Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Koh Kai Yang, Alan

Assistant Professor, College of Business (Nanyang Business School) - Division of Business Law

Asst Prof Koh Kai Yang, Alan

Alan is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Division of Business Law, Nanyang Business School (NBS). Before joining NBS he was a Research Associate at the Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS) at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS Law), and a Sheridan Fellow at NUS Law. At NBS, he teaches Company Law & Corporate Governance.

He is the recipient of the 2018 Colin Picker Prize in Comparative Law (for best graduate student paper at the American Society of Comparative Law Younger Comparativists Committee Global Conference) and the 2019 Asian Law Junior Faculty Workshop Best Paper Prize.

Alan's research focuses on comparative corporate law and governance, with particular interests in Singapore and Japan. More broadly, as a jurist trained mostly in common law but also partly in the civil law tradition, he is interested in comparative law and dispute resolution in Asia, particularly in cross-border contexts raising issues of private international law.

Current projects include a sole-authored monograph comparing shareholder withdrawal regimes in four jurisdictions, Shareholder Protection in Close Corporations (under contract with Cambridge University Press), and the European Corporate Governance Institute-supported Global Shareholder Stewardship Project (as a contributor). His work is published or forthcoming in journals including the American Journal of Comparative Law, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Law Quarterly Review, Modern Law Review, Journal of Corporate Law Studies, Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, and Journal of Japanese Law.

Alan earned degrees from the law faculties of the National University of Singapore (LL.B. (Hons.)), Boston University (LL.M.) (concurrently with the NUS LL.B.), and Goethe University Frankfurt (Dr. jur. [Doctor of Law] (summa cum laude)). He was a Max Planck Society-funded Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg, Germany), and has visited or taught at the law faculties of University of Tokyo, Nagoya University, and Osaka City University. He is admitted to practice law as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore (currently non-practising), and fluent in Japanese and Chinese.
Research Interests
corporate law; comparative corporate law; comparative law; Japanese law; corporate governance; private international law; international corporate law
Current Projects
  • 1) International Corporate Law: Towards A Framework For Judicial Resolution of Corporate Law Disputes; 2)Comparative Corporate And Commercial Law: Bridging The Civil-Common Divide In Asia And Beyond
  • Investor Exit Strategies for Small and Medium Enterprises in Asia
Selected Publications
  • Koh, Alan K, Nakahigashi Masafumi, Puchniak Dan W. (2020). Land of the Falling 'Poison' Pill: Understanding Defensive Measures in Japan on Their Own Terms. University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, 41, forthcoming.
  • Nakahigashi Masafumi, Koh Alan K, Puchniak Dan W.(2019). Anti-Takeover Defensive Measures in Japan. In Fleischer Holger, Kanda Hideki, Kim Kon-Sik, Mülbert Peter(Ed), German and East Asian Perspectives on Corporate and Capital Market Law: Investors versus Companies(189–201). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.
  • Nakahigashi Masafumi, Koh Alan K. (2019). 敵対的買収防衛策とダブルコード [Anti-Hostile Takeover Defensive Measures, the Corporate Governance Code, and the Stewardship Code]. Kin'yu Shoji Hanrei 金融・商事判例 [The Financial and Business Law Precedents], 1577, 1.
  • Komatsu Takeshi, Harata Hisashi, Puchniak Dan W, Koh Alan K. (2019). 国際的株主代表訴訟に関する実務と学説の対話 ―二〇一九年IPBA年次総会を契機にした今後の学説実務の協働に向けて― [A Dialogue between Practice and Scholarship on International Derivative Actions: Towards Cooperation between Scholarship and Practice After the 2019 IPBA Annual Meeting and Conference]. Junkan Shoji Homu 旬刊・商事法務 [Commercial Law Review], 2213, 13–21.
  • Koh, Alan K. (2018). (Non-)Enforcement of Directors’ Duties in Corporate Groups. Modern Law Review, 81(4), 673–688.

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