Iman Anabtawi

Professor of Law

  • B.A. Pomona College, 1984
  • B.A., M.A. Oxford University, 1986
  • J.D. Stanford Law School, 1989
  • UCLA Faculty Since 2000

Iman Anabtawi teaches in the Corporate Law Specialization with an emphasis on teaching transactional skills in courses such as Merger and Acquisition Transactions and Business Associations. She is also a founding faculty member of the Law School’s Master of Legal Studies program, in which she teaches Business Law for Non-Lawyers.

At Oxford University, Professor Anabtawi was a Marshall Scholar, receiving a second  B.A. and an M.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics. At Stanford Law School, she was articles editor of the Stanford Law Review, won the Hilmer Oehlmann, Jr. First Year Writing Award, and received the John M. Olin Prize in Law and Economics. She clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. She then spent eight years with the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where she practiced both tax and corporate law. During this time, Professor Anabtawi worked on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, funds and acquisition vehicles, and financial products, as well as general corporate representation.

Professor Anabtawi has written and published numerous articles in corporate law.  You can access her papers on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) at the following URL:


  • Books
    • Mergers and Acquisitions: A Transactional Perspective (with Stephen Bainbridge). 2nd ed. Foundation Press (2023).
    • Can Delaware be Dethroned? Evaluating Delaware’s Dominance of Corporate Law (edited by Iman Anabtawi, Stephen Bainbridge, Sung Hui Kim, and James Park). Cambridge Univ. Press (2018).
    • Mergers and Acquisitions: A Transactional Perspective (with Stephen Bainbridge). Foundation Press (2017).
  • Articles
    • The Limits of Shareholder Ratification, UCLA School of Law, Law-Econ Research Paper No. 23-06. Full Text
    • The Twilight of Enhanced Scrutiny in Delaware M&A Jurisprudence, 43 The Delaware Journal of Corporate Law 161 (2019). Full Text
    • Predatory Management Buyouts, 49 UC Davis Law Review 1285 (2016). Reprinted in 59 Corporate Practice Commentator 1 (2017). Full Text
    • Regulating Ex Post: How Law Can Address the Inevitability of Financial Failure (with Steven L. Schwarcz), 92 Texas Law Review 75 (2013). Full Text
    • Regulating Systemic Risk: Towards an Analytical Framework (with Steven L. Schwarcz), 86 Notre Dame Law Review 1349 (2011). Full Text
    • Fiduciary Duties for Activist Shareholders (with Lynn A. Stout), 60 Stanford Law Review 1255 (2008). Full Text
    • Some Skepticism About Increasing Shareholder Power, 53 UCLA Law Review 561 (2006). Full Text
    • Explaining Pay Without Performance: The Tournament Alternative, 54 Emory Law Journal 1557 (2005). Full Text
    • Secret Compensation, 82 North Carolina Law Review 835 (2004). Full Text
  • Other
    • Shadow Directors, 62 UCLA Law Review Discourse 95 (2014).
    • An Inside Job (with Lynn Stout), New York Times (March 27, 2005).
    • Sometimes Democracy Isn't Desirable (with Lynn Stout), Wall Street Journal (August 10, 2004).