Lecturer in Banking, Corporate and Financial Law
LLB(Hons), DipLP (Aberd), LLM (Harvard), BCL (Oxon), MBA (Stanford)
Attorney-at-Law (New York), Solicitor (England & Wales), Solicitor and Notary Public (Scotland)
Research Leave 2023-2024
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Prior to joining Edinburgh Law School, Anna was a Director of Studies, Special Supervisor and Tutor in Law at Newnham College, University of Cambridge.
Anna read for a joint LLB degree in Law with Accounting and Finance at the University of Aberdeen and graduated top of her class with starred First Class Honours. Following her undergraduate studies, she earned an LLM in Law at Harvard Law School, winning the St Andrew’s Society of New York Scholarship to fund her studies in the US. Anna then attended Balliol College, University of Oxford and graduated with a BCL in Law with Distinction. She later pursued an MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business and a PhD in Law and Finance at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, supervised by Professor John Armour of the University of Oxford.
After triple-qualifying as a lawyer in New York, England & Wales and Scotland, Anna spent considerable time in legal practice. She began her professional career as an Associate in the energy and climate change department of the international law firm CMS and later worked as a Senior Associate in cross-border mergers and acquisitions at the US law firm Skadden. Anna also spent several years in-house at a global FTSE 100 energy company as Chief of Staff to the CEO and Senior Legal Counsel. In this dual role, she worked in the US, the UK, Australia, and Singapore and was responsible for leading an initiative to launch a renewable energy division of the company.
Anna is a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge Centre for Business Research, a Director of Studies in Law and Senior Member of Newnham College, Cambridge, and an Academic Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute. In the 2020-21 academic year, she was a Virtual Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies at the Monash University Faculty of Law and in the 2021-22 academic year she is a Visiting Fellow at the LawFin Center (Foundations of Law and Finance) at Goethe University Frankfurt. Anna also served a four-year term as a Director of the Harvard Law School Association of the United Kingdom.
For many years Anna has acted as an admissions interviewer for Newnham College and Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, as well as an alumna interviewer for Stanford University and Harvard University undergraduate admissions. She also interviews MBA applicants for Stanford Graduate School of Business, as part of the alumna interviewing team. Having attended a state comprehensive school in Aberdeenshire, Anna continues to remain active in a variety of outreach and social mobility initiatives that aim to widen the participation of state school pupils and students from underrepresented backgrounds in higher education, legal practice, and business.
Anna has broad research interests in comparative corporate governance and law and finance. Her current research agenda primarily focuses on sustainable corporate governance, environmental and social investing, and shareholder activism. Anna’s work is interdisciplinary in nature, combining legal scholarship with economic and financial analysis. She utilises empirical research methods and data science techniques to examine the impact of laws in practice and to inform policy choices. Her academic research has been published in a variety of leading journals in the US, the UK and Europe, including the University of California Davis Law Review, the Cambridge Law Journal, the Journal of Corporate Law Studies and the European Business Organization Law Review. She is also a contributor to the Oxford Business Law Blog and the Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog.
Anna is Programme Director of the LLM in Corporate Law.
In the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years, she teaches the following courses:
LLB Courses 1. Company Law (Honours Level)
LLM Courses 2. Sustainable Law and Finance (course creator and course organiser) 3. Corporation Law and Economics (course organiser) 4. Comparative Corporate Governance (course organiser) 5. Company Law (course organiser) 6. Practice of Corporate Finance and the Law 7. Aspects of Commercial Law
Online Distance Learning LLM Courses 8. Sustainable Capitalism and Investment (course creator and course organiser) 9. International and Comparative Corporate Governance (course organiser)