William W. Clayton

Francis R. Kirkham Associate Professor of Law

Professor Clayton joined the BYU Law faculty in July 2018. Before coming to BYU, he worked as a corporate attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City, and he was the Executive Director of the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law. His research interests are in the areas of investment funds, contracts, corporate governance, and securities law, with a particular emphasis on private equity policy, and he teaches courses on contracts, business organizations, and corporate finance. His research has been published in top law journals, including the Vanderbilt Law Review and the Yale Journal on Regulation, and he has been invited to present his research to the Securities & Exchange Commission in connection with recent private investment fund policy initiatives. Professor Clayton is the director of the BYU Law Deals Academy, an annual transactional law simulation held in New York City for first-year law students. Professor Clayton holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a B.A. from Stanford University.

Courses Taught

  • Business Organizations
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Finance


  • J.D., Yale Law School
  • M.B.A., Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • B.A., Stanford University
  • High-End Bargaining Problems, 75 Vanderbilt Law Review 703 (2022).
  • How Public Pension Plans Have Shaped Private Equity, 81 Maryland Law Review 840 (2022).
  • Public Investors, Private Funds, and State Law, 72 Baylor Law Review 294 (2020).
  • The Private Equity Negotiation Myth, 37 Yale Journal on Regulation 67 (2020).
  • Preferential Treatment and the Rise of Individualized Investing in Private Equity, 11 Virginia Law & Business Review 249 (2017).