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Eric Talley, Robert Bartlett Named in Top 10 of Corporate Articles

By Andrew Cohen

Berkeley Law faculty members Eric Talley and Robert Bartlett were honored by Corporate Practice Commentator for writing two of the 10 best corporate and securities articles published in 2009. Each focused on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Each year since 1994, Corporate Practice Commentator has compiled its top 10 list by distributing ballots to faculty listed in the American Association of Law Schools directory as teaching either corporate or securities law. Those instructors—approximately 700 this past year—are asked to select the best corporate and securities articles from a list of those published and indexed in legal journals. More than 500 articles appeared on this year’s list, and more than 120 received votes.

Talley, the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor of Law and faculty co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business, and the Economy (BCLBE), was honored for “Going-private decisions and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002: A cross-country analysis,” which he co-authored with University of Southern California law professor Ehud Kamar and University of Minnesota assistant public health professor Pinar Karaca-Mandic.

Published in the May 2009 issue of the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization and available here, the article investigates whether the passage and implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley drove firms out of the public capital market.

Bartlett, an assistant professor of law who serves on the BCLBE faculty board and is an editor of Berkeley Law’s Venture Capital Research Network, was honored for “Going private but staying public: Reexamining the effect of Sarbanes-Oxley on firms’ going-private decisions.”

Published in the Winter 2009 issue of the University of Chicago Law Review and available here, Bartlett’s article examines whether the cost of complying with Sarbanes-Oxley contributed to the rise in going-private transactions after its enactment.