Associate Professor of Law
S.J.D., Harvard Law School (2015)
LL.M., Harvard Law School (2008)
M.B.A. (Finance) Hebrew University (2007)
LL.B. Hebrew University, Faculty of Law (2006)
Yaron Nili is an Associate Professor of Law and Smith-Rowe Faculty Fellow in Business Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Professor Nili is also a research member of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI). Professor Nili teaches courses in Corporate and Securities Law. His scholarly interests include corporate law, securities law and corporate governance, with a particular focus on the role and function of the board of directors, shareholder activism, hedge funds and private equity.
Professor Nili graduated summa cum laude from the Hebrew University Faculty of Law, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Hebrew University Law Review. He also earned an M.B.A. in finance, magna cum laude, from the Hebrew University. Subsequently, Professor Nili served as a law clerk to Justice Ayala Procaccia of the Israeli Supreme Court. In 2007, Professor Nili was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue advanced legal studies at Harvard Law School where he earned his LL.M. and subsequently his S.J.D. While at Harvard, Professor Nili served as a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics and as a fellow at the Program on Corporate Governance. Professor Nili also worked in private practice as a corporate associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York.
His recent publications appear or are forthcoming in the Cornell Law Review, Yale Law Journal, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, California Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Southern California Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Boston University Law Review, and the Harvard Business Law Review. Two of his recent articles have been voted by business law professors as among the top 10 corporate and securities law articles of the year. Professor Nili's work is available for download on his SSRN page.
Scholarship & Publications
- Corporate Law
- Corporate Governance
- Shareholder Activism
- Hedge Funds
- Private Equity
- Securities Regulation
- The Board of Directors
- Retail Investors
- Gender Diversity
Yaron Nili has been appointed as one of 56 new research members at the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI), an international scientific nonprofit association providing a forum for debate and dialogue among academics, legislators and practitioners. Learn more.
Yaron Nili's article, "The Giant Shadow of Corporate Gadflies," co-authored with Kobi Kastiel, was fetured in JOTWELL's The Journal of Things We Like (Lots).
Yaron Nili's article, "The Giant Shadow of Corporate Gadflies," co-authored with Kobi Kastiel, was cited in support of a recent Securities and Exchange Commission rulemaking.
Yaron Nili presented "The Corporate Governance Gap" (forthcoming in the Yale Law Journal, 2022) during a Yale Law Journal Legal Scholarship Workshop on Nov. 17, 2021.
Yaron Nili presented "Cleaning Corporate Governance" during the American Law and Economics Association annual meeting on Sept. 22, 2021.
Yaron Nili presented "Gatekeepers Independence" during the American Law and Economics Association annual meeting on Sept. 23, 2021.
Yaron Nili and Kobi Kastiel, assistant professor of law, Tel Aviv University, published "The Giant Shadow of Corporate Gadflies" in Vol. 94, No. 3 of the Southern California Law Review. Read the paper.
Yaron Nili presented a working paper "Side Letters Governance" at the ABA Business Law Section virtual annual meeting on Sept. 24, 2021.
Yaron Nili participated in a panel reviewing the Berle-Dodd Debate on Sept. 24, 2021. The panel was part of the Shareholder and Stakeholder Symposium, hosted by The Federalist Society. Watch the panel.
Yaron Nili presented "Horizontal Directors and Common Ownership" at the Journal of Competition Law & Economics 2020 conference, "Common Ownership, Interlocking Directorates & Competition: A Transatlantic Perspective."
Yaron Nili presented "The Giant Shadow of Corporate Gadflies" at the University of Florida Levin College of Law's symposium, Business Law in Transition, in November.
Yaron Nili's article, “Shadow Governance” (co-written with Cathy Hwang), was published in the California Law Review in August 2020.
Heinz Klug is chairing the search-and-screen committee to find a new UW Law dean. Other committee members include: Michelle Behnke, Roman Gierok, Erica Halverson, Alexandra Huneeus, Richard Monette, Yaron Nili, Kim Peterson, Howard Schweber, Mitra Sharafi, Susannah Tahk, Janice Toliver, Kathryn VandenBosch, Steven Wright, and Jason Yackee.
Yaron Nili organized and hosted the conference, “Rethinking the Shareholder Franchise,” held at UW Law in September. He also moderated a conference panel, "Shareholder Activism and Institutional Engagement: View from the Ground,” and presented his paper, “The Market for Votes.”
Yaron Nili presented "Director Networks" and "Shadow Charters" at the American Law and Economics Annual Meeting at NYU Law School in May.
News & Media
Friday, Mar 24, 2023Yaron Nili: Recent Action From the Justice Department Should be 'a Wake-Up Call to Companies'
Tuesday, Feb 7, 2023Yaron Nili on the Blurred Lines Between Goldman C.E.O.'s Day Job and His D.J. Gig
The New York Times
Friday, Sep 16, 2022Yaron Nili: To Beat Twitter, Musk Must Scale Del.'s Contract Law Mountain
Wednesday, Apr 6, 2022Yaron Nili discusses 'The Corporate Governance Gap'
The Voice of Corporate Governance podcast
Friday, Jan 21, 2022Yaron Nili: Women make gains on bank boards, but men still hold the power
Tuesday, Aug 17, 2021Forthcoming article by Yaron Nili discussed
Thursday, Jun 10, 2021 Yaron Nili: Why We Need Better Corporate Governance Data
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020Yaron Nili discusses the shareholder activists known as 'corporate gadflies'
Business Scholarship Podcast
Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020Yaron Nili: It's not just small investors who will be silenced thanks to SEC's new rules
Monday, Nov 2, 2020Yaron Nili: Virtual annual meetings could reinvigorate shareholder democracy
Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020Yaron Nili's work on the importance of corporate proxy voting is cited
Friday, Sep 11, 2020Yaron Nili's research on gender diversity in boardrooms highlighted
Tuesday, Mar 3, 2020UW Law takes first place in LawMeets competition
Friday, Feb 7, 2020Yaron Nili examines director term limits as a tool for diversifying corporate boardrooms
Wisconsin Law in Action
Friday, Sep 27, 2019WeWork's ex-CEO stays on as board chair; Yaron Nili weighs in
- Business Organizations/Corporations
- Securities Regulation