Jeffrey J. Haas
Professor Jeffrey Haas is a leading authority on corporate, securities and business law. He teaches courses in securities regulation, corporations, mergers & acquisitions, mutual fund regulation and contracts. Prior to joining the faculty at NYLS in 1996, Jeff practiced corporate and securities law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Latham & Watkins.
Jeff believes that it is crucial that law professors—particularly business law professors—“walk the walk” in addition to merely “talking the talk.” “Theory has its place,” according to Jeff, “but it has to be closely integrated into practice-based learning. Doing otherwise is a disservice to the many students who seek to practice law upon graduation.” Thus, Jeff continues to have one foot firmly planted in the real world in order to enhance his students’ educational experience. Indeed, Jeff has served on boards of directors of public companies for almost 15 years. Currently, he proudly serves on the board of the American Independence mutual fund family and previously served on the board of the HSBC family of mutual funds. Jeff has substantial experience (including as Chair) on audit, compensation and nominating committees.
Additionally, Jeff brings into the classroom experiences he garners through the consulting work he performs for a limited number of clients. Most of these clients are entrepreneurs and small business owners, such as technology-oriented Pixafy (pixafy.com) and real estate upstart RetailMLS (retailmls.com). “When discussing various types of business entities and the managerial, tax and other repercussions of each, students react differently when you tell them that you had the exact same discussion with a client earlier that day,” says Jeff. “Moreover, one of the best ways to prepare students for client work is to share the experience you have with clients with your students,” Jeff adds.
A drummer by background, many of Jeff’s clients stem from his passion for rock and roll music and memorabilia collecting. Through his work with Gotta Have It! (gottahaveit.com) and its affiliated companies, Jeff has advised on deals involving Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Eminem, The Eagles, The Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, The Recording Academy (“GRAMMYS”) and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To his students’ delight, Jeff keeps a Roland V-Pro electronic drum set in his office at NYLS.
As a scholar, Jeff’s articles have appeared in the Southern California Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Emory Law Review and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, among others. He has also authored the book CORPORATE FINANCE (1st and 2nd editions, Thomson West 2011) and co-authored the books INVESTMENT ADVISER REGULATION (Thomson West 2008) and CORPORATE FINANCE AND GOVERNANCE: CASES, MATERIALS AND PROBLEMS FOR AN ADVANCED COURSE IN CORPORATIONS (Carolina Academic Press 2006). Jeff received his B.S. summa cum laude from Florida State University (double major in Finance and Classical Civilizations) and his J.D. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a Comment Editor on the Law Review. Jeff also studied at the University of Melbourne in Australia as a Rotary Foundation Scholar.
Corporate Finance and Governance: Cases, Materials, and Problems for an Advanced Course in Corporations. 3rd ed. (Carolina Academic Press, 2006) (with L.E. Mitchell & L.A. Cunningham & L.D. Solomon).
Corporate Finance in a Nutshell. (Thomson West, 2004).
LAW REVIEW AND OTHER SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS
The Heartland Funds’ Receivership and Its Implications for Independent Mutual Fund Directors, 51 Emory Law Journal 153–240 (2002) (with S.R. Howard).
“Introduction (Symposium: Mutual Fund Regulation in the Next Millennium).” 44 New York Law School Law Review 429–430 (2000).
“Small Issue Public Offerings Conducted Over the Internet: Are They ‘Suitable’ for the Retail Investor?” 72 Southern California Law Review 67–143 (1998). Reprinted in 42 Corporate Practice Commentator 419–494 (2000).
“Directorial Fiduciary Duties in a Tracking Stock Equity Structure: The Need for a Duty of Fairness.” 94 Michigan Law Review 2089–2177 (1996).
“Comment, Insights Into Lender Liability: An Argument for Treating Controlling Creditors as Controlling Shareholders.” 135 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1321–1363 (1987).
NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, PRACTICE MATERIALS, AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Nonprofit Directors’ Duties as Endowment Performance Declines, 229 New York Law Journal 4 (January 17, 2003), reprinted as “When the Endowment Tanks: Some Lessons for Nonprofits,” 12 Business law Today 19–22 (May/June 2003).
“The Allure of Tracking Stocks.” 19 In Brief 8–9 (Spring/Summer 2001).
“Fiduciary Duties of Tracking Stock Directors Under Delaware Law.” 25(5) Director’s Monthly 1 (May 2001).
Moderator/Panelist, “Symposium: Mutual Fund Regulation in the Next Millennium.” 44 New York Law School Law Review 431–520 (2000).
“How Quantum, DLJ and Ziff-Davis Are Keeping on Track with Tracking Stock: Part II.” 3 wallstreetlawyer.com 10–13 (October 1999).
“‘Suitability’ in the Self-Managed Internet Offering Context.” 2 wallstreetlawyer.com 10–13 (February 1999).
“Introduction to Tracking Stocks, in Acquisitions, Mergers, Spin-offs, and Other Restructurings.” Practising Law Institute, 1993 (with E.H. Steinberger).