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Posted Sept. 19, 2008

Law Professors Available to Discuss Financial Market Crisis


The Law School offers the following business law experts for the media's consideration in reporting on the financial market crisis:

George S. Geis

Professor George Geis is an expert in business law whose research focuses on business alliances, corporate finance, contract theory and mergers and acquisitions. He is a former management consultant with McKinsey & Company and has worked for law firms in New York and Los Angeles.

“Right now, the focus is day-to-day survival,” Geis said of the market shake-up. “After we escape the quicksand, there will be monumental energy for the fundamental regulatory reforms contemplated by the March 2008 Paulson blueprint.”

Geis can be reached at (205) 310-1986 or

BarzuzaMichal Barzuza

Professor Michal Barzuza is a former John M. Olin Research Fellow in Law and Economics and Byse Teaching Fellow at Harvard Law School. Her research and teaching focus on corporate governance, regulatory competition, international listings and corporate finance.

Barzuza can be reached at (434) 924-7810 or


kitchEdmund Kitch

Professor Edmund Kitch’s scholarly and teaching interests include agency, corporations, securities, antitrust, industrial and intellectual property, economic regulation and legal and economic history. Kitch can discuss regulation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the role of the Federal Reserve System, the role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the decisions by the Secretary of the Treasury and the causes of the present market volatility. 

"An important factor in the present market volatility is the inexperience in the markets with new and complex derivatives that have not existed during previous episodes of economic stress," Kitch said.

Kitch can be reached at (434) 924-7047 or


paul mahoneyPaul G. Mahoney

Dean Paul Mahoney’s teaching and research areas are securities regulation, law and economic development, corporate finance, financial derivatives and contracts. He previously practiced corporate law in New York City and has clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Mahoney is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served as an associate editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives and as a director of the American Law and Economics Association.

Mahoney can be reached at (434) 924-7343 or