Assistant 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 Assistant 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
- Securities Regulation
- Corporate Governance
Primum Non Nocere: The Impact of Dodd-Frank on Silicon Valley, ___ Berkeley Bus. L.J. ___ (forthcoming)
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)