Yaron Nili

Assistant Professor

Nili, Yaron


Room 6110, Law School

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S.J.D., Harvard Law School (2015)
LL.M., Harvard Law School (2008)
M.B.A. (Finance) Hebrew University (2007)
LL.B. Hebrew University, Faculty of Law (2006)


Yaron Nili teaches courses in Corporate and Securities Law. His scholarly interests include corporate law, securities law and corporate governance, with a particular focus on the role and function of the board of directors, shareholder activism, hedge funds and private equity.

Professor Nili graduated summa cum laude from the Hebrew University Faculty of Law, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Hebrew University Law Review. He also earned an M.B.A. in finance, magna cum laude, from the Hebrew University. Subsequently, Professor Nili served as a law clerk to Justice Ayala Procaccia of the Israeli Supreme Court. In 2007, Professor Nili was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue advanced legal studies at Harvard Law School where he earned his LL.M. and subsequently his S.J.D. While at Harvard, Professor Nili served as a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics and as a fellow at the Program on Corporate Governance. Professor Nili also worked in private practice as a corporate associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York.

His recent publications appear or are forthcoming in the California Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Alabama Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, The Journal of Corporation Law, Hastings Law Journal, Wisconsin Law Review, Harvard Business Law Review, and the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law. Professor Nili's work is available for download on his SSRN page.

Scholarship & Publications


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Research Interests

  • Corporate Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Shareholder Activism
  • Hedge Funds
  • Private Equity
  • Securities Regulation
  • The Board of Directors
  • Retail Investors
  • Gender Diversity


  • Yaron Nili's article, “Shadow Governance” (co-written with Cathy Hwang), was published in the California Law Review in August 2020.

  • Heinz Klug is chairing the search-and-screen committee to find a new UW Law dean. Other committee members include: Michelle Behnke, Roman Gierok, Erica Halverson, Alexandra Huneeus, Richard Monette, Yaron Nili, Kim Peterson, Howard Schweber, Mitra Sharafi, Susannah Tahk, Janice Toliver, Kathryn VandenBosch, Steven Wright, and Jason Yackee.

  • Yaron Nili organized and hosted the conference, “Rethinking the Shareholder Franchise,” held at UW Law in September. He also moderated a conference panel, "Shareholder Activism and Institutional Engagement: View from the Ground,” and presented his paper, “The Market for Votes.”

  • Yaron Nili presented "Director Networks" and "Shadow Charters" at the American Law and Economics Annual Meeting at NYU Law School in May.

  • Yaron Nili presented "Horizontal Directors" and "Shadow Charters" at the BYU Law Winter Deals Conference, held in Park City, Utah, in March. The Deals Conference explores the modern global economy’s most pressing legal issues, on topics such as mergers & acquisitions, venture capital, corporate governance and computational methods for transaction design.

  • Yaron Nili presented “Horizontal Directors” and “Shadow Charters” at the AALS annual meeting in January.

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