charles Joiner of the Eastern District of Michigan. An acclaimed teacher, Professor Thomas teaches a variety of courses in the area of corporate law, including corporations and securities regulation. Professor Thomas also holds an appointment with the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Research Interests
Corporate and securities litigation
Corporate voting
Executive compensation
Shareholder activism

ECGI Working Papers (Click title for more details)
The Rise and Fall of Delaware’s Takeover Standards ECGI Law Working Paper 329/2016 September 2016
Corporate Darwinism: Disciplining Managers in a World with Weak Shareholder Litigation ECGI Law Working Paper 309/2016 March 2016
Litigation in Mergers and Acquisitions ECGI Finance Working Paper 305/2011 April 2011
Zealous Advocates or Self-interested Actors? Assessing the Value of Plaintiffs’ Law Firms in Merger Litigation ECGI Law Working Paper 265/2014 September 2014
Shareholder Voting in an Age of Intermediary Capitalism ECGI Law Working Paper 246/2014 March 2014
The International Scope of Say on Pay ECGI Law Working Paper 227/2013 September 2013
Comparing CEO Employment Contract Provisions: Differences Between Australia and the U.S. ECGI Law Working Paper 166/2010 October 2010
Hedge Fund Activism, Corporate Governance, and Firm Performance ECGI Finance Working Paper 139/2006 September 2006
Does Private Equity Create Wealth? ECGI Law Working Paper 113/2008 August 2008
There are Plaintiffs and . . . There are Plaintiffs: An Empirical Analysis of Securities Class Action Settlements ECGI Law Working Paper 099/2008 March 2008
The Returns to Hedge Fund Activism ECGI Law Working Paper 098/2008 March 2008

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