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About Frank Partnoy

Frank Partnoy worked as a derivatives structurer at Morgan Stanley and two years as a lawyer at Covington & Burling. He studies financial markets and fraud. One area of focus has been credit rating agencies, which he said “were at the center of the 2008 financial crisis and continue to pose all kinds of significant problems.” Partnoy has testified before Congress
on credit rating agencies and some of his proposals were included in the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. Since then, however, he has seen a lack of oversight and enforcement despite reports of various violations. The director of USD’s Center for Corporate and Securities Law, Partnoy has authored six books, including textbooks. He incorporates technology in his teaching and strives to connect business and law in meaningful ways.


1997 - Present George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance, University of San Diego School of Law
2018 Professor of Law, Berkeley Law

Curriculum Vitae



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Books (7)

Book Chapters (12)

Journal Articles, White Papers, and Book Reviews (30)