Afra Afsharipour


Associate Director & Professor of Law


B.A., magna cum laude, Cornell University 1996

J.D., Columbia Law School 1999

Areas of Interest:

Comparative Corporate Law, Corporate Governance, Mergers And Acquisitions, Securities Regulation, Transactional Law



Afra Afsharipour researches in the areas of comparative corporate law, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, and transactional law. In 2014 she was selected for the Lawyers of Color's 50 Under 50 list, a comprehensive catalog of minority law professors making an impact in legal education. Prior to joining the Davis faculty, Professor Afsharipour was an attorney with the corporate department of Davis Polk & Wardwell in both New York, NY and Menlo Park, CA. There she advised clients on domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, and corporate governance and compliance matters. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rosemary Barkett of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professor Afsharipour received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and served as an articles editor of the Columbia Law Review and a submissions editor of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. She received her B.A. (magna cum laude) from Cornell University, where she studied government, international relations and women's studies. Professor Afsharipour blogs on legal developments in mergers & acquisitions at the M&A Law Prof Blog.