Mira Ganor

  • Professor


  • JSD University of California-Berkeley
  • LLM University of California-Berkeley
  • LLB Tel Aviv University
  • MBA Tel Aviv University
  • BA Tel Aviv University

Areas of Specialty

Mira Ganor joined the faculty of the University of Texas School of Law in 2008. Professor Ganor graduated with a JSD and LLM from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She received her LLB, MBA, and BA in economics and management from Tel-Aviv University. Before moving to California, she practiced law in Tel-Aviv, where she specialized in cross-border venture capital financing transactions. Prior to that, she worked as an economist.

Professor Ganor’s interests lie in the intersection of law and business. Her research focuses on corporate governance and agency costs in publicly traded firms as well as on venture capital and private equity. Professor Ganor studies the efficiency of corporate management and its practices. She is especially interested in identifying particular managerial behavior patterns and understanding the motivations behind them and their effects on the shareholders and on society’s welfare. Her research has covered a variety of corporate practices, such as offers of perpetual thrones in merger transactions, dismantling staggered boards, the use of top-up options in tender offers, and maintaining particularly large corporate cash holdings. Professor Ganor conducts interdisciplinary scholarship that combines empirical and statistical methods with legal and economic analysis to probe the efficiency of the corporate governance system. Professor Ganor is also studying rules and regulations that affect innovation and investment in technology.

The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation has featured invited posts on her work on The Power to Issue Stock and on Agency Costs in the Era of Economic Crisis. Professor Ganor’s work on The Power to Issue Stock has also been identified as one of the best works of recent scholarship in Corporate Law, in a review published in Jotwell: The Journal of Things We Like (Lots). An excerpt of her work on Why do Managers Dismantle Staggered Boards was reprinted in Roberta Romano (ed.), Foundations of Corporate Law (2nd Edition, Foundation Press, 2010). She is also a member of the core faculty of the Transactional Law Workshop, a biweekly virtual workshop of transactional law scholars.