LizAnn Eisen is a trusted advisor to companies, organizations, and individuals facing complex business and legal challenges. She is a highly accomplished professional with a remarkable career that spans the legal, academic, and public sectors. Professor Eisen’s career has been shaped by working collaboratively to identify opportunities, implement value-enhancing strategies, and solve problems. She brings an unusual range of business, strategy, and regulatory expertise in both large organizations and startups, regularly advising entrepreneurs, evaluating and investing in businesses, and serving on public, private and governmental boards.
Professor Eisen is an Acting Professor of the Practice at Cornell Law School and has taught at Cornell in Ithaca and Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island since 2018. At the end of 2018, she retired from Cravath, where she had been a corporate partner since 2005, enjoying a wonderful career of over 20 years. Professor Eisen’s practice focused on domestic and international public and private corporate finance transactions, corporate governance and reporting matters, M&A, and liability management transactions. She has worked across many industries, including technology, financial services, industrials, and consumer products.
From January 2022 to September 2022, Professor Eisen served as the Deputy Director of Disclosure Operations in the Division of Corporation Finance at the SEC. In that seat, she led a team of over 350 people overseeing the disclosure review program for ‘33 and ‘34 Act disclosure, including in emerging areas such as fintech and digital assets, as well as division-wide performance evaluation, risk oversight, and strategy.
Professor Eisen’s experiences have deepened her passion to work with entrepreneurs as a valuable sounding board to them on strategy, regulatory matters, and talent. She was on the board of a SPAC and serves on the board of CEA company, capitalizing on emerging market trends. Since 2018, through teaching at Cornell Tech, Professor Eisen has spent time with entrepreneurs early in their startup journey. This complements her role as a Senior Partner, Strategy & Regulatory, at Braven, an early-stage investment firm, and as an independent advisor to startups in fintech, digital health, and consumer products.