Charles K. Whitehead specializes in the law relating to corporations, financial markets, and strategic transactions. Before entering academia, Whitehead clerked for Hon. Ellsworth A. Van Graafeiland, U.S. Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit). He also worked in the United States, Europe, and Asia as outside counsel, general counsel, and a managing director of several multina¬tional financial firms. Among his prac¬tice areas, Professor Whitehead represented U.S. and non-U.S. public and private firms in securities and other financ¬ings, as well as in M&A and other strategic trans¬actions. In addition, he developed complex and novel derivative and other financial instru-ments, both in the private and public capital markets. Before joining Cornell, Professor Whitehead was on the faculty of the Boston University School of Law and was a research fellow at Columbia Law School, where he continues as a Visiting Scholar.
Professor Whitehead’s scholarship focuses on the financial markets, financial regulation, and corporate governance. His courses at Cornell Law School include Business Organizations, Secu-ri¬ties Regulation, and Deals. He is a board member of a prominent global hedge fund, as well as a member of the International Swaps and Deriva¬tives Association (ISDA) Credit Deriva¬tives Determina¬tions Committee and a Vice-Chairman of the ABA International Securities and Capital Markets Committee. He is also a member of The American Law Institute. Professor Whitehead received a B.A. magna cum laude from Cornell and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.