Lawrence Cunningham

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Lawrence Cunningham

Larry is a chaired professor at George Washington University, lecturing on its main campus in Washington DC and in its finance and corporate law programs in New York City, which he founded and directs.

Larry is an authority on corporate culture, governance and law, as well capital allocation and investing. He’s best known for collaborating with Warren Buffett in self-publishing, since 1997, The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America and producing, more recently, Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values. Among his dozen other books are The AIG Story (with Hank Greenberg) and Quality Investing (with AKO Capital).

Larry’s research tackles investor rationality, stock market behavior, accounting standards, auditing practice, director independence, executive pay, financial regulation, and business contracts. His commentary in the press and trade magazines addresses corporate decentralization, leadership, and succession. His work appears in journals of leading universities, including Chicago, Cornell and Virginia; periodicals such as The Financial Times, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal; and professional publications such as Directors & Boards; Financial History; and NACD Directorship.

Larry has taught at 11 universities around the world (including Columbia, Fordham, and Vanderbilt, and Central European University, Hebrew University, University of Navarra, and Oxford) and lectures widely to private audiences such as corporate boards, corporate training programs, CFA groups, CPCU chapters, and investing societies.

Larry consults for businesses such as Bacardi, Charter Communications, Constellation Software, D. E. Shaw, Investors’ Management Corp., StructureTone, and Thermaco; and organizations such as the Council of Institutional Investors, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Larry is a director of Ashford Hospitality Prime (NYSE) and of Pearl West Group, a private investment company. He is a member of the Dean’s Council of Lerner College of Business of the University of Delaware and is on the Editorial Board of the Museum of American Finance.  Previous positions include practicing corporate law with Cravath, Swaine & Moore; serving as Associate Dean for Academic Operations at Boston College Law School; and directing the Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance.

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