Eric Alden

Eric Alden

Eric Alden
Associate Professor of Law

Associate Professor of Law

"It's a real privilege to be here at Chase. The collegiality and quality of the faculty and the students make it a pleasure in all respects. Furthermore, the law school is dedicated to providing students not only with a solid theoretical foundation in the law but also with practice-oriented instruction designed to prepare graduates to hit the ground running. The school and its leadership are clearly at the forefront of developments in the legal field in this regard."


Eric Alden is an Associate Professor of Law who came to Chase from Palo Alto, California, where he had previously been an equity partner in corporate and securities law with a large high tech and IPO law firm in the Silicon Valley area and later equity partner in the Silicon Valley office of a global law firm. He has broad securities regulatory and transactional experience, including public company disclosure counseling, corporate governance, public and private offerings of equity, debt and hybrid securities, mergers and acquisitions, the formation of private investment funds and the representation of banks and hedge funds in their interactions with the public markets, with an overall emphasis on technical securities law and SEC compliance matters.

During 2005-2006, Alden served as an Attorney Fellow at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., in the Division of Corporation Finance, Office of Chief Counsel. In that capacity, he oversaw and administered for the 2006 proxy season the agency's shareholder proposal program, which has functioned as a central battleground of recent corporate governance disputes between institutional shareholders and public company boards of directors.

Prior to joining Chase, Alden taught Corporate Governance as a Lecturer at the University of California Berkeley School of Law and Securities Regulation as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law. During 2010-2011, he was a Research Fellow in Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance at the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy. He has published articles in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy and the Berkeley Business Law Journal (forthcoming), in addition to various industry publications. His area of teaching focus is in Contracts, Corporations (Business Organizations), and Securities Regulation.



  • BA Economics, Harvard College
  • Certificat d'Etudes Politiques, l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
  • MA Modern History, Freie Universität Berlin
  • JD, Columbia Law School

Courses Taught

  • Business Organizations
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporations
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Securities Regulation
  • Startups and Venture Capital Law


Rethinking Promissory Estoppel, __Nev. L. J.__ (forthcoming 2015) SSRN
(on the "SSRN Top Ten download list for Contracts")

Blocking the Ax: Shielding Corporate Counsel from Retaliation as an Alternative to White Collar Hypercriminalization, 36 U. Haw. L. Rev. 95 (2014) SSRN  Columbia Law School Blog

Primum Non Nocere: The Impact of Dodd-Frank on Silicon Valley, 8 Berkeley Bus. L.J. 107 (2011) SSRN

Shareholder Activism by Public Pension Funds and the Rights of Dissenting Employees Under the First Amendment, 34 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 289 (2010) (this article and those preceding it published as Eric John Finseth) SSRN

Storming the Ramparts: The Ongoing Shift in the Balance of Power Between Shareholders and Incumbent Boards of Directors, Banking & Fin. Servs. Pol’y Rep. (Aspen 2007) (with James B. Carlson)

Guide to the Initial Public Offering (Merrill Corp. 5th ed. 2004) (with Steven E. Bochner)

Venture Fund Private Placement Memorandum, in Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiation 3-1 (Michael J. Halloran et al. eds., 3d ed. Supp. 2003) (with Larry W. Sonsini, Jonathan Axelrad and Kenneth W. Muller)

The Earnings Release and Disclosure Reform, Insights, Dec. 2003, at 8 (with Steven E. Bochner)

Resales of Securities, in Practising Law Institute, Understanding the Securities Laws 389 (2004) (also published in the 2002 and 2003 editions)

Speaking Engagements and Recognitions:

Speaker, "JOBS Act," Repair or Replace: Lifting SEC Regulation from Patchwork to Permanence Symposium, sponsored by the Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal, Ohio State University, Columbus (March 2012)

Speaker, "Potential Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act," Financial Regulatory Reform: Dodd-Frank and Beyond Symposium sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy, Berkeley Law School at the University of California (March 2011)

Speaker, "SEC Proxy Disclosure Rules," Mayer Brown teleconference  (February 2010)

Speaker, "Impact of Technology on the Boardroom," Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Palo Alto, CA (November 2009)

Speaker, "SEC Short Sale Rules," teleconference by the Practising Law Institute (October 2009)

Speaker, "Public Company Corporate Governance," Mayer Brown teleconference, (August 2009)

Speaker, "SEC Short Sale Rules," Mayer Brown Investment Management University conference, Chicago, IL (May 2009)

Speaker, "SEC Disclosure Requirements Regarding Environmental Matters," Mayer Brown teleconference (April 2009)