Introduction to the Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America

26 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2019 Last revised: 17 Dec 2019

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Lawrence A. Cunningham

George Washington University; Quality Shareholders Group; Mayer Brown

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Date Written: December 11, 2019


This is Professor Cunningham's Introduction to his renowned edited collection of Warren Buffett's famous letters to shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. The collection was originally prepared for a symposium held in New York City in 1997 and has been regularly updated through five editions, with additional Buffett material and Cunningham annotations. This Introduction, from the fifth edition (2019), serves as an encapsulation of the main themes of the resulting collection and locates them in contemporary debates on matters of corporate governance; corporate finance and investing; mergers and acquisitions; and accounting and taxation.

Keywords: value investing, Warren Buffett, margin of safety, circle of competence, modern finance theory, executive compensation, corporate governance

JEL Classification: M10, G34, G24, G31, M41, M43, M44, M45, H25

Suggested Citation

Cunningham, Lawrence A., Introduction to the Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America (December 11, 2019). GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2019-71, GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2019-71, Available at SSRN: or

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