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Steven Davidoff Solomon

Title: Professor of Law
Tel: 510-642-1769
Email Address: steven.solomon@law.berkeley.edu

FSU Contact: Ida Ng

Professor Davidoff Solomon's research focuses on financial regulation, hedge funds and private equity, mergers and acquisitions, deals and deal theory, and jurisdictional competition. He has a particular interest in international issues and interdisciplinary research in law and finance.

Professor Davidoff Solomon writes a weekly column for The New York Times as The Deal Professor, which primarily focuses on corporate issues. He also writes regularly for The New York Times DealBook and in trade journals, lectures, has testified before the U.S. Senate, and is frequently quoted in the national media on issues related to our capital markets and mergers and acquisitions. The National Association of Corporate Directors has twice named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the United States corporate boardroom community.

Professor Davidoff Solomon's book "Gods at War: Shotgun Takeovers, Government by Deal and the Private Equity Implosion," an exploration of modern-day deals and deal-making, was released in 2009. His prior scholarship can be accessed on SSRN here.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Davidoff Solomon practiced as an attorney for about 10 years with Shearman & Sterling in its New York and London offices and with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in its London office. There, he represented European and U.S. clients in acquisitions and sales of public and private companies, joint ventures, and private equity and venture capital investments. Many of these transactions included a substantial cross-border element.

Professor Davidoff Solomon graduated from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, cum laude. He has a master's degree in finance from the London Business School.

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