Academic Team (Externals)

Dr Ann Sofie Cloots

Ann Sofie ClootsAnn Sofie Cloots was the Slaughter & May Lecturer in Company Law at the Faculty in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.

Ann Sofie obtained her PhD from Cambridge, under the supervision of Prof. Simon Deakin. Her thesis on the legal theory of the company was awarded the Yorke Prize. Her research touched on various topics, including law & economics, game theory and behavioural finance. She has several years of experience in private practice, working on corporate and competition law matters at Clearly Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

Ann Sofie holds an LLM from Columbia Law School and an MA in law from KULeuven. She was a visiting doctoral researcher at Harvard Law School.

Ann Sofie is head of legal in a London tech company that uses blockchain to identify deep fakes and other manipulated images and videos. She publishes a weekly newsletter with legal updates on topics such as crypto-assets, central bank digital currencies, distributed ledger technology, decentralized finance and smart contracts.

Ann Sofie teaches the module Law and the Digital Economy: The Corporate Dimension.

Leslie Kosmin QC

Leslie KosminMA, LLM (Cantab), LLM (Harvard), Yorke Distinguished Visiting Fellow 2015-18; Affiliated Lecturer

Leslie Kosmin QC was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1973, where he is currently a bencher. He was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal in English Law by the University of Cambridge in 1974 and was the holder of a John F. Kennedy Scholarship to Harvard Law School in 1974–75. Leslie was called to the Bar in England in 1976 and, while teaching at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, joined Erskine Chambers, the UK’s leading Company Law set, in 1977. He took silk in 1994 and was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge of the Chancery Division of the English High Court in 2001. He retired from practice in 2011.

Leslie has been an affiliated lecturer in the Cambridge Law Faculty since 2012 and was Yorke Distinguished Visiting Fellow 2015-18. He is a Visiting Professor in Practice in the Department of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the joint author of Company Meetings and Resolutions: Law, Practice and Procedure (published by Oxford University Press, 3rd edition, published 2020).

Leslie teaches the module on Shareholder Litigation.

Gavin Robert

Gavin RobertGavin Robert is a lawyer with over 25 years’ experience specialising in competition law. Gavin was a partner with international law firm Linklaters for 14 years, and was a Panel Member of the UK Competition & Markets Authority from 2013 to 2018. He is now a consultant with Euclid Law, a boutique competition law firm based in London and Brussels.

Gavin is also a Trustee and Vice Chair of REAch2, the largest primary multi-academy trust in the UK, and a non-executive director of Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Gavin teaches the MCL module on International Merger Control.

Mark Smith

Mark SmithMark Smith is a Senior Advisor and Fellow at the Judge Business School where he works alongside the academic faculty to design and deliver executive education to develop a competitive advantage for professional service firms.

Mark has over two decades of experience in the legal profession across a number of different roles which allows him to provide a unique perspective on the challenges facing today's leaders. After six years' practice as a lawyer in national and City law firms, Mark moved in-house where he spent four years leading the international legal team for a Fortune 500 technology and outsourcing business.

After completing his MBA Mark transitioned out of legal practice and into commercial strategy. After a year in the company's global product and market strategy function, Mark led a legal process outsourcing business for another global outsourcing corporation, before joining a FTSE100 technology and information business where he continues to work as their Director of Strategic Markets focusing on the in-house legal and large law firm markets.

Alongside these commercial roles, Mark serves as consultant and executive coach to a number of law firms and holds an MSc in Behavioural Change and a Professional Certificate in Coaching Supervision. Mark is a contributing author of The Relevant Lawyer - Reimagining the Future of the Legal Profession.

Mark teaches the module on Law Firm as a Business.

Ana Taleska

Ana Taleska Dr Ana Taleska was the Slaughter and May Lecturer in Corporate Law and Corporate Finance for 2021-22.

Dr Taleska is a practicing corporate/M&A attorney and a member of the Brussels bar. Previously, Ana served in the legal department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. Her research interests and publications are in the field of comparative corporate governance, corporate finance and capital markets regulation.

Ana holds LLM degrees from Harvard Law School and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a PhD degree from Ghent University (Belgium). In course of her PhD, Ana was a junior visitor at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University and a visitor to Vanderbilt Law School.

In 2022-23, Ana will teach on the Shareholder Activism module and will co-teach on the LLM Corporate Governance course.