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Florida State University


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Our business and tax faculty members are prolific scholars with experience as partners or associates at some of the nation’s top corporate law firms.

Jay Kesten

Jay Kesten

Associate Professor

Florida State University
College of Law
Advocacy Center, Room A202E
Phone: 850.644.1596


LL.M., Harvard University, 2009
LL.B., University of British Columbia, 2002
B.A., University of British Columbia, 1999

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Professor Jay Kesten’s research concentrates on both theoretical and empirical aspects of corporate governance. He teaches Corporate Finance, Corporations and Corporate Governance, and Mergers and Acquisitions. Professor Kesten was formerly a visiting assistant professor at the Wake Forest University School of Law, and also has guest lectured at Wake Forest’s School of Business. Before entering law teaching, Kesten practiced for several years in Boston, most recently at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, where he focused primarily on corporate and securities litigation. After graduation from law school in Canada, he clerked for the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Select Recent Publications

The Law and Economics of the Going Public Decision, in The Oxford University Press Handbook on IPOs (Douglas Cumming & Sofia Johan, editors) (Oxford University Press) (forthcoming 2017)

Reconsidering the Convergence of Publicly Traded Entity Fiduciary Obligations
, __ Fla. L. Rev. Forum __ (forthcoming 2017)

The Uncertain Case for Appraisal Arbitrage
, 52 Wake Forest L. Rev. 89  (2017)

Shareholder Political Primacy
, 10 Va. L. & Bus. Rev. 161 (2016)

 Adjudicating Corporate Auctions, 32 Yale J. Reg. 45 (2015)

Political Uncertainty and the Market for IPOs (with Murat C. Mungan), 41 J. Corp. L. 43 (2015)