Tamar Frankel

Michaels Faculty Research Scholar
Professor of Law

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LL.M., S.J.D., Harvard Law School
Diploma, Jerusalem Law Classes, Israel

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Professor Tamar Frankel has been writing and teaching in the areas of fiduciary law, corporate governance, mutual funds and the regulation of the financial system. Among her books are: Fiduciary Law; Trust and Honesty, America’s Business Culture at a Crossroad; Securitization; and The Regulation of Money Managers. She has published more than 70 articles and book chapters. In 1998, Professor… Read more

Professor Tamar Frankel has been writing and teaching in the areas of fiduciary law, corporate governance, mutual funds and the regulation of the financial system. Among her books are: Fiduciary Law; Trust and Honesty, America’s Business Culture at a Crossroad; Securitization; and The Regulation of Money Managers. She has published more than 70 articles and book chapters. In 1998, Professor Frankel was instrumental in the establishment and corporate structure design of the Internet Corporation for Names and Numbers (ICANN).

A long-time member of the Boston University School of Law faculty, Professor Frankel was a visiting scholar at the Securities and Exchange Commission (1995-1997) and at the Brookings Institution (1987). She taught and lectured at Oxford University, Tokyo University, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Business School. She consulted with the People’s Bank of China and lectured in Canada, India, Malaysia, and Switzerland. A native of Israel, Professor Frankel served as an attorney in the legal department of the Israeli Air Force, an assistant attorney general for Israel’s Ministry of Justice and the legal advisor of the State of Israel Bonds Organization in Europe. She has been in private practice in Israel, Boston and Washington, D.C. and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, the American Law Institute, and The American Bar Foundation.

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  • Now, Your Financial Advisers Will Have to Put You First (Sometimes)

    June 8, 2017

    New York Times quoting Tamar Frankel, School of Law “When a doctor prescribes a drug, most people trust that it is the best course of treatment…” Expert quote: “Going through this exercise ‘will raise awareness.'” View full article. 

  • Trump Orders Wide Review of Financial System Regulations

    April 26, 2017

    Voice of America Tamar Frankel, School of Law U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered a full review of the powers given to government regulators to oversee the banking and finance industries following the financial meltdown of 2008… Expert quote: “Boston University law professor Tamar Frankel, an expert in financial system regulation, said Dodd-Frank has not […]

  • Another Madoff Legacy: Ways for Investors to Keep Ponzi Profits

    January 5, 2017

    Bloomberg Tamar Frankel, School of Law The legal fallout from Bernard Madoff’s epic fraud includes an ironic twist: a road map for investors wanting to hold on to profits that seem too good to be true. Expert quote: “The court has made it easier for people to benefit from cheating and keep stolen money. If […]

  • Banks’ Culture Problem: You Can’t Have Just One

    November 22, 2016

    American Banker By Tamar Frankel, School of Law “In the wake of the Wells Fargo scandal, a whole host of industry stakeholders and observers have tried to piece together a solution to banking’s culture problem…” View full article

  • Dodd-Frank Rollback to Spare SEC Whistleblower Program, Experts Say

    November 16, 2016

    Wall Street Journal Tamar Frankel, School of Law The whistleblower office at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is likely to survive the Trump administration’s push to roll back the law that created it, experts told Risk & Compliance Journal. Expert quote: “There’s a vocal group who want this to survive.” View full article

  • The Trump Campaign’s Questionable Tax Return Justification

    October 5, 2016

    The New York Times Tamar Frankel, School of Law Did Donald J. Trump have a fiduciary duty to keep the amount he personally owes in taxes to a minimum?… Expert quote: “We don’t owe a fiduciary duty to ourselves. There is no such thing. We owe it to others whose money and power we hold for […]

  • SEC charges fund manager Cooperman with insider trading

    September 22, 2016

    Reuters Tamar Frankel, School of Law The top U.S. securities regulator on Wednesday charged billionaire investor Leon Cooperman with insider trading, making him the highest-profile target in years in Washington’s ongoing crackdown on illegal trading at hedge funds… Expert quote: “The Cooperman story of insider trading is a familiar one. There is temptation to use such […]

  • Inside the High-Profile Downfall of a $8 Billion Hedge Fund

    July 20, 2016

    Bloomberg Tamar Frankel, School of Law Long before Jacob Gottlieb was forced to unwind his Visium Asset Management last month amid insider trading allegations, red flags were emerging at the once $8 billion hedge fund… Expert quote: “Investment advisers can’t say, ‘I didn’t see. I didn’t hear.’ As far as management is concerned, it’s their […]

  • Inside broker and insurance groups’ move to block the DOL fiduciary rule

    June 6, 2016

    Investment News Tamar Frankel, School of Law Professional groups representing the brokerage and insurance industries last week finally broke their silence on the Labor Department’s regulation to raise investment advice standards for retirement accounts by filing a lawsuit that could put the rule in limbo… Expert quote: “My sense is the court will freeze the […]

  • Fiduciary rule: bulletproof to first attack?

    June 2, 2016

    Financial Planning Tamar Frankel, School of Law In what could be their last hope to block the implementation of the fiduciary rule, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, SIFMA, FSI and other business groups have asked a federal court in Texas to vacate the Department of Labor’s new regulations… Expert quote: “I doubt whether an investor […]

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