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


Christina Sautter teaches Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Regulation, and Business Associations I & II. Her scholarship explores the impact of judiciary rulings, boards of directors' fiduciary duties, market conditions, and acquisition agreement terms on the mergers & acquisitions sales process for public companies. She co-authored Mergers and Acquisitions Law, a hornbook published by West Academic Publishing. Her articles have been published in the Washington & Lee Law Review, Brooklyn Law Review, the Case Western Reserve Law Review, the Florida State University Law ReviewThe Journal of Corporation Law, the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, and Tulane Law Review. Her article, Auction Theory & Standstill Agreements: Dealing with Friends and Foes in a Sale of Corporate Control, 64 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 521 (2013), was one of twelve papers selected out of over 60 blind submissions for presentation at the Center for Law, Economics, and Finance (C-LEAF) 2013 Junior Faculty Business and Financial Law Workshop. The George Washington University Law School sponsored C-LEAF.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Sautter served as a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. During her fellowship, she taught Mergers & Acquisitions, Legal Research & Writing, and Moot Court (Appellate Advocacy). She also practiced in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group in the New York City offices of Shearman & Sterling LLP and clerked for the late Honorable H. Emory Widener, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

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


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

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).
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Law Review Articles

Christina M. Sautter, Transaction Cost Economics & MAEs: The Dealmaker’s Crystal Ball, 89 Fordham L. Rev. Online 41 (2021).
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Christina M. Sautter, Delaware as Deal Arbiter, 77 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1269 (2020).
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Christina M. Sautter, The Golden Ratio of Corporate Deal-Making, 41 J. Corp. L. 817 (2016).
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Christina M. Sautter, Fleecing the Family Jewels, 90 Tul. L. Rev. 545 (2016).
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Steven M. Davidoff & Christina M. Sautter, Lock-Up Creep, 38 J. Corp. L. 681 (2013).
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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).
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Christina M. Sautter, Promises Made to be Broken? Standstill Agreements in Change of Control Transactions, 37 Del. J. Corp. L. 929 (2013).
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Christina M. Sautter, Rethinking Contractual Limits on Fiduciary Duties, 38 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 55 (2010).
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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).
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Christina M. Sautter, Note, A Matter of Class: The Impact of Brown v. McLean on Employee Discharge Cases, 46 Vill. L. Rev. 421 (2001).