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Education

J.D., 2002, Villanova University School of Law, summa cum laude
B.S., 1999, Florida State University, summa cum laude

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Christina M. Sautter

Cynthia Felder Fayard Professorship, Byron R. Kantrow Professorship, and Vinson & Elkins Professorship
Professor of Law

Biography

Christina Sautter’s research interests lie in corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions, and transactional law. Her most current research explores the relationship between markets and corporations. It focuses on new generations of investors’ power to transform corporate governance, analyzing the role of technology and online communications as well as of generational features and affinities. Professor Sautter also has extensively written on M&A. Her M&A scholarship focuses on the sale process of publicly traded companies and the intersection of fiduciary duties and deal terms. She co-authored Mergers and Acquisitions Law, a hornbook published by West Academic Publishing. She also is the author of chapters in the "Research Handbook on Mergers & Acquisitions" as well as in the forthcoming "Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Corporate Law” and in the forthcoming “A Research Agenda for Corporate Law."

She has authored articles appearing in the Boston University Law Review, Brooklyn Law Review, Washington & Lee Law ReviewFordham Law Review Online, The Journal of Corporation Law, and other leading journals. Her scholarship has been featured in and she has been quoted by newspapers, magazines, and blogs, including The Wall Street Journal; USA Today; Bloomberg; Bloomberg Tax; Forbes; the University of Oxford, Oxford Business Law Blog (OBLB)The CLS Blue Sky Blog (Columbia Law School's Blog on Corporations and Capital Markets); The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance; The University of Chicago Business Law Review Blog (inaugural guest academic article); the Business Law Prof BlogTheCorporateCounsel.net Blog; and the CorpGov.net Corporate Governance Blog. 

Professor Sautter teaches Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Regulation, and Business Associations I & II. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Sautter practiced in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group in the New York City offices of Shearman & Sterling LLP, where she represented companies from a variety of industries in multi-million- and billion-dollar multinational M&A deals on both the sell side and buy side. She also provided on-going corporate governance advice to boards of directors. She clerked for the late Honorable H. Emory Widener, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She also served as a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

Professor Sautter earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, graduating summa cum laude. While in law school, Professor Sautter was a managing editor of the Villanova Law Review and was selected as a member of The Order of the Coif. She received her bachelor's degree in both Multinational Business Operations and Marketing from Florida State University, graduating summa cum laude.

Courses Taught

Business Associations I & II, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Regulation

Selected Publications

Books

Franklin A. Gevurtz & Christina M. Sautter, Mergers and Acquisitions Law (West Academic Publishing 2018).
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Chapters in Books

Sergio Alberto Gramitto Ricci & Christina M. Sautter, Harnessing the Collective Power of Retail Investors, A Research Agenda for Corporate Law (Christopher M. Bruner & Marc Moore, eds.) (Edward Elgar Publishing) (forthcoming 2023). Full Text

Christina M. Sautter, Rewritten Revlon, Inc. v. MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc., Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Corporate Law (Kelli Alces Williams, Anne Choike, & Usha R. Rodrigues, eds.) (Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming 2022). Full Text

Christina M. Sautter, Tender Offers and Disclosure: The History and Future of the Williams Act, in the Research Handbook on Mergers and Acquisitions (Claire Hill & Steven Davidoff Solomon, eds.) (Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.) (2016). Full Text

Law Review Articles

Sergio Alberto Gramitto Ricci & Christina M. Sautter, The Corporate Forum, 102 B.U. L. Rev. 1861 (2022). Full text

Sergio Alberto Gramitto Ricci & Christina M. Sautter, The Educated Retail Investor: A Response to “Regulating Democratized Investing,83 Ohio St. L.J. Online (forthcoming 2022). Full Text

Sergio Alberto Gramitto Ricci & Christina M. Sautter, The Corporate Forum: A Response to Professor Jill Fisch, B.U. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022). Full text

Sergio Alberto Gramitto Ricci & Christina M. Sautter, The Educated Retail Investor: A Response to “Regulating Democratized Investing, Ohio St. L.J. Online (forthcoming 2022). Full Text

Sergio Alberto Gramitto Ricci & Christina M. SautterCorporate Governance Gaming: The Collective Power of Retail Investors, 22 Nev. L.J. 51 (2021). Full Text

Christina M. Sautter, Transaction Cost Economics & MAEs: The Dealmaker’s Crystal Ball, 89 Fordham L. Rev. Online 41 (2021). Full Text

Christina M. Sautter, Delaware as Deal Arbiter, 77 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1269 (2020). Full Text

Christina M. Sautter, The Golden Ratio of Corporate Deal-Making, 41 J. Corp. L. 817 (2016). Full Text

Christina M. Sautter, Fleecing the Family Jewels, 90 Tul. L. Rev. 545 (2016). Full Text

Steven M. Davidoff & Christina M. Sautter, Lock-Up Creep, 38 J. Corp. L. 681 (2013). Full Text

Christina M. Sautter, Auction Theory & Standstill Agreements: Dealing with Friends and Foes in a Sale of Corporate Control, 64 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 521 (2013). Full Text

Christina M. Sautter, Promises Made to be Broken? Standstill Agreements in Change of Control Transactions, 37 Del. J. Corp. L. 929 (2013). Full Text

Christina M. Sautter, Rethinking Contractual Limits on Fiduciary Duties, 38 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 55 (2010). Full Text

Christina M. Sautter, Shopping During Extended Store Hours: From No Shops to Go-Shops – the Development, Effectiveness, and Implications of Go-Shop Provisions in Change of Control Transactions, 73 Brook. L. Rev. 525 (2008). Full Text

Christina M. Sautter, Note, A Matter of Class: The Impact of Brown v. McLean on Employee Discharge Cases, 46 Vill. L. Rev. 421 (2001).