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 in Southeast Asia studying student political activity. After receiving his law degree from Columbia University in New York, Professor Bean 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 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.
At the College of Law, Professor Bean teaches Business Enterprises, Strategic International Transactions, Doing Business in Transitional Political Systems and conducts the Global Law Colloquium. He also serves as Faculty Advisor to the International Law Review and 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 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, and at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute.
Professor Bean has twice 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., and, in 2011, provided an Expert Report and testimony in the $6 billion Berezovsky v. Abramovich case in London’s High Court of Justice.
Professor Bean is the author of “Attack of the Sovereign Wealth Funds,” published in the Michigan State Journal of International Law in 2010, “Yukos and Mikhail Khodorkovsky: An Unfolding Drama,” a chapter in Corporate Governance in Russia, “Doing Business in the New Russia,” The International Lawyer, and lead author of the original edition of “Mergers & Acquisitions in Russia,” in Corporate Acquisitions and Mergers. His current research and writing focuses on comparative corporate governance, cross border transactions, and international efforts to combat corruption. His most recent articles deal with international corruption and include “Expansive Reach – Useless Guidance: An Introduction to the U.K. Bribery Act 2010,” “Unscrewing the Inscrutable: The U.K. Bribery Act 2010, each co-authored with Emma McGuidwin) and “Further to Professor Alldridge’s ‘Caffeinated’ Article: What ‘Stuff’ Did the Professor Have in Mind?”
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.