Associate Professor of Law
J.D., Cornell Law School (1999)
B.S., Clemson University (1996, Chemical Engineering)
Law and Entrepreneurship
Darian Ibrahim is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He specializes in corporate and securities law and its application to entrepreneurial activity. He is particularly interested in the legal and economic issues involved in financing rapid-growth start-up companies, which he examines in recent work on secondary markets for start-up stock, venture debt, venture capital, angel investing and the geography of entrepreneurship. Professor Ibrahim's work has appeared in the Vanderbilt Law Review, Illinois Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Arizona Law Review, and several other journals. His past three articles have been peer selected for reprinting in leading corporate and securities law journals. Professor Ibrahim is a Fellow at the Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF) at The George Washington University Law School and was a 2009-2010 Searle-Kauffman Fellow on Law, Innovation and Growth (selected by the Searle Center at Northwestern University School of Law).
At Wisconsin, Professor Ibrahim currently teaches courses in business organizations, securities regulation, and contracts and has also taught seminars on law and entrepreneurship and corporate governance. Professor Ibrahim was previously on the faculty at the University of Arizona, where he was voted Teacher of the Year by the law school student body. At Arizona, he also co-created and co-directed the Business/Law Exchange, an innovative collaboration between the law school and business school focused on entrepreneurship education. At Wisconsin, he is Faculty Advisor and Advisory Board Member to the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic.
Professor Ibrahim earned a J.D. magna cum laude from Cornell Law School and a B.S. magna cum laude in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University. At Cornell, Professor Ibrahim was Articles Editor of the Cornell Law Review, Order of the Coif, and a recipient of the Fredric H. Weisberg Prize for Constitutional Law. He was a corporate summer associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York and a corporate associate at Troutman Sanders in Atlanta, where he represented clients in mergers & acquisitions and the private placement of securities. He also clerked for Chief Justice Norman S. Fletcher of the Georgia Supreme Court.
- The New Exit in Venture Capital, 65 Vand. L. Rev. 1 (2012)
Debt as Venture Capital, 2010 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1169 (2010), reprinted in 53 Corporate Practice Commentator 175 (2011)
Financing the Next Silicon Valley, 87 Wash. U. L. Rev. 717 (2010), reprinted in 2011 Securities Law Review § 3.2
The (Not So) Puzzling Behavior of Angel Investors, 61 Vand. L. Rev. 1405 (2008), reprinted in 51 Corporate Practice Commentator 121 (2009)