Victor Fleischer

This individual is no longer with Colorado Law.

Professor of Law
Tax, Deals, Venture Capital and Private Equity

University of Colorado Law School
424 Wolf Law Building
401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0401
Office: 424
Phone: (303) 834-7566

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Professor Fleischer joined the Colorado Law faculty in 2006. He specializes in tax, venture capital, and the structuring of corporate transactions. He has also taught as an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Illinois, an Acting Professor of Law (tenure-track) at UCLA, a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University and at NYU School of Law, and a Research Fellow in Transactional Studies at Columbia Law School. Before entering academia, Professor Fleischer was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. He clerked for the Honorable M. Blane Michael, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Honorable Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Professor Fleischer's research focuses on tax planning, regulatory gamesmanship, and the structuring of corporate transactions. His article Two and Twenty: Taxing Partnership Profits in Private Equity Funds, 83 NYU L. Rev. 1 (2008), was discussed in a New York Times editorial and is widely credited with sparking the debate about how to tax carried interest. Recent publications have appeared in the NYU Law Review (twice), Michigan Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Texas Law Review, and the Tax Law Review (three times). Professor Fleischer has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and many other media sources.


Taxing Founder's Stock, 59 UCLA Law Review 60 (2011).
Regulatory Arbitrage, 89 Tex. L. Rev. 227 (2010).
A Theory of Taxing Sovereign Wealth, 84 NYU L. Rev. 440 (2009).
Fleischer (with David I. Walker), Book/Tax Conformity and Equity Compensation, 62 Tax L. Rev. 399 (2009).
Taxing Blackstone, 61 Tax L. Rev. 89 (2008).
Two and Twenty: Taxing Partnership Profits in Private Equity Funds, 83 NYU L. Rev. 1. (2008).
IPO Intelligence, 2 Entrepreneurial Bus. L.J. 761 (2008).
Brand New Deal: The Branding Effect of Corporate Deal Structures, 104 Mich. L. Rev. 1581 (2006).
The Missing Preferred Return, 31 J. Corp. L. 77 (2005).
The Rational Exuberance of Structuring Venture Capital Start-Ups, 57 Tax L. Rev. 137 (2004).

Selected Press, Media & Publicity

Private Equity Profits on Line as Obama Urges Study of Tax Break | San Francisco Chronicle | Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A Dollar & a Dream | New York Post | Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Hedge funds should cool it on tax | Financial Times | Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Lampert's $829 Million Payout May Shield Him From Tax (Update1) | Bloomburg | Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Money can't buy love | The Economist | Thursday, June 3, 2010
Loopholes hard to find in U.S. fund tax battle | Reuters | Friday, May 28, 2010
House Votes to Eliminate Hedge Fund Tax Break | The New York Times | Friday, May 28, 2010
Bobbing as the Taxman Weaves | The New York Times | Monday, May 17, 2010


Spring 2013 Partnership Taxation LAWS 6167-001
Spring 2013 Business Law Colloquium LAWS 8101-001
Spring 2013 Tax Law, Economics and Policy LAWS 8407-001