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Education CV


  • PhD in Law, Trinity College, University of Cambridge
  • MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • BCL (Distinction), Balliol College, University of Oxford
  • LLM, Harvard Law School
  • LLB (Hons) (Starred First Class Honours), Law with Accounting & Finance, University of Aberdeen

Bar Admissions

  • Solicitor and Notary Public in Scotland
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales
  • Attorney-at-Law in the State of New York


Anna is Director of Studies in Law and Assistant Tutor (Postgraduates) at Newnham College, Cambridge and a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge Centre for Business Research. She is also Assistant Professor of Banking, Corporate and Financial Law and Programme Director of the LLM in Corporate Law at the University of Edinburgh Law School.

Anna has broad research interests in comparative corporate governance and law and finance. Her current research primarily focuses on sustainable corporate governance, environmental and social investing, and shareholder activism. Anna’s work is interdisciplinary in nature, combining legal scholarship with economic and financial analysis. She utilises empirical research methods and data science to examine the impact of laws in practice and to inform policy choices. Her academic research has been published in a variety of leading journals in the US, the UK and Europe, including the University of California Davis Law Review, the Cambridge Law Journal, the Journal of Corporate Law Studies and the European Business Organization Law Review. She is also a contributor to the Oxford Business Law Blog and the Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog.  

Anna read for a joint LLB degree in Law with Accounting and Finance at the University of Aberdeen and graduated top of her class with starred First Class Honours. Following her undergraduate studies, she earned an LLM in Law at Harvard Law School, winning the St Andrew’s Society of New York Scholarship to fund her studies in the US. Anna then attended Balliol College, University of Oxford and graduated with a BCL in Law with Distinction. She later pursued an MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business and a PhD in Law and Finance at Trinity College, Cambridge, supervised by Professor John Armour of the University of Oxford.

After triple-qualifying as a lawyer in New York, England & Wales and Scotland, Anna spent considerable time in legal practice. She began her professional career as an Associate in the energy and climate change department of the international law firm CMS and later worked as a Senior Associate in cross-border mergers and acquisitions at the US law firm Skadden. Anna also spent several years in-house at a global FTSE 100 energy company as Chief of Staff to the CEO and Senior Legal Counsel. In this dual role, she worked in the US, the UK, Australia and Singapore and was responsible for leading an initiative to launch a renewable energy division of the company. 

For many years Anna has acted as an admissions interviewer for Newnham College and Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, as well as an alumna interviewer for Stanford University and Harvard University undergraduate admissions. She also interviews MBA applicants for Stanford Graduate School of Business, as part of the alumna interviewing team. Having attended a state comprehensive school in Aberdeenshire, Anna continues to remain active in a variety of outreach and social mobility initiatives that aim to widen the participation of state school pupils and students from underrepresented backgrounds in higher education and legal practice.

Anna is an Academic Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI). In the 2020-21 academic year, she was a Virtual Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies at the Monash University Faculty of Law and in the 2021-22 academic year she is a Visiting Fellow at the LawFin Center (Foundations of Law and Finance) at Goethe University Frankfurt. Anna also served a four-year term as a Director of the Harvard Law School Association of the United Kingdom. 

Fields of research

Comparative Corporate Governance

Law and Finance

Sustainable / ESG Investing

Shareholder Activism



Professor John Armour (University of Oxford)


Professor Luca Enriques (University of Oxford)

Professor Jeffrey Gordon (Columbia Law School)




"Shareholder Activism for Profit and Purpose" 04 Volume 02, Summer 2022 Revue Européenne du Droit 29-35 (2022)

04 Volume 02, Summer 2022 Revue Européenne du Droit 29-35 (2022)
Published: Aug 2022

"The Agency Costs of Sustainable Capitalism" 55(2) UC Davis Law Review 875-954 (2021)

55(2) UC Davis Law Review 875-954 (2021)
Published: Feb 2021

"Goldilocks (Control) and the Three Bears: Panel on Takeovers and Mergers v King" (2020) 21(3) European Business Organization Law Review 591

J S Liptrap
(2020) 21(3) European Business Organization Law Review 591
Published: Oct 2019

"The New Hedge Fund Activism: Activist Directors and the Market for Corporate Quasi-Control" (2019) 19(1) Journal of Corporate Law Studies 1

(2019) 19(1) Journal of Corporate Law Studies 1
Published: Jun 2018

Book Chapters

"Shareholder Collaboration on ESG Campaigns" in Tzanaki and Thépot (ed(s)), Research Handbook on Competition and Corporate Law (2023) (Edward Elgar), forthcoming

Edward Elgar
Published Forthcoming

"Minority Shareholder Representation on Boards" in Enriques and Strampelli (ed(s)), Board-Shareholder Dialogue: Best Practices, Legal Constraints & Policy Options (2023) (Cambridge University Press), forthcoming

Cambridge University Press
Published Forthcoming

"ESG-focused Shareholder Activism" in Van Hoe and Vos (ed(s)), Shareholder Activism in Belgium (2023) (Intersentia), forthcoming

Published Forthcoming

"A COVID-19 Index Fund - The New Fearless Girl?" in Eidenmüller, Enriques, van Zwieten, Helleringer (ed(s)), Covid-19 and Business Law (CH Beck / Hart, 2020), pp. 33

CH Beck / Hart
ISBN 13:
Published Jul 2020

Case Notes

Bear Raids and Market Manipulation: Muddying the Waters? (2020) 79 (3) Cambridge Law Journal 420

Mapping Judicial Reactions to Shareholder Activism in the UK (2020) 79 (1) Cambridge Law Journal 21

J S Liptrap
Published: Jan 2020

Applying Section 175 of the Companies Act 2006 in the Post-Resignation Context: CJC Media (Scotland) Limited v Sinclair (2020) 24 (1) Edinburgh Law Review 74

J S Liptrap
Published: Jan 2020

Blog Posts

Conference Papers

"The Future of the Firm: The Impact of Technology, Innovation and Industrial Change" (European Corporate Governance Institute | University of Cambridge | UCL)

J S Liptrap
European Corporate Governance Institute | University of Cambridge | UCL
Published: Aug 2019