The SEED Team

Faculty Directors and Staff

 Stephen Choi
Murray and Kathleen Bring Professor of Law
Director, Pollack Center for Law & Business

Stephen Choi is the Murray and Kathleen Bring Professor at NYU School of Law. He graduated first in his class from Harvard Law School in 1994 and received his PhD in economics from Harvard in 1997. His research interests focus on the theoretical and empirical analysis of corporations and capital markets as well as on judicial performance. He is the co-author of Securities Regulations: Cases and Analysis (West Academic, 4th ed. 2015). He has published in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Duke Law Journal, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Virginia Law Review, among others, and has presented papers at numerous conferences and symposia.

 David Yermack
Albert Fingerhut Professor of Finance and Business Transformation at the NYU Stern School of Business
Director, Pollack Center for Law & Business

David L. Yermack is the Albert Fingerhut Professor of Finance and Business Transformation at New York University Stern School of Business. He serves as Chairman of the Finance Department and Director of the NYU Pollack Center for Law and Business.  Professor Yermack has been with NYU Stern since 1994. His primary research areas include boards of directors, executive compensation, and corporate finance. Professor Yermack has published more than 25 articles in leading academic journals in Finance, Accounting, Economics, and Law. He is a Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and has been a Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank.  Professor Yermack received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics (1985), Master of Business Administration (1991), Juris Doctor (1991), Master of Arts in Business Economics (1993), and Doctor of Philosophy in Business Economics (1994) from Harvard University.

Anat Carmy-Wiechman
Associate Director, Pollack Center for Law & Business

Anat Carmy-Wiechman is the Associate Direcor of the Pollack Center for Law and Business, and the Head of Resarch for the Securities Enforcement Empirical Database (SEED). She graduated magna cum laude from Tel-Aviv University School of Law in 2006. Upon graduation, she worked in the litigation group of Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co., one of Israel’s leading law firms. She earned her LLM degree from NYU School of Law in 2011, and worked as an associate at Tuckner, Sipser, Weinstock & Sipser Sipser until joining the Pollack Center in September 2013. She has published in the American Law and Economics Review, and in Precedent and the Law: Reports to the XVIIth Congress International Academy of Comparative Law, Utrecht, 1622 July 2006. Carmy-Wiechman’s research interests include corporate law, empirical legal scholarship, law and finance, and securities regulation.

 Matt Stevens
Data Analyst, Pollack Center for Law & Business

Matt Stevens received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2003, with a dissertation on comparative nationalist politics. He has worked as a redistricting specialist and expert witness for the New York State Senate, the Nassau county legislature, the town of Hempstead and for Common Cause. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Columbia, at the New School, and at NYU since 2005.


Graduate Student Research Fellows

SEED depends on the contribution of students from NYU School of Law and the NYU Stern School of Business. Graduate student fellows from the institution perform all research, including gathering enforcement action documents from the Securities and Exchange Commission website and collecting variables for review. We anticipate student research fellows will use our data for their individual research projects.

 Ece Gizay Ban ’18

Ece Gizay Ban graduated magna cum laude from Bilkent University School of Law in 2017 with a bachelor degree. She came straight through to NYU Law and now she is a Corporate LL.M candidate. Ece wants to specialize in securities law, corporate law and antitrust and wants pursue her career in academia.


 Danielle Kfir (Dulitzky) ’18

Danielle Kfir graduated magna cum laude from Tel-Aviv University School of Law in 2015. Afterwards, she worked as an associate in the corporate department of Yigal Arnon & Co., one of the leading law firms in Israel, and as a teaching assistant in Property Law and Contract Law in Tel-Aviv University. She is an LL.M. Corporation Law candidate and a graduate editor for the NYU Journal of Law & Business. 


 Yuan (Percy) Gao ’19

Yuan Gao graduated from Fudan University in 2016 with a bachelor of law degree. Before law school, he did internships in the People’s court of Yangpu District and Carl Zeiss Shanghai Co.. During his 1L summer, Gao was a summer associate at Paul Weiss in the corporate department where he did securities, M&A and finance work. His primary interests are in securities law, corporate law, and finance.


 Avelino Garcia '19

Avelino Garcia graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a BA in Political Science and Mathematics (Joint Major). For his 1L summer he worked at Jones Day, where he worked on Securities Enforcement issues, disclosure requirements and white-collar cases. His main interests are Securities Regulation and Antitrust Law. 


 David Kang ’18

David Kang graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Economics-Mathematics. Afterwards, he enrolled at the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center) and graduated with a degree in Classic Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management. He won a Fulbright Scholarship to research Korean cuisine, and has served as a visiting researcher at Seoul National University.  He plans to split his law career in between the USA and Asia.

 Christine Lee ’19

Christine Lee graduated summa cum laude from Boston University in 2016, earning a degree in philosophy and political science. Her interests at NYU Law include financial regulation and corporate compliance. She is a staff editor for the Annual Survey of American Law. Lee will be spending her 2L summer at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City.


 Joann Park ’18

Joann Park graduated with distinction from Amherst College, with a BA in Math, French and Art History. During college, she studied mathematics at McDaniel College in Budapest, Hungary and studied art history at the Université Paris 1—Panthéon-Sorbonne. She came straight through to NYU law with interests in business and art law.


Carla Ruggero '18

Carla Ruggero graduated from the Law School of the University of Buenos Aires in 2010, ranking 2nd in her class among more than 2,500 students and receiving several distinctions for her academic achievement. Afterwards, Carla joined the Corporate Department of Bruchou, Fernandez Madero & Lombardi, one of the leading firms in Argentina, where she specialized in the areas of corporate law, M&A, and antitrust. Between September 2016 and August 2017, Carla worked as a Temporary Foreign Associate in the Capital Markets practice of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York. Carla is aLL.M. Corporation Law candidate, and received the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholarship and the Michael A. Schwind Scholarship in Global Law.

Theodore Tan '18

Theodore Tan is an International Taxation LL.M candidate under the NYU-National University of Singapore LLB/LLM Dual Degree Program. Theodore’s interests are in tax, corporate and securities laws. He plans to pursue his law career back home in Singapore.



SEED Alumni :

Faruk Aktay ’14, Ruchin Jain (NYU Stern 2014), Hayden Bui ’15, Dylan Cassidy ’15, Caroline Dayton ’15, Leslie Hung ’15, Jingjing Wu ’15, Zhi Xia ’15, Hao Zhang ’15, Kuen Young (Anna) Park ’16, Michael Roberts ’16, Erik Andrén ’16, Will Clark ’16, Zhaohua (Josh) Huang ’16, Christopher Porcelli ’16, Dylan Service ’16, Nathan Trunnell ’16, Mark Bennett ’17, Yuan (Claire) Chen ’17, Yujia Feng ’17, Jiarui Li ’17, Run Bo Lu ’17, Melina (Lin) Meneguin-Layerenza ’17 and Caitlin Stachon ’17.