Boston University School of Law

Michael E.S. Frankel

Lecturer in Law
A.B., University of Chicago
A.M, University of Chicago
J.D., University of Chicago
M.B.A., University of Chicago

Michael Frankel is Lecturer in Law in the School of Law's Transactional Law Program. Mr. Frankel joined the School in 2012. He has served as head of corporate development at several large global corporations and has negotiated and executed over 100 mergers and acquisitions, and other strategic transactions.

Mr. Frankel currently serves as chief financial officer of Iconology Inc., a digital media company based in New York. During his career, Mr. Frankel has been a corporate development leader at LexisNexis, Information Resources, a division of GE Capital and VeriSign. Earlier in his career, he was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch and a corporate attorney in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He has executed and/or advised on a variety of transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, equity/venture investments, IPOs, and other public offerings.

Mr. Frankel has also served on the board of directors of public and private companies and currently serves on the board of Onvia (Nasdaq: ONVI) and the advisory board of TargetData (venture-backed private company).

Mr. Frankel has written extensively on mergers and acquisitions, and other strategic transactions. He is the author of three books in this area: Mergers and Acquisitions Basics: The Key Steps of Acquisitions, Divestitures, and Investments (John Wiley & Sons), Mergers and Acquisitions Deal-Makers: Building a Winning Team (John Wiley & Sons), and Deal Teams (Aspatore). His work also includes articles in TheDeal, Corporate Dealmaker, and the University of Chicago Roundtable.

Mr. Frankel has lectured on mergers and acquisitions, and strategic transactions at BU School of Law, Yale Law School, and Georgetown Law School. As he did in the 2012-2013 academic year, in both the fall and spring semesters of the 2013-2014 academic year, Mr. Frankel will lead BU School of Law's participation in the Transactional LawMeetSM sponsored by the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, and will mentor the BU Law students competing in the School's "internal meet" this fall to select a team for the Regional and National competitions. He will continue to advise and assist BU Law's teams selected for these competitions. The Transactional LawMeetSM provides participants with the opportunity for a hands-on transactional experience (as Moot Court does for future litigators) in which they engage in problem-solving through negotiations and document drafting much as occurs in actual transactional practice. Mr. Frankel explains, "Law firms and clients are looking for young lawyers who balance a strong theoretical foundation in legal principles with the practical skills to 'hit the ground running,' and a basic understanding of the business context in which these legal principals apply." Mr. Frankel brings a wealth of experience in transaction execution from the legal, banker and client perspectives, providing students with a real world context to the contract and deal process.