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William C Tyson

Research Interests: corporation law, international business transactions, real estate financing and development, russian law, securities regulation, taxation

Contact Information

Address: 600 Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 898-7689


William C. Tyson, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics passed away December 15, 2013.

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JD, Harvard University, 1970; AB, Princeton University, 1967

Recent Consulting

Real Estate, Taco Bell Corp., Irvine, CA; Mergers and Acquisitions, General Electric Capital Corporation, Stamford, CT; Axel Johnson, Inc., Stamford, CT; NFL Players Association; FINRA; Gerson Lehrman Consulting Group

Career and Recent Professional Awards; Teaching Awards

Excellence in Teaching Award (Undergraduate Division), 1999; Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Pennsylvania, 1987; Graduate Division Anvil Award for Teaching Excellence, 1983; Graduate Division Class of 1984 Award for Highest Teaching Evaluations, 1985-86, 1991, 1993-95, 2000; Excellence in Teaching Award (Graduate Division), 1984-2007

Academic Positions Held

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton; Associate Professor: 1982-2013. Previous appointments: University of California, Berkeley; University of California, San Francisco; University of California, Los Angeles

Other Positions

Attorney, McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, 1976-78; Attorney, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, 1973-76


  • William C Tyson (1990), "The Proper Relationship Between Federal and State Law in the Regulation of Tender Offers", Notre Dame Law Review, 66 (2).
  • William C Tyson (1986), "The Williams Act After Hanson Trust v. SCM Corporation: Post-Tender Offer Purchases by the Tender Offeror", Tulane Law Review, 61 (1).
  • A. August, William C Tyson (1983), "The Williams Act After RICO: Has the Balance Tipped in Favor of Incumbent Management?", University of California Hastings Law Journal, 35 (1).

Awards And Honors

  • Excellence in Teaching, 2007 Description
  • Excellence in Teaching, 2005 Description
  • Excellence in Teaching, 2003 Description
  • Excellence in Teaching, 2002 Description
  • Excellence in Teaching, 2001 Description
  • Class of 1984 Award, 2000 Description
  • Excellence in Teaching, 2000 Description
  • Class of 1984 Award, 1999 Description
  • Excellence in Teaching, 1999 Description
  • Excellence in Teaching, 1997 Description
  • Excellence in Teaching, 1996 Description
  • Class of 1984 Award, 1995 Description
  • Excellence in Teaching, 1995 Description
  • Class of 1984 Award, 1994 Description
  • Excellence in Teaching, 1994 Description
  • Class of 1984 Award, 1993 Description
  • Excellence in Teaching, 1993 Description
  • Excellence in Teaching, 1992 Description
  • University of Pennsylvania's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1987
  • Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award , 1983

In The News



  • LGST621 - The Government and Legal Environment of Business

    This course provides students with a basic understanding of how the law and the political process affect business strategy and decision making. It is co-taught by faculty from the Departments of Legal Studies & Business Ethics and Business & Public Policy. Topics include how legal infrastructure (contracts, intellectual property, antitrust, etc.) affect business strategy, and how businesses deal with challenges involving government agencies, legislation, or the press. The course presents broadly applicable frameworks that will help students to manage and advise clients more effectively in a world heavily influenced by legal concerns and governmental forces.