Triple Crown: Faculty Flex Their Antitrust Muscle

Overachievers abound at Berkeley Law.

Consider the recent national honors—in the field of antitrust alone—bestowed to professors Daniel Rubinfeld, Aaron Edlin, and Stephen Maurer.

Rubinfeld won the annual Antitrust Writing Award from Concurrences Journal. A jury of leading international academics selected his paper, which scrutinized issues raised by those claiming Google was playing fast and loose with search results to favor its own services.

Edlin won the American Antitrust Institute Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund Writing Award, which honors outstanding antitrust writing as measured by certain social justice standards: economic justice, more equitable economic power, or protecting society from anticompetitive activity. His paper noted how the increase in licensed professions often bars competition, resulting in higher prices.

Maurer collaborated with a former Berkeley Law colleague, the late Suzanne Scotchmer, to win their own Jerry S. Cohen award. Their work explored the benefits of sharing net- works, platforms, and standards without compromising competition.

“It’s vital for us to participate in all aspects of business and law,” says Professor Steven Davidoff Solomon. “That means we must develop programming and coursework in antitrust, given its importance to business. We have an amazing array of scholars working in this area, including Prasad Krishnamurthy.”

Davidoff Solomon focuses on financial and securities regulation, hedge funds and private equity, mergers and acquisitions, deals, deal theory, and international issues in law and finance. Professor Robert Bartlett drills down on finance and business law and private equity transactions. Over the past four years, they have authored a combined five papers on Corporate Practice Commentator’s annual list of the Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles.

Like Davidoff Solomon, bankruptcy expert Kenneth Ayotte joined the faculty in 2014. His paper with David Skeel, “Bankruptcy or Bailouts?”—which analyzes the role of bankruptcy law in financial crises—was also chosen as a Top 10 article by Corporate Practice Commentator.

Iconic professor Richard Buxbaum and rising star Stavros Gadinis provide vast expertise in international business law. Buxbaum began teaching at Berkeley in 1961, and Gadinis practiced corporate law in Europe for four years before joining the faculty in 2010.

Triple-threat competitors. Serious scholarship. Faculty putting antitrust on the map. It adds up to a powerhouse of influence at Berkeley Law and beyond.

— Linda Peterson

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