Previous Scholars

Robert Bishop

Research Fellow

Robert Bishop

Robert E. Bishop is an associate professor at Duke Law School. His academic research focuses on corporate governance, securities, and markets more broadly.

Bishop brings a distinguished record of public service. Most recently, he was the senior advisor on financial markets at the U.S. Department of the Treasury during the COVID-19 pandemic, where he played an integral role on economic relief efforts. Before his doctoral studies, he advised a Commissioner at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Prior to graduate school, he served in the Middle East and East Africa with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Bishop co-founded the International Institute of Law and Finance (IILF), a non-profit, non-partisan institution that seeks to bridge the gap between academic research and financial regulatory policy. IILF weighs in regularly on financial regulatory issues, including by providing financial regulators with summaries of academic research through formal comment letters on proposed SEC rules.

Bishop holds an AB from the University of Chicago, JD and MBA from Columbia University, and MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale University. He clerked on the Delaware Court of Chancery.

 

Satyam Khanna

Research Fellow

Satyam Khanna

Satyam Khanna is the President of Khanna Economic Strategies, a consulting firm. From 2023-2024, Satyam served as a Biden-Harris appointee and a lead architect of the EPA's $27 billion Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, often called the national green bank. Prior to the EPA, Satyam was the SIEPR Policy Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy, where he collaborated with Stanford faculty and students to explore critical issues in economic and financial policy. In 2021, he served as the SEC's Senior Policy Advisor for Climate & ESG, the agency’s first-ever official dedicated to integrating sustainability considerations into the federal securities laws, where he led the release of several path-breaking policies that significantly enhanced ESG-related accountability and transparency. Previously, Satyam was a Resident Fellow at NYU Law's Institute for Corporate Governance & Finance. He served on the Biden-Harris Transition on the financial regulators’ review team and the SEC's Investor Advisory Committee. Before NYU, Satyam served as Chief of Staff and Counsel to SEC Commissioner and NYU Professor Robert Jackson. He began his public service as a civil servant at the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Stability Oversight Council. 

Satyam started his legal career as an associate at McDermott Will & Emery LLP. He received his B.A. in biology and political science from Washington University in St. Louis and his J.D. from Columbia Law School. 

Publications

"How to Get Money to Small Businesses, Fast", op-ed with Adam Levitin (New York Times)

 

Jacob Leibenluft

Research Fellow

Jacob is counselor to the Secretary at the US Department of the Treasury. He was recently a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he was the executive vice president for policy before joining NYU. Previously, he served as deputy director of the White House National Economic Council and deputy assistant to the President under President Barack Obama. While at the White House -- where he worked from 2011 to 2012 and from 2013 through 2016 -- his portfolio included tax, fiscal policy, consumer protection, and job training, as well as strategic planning for the economic team. During the 2016 general election campaign, Jacob served as senior policy adviser for Hillary for America, where he led former U.S. Secretary of State Clinton’s economic policy team. He also served as the economic policy director on former President Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign. Jacob began his work in the Obama administration at the US Department of the Treasury, where he worked in 2009 and 2010 during the height of the financial crisis. After the 2016 campaign, he also worked as a senior adviser at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He is a graduate of Yale University and the recipient of a Truman Scholarship and a Henry Luce Scholarship.

 

Andrew McKinley

Research Scholar

Andrew McKinley

Andrew McKinley is pursuing his Juris Doctor at Stanford Law School while concurrently pursuing a Ph.D. in Accounting at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he is a Deloitte Doctoral Fellow. His work focuses on the economic impacts of corporate and energy law. Before law school, Andrew spent several years working on proprietary and hedge fund trading desks. He was also a Research Scholar for the Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance at New York University School of Law.

 

 

Jessica L. Rollén

Research Scholar

Jessica Rollen

Jessica L. Rollén is an Associate at Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP, where she started after receiving her JD/MBA at New York University School of Law and the Stern School of Business. At NYU, Jessica was a Lederman Fellow in Law and Economics, a Jacobson Scholar, a Kia Motors Scholar, and a Robert McKay Scholar. Prior to graduate school, Jessica was a Researcher at the NYU Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance, and Research Coordinator for Robert Jackson at Columbia Law School’s Program on Corporate Law and Policy. Jessica also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. 

 

Haley Sylvester

Research Fellow

Haley is the Clinical Fellow at Cardoza Law School’s Filmmakers Legal Clinic, formerly The Indie Film Clinic. Prior to coming to NYU, she served as counsel to former Commissioner Robert J. Jackson, Jr. at the US Securities and Exchange Commission, where she advised the Commissioner on novel and complex issues in securities regulation, financial regulation, and corporate governance. Before joining the SEC, Haley served as law clerk to the Honorable Pierre N. Leval on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Previously, she was a restructuring and finance associate at the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Haley is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (BA), Columbia Law School (JD), and the London School of Economics (LLM). 

Publications 

Hu, Edwin and Mitts, Joshua and Sylvester, Haley, Index-Fund Governance: An Empirical Study of the Lending-Voting Tradeoff (August 13, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3673531 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3673531

It's Not the Time to Fight Over Poison Pills, op-ed with Edward B. Rock (Bloomberg Opinion)

 

Jonathon Zytnick

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Jonathon Zytnick

Professor Jonathon Zytnick joined Georgetown Law in fall 2022 as an Associate Professor of Law after serving as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute. He has published in the Journal of Financial Economics and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and was awarded the Investment and Wealth Institute’s 2022 Governance Insight Award. Jonathon served as Counsel to Commissioner Robert Jackson at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, practiced in the corporate group at Paul, Weiss, and clerked for the United States Court of Federal Claims. He earned his PhD in Economics from Columbia University, where he was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship and the Wilma Soss Fellowship for research relating to the democratic functioning of corporations and the rights of stockholders. Previously, he earned a JD from Yale Law School, where he was an Olin Fellow and recipient of the Philip Glusker Scholarship. His research focuses on business law and corporate finance, with an emphasis on shareholder voting.

Recent Papers

  • Retail Shareholder Participation in the Proxy Process: Monitoring, Engagement, and Voting (with Alon Brav and Matthew Cain, accepted for publication at the Journal of Financial Economics)
  • Is EU merger control used for protectionism? An empirical analysis (with Anu Bradford and Robert Jackson, published in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies)
  • The Effects of a Selective Tax on Contract Design and Tax Timing (revise and resubmit at the Journal of Legal Studies)
  • Manipulating Random Assignment: Evidence From Consumer Bankruptcies in the Nation's Largest Cities (with Edward Morrison and Belisa Pang, revise and resubmit at the American Law and Economics Review)
  • Do Mutual Funds Represent Individual Investors? (Winner of the Investment and Wealth Institute's 2022 Governance Insight Award)