Professor Henry Hu guests hosts CNBC’s Squawk Box and discusses decoupling, the financial crisis, and the SEC

Professor Henry Hu, who holds the Allan Shivers Chair in the Law of Banking and Finance at the Law School, served as the guest host of CNBC’s flagship morning program Squawk Box on February 23, 2011.  During the course of two hours, he participated in the discussion of the day’s developments, and helped interview others, such as Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Dean Peter Henry of NYU’s Stern School of Business.  In addition, Hu was himself interviewed by co-anchors Becky Quick and Carl Quintanilla about his “decoupling” research, how to prevent another global financial crisis, and the Securities and Exchange Commission and its “Risk Fin” Division.  Brief portions of his appearance are available on the CNBC website:  Fmr SEC “Risk Czar” Speaks Out and Containing the Next Crisis.

Previous guest hosts have included Jack Welch, Jon Corzine, and Michael Porter.

In the month after returning from public service on January 19, Professor Hu gave the Chirelstein Colloquium at the Yale Law School, delivered the keynote address at an NYU Law School conference on Dodd-Frank, and gave a talk in Amsterdam attended by academics, lawyers, and regulators.  The same month, Risk, often deemed the world’s leading financial risk management and derivatives magazine, published a full-page profile story under the title “The Fin man.”

Professor Hu served as the inaugural Director of “Risk Fin”—the Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation—at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The first new Division in thirty-seven years, Risk Fin was created to provide sophisticated, interdisciplinary analysis across the entire spectrum of SEC activities, including policymaking, rulemaking, enforcement, and examinations.

Hu’s academic research has centered on the law and economics of capital market innovations and corporate governance. He is best known for his articles on “decoupling” (which introduced terms like “empty creditors” and “empty voters”) and on the systemic and other risks posed by derivatives and other financial innovations.

Contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, 512-471-7330,

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