Anna is an Assistant Professor of Banking, Corporate and Financial Law at the University of Edinburgh Law School. Prior to joining Edinburgh Law School, Anna was a Director of Studies, Special Supervisor and Tutor in Law at Newnham College, University of Cambridge.
Anna read for an 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 and a BCL in Law (with Distinction) at Balliol College, University of Oxford. She later gained an MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business in California.
After qualifying as an Attorney-at-Law in New York, as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and as a Solicitor and Notary Public in Scotland, Anna spent considerable time in practice. She worked as an Associate in corporate and energy law at the international law firm CMS, as Chief of Staff to the CEO and Senior Legal Counsel at a global FTSE 100 company and as a Senior Associate in cross-border mergers and acquisitions at the US law firm Skadden.
Anna is a Research Associate at the Cambridge Centre for Business Research. For the 2020-2021 academic year she will be a Virtual Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies at Monash University Law School in Melbourne. Anna also served a four-year term as a Director and Board Secretary of the Harvard Law School Association of the United Kingdom.
For several 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. Additionally, she was recently invited to join the alumna team at Stanford Graduate School of Business, interviewing MBA applicants. She 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 has broad research interests in corporate governance, comparative company law, law and economics, law and finance, financial regulation, ESG investing and sustainable finance, law and technology, venture capital and private equity, corporate reputation, labour law and takeover regulation. Her doctoral research, conducted at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, focused on the study of shareholder activism, with a particular emphasis on activist hedge fund board representation. Anna’s work is interdisciplinary in nature, combining legal scholarship with economic and financial analysis and utilising empirical research methods to inform policy choices and examine the impact of laws in practice. Her academic research has been published in a variety of leading journals, including the Cambridge Law Journal, the Journal of Corporate Law Studies, the European Business Organization Law Review and the Edinburgh Law Review. She is also a contributor to the Oxford Business Law Blog.