Bernard S. Sharfman

R Street Institute

Associate Fellow

1050 17th Street Northwest

#1150

Washington, DC 20036

United States

http://www.rstreet.org/

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

29

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Scholarly Papers (29)

1.

Shareholder Activism as a Corrective Mechanism in Corporate Governance

Brigham Young University Law Review, Vol. 2014, No. 5, 2014, Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 225
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 12 Sep 2013 Last Revised: 29 Aug 2015
Paul Rose and Bernard S. Sharfman
Ohio State University - Moritz College of Law and R Street Institute
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corporate governance, shareholder activism, hedge funds, governance entrepreneurs

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The Importance of the Business Judgment Rule

14 New York University Journal of Law and Business 27 (Fall 2017)
Number of pages: 43 Posted: 21 Dec 2016 Last Revised: 15 Mar 2018
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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Business Judgment Rule, Corporate Law

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Shareholder Wealth Maximization and Its Implementation under Corporate Law

Florida Law Review, Vol. 66, No. 1 (2014)
Number of pages: 44 Posted: 10 Jan 2013 Last Revised: 19 Apr 2014
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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shareholder wealth maximization, corporate governance, Unocal test, Board of Directors, authority, accountability, Kenneth Arrow, theory of large organizations, rights plan, Revlon, eBay

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Dysfunctional Deference and Board Composition: Lessons from Enron

Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, Vol. 103, pp. 153-162, 2008
Number of pages: 10 Posted: 16 Jul 2008 Last Revised: 12 Oct 2008
Bernard S. Sharfman and Steven J. Toll
R Street Institute and affiliation not provided to SSRN
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corporate governance, corporate law, dysfunctional deference

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Wall Street's Corporate Governance Crisis

Corporate Governance Advisor, Vol. 17, No. 1. pp. 5-8,, Jan./Feb. 2009
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 13 Nov 2008 Last Revised: 02 Mar 2009
Bernard S. Sharfman, Steven J. Toll and Alan Szydlowski
R Street Institute, affiliation not provided to SSRN and affiliation not provided to SSRN
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corporate law, corporate governance, clawback

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Activist Hedge Funds in a World of Board Independence: Creators or Destroyers of Long-Term Value?

Columbia Business Law Review, p. 814, 2015
Number of pages: 48 Posted: 11 Mar 2015 Last Revised: 26 Jan 2016
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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hedge funds, activism, corporate governance, corporate law, independence, board of directors

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Corporate Governance and the Impact of Controlling Shareholders

Corporate Governance Advisor, Vol. 18, No. 1, p. 1, January-Febuary 2010
Number of pages: 10 Posted: 26 Oct 2009 Last Revised: 02 Mar 2010
Lisa M. Mezzetti, Dirk Schlimm and Bernard S. Sharfman
Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, P.L.L.C., Jenoir Management Consultants and R Street Institute
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corporate governance, corporate law

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A Theory of Shareholder Activism and Its Place in Corporate Law

Tennessee Law Review, Vol. 82, No. 4, 2015
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 16 Jan 2015 Last Revised: 24 Mar 2017
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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shareholder activism, corporate law, corporate governance, corrective mechanism, empirical studies

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The Enduring Legacy of Smith v. Van Gorkom

Delaware Journal of Corporate Law (DJCL), Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 287-309, 2008
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 06 Dec 2007 Last Revised: 07 Oct 2008
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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Van Gorkom, business judgment rule, duty of care, directors, accountability, authority, corporate governance, corporate law

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Enhancing the Efficiency of Board Decision Making: Lessons Learned from the Financial Crisis of 2008

Delaware Journal of Corporate Law (DJCL), Vol. 34, No. 3, 2009
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 04 Feb 2009 Last Revised: 17 Nov 2009
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
Downloads 382 (71,062)
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Delaware, Journal, Corporate, Law, DJCL, financial crisis, 2008, compensation, bonus, bonuses, Wall Street, payouts

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What's Wrong with Shareholder Empowerment?

Journal of Corporation Law, Vol. 37, No. 4, pp. 903-909, 2012
Number of pages: 7 Posted: 09 Mar 2012 Last Revised: 20 Jul 2012
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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corporate law, corporate governance, public company, authority, accountability, private ordering, liquidity traders, information traders, shareholder empowerment, board of directors, agency costs

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A Private Ordering Defense of a Company's Right to Use Dual Class Share Structures in IPOs

Villanova Law Review, Vol. 63, No. 1, 2018
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 15 Jun 2017 Last Revised: 16 Jun 2018
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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corporate governance, corporate law, dual class shares, IPOs, initial public offering, controlling shareolders, shareholder empowerment, principal-cost theory

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Why Proxy Access is Harmful to Corporate Governance

Journal of Corporation Law, Vol. 37, No. 2, Winter 2012
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 28 Jun 2011 Last Revised: 05 Mar 2012
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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Using the Law to Reduce Systemic Risk

Journal of Corporation Law, Vol. 36, No. 3, 2011
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 20 Nov 2010 Last Revised: 24 May 2011
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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Financial Institutions, Tax Policy, Systemic Risk, Compensation, Financial Regulation

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Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corporation: A Small but Significant Step Forward in the War Against Frivolous Shareholder Lawsuits

Journal of Corporation Law, Volume 40, Issue 1
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 25 Jul 2014 Last Revised: 16 Nov 2014
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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corporate law, freeze-out, merger, entire fairness

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How the Strong Negotiating Position of Wall Street Employees Impacts the Corporate Governance of Financial Firms

Virginia Law & Business Review, Volume 5, No. 3, Winter 2011
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 09 Dec 2009 Last Revised: 15 Feb 2011
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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The Tension between Hedge Fund Activism and Corporate Law

Journal of Law, Economics and Policy, Symposium Issue, pp. 251-277, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Fall 2016).
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 26 Jan 2016 Last Revised: 16 Jul 2017
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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A Team Production Approach to Corporate Law and Board Composition

Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, Vol. 103, pp. 380-392, February 16, 2009
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 25 Sep 2008 Last Revised: 13 Mar 2009
Bernard S. Sharfman and Steven J. Toll
R Street Institute and affiliation not provided to SSRN
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corporate law, corporate governance

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Presentation: Moving Beyond the Dodd-Frank Act: Reducing Systemic Risk by Cooling Wall Street's Bonus Culture: The Midwestern Law and Economics Association annual meeting, October 9, 2010

The Midwestern Law and Economics Association Annual Meeting, October 9, 2010
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 09 Oct 2010 Last Revised: 07 Aug 2014
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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financial institutions, tax policy, compensation, systemic risk

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Being Informed Does Matter: Fine Tuning Gross Negligence Twenty Plus Years after Van Gorkom

The Business Lawyer, Vol. 62, No. 1, p. 135, November 2006
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 14 Sep 2006 Last Revised: 10 Mar 2008
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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Authority, accountability, abstention, gross negligence, exculpation

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Understanding Maryland's Business Judgment Rule

Duquesne Business Law Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 1-31, 2006
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 04 Aug 2009
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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corporate law, business judgment rule

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What Shareholder Proposals on Proxy Access Tell Us about Its Value

Yale Journal on Regulation Online, 2016
Number of pages: 8 Posted: 23 Jun 2016 Last Revised: 15 Nov 2016
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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Taking a More Sophisticated Approach to Market Efficiency: How Securities Analyst Reports can be used to Establish Loss Causation in a Federal Securities Fraud Action

Securities Regulation Law Journal, Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 57-63
Number of pages: 7 Posted: 09 Oct 2009 Last Revised: 18 Oct 2010
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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securities law, securities regulation, loss causation

What Theory and the Empirical Evidence Tell Us About Proxy Access

Journal of Law, Economics and Policy, Volume 13, Winter 2017, No. 1, 1-38.
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 03 Apr 2016 Last Revised: 22 Aug 2017
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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What Theory and the Empirical Evidence Tell Us About Proxy Access

MERCATUS WORKING PAPER
Number of pages: 50 Posted: 07 Jun 2018
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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Modifying Model Rule 5.4 to Allow for Minority Ownership of Law Firms by Nonlawyers

Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Vol. 13, No. 3, 2000
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 30 Oct 2011
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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Critiquing the CFA Institute's Report on Proxy Access

R Street Shorts No. 21, March 2016
Number of pages: 3 Posted: 03 Apr 2016
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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Public-Pension Funds Play with Newest Toy in Corporate Governance

R Street Shorts, No. 12 (2015)
Number of pages: 3 Posted: 16 Aug 2015
Bernard S. Sharfman
R Street Institute
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proxy voting rule, proxy voting, mutual funds, investment advisers, activism, shareholder empowerment, public pension funds, fiduciary duties

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proxy advisor, board of directors, information trader, fiduciary duties, voting recommendations, precision, imprecision

Other Papers (2)

Total Downloads: 12    Citations: 0
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Why Corporate Boards Would Be Better Off With Fewer Outside CEOs

Pensions & Investments Online, White Papers
Posted: 22 Aug 2009
Bernard S. Sharfman and Steven J. Toll
R Street Institute and affiliation not provided to SSRN
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board composition, corporate governance