Professor Afra Asharipour: Redefining Corporate Purpose—An International Perspective

Professor Afra Asharipour: Redefining Corporate Purpose—An International Perspective

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 | Noon | King Hall Rm. 1301 | Lunch Provided

Over the past decade, corporate law in India has undergone significant reforms with implications for not only corporate governance, but also for questions about the purpose of the corporation and beneficiaries of the corporate form. India’s reform efforts culminated in the 2013 Companies Act. India’s recent transformation of corporate purpose does not apply to a mere subset of entities, but instead contemplates an overhaul of corporate vision in Indian firms. Nevertheless, there is reason to doubt that the specific legal provisions provided by the Companies Act will lead to substantive structural change given the various forces and institutions that may stand in the way of redefining the purpose of the Indian firm.

Professor Afra Afsharipour is the Co-Director of CILC. Her research concentrations include comparative corporate law, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, and transactional law. In 2014 she listed in Lawyers of Color’s 50 Under 50—a comprehensive catalog of minority law professors making an impact in legal education. Prior to joining the Davis faculty, Professor Afsharipour practiced as an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell where she advised clients on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, and corporate governance and compliance matters.

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.