The SEED Team

Faculty Directors and Staff


Professor Stephen Choi

Stephen Choi
Bernard Petrie Professor of Law and Business
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.


Professor David Yermack

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

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

Anat Carmy-Wiechman is the Associate Director of the Pollack Center for Law and Business. 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.


Giovanni Patti

Giovanni Patti
Head of Research for SEED, Pollack Center for Law & Business

Giovanni Patti is the Head of Research for the Securities Enforcement Empirical Database (SEED). He graduated second in his class from the University of Palermo School of Law (Italy) in 2008 and received a three-year scholarship to pursue his PhD in Corporate Law at the University of Roma Tor Vergata Business School, which he completed in 2013. Upon graduation, he worked for four years as an associate at Ranieri, Guaccero, Cornetta, a boutique law firm in Rome that specializes in corporate and banking law. He earned his LLM degree in Corporate Law from NYU School of Law in 2018. At NYU he received the Dean’s Graduate Award scholarship, worked as a research assistant for Professor Stephen Choi, and served as a graduate editor for the NYU Journal of Law & Business. Giovanni has published in American and European law reviews, and presented papers in various universities. His research interests include securities regulation, financial regulation, and corporate law.


Peter Robau

Peter Robau
Wagner Fellow, Pollack Center for Law & Business

Before joining the NYU Pollack Center for Law & Business, Peter served as an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP where he advised financial institutions clients on issues arising under the Advisers Act and Investment Company Act, CFTC issues, compliance and SEC enforcement, as well as regulatory issues in connection with private equity transactions and fundraising. Peter's research interests include securities regulation and enforcement, financial systems, and law and economics.

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.


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Ariel Errar ’23

Ariel Errar is a J.D. Candidate at NYU School of Law, Class of 2023. Prior to Law School, Ariel worked as a legal assistant for a boutique commercial litigation firm. This summer, Ariel worked as a summer associate alongside in-house legal counsel at Mondelez International. Currently, Ariel is Social Co-Chair of Law Women and a Staff Editor of NYU Law Review. Ariel received her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Florida, where she majored in International studies.



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Devansh Gupta ’22

Devansh is a India and United Kingdom trained attorney. He has obtained his Law degrees from Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, Delhi University and University of Bristol Law School, UK. He has worked in litigation before joining NYU. He has interests in transactional work, Securities regulation and Shareholder litigation. He is currently Staff Editor at NYU Review of Law and Social Change and is a member of LBA and SALSA student organizations.


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Simran Kaur ’22

Simran Kaur is currently pursuing her LL.M at New York University School of Law with a specialization in Corporation Law. She obtained her B.A. LL.B. degree (with Honours) from Hidayatullah National Law University, India in 2017 and is qualified to practice law in India. After completing her legal education, Simran spent four years advising national and multinational clients (including private equity funds, infrastructure funds, corporations and conglomerates) on domestic as well as cross-border mergers, acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, debt financing transactions and other corporate and regulatory matters as part of the projects and infrastructure practice group of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co., New Delhi, one of the leading full-service law firms in India. Her specialization includes matters related to renewable energy, roads and highways, power, airports, residential and commercial real estate, urban infrastructure, and oil and gas. At NYU, Simran is focusing on Corporation Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Finance and Energy Laws. Her research work at NYU involves studying developmental challenges in the infrastructure sector of emerging economies and the growth potential of renewable energy markets.

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Pilar Laitano Ferreira ’23

Pilar Laitano Ferreira is a J.D. Candidate at NYU School of Law, Class of 2023. Before Law School, Pilar interned at in-house at Sony Music Entertainment. During 1L summer Pilar interned at the Special Prosecutions Office at the Westchester District Attorney's Office. Pilar is currently a member of LaLSA and a Staff Editor of the Journal of Business & Law at NYU Law. Pilar will be joining Simpson Thacher & Bartlett as a Summer Associate in 2022. Pilar received her B.A., cum laude, from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2020, where she double majored in Political Science and Economics.


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Tanaya Sanyal ’22

Tanaya is a LL.M candidate at NYU Law, in the Corporation Law track, and was awarded the Dean's Graduate Award and K.C. Mahindra scholarships. She graduated from the National University of Juridical Sciences, India in 2015, and worked at a well-known Indian law firm for six years in the corporate M&A space. She is a member of the Women of Color Collective at NYU Law and has previously volunteered as a tutor for Teach for India. 



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Rohini Sud ’22

Rohini is an India trained attorney, and is focused on transaction based legal practice. She obtained her first law degree from Jindal Global Law School in India and is currently pursuing an LL.M. in Corporations at NYU School of Law. Prior to joining NYU she worked with S&R Associates, a top-tier law firm in India. She worked as a corporate attorney, and her work was primarily focused on capital markets, M&A and PE transactions. Her research interests include securities regulations, corporations and fin-tech laws.


Kyle Tebo ’23

Kyle Tebo is from Houston, Texas. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and is now a rising 2L at NYU Law. He is broadly interested in the intersection of law and public policy and has enjoyed his time researching for SEED.


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, Ece Gizay Ban ’18, Danielle Kfir (Dulitzky) ’18, Yuan (Percy) Gao ’19, Avelino Garcia '19, David Kang ’18, Joann Park ’18, Carla Ruggero ’18, Theodore Tan ’18, Bozidar Bogosavljev ’19, Pedro Armando Castelar Pinheiro ’19, Shiyi Fan ’19, Pimvipa Kunanusorn ’19, Christine Lee ’19, Coty Lee ’19, Geoffrey Adonu ’20, Xiaoting An ’20, Edward Duan ’20, Ted Lee ’21, Gutemberg Pacheco Lopes Junior ’20, Eugenio Prosperi ’20, Victor Ricardo ’20, Courtney Sohn ’20, Ben Wertkin ’20, Zhongji Wu ’20, Brandon Ho ’22, Victoria Byler ’21, James Nirappel ’22, Zain Syedain ’22, William Walant ’22, Sotonye Belonwu ’21, Risa Das ’21, Arya Dhakal ’21, Jaskiran Kaur ’21, Joseph Jagunmolu Ogunmodede ’21, Nathalie Bertha Louis Peeters ’21, Abiodun Rufai ’21, Rilwan Shittu ’21, Qibin Ying ’21.