Michael Bradley


F.M. Kirby Emeritus Professor and Professor of Law

Academic Area: Finance
Phone Number: +1.919.660.8006

Teaching / Research Interests

Microeconomics, Industrial Organization, Investments, Managerial Finance, Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Restructuring, Corporate Law

Mailing Information

Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708


Michael Bradley has served as the Academic Director of the Global Capital Markets Center, a joint research center of the Fuqua School of Business and the Duke Law School. He served as the Chairman of the Finance Department from 1996-1999. From 1985 to 1995 he was the Everett E. Berg Professor of Business Administration, Professor of Finance and Professor of Law at the University of Michigan. Professor Bradley received his Ph.D. in economics, finance and industrial organization from the University of Chicago and has also served on the faculties of the Universities of Michigan, Chicago and Rochester.

Professor Bradley's research interests lie at the intersection of corporate finance and corporate law. He has published papers on corporate capital structure, mergers and acquisitions, takeover defenses and tactics, government regulation of the securities market, insider trading, fiduciary duties of corporate managers, corporate governance and corporate bankruptcy. He has taught courses on microeconomics, industrial organization, investments, managerial finance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, restructuring and corporate law to Ph.D., MBA, J.D., and L.L.M. students, and business executives from around the world. He was chosen as the Outstanding Teacher by the MBA students at the Simon School of Business (Rochester) in 1979 and the Fuqua School of Business in 1996 and again in 2001. In 1996 he received the Outstanding Faculty Award at Fuqua. He was rated as a “Superior Teacher” (highest rating) in Business Week’s biannual survey of US business schools in 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2000. Since 2000 Professor Bradley has taught exclusively in the Duke Law School and Executive Education Programs.

Professor Bradley has testified in some of the most important cases involving corporate takeovers and governance issues. His research has been published in The Journal of Financial Economics, The Journal of Finance, The Journal of Law and Economics, The Journal of Business, The Journal of Legal Studies, Law and Contemporary Problems and The Journal of Applied Corporate Finance and the law reviews of Harvard, Yale, Cornell and Iowa Universities. He is on the editorial boards of The Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, The Journal of Corporate Finance and Governance, and The Journal of Financial Research.

He has testified before the Senate Banking Committee, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Council of Economic Advisors, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Council of Institutional Investors and has presented the results of his research in numerous academic forums. His work has been cited in textbooks, professional journals and the decisions of numerous state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.