Boston University School of Law
frederick tung


Frederick Tung

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Howard Zhang Faculty Research Scholar
Professor of Law

AB, cum laude, Cornell University
JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School


Phone: 617-358-6184

Areas of Interest:

  • Corporations
  • Securities
  • Regulation
  • Bankruptcy

Recent Course Topics:

  • Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights

Fred Tung researches, teaches, and consults in the areas of corporate and securities law, bankruptcy, and the governance of financial institutions. Prior to joining the BU faculty, he was the Robert T. Thompson Professor of Law and Business at Emory University School of Law. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, a Roger T. Traynor Professor in Corporate Law at Hastings College of the Law, and a Fellow at the Searle-Kauffman Institute on Law, Innovation and Growth. He testified in Congress before the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), served as a consultant on law reform for the Ministry of Justice in Ethiopia, the Center for Commercial Law and Economics in Indonesia, and the California Law Revision Commission, and been a lecturer in the law department at Peking University. He has served on the Consumer Law Task Force of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

Before entering law teaching, Professor Tung clerked for the Honorable Stanley A. Weigel in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, and practiced corporate and bankruptcy law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Proficient in Mandarin, he was an interpreter for ABC News covering the Democracy Movement in Beijing. He has also worked as a software engineer in Silicon Valley.

Professor Tung's scholarship includes:

  • Breaking Bankruptcy Priority: How Rent Seeking Upends the Creditors’ Bargain (with Mark Roe), published in the Virginia Law Review
  • Pay for Banker Performance: Structuring Executive Compensation for Risk Regulation, published in the Northwestern University Law Review
  • Pay for Regulator Performance (with Todd Henderson), published in the Southern California Law Review
  • Reverse Regulatory Arbitrage: An Auction Approach to Regulatory Assignments (with Todd Henderson), published in the Iowa Law Review

Professor Tung has been a permanent blogger with the popular corporate law blog Conglomerate. He graduated with honors from Harvard Law School. He received his undergraduate degree with honors from Cornell University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.

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