Richard S. Ruback is the Willard Prescott Smith Professor of Corporate Finance at Harvard Business School, where his research is currently focused on applied corporate finance, especially on corporate-control transactions and valuation. Ruback has taught a variety of corporate finance courses throughout his career, with particular expertise in mergers and takeovers. Over the last few years, he and Royce Yudkoff have been developing and teaching a new second-year case course, “The Financial Management of Smaller Firms,” and a field course, “Entrepreneurship through Acquisition,” both of which are focused on the entrepreneurial acquisition of smaller firms. Ruback has served as a consultant to corporations on corporate finance issues and has acted as an independent advisor to outside directors. He also served as an expert witness on valuation and security issues.
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