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Saule T. Omarova

George R. Ward Associate Professor of Law


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • J.D., Northwestern University

Professor Omarova received her Diploma (B.A. equivalent) from the Department of Philosophy of Moscow State University, her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. Prior to joining the UNC Law School, Professor Omarova practiced law in the Financial Institutions Group of Davis, Polk, & Wardwell, a premier New York law firm, where she specialized in a wide variety of corporate transactions and advisory work in the area of financial regulation. In 2006-2007, she served at the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a Special Advisor for Regulatory Policy to the Under Secretary for Domestic Finance. Her primary research and teaching interests include regulation of financial institutions, banking law, international finance, and corporate finance.

Selected Publications

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  • From Reaction to Prevention: Product Approval as a Model of Derivatives Regulation, 3 HARV. BUS. L. REV. ONLINE 98 (2013). [SSRN, Document Link]
  • The Merchants of Wall Street: Banking, Commerce, and Commodities, 98 MINN. L. REV. 265 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN]
  • The United States: ‘With Freedom and Liberty for All’ (Saule Omarova, Cynthia Williams, Lissa Broome & John Conley), in BANKING SYSTEMS IN THE CRISIS: THE FACES OF LIBERAL CAPITALISM (Suzanne J. Konzelmann & Marc Fovargue-Davies eds.) (Routledge 2013) [HG1573 .B368 2013]
  • Bankers, Bureaucrats, and Guardians: Toward Tripartism in Financial Services Regulation, 37 J. CORP. L. 621 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN]
  • License To Deal: Mandatory Approval of Complex Financial Products, 90 WASH. U. L. REV. 63 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, BEPress]
  • From Gramm-Leach-Bliley to Dodd-Frank: The Unfulfilled Promise of Section 23A of the Federal Reserve Act, 89 N.C. L. REV. 1683 (2011). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, Document Link]
  • ­ That Which We Call a Bank: Revisiting the History of Bank Holding Company Regulation in the United States (with M. Tahyar), 31 REV. BANKING & FIN. L. 113 (2011). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • The Dodd-Frank Act: A New Deal for A New Age?, 15 N.C. BANKING INST. 83 (2011). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Wall Street as Community of Fate: Toward Financial Industry Self-Regulation, 159 U. PA. L. REV. 411 (2011). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • The Quiet Metamorphosis: How Derivatives Changed the Business of Banking, 63 U. MIAMI L. REV. 1041 (2009). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
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