Christopher M. Bruner

Professor of Law

A.B., University of Michigan
M.Phil., University of Oxford
J.D., Harvard University


Corporate Finance
Comparative Corporate Law

Biographical Information: 

Christopher M. Bruner will join the faculty of the University of Georgia School of Law in the fall of 2017. He will teach a range of corporate and transactional subjects, including Corporations, Corporate Finance, Deals and Comparative Corporate Law.  

Bruner’s scholarship focuses on corporate, securities and financial law, including international and comparative dimensions of these fields. His first book, Corporate Governance in the Common-Law World: The Political Foundations of Shareholder Power (Cambridge University Press, 2013), has been called “a revelation” and “a work of monumental significance and scholarly craft” and has been translated into Chinese (Cambridge University Press & Law Press China, 2016). His recent book Re-Imagining Offshore Finance: Market-Dominant Small Jurisdictions in a Globalizing Financial World (Oxford University Press, 2016) examines the roles of small jurisdictions in cross-border corporate and financial services. His comparative study of U.S. and U.K. corporate governance titled “Power and Purpose in the ‘Anglo-American’ Corporation” won the 2010 Association of American Law Schools Scholarly Papers Prize, and his articles have appeared in a number of highly regarded law and policy journals. Bruner has served as a member of the executive committee for the Association of American Law Schools Section on Business Associations, and he currently serves as co-editor of the Hart Publishing (Bloomsbury Professional) book series Contemporary Studies in Corporate Law.

A globally recognized corporate scholar, Bruner has presented his work in Australia, China (Mainland), Denmark, Hong Kong SAR, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. He has been a visitor to the law faculties of the University of Cambridge, the University of Hong Kong, the University of Leeds, the University of Sydney, the University of Toronto, the National University of Singapore and the Southwest University of Political Science and Law (Chongqing, China). He has twice traveled to the Russian Federation at the invitation of the U.S.-Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law to participate in discussions with commercial court judges and economic ministry officials regarding Russian corporate law reform.

Prior to his arrival at Georgia Law, Bruner was the William Donald Bain Family Professor of Corporate Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he also served as director of the Frances Lewis Law Center – W&L Law’s faculty research and support arm – and twice received the Ethan Allen Faculty Fellowship for scholarly excellence. From 2006 to 2009, he was an assistant professor at Texas Tech University School of Law, where he received the Mahon Research Fellowship and the Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award. From 2005 to 2006, he was a visiting assistant professor at Boston University School of Law. Prior to entering academia, Bruner practiced with Ropes & Gray in Boston, where he worked with public and closely held companies on a range of corporate, transactional and securities matters. He received his A.B., M.Phil. and J.D. from the University of Michigan, the University of Oxford and Harvard Law School, respectively.