Bruce W. Bean

Bruce W. Bean
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648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 318
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

  • Biography

    Professor Bruce W. Bean began his international career upon graduation from Brown University as recipient of the first Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which enabled him to spend a year in Southeast Asia studying student political activity. After receiving his law degree, Professor Bean clerked for Judge Leonard P. Moore on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He practiced law at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett and then Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, where he worked closely with Rudolph Giuliani, later Mayor of New York City. Professor Bean then worked as Counsel for Finance & Planning at the Atlantic Richfield Company in Los Angeles. He returned to New York as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of a diversified financial services company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. While in this position Professor Bean continued his active involvement in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and actively lobbied on behalf of his company's interests in Washington.

    At the College of Law Professor Bean has taught Business Enterprises, Strategic International Transactions, the Global Law Colloquium, Corporate Law Colloquium, Doing Business in Transitional Political Systems, and the Jessup International Moot Court Competition. He also serves as Faculty Advisor to the International Law Review. Professor Bean is the former Director of the LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers Program.  He has been elected Faculty Commencement Speaker by the Classes of 2010, 2015, 2017 and the LL.M. Class graduating in December 2011He has taught courses for the Law College in Lodz, Poland, Kaunas, Lithuania and in Dubai. He has previously taught at the University of San Diego's Moscow Institute in Russia and at Columbia University's Harriman Institute.

    Recently Professor Bean has been writing about corruption at FIFA, the global football/soccer administrator.  He has also written articles on bribery and corruption, Sovereign Wealth Funds, and the extraterritorial application of U.S. law. He has also written a chapter entitled "Yukos and Mikhail Khodorkovsky: An Unfolding Drama," published in Corporate Governance in Russia, "Doing Business in the New Russia," The International Lawyer, Fall 2001, and was lead author of "Mergers & Acquisitions in Russia," in Corporate Acquisitions and Mergers. His current research and writing focuses on international efforts to combat corruption and international corporate governance. He is the past Chair of the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Committee of the International Law Association - American Branch and of the American Bar Association’s Russian-Eurasian Law Committee.

    Professor Bean lived and worked in Russia from March 1995 to July 2003. He was Managing Partner of Coudert Brothers' Moscow office until June 1998 when he became Head of Corporate and Foreign Direct Investment for Clifford Chance - Moscow, at the time the leading law firm in Russia and the world's largest international law firm. While in Moscow, he was active with the Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission and served as Chairman of both United Way Moscow and the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia. He is one of the original founders of the Russian Institute of Corporate Law & Governance.

    Professor Bean has been a Russian Business Expert Witness in a U.S. Tax Court proceeding, Buyuk LLC et al. v Commissioner, in Berezovsky v. Abramovich, in the United Kingdom High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division (Commercial Court) and in Yukos Oil Company v. Kravin Investments, et al., at the London Court of International Arbitration. He appears often as a speaker on corruption and on doing business in Russia.

    During his years in Russia Professor Bean's work with the Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission and as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia brought him in close contact with many senior government officials in the Russian government, including President Boris Yeltsin, and Prime Ministers Victor Chernomyrdin, Yevgeny Primakoff and Sergei Stepashin. On the American side as well, Professor Bean met with President Clinton and Vice President Gore as well as with numerous cabinet members from both the Clinton and G. W. Bush Administrations. These included Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Secretaries of the Treasury Robert Rubin, Lawrence Summers and Paul O'Neill, Secretary of Defense William Cohen, Secretaries of Commerce William Daley and Donald Evans, Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. Congressional leaders with responsibility for policy and programs in Russia consulted regularly with Professor Bean during their visits to Moscow. These included Senators Carl Levin, Frank Lugar, Representatives Steny Hoyer, Richard Gephardt, Charles Rangel and numerous others. Professor Bean remains an opinion leader on Russian policy matters and continues active in attempting to improve Russian American relations.

    Professor Bean has made innumerable speeches and written dozens of articles, principally on topics related to doing business in Russia, Russia's political economy as well as on corruption and global corporate governance. He has been interviewed on Russian, Chinese and United Arab Emirates radio as well as PBS, and has been quoted in many publications, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, and The Moscow Times.

  • Degrees

    J.D., Columbia Law School; A.B., Brown University

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Courses
    • Business Enterprises
      This course deals with issues relating to common forms of business organization, including corporations, limited liability companies and closely held corporations. The four credit version of Business Enterprises also includes an introduction to mergers and acquisitions.
    • Corporate Law and Policy: Doing Business in Transitional Political Systems
      (Formerly DCL 592C) This course will examine "corruption", principally in an international context. Within the past decade corruption has received increased attention from international agencies and NGO's and has become a major focus for lawyers as well as for those in government and business. We will consider: what constitutes corruption?; how, why and where it occurs?; and given its pervasiveness , should we care? We shall then consider specific instances. Students will have the opportunity to focus on how corruption is perceived and dealt with in a country in which they have a particular interest. A classroom presentation and paper will be required in lieu of a final examination.
    • Global Law Colloquium
      This course offers a broad overview of key, contemporary international legal issues which will be presented by JD and LL.M. students. Students will read and comment upon student papers and presentations. Students will be evaluated on their presentations and abstracts of their topic. Students participating in the Colloquium for 3 credits through a Directed Study will be evaluated primarily on their research paper.
    • International Corporate Governance
      Corporate Governance involves the set of relationships among a company’s management, its board, its shareholders and its other stakeholders. The scope of these “other stakeholders” has been expanding dramatically in recent years, albeit at different rates and with differing results depending upon the jurisdiction. This term currently includes employees, suppliers, creditors, the surrounding communities, the environment, workers within the company’s supply chain and an ever-evolving panoply of additional parties with an interest in the operations and performance of the company. This course focuses on the broadening scope of such stakeholders in different jurisdictions and the impact of these developments on the internal governance of companies in those jurisdictions.
    • Jessup Team
      (Formerly DCL 405) An international inter-school competition in international law, held annually in the spring semester. Team membership is by invitation on the basis of performance in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Participants receive two graded credit hours.
    • Strategic International Transactions
      This course introduces students to an array of contemporary issues which can be encountered in cross border transactions, including acquisitions, joint ventures and foreign direct investment, project finance, international equity financing transactions, overseas activities of NGOs, etc. The course will discuss broad questions relating to international transactions generally, such as corruption, money laundering, currency risk, political upheavals, dispute resolution, etc. Students select a current international topic or question of particular interest to research and will make a formal presentation of their paper.
  • Bar Admission(s)

    New York, California (inactive)