Colleen Honigsberg is the Postdoctoral Fellow in Corporate Governance
at the Millstein Center.
A Ph.D. Candidate at Columbia Business School, Colleen's research focuses on corporate governance matters, SEC enforcement, and the role of debt holders in firm investment policy. Before beginning her Ph.D. program in 2011, Colleen worked as a Certified Public Accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services and then for Compass Lexecon. She also received her J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Colleen’s recent papers relate to executive compensation and state contract law. She performed the first empirical analysis of the contractual structure of debt-like compensation granted to executives in order to evaluate whether such compensation may be relied upon to reduce risk (“The Hidden Nature of Executive Retirement Pay,” Virginia Law Review, May 2014 (with Robert Jackson, Jr.)) and the first empirical analysis showing that the repercussions of covenant violations vary depending on whether the state contract law is more or less favorable to lenders (“State Contract Law and Debt Contracts,” Journal of Law and Economics, vol. 57, Nov. 2014 (with Sharon Katz and Gil Sadka)). She also studied the impermissible bundling of proxy proposals and found that such bundling occurs far more frequently than indicated by prior literature ("Are Companies Impermissibly Bundling Proposals for Shareholder Votes?" with James Cox, Fabrizio Ferri, and Randall S. Thomas).
- Corporate Governance
- Law & Finance
Education & Professional Certifications
- Columbia Business School, Ph.D., 2016 (expected)
- New York Bar Admission. 2012.
- Columbia Law School, J.D., 2011
- Certified Public Accountant. California, 2006
- University of California, Los Angeles, B.S., 2005
Colleen can be reached at CHonigsberg16@gsb.columbia.edu.