Sofie Cools

Sofie Cools

S.J.D. Candidate

Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

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Combining Dispersed Stock Ownership and Strong Shareholders. A Comparative and Empirical Analysis.

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Comparative Corporate Law with Professor Mark Roe, Harvard Law School, Overall Faculty Supervisor
  • Corporate Law Theory with Professor Reinier Kraakman, Harvard Law School
  • Empirical Corporate Law with Professor Lucian Bebchuk, Harvard Law School

Additional Research Interests

  • Financial Law
  • Securities Regulation
  • Arbitration


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate, 2009 – Present
  • University of Leuven, PhD (Law), 2014
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M., 2004
  • University of Leuven, Lic. Law, 2003
  • University of Leuven, Cand. Law, 2000

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg), Senior Research Fellow, July 2014–Present
  • ETH Zurich, Visiting Researcher with Professor Gerard Hertig, June–August 2012
  • Research Foundation Flanders, Doctoral Fellow, 2009–2013
  • University of Leuven, Teaching Assistant, 2005–2009
  • Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Buenos Aires), Visiting Lecturer, 2006
  • Harvard Law School, Irving Oberman Memorial Award, 2004
  • Universities of Maastricht, Leuven and Utrecht, Ius Commune Prize, 2004
  • Francqui Foundation, Fellow, 2003–2004
  • Belgian American Educational Foundation, Graduate Fellow, 2003–2004

Representative Publications

Additional Information

  • Languages: English, Dutch, French, German

Last updated August 21, 2014