Iman Anabtawi

Professor of Law

  • B.A. Pomona College, 1984
  • M.A. Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, 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.

At Oxford University, Professor Anabtawi was a Marshall Scholar, receiving 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 Honorable Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and then Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. She then spent eight years with the firm of O'Melveny & Myers where she practiced both tax and corporate law. During this time, Anabtawi specialized in 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:


  • Articles
    • The Twilight of Enhanced Scrutiny in Delaware M&A Jurisprudence, 43 The Delaware Journal of Corporate Law (2019). Full Text
    • Predatory Management Buyouts, 49 UC Davis Law Review (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 (2013). Full Text
    • Regulating Systemic Risk: Towards an Analytical Framework (with Steven L. Schwarcz), 86 Notre Dame Law Review (2011). Full Text
    • Fiduciary Duties for Activist Shareholders (with Lynn A. Stout), 60 Stanford Law Review (2008). Full Text
    • Some Skepticism About Increasing Shareholder Power, 53 UCLA Law Review (2006). Full Text
    • Explaining Pay Without Performance: The Tournament Alternative, 54 Emory Law Journal (2005). Full Text
    • Secret Compensation, 82 North Carolina Law Review (2004). Full Text
  • Books
    • 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).
  • Other
    • Shadow Directors, 62 UCLA Law Review Discourse (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).