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Education CV


  • PhD Candidate in Law & Finance, 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 a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge Centre for Business Research and a Doctoral Researcher in Law and Finance at Trinity College, Cambridge. She was previously a Director of Studies, Special Supervisor and Tutor in Law at Newnham College, Cambridge.

Anna has broad research interests in comparative corporate governance, law and finance and law and technology. Her doctoral research concerns shareholder activism and her current research agenda primarily focuses on sustainable corporate governance and environmental and social investing and 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 or is forthcoming in a variety of leading journals in the US, the UK and Europe, including the UC 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. She then 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.

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 also served a four-year term as a Director of the Harvard Law School Association of the United Kingdom. She is an academic member of the European Corporate Governance Institute and a Virtual Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies at the Monash University Faculty of Law. 

Fields of research

Comparative Corporate Governance

Law and Finance

Law and Technology

Sustainable Investing

Shareholder Activism



Professor John Armour (University of Oxford)


Professor Simon Deakin & Dr Felix Steffek (First Year PhD Upgrade Examiners)




"The Agency Costs of Sustainable Capitalism" 55 UC Davis Law Review, Forthcoming 2021

55 UC Davis Law Review, Forthcoming 2021
Published: Forthcoming

"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

"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