Anna is an Assistant Professor of Banking, Corporate and Financial Law at the University of Edinburgh Law School and a Research Associate at the Cambridge University Centre for Business Research. 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 energy company and as a Senior Associate in cross-border mergers and acquisitions at the US law firm Skadden.
Anna is a Virtual Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies at Monash University Law School in Melbourne. She 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 is part of the alumna admissions team at Stanford Graduate School of Business, interviewing MBA applicants. She also 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 comparative corporate governance, law and finance, law and technology and financial regulation. She is particularly interested in ESG investing and shareholder activism (the focus of her doctoral research at Trinity College, Cambridge). Anna’s work is interdisciplinary in nature, combining legal scholarship with economic and financial analysis and utilising empirical research methods to examine the impact of laws in practice and inform policy choices. 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.