Academic team

The University of Cambridge's Faculty of Law boasts a distinguished group of academics specialising in corporate law and related areas, meaning MCL students will have ample opportunity to interact directly with leading experts on corporate law and closely related subjects.

Faculty biographies

Brian CheffinsBrian Cheffins is the S J Berwin Professor of Corporate Law. He served as MCL Director from 2011 to 2014, as Co-Director of the MCL with Richard Hooley in 2015-16, and as Director from 2019 to 2022. Professor Cheffins will be Director of the MCL in 2023-24. His primary research interests are corporate governance and corporate law, with particular reference to economic and historical aspects. Professor Cheffins has held visiting appointments at Columbia, Duke, Harvard, Oxford, Stanford and Vanderbilt. He lectures regularly on the LLM Corporate Governance course and has taught the MCL Comparative Corporate Governance module on numerous occasions.


Eilis FerranProfessor Eilís Ferran, FBA PhD is Professor of Company and Securities Law at the University of Cambridge, and the Tom Ivory Professorial Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. Professor Ferran has written extensively on UK, EU and international financial regulation, company law and corporate finance law. She is a non-executive director of Euroclear SA/NV. Between 2015 and 2021 Professor Ferran was the University's Pro Vice Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations. She lectures on the LLM course on Corporate Finance.


Louise GulliferProfessor Louise Gullifer QC (hon) FBA is Rouse Ball Professor of English Law, a 3CL Co-Director and a fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. She was formerly Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Oxford and held a Fellowship at Harris Manchester College. She is an associate member of 3VB, where she practised for a number of years, and a Bencher of Gray’s Inn. Professor Gullifer lectures on the LLM Corporate Finance course.


Peter HarrisPeter Harris is Professor of Tax Law at the University of Cambridge.  His  primary academic interest is in international, corporate and comparative tax law, with particular reference to its history and development. He is also Director of the Centre for Tax Law. Professor Harris is the author of five international tax books, the most recent being Corporate Tax Law (CUP), holds key editorial posts in the tax field and acts as Technical Assistance Advisor for the International Monetary Fund.  Professor Harris has taught the Corporate Taxation module on numerous occasions. 


Richard HooleyRichard Hooley is a University Lecturer, an instructor for the Deals course and served as MCL Director in 2014-15 and 2022-23. His primary research interests are in banking and finance law. Mr Hooley has considerable experience of legal practice. He practised for 14 years (full-time and part time) as a barrister from Fountain Court Chambers. Since 2000, he has been a consultant to the banking department at international law firm Allen & Overy LLP. Mr. Hooley is the lecturer for the LLM International Financial Law course.


Bobby ReddyBobby Reddy is Professor of Corporate Law and Governance. Previously, he was a corporate partner at global law firm Latham & Watkins LLP, dividing his time between the London and Washington D.C. offices, and specialising in M&A, private equity, funds and cross-border transactions. Dr Reddy was also a member of the senior management team, and latterly a trustee, of Tomorrow's Company, a charitable corporate governance think-tank focused on enabling business to be a force for good in society. Currently his primary research interests are corporate governance and company law, with particular emphasis on the operation of capital markets and the impact of regulation. Dr Reddy teaches on the MCL Deals course, the LLM Corporate Governance course, and the MCL Private Equity and Practice module.


Felix SteffekFelix Steffek is Professor of Law, a Senior Member of Newnham College and Director of the Centre for Corporate and Commercial Law (3CL). His research interests are in corporate finance and insolvency law, dispute resolution and technology and law. He has acted as an adviser to national and European legislative bodies as well as to the World Bank, the OECD, the EBRD and UNIDROIT. Professor Steffek is one of the instructors for the Deals course and lectures on the LLM Corporate Finance and Corporate Insolvency courses.


Richard WilliamsRichard Williams is Associate Professor in Corporate Law and is a fellow at Christ's College. His primary research interests are in company law and insolvency law, with particular reference to law and economic analysis. Professor Williams has published extensively on directors' disqualification and other aspects of corporate and insolvency law. He lectures on the LLM Corporate Insolvency course and is currently LLM Director.