Frederick Tung

Howard Zhang Faculty Research Scholar; Professor of Law, School of Law

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 U.S. 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 recent scholarship includes:

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