Scott Hirst

Scott Hirst

Associate Professor of Law


BComm LLB, University of Queensland, Australia
LLM, Harvard Law School
SJD, Harvard Law School


Biography

Scott Hirst joined Boston University School of law as an associate professor in 2018. His research seeks to explain phenomena in corporate law, securities regulation, and related areas, and to inform policy making on these subjects. His work combines empirical methods and conceptual analyses from finance, accounting, and economics, with close attention to the institutional environment within which corporations and investors make decisions. He teaches Corporations, Corporate Governance, and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Hirst’s recent scholarship has appeared in the Columbia Law Review, the Boston University Law Review, the Yale Journal on Regulation, the Harvard Business Law Review, the Journal of Corporation Law and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. It has been referred to by the Securities and Exchange Commission in its rule making and discussed in the Wall Street Journal, among other places.

Before joining BU Law, Hirst served as research director of the Program on Institutional Investors at Harvard Law School and practiced for seven years in the mergers and acquisitions group of Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York. Hirst received Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) and Master of Laws (LLM) degrees from Harvard Law School, and Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

Publications

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  • Scott Hirst, Initiation Payments 48 Journal of Corporation Law (2023)
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  • Scott Hirst, Kobi Kastiel & Tamar Kricheli-Katz, How Much Do Investors Care about Social Responsibility? 2023 Wisconsin Law Review (2023)
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  • Scott Hirst, Saving Climate Disclosure 28 Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance (2023)
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  • Scott Hirst & Lucian Bebchuk, Big Three Power, and Why It Matters 102 Boston University Law Review (2022)
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  • Scott Hirst, Holger Spamann & Gabriel Rauterberg, Corporations in 100 Pages (3rd. Ed.) (2022)
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  • Scott Hirst & Adriana Z. Robertson, Hidden Agendas in Shareholder Voting 39 Yale Journal on Regulation (2022)
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  • Holger Spamann, Scott Hirst & Gabriel Rauterberg, Corporations in 100 Pages (2nd Edition) (2021)
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  • Holger Spamann, Scott Hirst & Gabriel Rauterberg, Corporations in 100 Pages (2020)
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  • Scott Hirst & Lucian Bebchuk, Index Funds and the Future of Corporate Governance: Theory, Evidence, and Policy 119 Columbia Law Review (2019)
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  • Scott Hirst & Lucian Bebchuk, The Specter of the Giant Three 99 Boston University Law Review (2019)
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  • Scott Hirst & Kobi Kastiel, Corporate Governance by Index Exclusion 99 Boston University Law Review (2019)
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  • Scott Hirst, The Case for Investor Ordering No. 2017-13 The Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance Discussion Paper (2018)
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  • Scott Hirst, Universal Proxies No. 2016-11 The Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance Discussion Paper (2018)
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  • Scott Hirst, Lucian A. Bebchuk & Alma Cohen, The Agency Problems of Institutional Investors 31 Journal of Economic Perspectives (2017)
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  • Scott Hirst, Frozen Charters No. 2016-01 The Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance Discussion Paper (2017)
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  • Scott Hirst, Social Responsibility Resolutions No. 2016-06 The Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance Discussion Paper (2016)
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  • Scott Hirst, Lucian A. Bebchuk & June Rhee, Towards the Declassification of S&P 500 Boards 3 Harvard Business Law Review (2013)
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  • Scott Hirst & Lucian A. Bebchuk, Private Ordering and the Proxy Access Debate No. 653 The Harvard John M. Olin Discussion Paper Series (2010)
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In the Media

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  • Harvard Law School January 24, 2024

    Initiation Payments

    Scott Hirst's research is referenced.
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  • American Affairs November 20, 2023

    The New Corporate Philanthropy

    Scott Hirst's research is referenced.
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  • Harvard Law School November 17, 2023

    Dirty Air and Green Investments: The Impact of Pollution Information on Portfolio Allocations

    Scott Hirst's research is referenced
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  • CNN June 21, 2023

    401(k) Plans Have Never Been Hotter. That’s Changing the Stock Market.

    Scott Hirst's research is referenced.
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  • ECGI January 20, 2023

    Appointment of 56 New ECGI Research Members

    Scott Hirst is appointed as a research member of the European Corporate Governance Institute.
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  • Markets Media November 28, 2022

    How Much Do Investors Care About Social Responsibility?

    Scott Hirst's research is referenced.
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  • ThinkAdvisor July 21, 2022

    Sanders’ Tweet on Power of Vanguard, BlackRock, State Street Raises Eyebrows

    Scott Hirst's research is referenced.
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  • Harvard Law School Forum July 6, 2022

    Hidden Agendas in Shareholder Voting

    A piece authored by Scott Hirst.
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  • ETF Stream February 22, 2022

    Charlie Munger Blasts Index Funds and the ‘Emperors’ Behind Them

    Scott Hirst is featured.
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  • Investor’s Chronicle January 4, 2022

    The Growing Power Of Passives

    Scott Hirst's research is referenced.
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  • ETF Stream December 21, 2021

    Common Ownership is ‘Defining Battleground’ for ETF Industry Over Next Decade

    Scott Hirst's research is referenced.
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  • Financial Times October 7, 2021

    The Ten Trillion Dollar Man: How Larry Fink Became King of Wall St

    Scott Hirst's research is referenced.
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  • The Australian Financial Review August 5, 2021

    Share Ownership and Competition at the Heart of Probe

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  • Hariri Institute for Computing May 28, 2021

    Introducing Our Latest Hariri Institute Fellows

    Scott Hirst is featured.
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  • October 13, 2019

    Activists Thought BlackRock, Vanguard Found Religion on Climate Change. Not Anymore

    Scott Hirst quoted in <em>CNBC<em/>.
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