On July 29, HLS Professor John C. Coates testified during a hearing of the Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.  In the hearing titled “Protecting Shareholders and Enhancing Public Confidence by Improving Corporate Governance,” Coates offered his recommendations for corporate governance reform.

Coates’ testimony, and the research of other members of the Program on Corporate Governance, was discussed in an article in the Christian Science Monitor, published on July 29, 2009.

Coates recently issued a set of recommended reforms regarding the regulation of mutual funds. The recommendations were made to the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, an independent and nonpartisan organization whose research is aimed at improving financial regulations and practices.

The John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics at HLS, Coates joined the HLS faculty in 1997, coming from the New York law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he was a partner specializing in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities law, and the regulation of financial institutions. At HLS he has taught corporate finance, securities and banking regulation, and business law.