About 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.
- Fall 2016: Corporations, Corporations Lab, Corporate Counsel Externship Seminar
- Spring 2017: Mergers & Acquisitions: Corporate/Security Issues
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Arbitration and the Future of Delaware’s Corporate Law Franchise Boston College Law School Faculty Papers (2013)
In an effort to maintain Delaware’s competitive position in the market for adjudications, Delaware recently adopted a Chancery Court-sponsored arbitration procedure. That procedure relies on the good offices of the Court to undertake confidential arbitration ...
Shareholder Lawsuits, Status Quo Bias, and Adoption of the Exclusive Forum Provision UC Davis Law Review (2011)
Observers note a trend of shareholder lawsuits migrating out of Delaware. This trend is a manifestation of a litigation strategy by plaintiffs’ counsel to avoid Delaware’s aggressive policing of agency costs in acquisition-related shareholder litigation ...
Farmers, Middlemen, and the New Rule of Law Movement Boston College Third World Law Journal (2010)
This paper investigates the economic relationships between farmers and middlemen in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and places it in the context of the new rule of law movement. The new rule of law movement, which has ...
Asset Specificity and Transaction Structures: A Case Study of @Home Corporation Harvard Negotiation Law Review (2010)
This is a case study of asset specific investments, a class of transactions that is well understood in the context of economic theory but that is under-analyzed empirically. Because specific investments are particular to a ...
The Failure of Private Ordering and the Financial Crisis of 2008 New York University Journal of Law & Business (2009)
This Article analyzes the Financial Crisis of 2008 in the context of failures by market participants to engage in private ordering thus leading to opportunistic behavior at the expense of market stability. The Financial Crisis ...
Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: The Performance of Earnouts in Corporate Acquisitions University of Cincinnati Law Review
This Article seeks to answer the question whether earnouts really serve to respond to adverse selection, as commonly believed, or if alternatively, they better address problems created by symmetric uncertainty. To answer this question, I ...
Contributions to Books (2)
Bulletproof: Mandatory Rules for Deal Protections Law and Economics of Mergers and Acquisitions (2013)
This Article provides an economic analysis of mechanisms that protect negotiated acquisitions of companies and explains the need for a mandatory rule limiting the use of such mechanisms. The Delaware courts have in fact imposed ...
Foreword Regulation of Securities Offerings and Investment Banking: Cases and Materials for Study in US Securities Act of 1933 (2012)
Foreword to the book Regulation of Securities Offerings and Investment Banking: Cases and Materials for Study in US Securities Act of 1933, published by China Financial Publishing House.