John C. Coffee

Columbia Law School

Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Corporate Governance

435 West 116th Street

New York, NY 10025

United States

European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Fellow

c/o ECARES ULB CP 114

B-1050 Brussels

Belgium

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Fellow

136 Irving Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

United States

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

41

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Scholarly Papers (41)

1.

The Future as History: The Prospects for Global Convergence in Corporate Governance and Its Implications

Columbia Law School Center for Law and Economic Studies Working Paper No. 144
Number of pages: 141 Posted: 04 Jan 1999
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
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A Theory of Corporate Scandals: Why the U.S. and Europe Differ

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 274
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 30 Mar 2005
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 7,366 (484)
Citation 43

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What Caused Enron?: A Capsule Social and Economic History of the 1990's

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 214
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 29 Jan 2003
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 6,810 (615)
Citation 34

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Understanding Enron: It's About the Gatekeepers, Stupid

Columbia Law & Economics Working Paper No. 207
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 22 Aug 2002
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 6,553 (618)
Citation 61

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Law and the Market: The Impact of Enforcement

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 304
Number of pages: 82 Posted: 09 Mar 2007
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 4,951 (987)
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The Rise of Dispersed Ownership: The Role of Law in the Separation of Ownership and Control

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 182
Number of pages: 95 Posted: 12 Jan 2001
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 4,283 (1,310)
Citation 90

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Racing Towards the Top?: The Impact of Cross-Listings and Stock Market Competition on International Corporate Governance

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 205
Number of pages: 90 Posted: 15 Jun 2002
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 3,571 (1,719)
Citation 195

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Privatization And Corporate Governance: The Lessons From Securities Market Failure

Columbia Law School, Center for Law and Economics Studies, Working Paper No. 158
Number of pages: 72 Posted: 11 Nov 1999
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 2,105 (5,074)
Citation 63

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Privatization and Corporate Governance: The Lessons from Securities Market Failure

As Published in Journal of Corporation Law, Vol. 25, pp. 1-39, 1999
Number of pages: 72 Posted: 27 Mar 2000
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 1,334 (10,904)
Citation 63

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The Acquiescent Gatekeeper: Reputational Intermediaries, Auditor Independence and the Governance of Accounting

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 191
Number of pages: 62 Posted: 25 May 2001
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
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Competition Among Securities Markets: A Path Dependent Perspective

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 192
Number of pages: 87 Posted: 25 Sep 2001
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 2,525 (3,629)
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Gatekeeper Failure and Reform: The Challenge of Fashioning Relevant Reforms

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 237
Number of pages: 89 Posted: 30 Sep 2003
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 2,443 (3,096)
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Convergence and its Critics: What are the Preconditions to the Separation of Ownership and Control?

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 179
Number of pages: 57 Posted: 14 Sep 2000
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 2,105 (4,813)
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Do Norms Matter?: A Cross-Country Examination of the Private Benefits of Control

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 183
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 30 Jan 2001
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 1,997 (5,307)
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Hail Britannia?: Institutional Investor Behavior Under Limited Regulation

As published in Michigan Law Review, Vol. 92, Pp. 1997-2087 (1994)
Number of pages: 91 Posted: 17 Jul 2001
John C. Coffee Jr. and Bernard S. Black
Downloads 1,851 (5,468)
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Reforming the Securities Class Action: An Essay on Deterrence and its Implementation

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 293
Number of pages: 68 Posted: 29 Mar 2006
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 1,803 (5,670)
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Dispersed Ownership: The Theories, the Evidence, and the Enduring Tension Between 'Lumpers' and 'Splitters'

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 363, ECGI - Law Working Paper No. 144/2010
Number of pages: 76 Posted: 09 Jan 2010 Last Revised: 11 Mar 2010
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 1,689 (5,264)
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Bail-Ins Versus Bail-Outs: Using Contingent Capital to Mitigate Systemic Risk

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 380
Number of pages: 57 Posted: 10 Sep 2010 Last Revised: 23 Oct 2010
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 1,558 (6,208)
Citation 8

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bank regulation, contingent capital, Dodd-Frank Act, executive compensation, resolution authority, shareholder voting, systemic risk, “too big to fail”

18.

Ratings Reform: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 375, ECGI - Law Working Paper No. 162/2010
Number of pages: 64 Posted: 31 Jul 2010 Last Revised: 13 Sep 2010
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 1,522 (7,889)
Citation 4

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credit rating, Dodd-Frank Act, public good, European Commission

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The Political Economy of Dodd-Frank: Why Financial Reform Tends to be Frustrated and Systemic Risk Perpetuated

Cornell Law Review, 2012, Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 414
Number of pages: 85 Posted: 10 Jan 2012
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 1,461 (8,073)
Citation 2

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Dodd-Frank Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, financial regulation, latent group, securities regulation, regulatory sine curve, Basel III

20.

The Direction Of Corporate Law: The Scholars' Perspective

As published in Delaware Journal Of Corporate Law, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 79-105, 2000
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 31 Oct 2000
Columbia Law School, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, Richards, Layton & Finger, Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
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The Impact of Hedge Fund Activism: Evidence and Implications

European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) - Law Working Paper No. 266/2014, Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 489
Number of pages: 89 Posted: 17 Sep 2014 Last Revised: 04 Oct 2014
John C. Coffee Jr. and Darius Palia
Columbia Law School and Rutgers Business School
Downloads 1,116 (6,513)

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hedge fund, institutional investor, Schedule 13D, shareholder activism, Williams Act, wolf pack

22.

Enhancing Investor Protection and the Regulation of Securities Markets

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 348
Number of pages: 71 Posted: 02 Apr 2009
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 1,107 (12,864)
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Redesigning the SEC: Does the Treasury Have a Better Idea?

U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-51, Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 342
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 03 Dec 2008 Last Revised: 04 Mar 2010
John C. Coffee Jr. and Hillary A. Sale
Columbia Law School and Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law
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The Attorney as Gatekeeper: An Agenda for the Sec

Columbia Law and Economic Working Paper No. 221
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 23 Apr 2003
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
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The New Class Action Landscape: Trends and Developments in Class Certification and Related Topics

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 435
Number of pages: 180 Posted: 29 Nov 2012 Last Revised: 01 Dec 2012
John C. Coffee Jr. and Alexandra D. Lahav
Columbia Law School and University of Connecticut - School of Law
Downloads 742 (22,748)

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class actions, class certification

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Litigation Governance: Taking Accountability Seriously

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 359, ECGI - Law Working Paper No. 145/2010
Number of pages: 90 Posted: 11 Nov 2009 Last Revised: 03 Mar 2010
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 723 (24,400)
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Accountability and Competition in Securities Class Actions: Why 'Exit' Works Better than 'Voice'

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 329
Number of pages: 53 Posted: 28 Mar 2008 Last Revised: 06 Jul 2008
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
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Extraterritorial Financial Regulation: Why E.T. Can't Come Home

European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) - Law Working Paper No. 236/2014, Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 459
Number of pages: 75 Posted: 31 Oct 2013 Last Revised: 26 Mar 2014
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 546 (31,278)

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extraterritorial, extraterritoriality, Volcker Rule, ringfencing, OTC derivatives, swaps, CFTC, SEC , ESMA, European Market Infrastructure Regulation (“EMIR”)

29.

Causation by Presumption? Why the Supreme Court Should Reject Phantom Losses and Reverse Broudo

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 264
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 14 Jan 2005
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
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Mapping the Future of Insider Trading Law: Of Boundaries, Gaps, and Strategies

Columbia Business Law Review, 2013, Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 439, ECGI - Law Working Paper No. 204
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 21 Feb 2013 Last Revised: 04 May 2013
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 420 (38,169)

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insider trading, deception, deceptive device, Section 10(b), Rule 10b-5, agent, fiduciary

31.

The Wolf at the Door: The Impact of Hedge Fund Activism on Corporate Governance

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 521
Number of pages: 109 Posted: 06 Sep 2015
John C. Coffee Jr. and Darius Palia
Columbia Law School and Rutgers Business School
Downloads 158 (9,818)

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hedge fund, institutional investor, long-term investment, research and development (R&D), Schedule 13D, shareholder activism, wealth transfer, Williams Act, wolf pack

32.

Fee-Shifting Bylaw and Charter Provisions: Can They Apply in Federal Court? -- The Case for Preemption

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 498
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 15 Oct 2014
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
Downloads 130 (161,104)

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American rule, bylaw, charter provision, civil sanctions, fee-shifting, indemnification, interjurisdictional competition, loser pays, mandatory arbitration, race to the bottom, SEC, securities class action

33.

Class Actions in the Era of Trump: Trends and Developments in Class Certification and Related Issues

Prepared for the Annual American Bar Association National Institute on Class Actions, Washington, D.C. October 26-27, 2017
Number of pages: 48 Posted: 19 Sep 2017
John C. Coffee Jr. and Alexandra D. Lahav
Columbia Law School and University of Connecticut - School of Law
Downloads 0 (449,536)

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Ascertainability, Class Action, Class Certification, Complex Litigation, Confidential Witness, Mootness, Predominance, Rule 23, Standing

34.

How Should the E.U. Respond to Brexit and Trump?: The Lessons from Trade Wars

Number of pages: 19 Posted: 07 Aug 2017
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
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Brexit, Chicken Game, E.U., Euro clearing, Prisoner's Dilemma, Rent-Seeking, Trade War

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The Globalization of Entrepreneurial Litigation: Law, Culture, and Incentives

Number of pages: 31 Posted: 24 Oct 2016 Last Revised: 07 Jan 2017
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
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American Rule, class action, contingent fee, entrepreneurial litigation, extraterritorial jurisdiction, KapMug statute (Germany) “Loser Pays” rule, opt-out class action, opt-in class action, third party funding, WCAM statute (Netherlands)

36.

Preserving the Corporate Superego in a Time of Activism: An Essay on Ethics and Economics

Number of pages: 47 Posted: 20 Sep 2016
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School
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activists, blockholder director, CEO compensation, corporate social responsibility, hedge funds, incentive compensation, wolfpack

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Supreme Court Amicus Brief of 19 Corporate Law Professors, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, No. 14-915

Number of pages: 55 Posted: 08 Nov 2015
Harvard Law School, Harvard Law School, Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law, Columbia Law School, Duke University School of Law, Stanford Law School, Columbia Law School, Widener University Delaware Law School, Yale Law School, Columbia Law School, New York University School of Law, University of Michigan Law School, Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, BC Law School, New York University School of Law, Harvard Law School and New York University (NYU)
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corporate politics, union politics, First Amendment, shareholder rights, corporate speech

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A Theory of Corporate Scandals: Why the USA and Europe Differ

Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 21, Issue 2, pp. 198-211, 2005
Posted: 29 Feb 2008
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School

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Class Action Accountability: Reconciling Exit, Voice, and Loyalty in Representative Litigation

Columbia Law Review, 2000
Posted: 09 Dec 1999
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School

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Transfers of Control and the Quest for Efficiency: Can Delaware Law Encourage Efficient Transactions While Chilling Inefficient Ones

Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, Vol. 21, No. 2, 1997
Posted: 24 Nov 1999
John C. Coffee Jr.
Columbia Law School

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