Corporate Law Scholar Tuch to Join Faculty

Corporate law scholar Andrew F. Tuch has accepted a position as associate professor of law, effective July 1, 2012. Most recently, he served as a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics and a Fellow in the Program on Corporate Governance at Harvard Law School, where he is an SJD candidate. 

“We look forward to Andrew joining our faculty and adding to our existing strengths in corporate and securities law, while also bringing an international perspective to his work,” says Kent Syverud, dean and the Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor. “His research offers insightful and timely commentary on pressing issues in corporate governance, and he brings a strong voice to corporate law debates. He also is a proven teacher, known for his dedication, innovation, and responsiveness to his students.” 

Prior to entering the SJD program at Harvard, Tuch taught at the University of Sydney Faculty of Law. His teaching and research interests span securities regulation, corporate law and governance, the regulation of financial institutions, conflicts of interest in financial transactions, and professional ethics more broadly.  

Tuch’s current scholarship examines regulatory strategies for controlling conflicts of interest in large financial institutions. He develops an analytical framework for assessing the exploitation of conflicts of interest at these firms and proposes a regulatory strategy designed to reinforce the effectiveness of the information barriers widely used in the financial industry. Employing forensic finance techniques and quantitative reporting mechanisms, the strategy relies on the insight that the failure of information barriers may be inferred statistically. Tuch also assesses the Volcker Rule, an expressed objective of which is to reduce conflicts of interest. 

Tuch’s scholarship has appeared in the Virginia Law Review, as well as in peer-reviewed journals in the United Kingdom and Australia, including the Journal of Corporate Law Studies, Commercial Law Quarterly, Company and Securities Law Journal, and Melbourne University Law Review. He is also the co-editor of a book on Private Equity and Corporate Control Transactions. At Harvard, his work has twice been awarded the Victor Brudney Prize for the Best Paper in Corporate Governance. 

Tuch has extensive international corporate transactional experience, having practiced as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York and London and as a solicitor (attorney) in Sydney. He advised clients in a broad range of domestic and cross-border transactions, including securities offerings, mergers & acquisitions, syndicated loans, and corporate reorganizations. He also clerked for the Hon. Justice G.L. Davies, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.  

Tuch holds an LLM degree from Harvard Law School, where he first studied as a Fulbright Scholar, and degrees in law and financial economics, with first class honors, from the University of Queensland.