Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Koh Kai Yang, Alan
Assistant Professor, College of Business (Nanyang Business School) - Division of Business Law
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Alan K Koh 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), the 2019 Asian Law Junior Faculty Workshop Best Paper Prize, the 2021 Mid-Atlantic Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference Best Paper Award (Runner-Up). He also received the Ralph Bunche Award for Best International Paper at the 2021 Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference and the Best Paper Prize at the 2022 Society of Corporate Law Academics Conference. His work has also been selected for the 2021 American Business Law Journal Invited Scholars Colloquium and the 2021 Stanford International Junior Faculty Forum. He was also elected an Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law in 2021, the first Singaporean and one of the youngest scholars ever to receive this honour.

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.

"Shareholder Protection in Close Corporations", a sole-authored monograph comparing shareholder withdrawal regimes in four jurisdictions, was recently published by Cambridge University Press. His work is published in journals including the American Journal of Comparative Law, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Law Quarterly Review, Modern Law Review, Journal of Corporate Law Studies, Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, and Journal of Japanese Law. He also contributes to the company law entry for the Singapore Academy of Law Annual Review of Cases.

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, Osaka Metropolitan University, and Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Since 2020 he has also taught every year on the Asian Business Law Seminar as visiting faculty at the University of Tokyo.

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.
corporate law; comparative corporate law; comparative law; Japanese law; corporate governance; private international law; international corporate law
 
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Awards
Best Paper Award, Society of Corporate Law Academics Conference, 2022
Invited Presenter, Stanford International Junior Faculty Forum, 2021
Ralph Bunche Award for Best International Paper, Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference, 2021
Invited Presenter, American Business Law Journal Invited Scholars Colloquium, 2021
Best Paper Prize and Invited Presenter, Asian Law Junior Faculty Workshop, 2019
Colin Picker Prize in Comparative Law, American Society of Comparative Law Younger Comparativists Committee Global Conference, 2018
 
Fellowships & Other Recognition
Associate Member, International Academy of Comparative Law, 2021
 
Courses Taught
Company Law & Corporate Governance