Clarke Program on Law, Finance, and Transactions

Clarke Program on Law, Finance, and Transactions Leadership


Myron C. Taylor Alumni Professor of Business Law and Director, Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship Program

Charles K. Whitehead is a Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, specializing in the law relating to business organizations, capital markets, financial institutions and transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.  Professor Whitehead held senior legal and business positions in the global financial services industry, practicing in New York, London, and Tokyo, before entering academia.  He was a Research Fellow at Columbia Law School before joining the Boston University School of Law faculty in 2006 and the Cornell Law School faculty in 2009.  During spring 2013, Professor Whitehead was the first "foreign expert" Visiting Professor at Peking University Law School.

Professor Whitehead's recent scholarship includes Lawyers and Fools:  Lawyer-Directors in Public Corporations (forthcoming, The Georgetown Law Journal; co-authored with Lubomir Litov and Simone Sepe), The Goldilocks Approach: Financial Risk and Staged Regulation (Cornell Law Review, 2012), Sandbagging: Default Rules and Acquisition Agreements (Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, 2012), and The Volcker Rule and Evolving Financial Markets (Harvard Business Law Review, 2011).  His article, Destructive Coordination (Cornell Law Review, 2011), was voted by U.S. corporate and securities law professors as one of the top ten papers of 2011.  Professor Whitehead is a member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  He is also a member of the CDS Risk Committee, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and Co-Chairman of the ABA International Financial Products and Services Committee.  Professor Whitehead was a law clerk to the Hon. Ellsworth A. Van Graafeiland, U.S. Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit), and is a graduate of Columbia Law School (James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) and Cornell University, magna cum laude.