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Brian JM Quinn

Brian JM Quinn joined Boston College Law School in 2008. He teaches Corporations, Corporations Lab, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mergers & Acquisitions Lab, as well as Deals: The Economic Structure of Transactions.

Prof. Quinn's research focuses on corporate law, the structuring of transactions, transactional law, and private ordering.

Prof. Quinn joined the law school from Stanford Law School where he was the Teaching Fellow for Corporate Governance & Practice. Prior to his position at Stanford, Prof. Quinn was in private practice with Cooley Godward in Palo Alto, where he represented public and private technology clients in merger and acquisitions transactions. Prof. Quinn also previously served as country coordinator for the Harvard University’s Institute for International Development, managing Harvard’s Vietnam-based teaching and research activities. Prof. Quinn got his start as a legislative aide to Senator Edward M. Kennedy working on health and education issues.

Prof. Quinn writes on corporate law, transaction structures and private ordering. His work has appeared in numerous journals including the UC Davis Law Review, University of Cincinnati Law Review, the Journal of Corporation Law, and the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law among others.

Prof. Quinn is a regularly cited in the media for his legal analysis and commentary on current merger transaction deal developments. Prof. Quinn also blogs on legal developments in corporate governance and mergers & acquisitions at the M&A Law Prof Blog.

In addition, Prof. Quinn has written extensively on issues of legal reform in post-Socialist Asia, particularly Vietnam. Prof. Quinn is a member of the board of the Trust for University Innovation in Vietnam (TUIV). The TUIV is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to improve institutional innovation in Vietnam’s system of higher education. Prof. Quinn is a non-resident fellow George Washington University Law School’s Center for Law, Economics, and Finance, as well as an International Fellow at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program at the University of Economics of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Prof. Quinn received the 2011 Professor Emil Slizewski Award for Faculty Excellence and the Provost’s 2012 TWIN Award for the use of new technology in teaching.



The Failure of Private Ordering and the Financial Crisis of 2008