Bruce W. Bean
Lecturer in Global Corporate Law
Bruce W. Bean began his career upon graduation from Brown University as recipient of the first Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which enabled him to spend a year of independent study in Southeast Asia focusing upon student political activity. After receiving four years of Active Duty as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force, Professor Bean received his law degree from Columbia University in New York. He then clerked for Judge Leonard P. Moore on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He practiced law in New York for seven years at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett and then Patterson, Belknap Webb & Tyler, where he worked closely with Rudolph Giuliani, later Mayor of New York City.
Professor Bean next worked as Counsel – Finance & Planning at the Atlantic Richfield Company in Los Angeles, at the time the world’s seventh largest oil company. He returned to New York after six years to serve as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of a diverse financial services company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. While in this position Professor Bean continued his active involvement in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and financings and actively lobbied on behalf of his company’s interests in Washington.
Professor Bean lived and worked in Russia from March 1995 to July 2003. He was Managing Partner of Coudert Brothers’ Moscow office until June 1998 when he became Head of Corporate and Foreign Direct Investment for Clifford Chance – Moscow, at the time the leading law firm in Russia and the world’s largest international law firm. While in Moscow, he was active with President Clinton’s Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission, serving on its capital markets committee. He also served as Chairman of both United Way Moscow and the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia. He is one of the original founders of the Russian Institute of Corporate Law & Corporate Governance. Professor Bean is Chair of the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Committee of the International Law Association and former Chair of the ABA Committee on Russian and Eurasian Law.
At the College of Law, Professor Bean teaches Business Enterprises, Strategic International Transactions and recently started the Global Law Colloquium. He also served as Coach of the Jessup International Moot Court Team, which, in 2012, for the first time, advanced to the World Finals in Washington and competed against 125 Jessup teams from law faculties around the world. Professor Bean is the director of the MSU LL.M. program for Foreign Lawyers. He has also taught in Moscow, Poland, Lithuania, Dubai and at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute.
Professor Bean has provided expert advice in litigation relating to Russia. He prepared an Expert Report for an arbitration at the London Court of International Arbitration, Yukos Oil Company v. Kravin Investments, et al., involving Russian billionaires. In 2011 he provided an Expert Report and testified in the $6 billion Berezovsky v. Abramovich case in London’s High Court of Justice. More recently he has provided expert testimony in a U.S. Tax Court case involving assets purchased in Russia.
Professor Bean is the author of several recent articles which have dealt with Sovereign Wealth Funds, the UK Bribery Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He is the author of “Yukos and Mikhail Khodorkovsky: An Unfolding Drama,” a chapter in Corporate Governance in Russia, “Doing Business in the New Russia,” published in the ABA’s International Lawyer, and lead author of the original edition of “Mergers & Acquisitions in Russia,” in Corporate Acquisitions and Mergers. His recent articles have appeared in the Michigan State International Law Review, The Ohio State Law Review: Furthermore, the Georgetown Journal of International Law, the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review and other journals.
Professor Bean has made innumerable speeches and written dozens of articles on topics related to doing business in Russia, Russia’s political economy, as well as on corruption and global corporate governance. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, and the Moscow Times and has appeared on the NewsHour on PBS. He is currently a member of a Russian experts group funded by the U.S. government seeking to improve U.S. – Russian relations.