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Associate Professor

LL.D. & LL.M. (Kyushu), LL.B. (Victoria), B.A. (Manitoba), Barrister & Solicitor (Ontario)

  • ACRA Institute of Corporate Law (ICL), Roundtable Panel Member
  • Asian Journal of Comparative Law, Editor-in-Chief
  • Australian Network for Japanese Law, ASEAN Convener
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), Member
  • Kyushu University's Journal of International Legal Studies, Editorial Board Member
  • Law Society of Upper Canada, Member
  • Max Planck Institute's Journal of Japanese Law, Editorial Board Member
  • Member of the Inquiry Panel, Singapore Legal Profession Act
  • NUS Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS), Director
  • Russia-China Law Society, Executive Board Member
  • Singapore Academy of Law (SAL), Law Reform Committee, Member
  • Singapore Law Review, Member of the Board of Advisors
  • The Asian Business Lawyer, Editorial Board
Email Address:
Office Tel: (65) 6516-3625 
Office Fax: (65) 6779-0979 
Office Address

Faculty of Law 469G Bukit Timah Road Eu Tong Sen Building Singapore 259776
Research Interests

Asian Legal Studies
Company Law
Comparative Law
Corporate Law in Asia
Comparative Corporate Law and Governance
Japanese Corporate Law and Governance
Law and Development
Singapore Corporate Law and Governance

Subjects Taught

Singapore Company Law
Comparative Corporate Law
Japanese Corporate Law and Governance

Brief Biodata

Dr. Dan W. Puchniak is the Director of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS), the Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law (Cambridge University Press), and an Associate Professor at NUS Law. He has published widely on comparative, Asian, Singapore, and Japanese corporate law and governance. Dan has received numerous domestic and international awards for his academic research and teaching and has held visiting academic positions at leading universities around the world, including Chulalongkorn University, Melbourne University, Moscow State University, Nagoya University, Oxford University, Queen’s University, Seoul National University, University of Chicago, University of Tokyo, University of Trento, University of Victoria, Vanderbilt University, and Yangon University. In the upcoming year, he will be a visitor at Columbia University, Radzyner Law School, Stanford University, and the University of Tokyo. Dan has been placed on the NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award Honour Roll as recognition for receiving the university wide NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award three times. Prior to entering academia, Dan worked as a corporate commercial litigator at one of Canada's leading corporate law firms.

Representative Publications

1. "Related Party Transactions in Commonwealth Asia: Complicating the Comparative Paradigm" 16 Berkeley Business Law Journal (Forthcoming) (with Umakanth Varottil) (accepted for presentation at the 2019 Global Corporate Governance Colloquia)

2. "Land of the Falling 'Poison' Pill: Understanding Defensive Measures in Japan on Their Own Terms", 41 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law (with Alan Koh & Masafumi Nakahigashi) (Forthcoming)

3. "The Enigma of Hostile Takeovers in Japan: Bidder Beware" 15 Berkeley Business Law Journal 4 (2018) (with Masafumi Nakahigashi)

4. "Independent Directors in Singapore: Puzzling Compliance Requiring Explanation", 65 American Journal of Comparative Law 265 (2017) (with Luh Luh Lan)

5. "Varieties of Independent Directors in Asia: A Taxonomy" in Independent Directors in Asia: A Historical, Contextual, and Comparative Approach, 89 (Dan W. Puchniak et al. eds., Cambridge University Press, 2017) (with Kon Sik Kim)

6. "State-Owned Enterprises in Singapore: Historical Insights into a Potential Model for Reform", 28 Columbia Journal of Asian Law 61 (2015) (with Tan Cheng-Han & Umakanth Varottil)

7. "The Derivative Action in Asia: A Complex Reality", 9 Berkeley Business Law Journal 1 (2012) (awarded the Best Paper Prize at the annual Corporate Law Teachers Association Conference)

8. "The Derivative Action in Asia: A Comparative and Functional Approach" (Dan W. Puchniak et al. eds., Cambridge University Press, 2012)

9. "Japan's Love for Derivative Actions: Irrational Behavior and Non-Economic Motives as Rational Explanations for Shareholder Litigation", 45 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 1 (2012) (with Masafumi Nakahigashi) (earlier version selected for the Harvard-Stanford International Junior Faculty Forum and published version reprinted in 54 Corporate Practice Commentator 425 (2012))